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ExPress Newsletter - October 2014

From the Executive Director

Heading into the 4th quarter of 2014, the Association has been looking ahead to 2015.  Through the hard work of our committees and members we will focus on moving our legislative agenda forward, increasing our ad network and sponsorship revenues,  and expanding our events and trainings. Read the full article.

Legislative Update

The election is less than three weeks away, and with this election will come a change of governor in Maryland, a new Mayor for the District of Columbia and a new Attorney General for Maryland.  Find out what the winning candidates mean for industry issues at our post-election member conference call, November 10th at 9:30 am (call in number is 605-562-0020, meeting ID:  756-655-969).  Once the election is over, legislative leaders will appoint members and chairs to committees.  

Upcoming Trainings from MDDC

A simple, easy to use online system for filing FOIA and PIA requests.  Strategies for getting more revenue from MDDC's partnership with MANSI Media.  These were the two webinars that kicked off MDDC's professional development series.  Adam Marshall from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press gave a tour of the iFOIA platform.  The association has shared our comprehensive list of Maryland county and municpal contacts with the system.  Lisa Knight of MANSI shared how MANSI markets MDDC publications and ways that individual publications can increase their buys from the partnership.  If you missed the webinar, you can listen to the recording here

For the full listing of upcoming sessions, please click here.  We continue to list training opportunities from other organizations here

One Minute Survey:  Internships

MDDC members use paid and unpaid internships in a variety of ways.  Several members have discontinued their unpaid internship programs due to concern over the Department of Labor's fact sheet on Internships (released April 2010).  Please share how you use internships and whether your practices are changing by completing this survey.  Results will be shared in an upcoming issue of ExPress News.

Reese Cleghorn Internship Program is Accepting Applicants for 2015

The hunt is underway for another stellar class of interns!  The Reese Cleghorn Internship Program focuses on undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism.  Students will be paired with MDDC member papers and work in the newsroom for 8 weeks, gaining real-world knowledge and an unforgettable journalism experience.  Internships are open to students from the MDDC area and those who attend school in this area.  Potential interns must have reliable transportation and living arrangements within reasonable distance from an MDDC member paper.  Please help us publicize this opportunity to students in your community! 
Students must apply online by November 19, 2014.  Finalists will be asked to attend an in-person interview in late December/early January and final decisions will be made in February.  Potential interns must complete an application and supply references.  The application is here and the reference form is here

Nominations Sought for MDDC's Distinguished Service Award & Hall of Fame

MDDC is looking for members of two very select groups:  Distinguished Service Award honorees and Hall of Fame honorees.  Read more here

National Student/Parent Mock Election set for October 30th

The National Mock Election, which takes place Oct. 30, is an effort by the nonprofit National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) to give students from kindergarten to advanced placement/college levels a chance to learn, through simulated experience, about democracy and the voting process. School districts and individual schools are encouraged to register - the entire program is FREE!  Please consider publicizing this national effort in your publication.

Job Board

MDDC members are looking for strong candidates for open positions.  If you have an open position to fill, please let  us know - MDDC will post your listing for free and publicize it to our social media followers.
Find your next opportunity here.

Member News

  • Larry Effingham has retired from the Cumberland Times-News and returned to Easton.  A new publisher has not yet been named.
  • John McIntyre, of the Baltimore Sun and the blog, You Don't Say, brought his book, "The Old Editor Says" to the MDDC Press Foundation meeting this week.  It is a collection of witty aphorisms on editing, born from a series of tweets. 
  • The Baltimore Sun has launched its new digital edition - see the changes!

Send your news to Rebecca Snyder, rsnyder@mddcpress.com.

On Our Calendar

Upcoming events for the Association.

  • October 27-28, Newspaper Advertising Networks Conference (Philadelphia)
  • October 29, 10 am MDDC Executive Committee Meeting (by conference call:  605-562-0020, meeting ID:  756-655-969)
  • November 7, 10:30 am Government Affairs Committee Meeting (by conference call:  605-562-0020, meeting ID:  756-655-969)
  • November 10, 9:30 am Post-election all-member conference call (DC, Maryland & DE) (by conference call: 605-562-0020, meeting ID:  756-655-969)
  • November 13, 10:00 am  MDDC Association & Press Services Board Meetings, Stan & Joe's, West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • November 19, Applications due for Reese Cleghorn Internship Program

Industry Perspectives

  • Kevin Slimp shares quick insights from his new industry survey, which indicate that 70% of newspapers receive very little, if any, revenue from the digital side of things, contrasted with 86% of papers investing in social and digital media.  Read the full article here.
  • This month, John Foust writes about language bridges in sales.  Read the full article here
  • The Reynolds Journalism Institute publishes the first of a five part series on how Twitter is used in newsrooms, based on interviews with over 50 journalists.  Read the article.
  • The Public Notice Resource Center has published a book explaining how public notices protect the integrity of storage unit auctions.  Read the full press release here
  • The Journalism Center on Children and Families, housed at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill School of Journalism, will close due to funding contraints at the end of 2014.  Read the full article here.
  • The First Amendment Coalition seeks nominations for its Free Speech and Open Government award.  Click here for full details.
  • The American Press Institute has several new publications of interest this month: 
    • The best ways for publishers to build credibility through transparency: Craig Silverman, fellow at the Tow Center, has produced what we think is a definitive strategy paper collecting techniques for making work more transparent and credibility, including effective collaboration with your audience and responsible curation and aggregation are evolving.
    • How to choose a commenting platform for news sites: Our first summer fellow, Lisa Zimmermann, does a deep dive into what types of comment sections news organizations are using, and what, if any, value they are adding to news organizations¹ overarching strategies. The result is a list of questions to ask and best practices for news organizations seeking return on investment for the commenting platforms they provide.
    • From free to fee: How U.S. dailies decide to use paywalls: A new study finds that rarely do publishers report doing audience research before making the transition to a paywall. This is the first effort by Talia Stroud, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin, in what will be a new monthly API series to identify and highlight important news-related scholarly findings with significant applied implications.
    • If you didn't have a chance to look at the recent deep survey on The Personal News Cycle: A focus on African American and Hispanic news consumers -- take a look. A key takeaway is that these Americans do not believe that the growth of web and mobile media has fulfilled the promise of more coverage, and more accurate coverage, of underserved ethnic communities.

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