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ExPress Newsletter - January 2015

News & Updates

Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Honorees chosen

The board of directors has chosen two long-serving newspaper men, Carl Murphy and Lee McCardell, to enter the Hall of Fame, and chose Pat Richardson to receive the Distinguished Service Award.  The awards presentation will be held the evening of Thursday, May 28th at The University of Maryland, College Park.   Read the full article here.

Editorial Contest

MDDC's annual Editorial contest is now open; the deadline for entries is January 28, 2015.  Click here for full information about the contest, including links to the online contest entry platform and the entry packet.  The Editorial awards will be celebrated with a lunchtime program at the BWI Westin on Friday, May 1.  The Advertising contest has moved to the fall of 2015.

Legislative update

The Government Affairs committee hosted a Legislative Breakfast January 20th with some of Maryland's top legislative leaders.  MDDC members heard from Speaker of the House Michael Busch, House Majority Leader Anne Kaiser, Senate President Mike Miller and House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and asked questions in this open editorial forum.  We are monitoring and working several bills of concern in Maryland.  Rebecca Snyder continues to work with the Maryland Open Government coalition, a coalition of about 40 groups concerned about PIA reform.  This coalition is proposing changes to the PIA, including aspects of enforcement, fees and exemptions. MDDC will host a legislative update call on February 27th at 10 am to provide a mid-session update for MD, DE and DC.  We have arranged visits between MDDC members and key legislators in Maryland and DC on the committes that traditionally consider our issues. 

High School Journalist of the Year Applications open

MDDC is looking for talented high school senior journalists to apply for the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year program.  Applications are accepted until January 30.  Click here for more information.

Cleghorn internships

The intern selection committee has selected 6 fabulous students for the Reese Cleghorn program, which provides paid, summer internships at member publications.  Read the full article here.  In December, MDDC conducted a survey of editors and past interns to assess the value of an MDDC internship in the marketplace.  The results show that our program has a strong positive effect - read the full article here.

We need your support for the internship program.  Please consider making a donation to the Press Foundation to support the internship program.  Click here to donate.

Member Services

Legal Hotline

Need the advice of an attorney and not sure where to turn?  Call MDDC's Legal Hotline.  The Hotline provides legal advice to members on ad and news content, including pre-publication review for libel and the related torts, news-gathering issues such as trespass or invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark protection, on courts access, open records and open meetings.  Call Rebecca Snyder at 855-721-6332, ext 3 and she will connect you with our experts.  To read more about the hotline, click here.

Career Center

Looking for your next opportunity?  See all the media jobs in the region - we've pulled all the listing together in one place. 

Upcoming Professional Development

Mark your calendars:

  • February 6, 2015 from 9 am - noon:  E-Newsletters.  Workshop at Maryland Chamber of Commerce in Annapolis, MD with Lynwood Shackelford.  (members, $75; non-members $85)  More information.
  • March 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Social media reporting tools – panel discussion.  Co-sponsored with Society for Professional Journalists, Maryland - Pro Chapter.  O'Callaghan's Hotel, Annapolis, MD  More information here.
  • March 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Webinar:  Newsroom Liability Law 101, with special attention to social media, presented by Adrianna Rodriguez, Holland & Knight ($25 members, $35 non-members)  More information

Member & Affiliate News

  • Welcome to new affiliate member, Chris Eddings of CAEIdeas.  Read more about Chris' new consulting firm here
  • Congratulations to Will Randall, of the Frederick News-Post.  Will was named Chairman of the Board and COO of Randall Family LLC, which owns the Frederick News-Post.  Read their coverage of the change here.

Industry Perspectives & Information

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship Program:  People and institutions are invited to submit applications to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submissions of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism. We have three different kinds of fellowships – residential, non-residential and institutional. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest is now live online and awaiting your entries for work done from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014! Receive professional recognition for your outstanding work in journalism, communications, advertising and public relations – and get feedback from national-caliber judges who critique your work in categories including writing, editing, page design, photography, online and social media, and books. It’s easy to enter online!  Their contest page has all the details.

John Foust's Ad Libs column outlines the five levels of listening.  Are you using these levels in your sales pitch?  Read the full article here.

Building trust in your organization is key.  The Trust Across America organization has free resources (and some for modest amounts) to help you build trust.  One resource is the Organizational Trust poster, with weekly ideas on building trust.  Download here.

On our calendar

Look for MDDC's weekly Friday Planner for up to date information about upcoming events.

  • January 28, 2015 - Editorial Contest Deadline.  Contest is open online. Download editorial packet here.
  • January 29, 2015, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., NPR Building, Washington D.C. - Scholars & Scoundrels:  Media Access to Evidence in the Digital Age.  Panel presented by the Council for Court Excellence. (free with registration)
  • January 30, 2015 - Deadline for High School Journalist of the Year applications.  Open to high-school seniors in public or private schools in Maryland, Delaware and DC.
  • February 2, 2015, 11 a.m., FOIA/PIA Sub-committee meeting by conference call
  • February 6, 2015, 9 a.m. - noon, at Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis, MD - E-Newsletters with Lynwood Shackelford ($75 members, $85 non-members)
  • February 27, 2015, 10 -10:30 a.m. (Members only) - Legislative update members-only conference call
  • March 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., O'Callaghan's Hotel, Annapolis, MD - Social media reporting tools – panel discussion.  Co-sponsored with Society for Professional Journalists, Maryland - Pro Chapter.
  • March 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Webinar - Newsroom Liability Law 101, with special attention to social media, presented by Adrianna Rodriguez, Holland & Knight ($25 members, $35 non-members)
  • March 26, 2015, 2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. (Conference call, Committee members only) - Editorial Committee meeting
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