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ExPress Newsletter - September

MDDC's newsletter, ExPress News, brings you news of the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association and its members.  For questions or areas you'd like us to cover, please contact Rebecca Snyder, Executive Director, at rsnyder@mddcpress.com.


From the Executive Director

I hope you are enjoying these sunny days and the feeling of getting back into the rhythm of fall.  This past summer, MDDC accomplished a great deal.  We added members to various committees, started work on our professional development series and made headway on our legislative initiatives. Read the full article.

Advertising Contest will be Revamped for 2015

The MDDC advertising contest moved to fall of 2015, allowing for a more substantial reframing of the program.  This program has seen declines in entries over the past few years and the MDDC Board has chosen to take a step back to evaluate how to move forward.  Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, MDDC Board President, will lead a group of members over the next few months to determine the direction and details of the contest.  If you have ideas or are interested in developing the contest, please contact Rebecca Snyder.

Editorial Contest Categories Unveiled

Get your best work ready to submit to MDDC’s Editorial Contest!  The editorial contest will begin accepting entries in mid-November and the entry deadline is January 27, 2015.  The Editorial Committee has reviewed the contest categories and made a few changes:

  • Replace Wild Card subject (category 13) with Extreme Weather – This category recognizes work by a reporter in covering natural storms that impact a community. Include all clips focused on a particular storm.
  • Add Rookie of the Year – This award honors a new journalist with less than 18 months experience in the field. Submissions should include three to five clips of that reporter’s work and a letter of recommendation from his or her manager. Managers: Please be specific in what has impressed you about the reporter, and what he or she contributed to your publication(s).
  • Add Social Media Reporting – Include screenshots of interaction between a publication and its readers regarding a particular story. This could be a breaking news situation (i.e. storm, barricaded suspect, accident, etc.), and should show a continuing effort by the publication to reach its readers in a timely and accurate manner.

For more information about the contest and the full list of categories, please click here.

Public Notice Issues Flare Up

Two items have come to our attention regarding public notice:  the Prince George's county charter amendment to reduce the number of newspapers of record, and realauction.com.  Read the full article.

Professional Development Series Kicks off in October!

We have two webinars coming up in October to kick off our professional development series, which will run from October 2014 through June 2015.  We’ve developed two tracks, sales & editorial, and a mix of webinar and in-person workshop development opportunities.  Read the full article.

We continue to list training opportunities in other venues here

MDDC Executive Committee Appoints Audit Committee

The Executive Committee this summer decided to create an Audit Committee to make regular recommendations for MDDC’s Investment Policy Statement and to monitor MDDC investments to ensure they are in line with our long-term association goals and the Investment Policy Statement.  Geordie Wilson, MDDC Press Association Board Treasurer, will chair the committee.  He is joined by Ted Gregory of the Frederick News-Post, Stewart Dobson of Ocean City Today and Regina Mitsos of the Catholic Review.  A full listing of all committees can be found here.

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

MDDC Hosts Panel at MML Fall Conference

MDDC brought together a panel of experts (including our own Jim Lee, of the Carroll County Times) to share “How to Make the Most of Media Relations” at the Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference.  Our session was held September 11 and attended by over 75 municipal government officials and staffers.  Read the full article.

Professional Development Series Looks for Presenters

We are looking for presenters for the following topics (we will be rotating Annapolis, DC and Baltimore locations).  If you know of a terrific presenter (or are one yourself!), please contact Rebecca Snyder or click here for the list of topics and our workshop proposal form. 

Judges Needed for Kentucky Press Association Contests

Kentucky judged our contests this year, and now it is our turn!  We need MDDC members to judge the Editorial and Advertising contests for the Kentucky Press Association.  Each judge has three weeks (October 20 – November 7) to complete the judging assignment, and all judging is completed online, via the Kentucky Press Association’s web-based contest platform.  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. Please consider publicizing this national effort in your publication.  Read the full article.

Free Passes to Local Media Association Tech Showcase September 30 in Philadelphia

The annual Local Media Innovation Conference is coming up and with it, Technology Showcase passes to all regional media companies at no cost on Tuesday, September 30 from noon to 5 PM.  Read more.

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.
Read all the postings.

Member News

  • WELCOME to new affiliate member, the Germantown PulseKevin O'Rourke started this online-only news site in 2014, serving the Germantown, MD area.  The Germantown Pulse publishes at http://www.germantownpulse.net/
  • The Annapolis Capital, Bowie-Blade News, Crofton-West County, & Maryland Gazette is located at 888 Bestgate Road, Suite 104, Annapolis, MD 21401, as of September 8th.  All phone numbers will remain the same.
  • The Carroll County Times and The Advocate have moved. The new address is 115 Airport Drive, Suite 170, Westminster, MD 21157.   Phone numbers remain the same.
  • Chris Eddings, President of The Daily Record and Executive Vice President of The Dolan Company will retire as of September 30.  Read TDR's coverage here.
  • Ed Dulin, publisher of Independent News Media, has been promoted to President/CEO of Independent News Media, Inc. USA  He will continue to be based in Delaware and will remain on the MDDC Board of Directors.  Read their coverage here.
  • Tom Byrd has been named publisher of Delaware State News.
  • Gail Clough, Director of Business Development for The Daily Record, has left the company as of September 5.
  • Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. replaces Katharine Weymouth as publisher of The Washington Post as of October 1.  Read the Post's coverage here.
  • Jason Shank has moved from Sales Director, FNP Optimize at the Frederick News-Post to Digital Media Specialist at Schurz Communications, owner of the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown as of August, 2014.
  • The Frederick News-Post transitioned to a membership model earlier this month.  Read their coverage of the program here.

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

On Our Calendar

Upcoming events for the Association.

  • October 9, 9:30 am - 10:30 am Editorial WEBINAR: Using iFOIA.org, with Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Training and discussion on how to use iFOIA.org, which allows registered users to create, send, maintain and share FOI requests at the state and federal level. 
  • October 23, 9:30 - 10;15 am Sales WEBINAR:
  • Getting more revenue from MANSI, with Lisa Knight, MANSI
  • Lisa will explain how MANSI sells MDDC newspapers in the network and what products and services they offer to advertisers.  Find out what you can do to increase this revenue stream.
  • October 23, 2:15 pm Editorial Committee Meeting (by conference call)
  • October 29, 10 am MDDC Executive Committee Meeting (by conference call)

Industry Perspectives

  • Kevin Slimp writes about Adobe Bridge and how it can be used.  Read the full article here.
  • This month, John Foust writes about the challenges of CLIENT engagement.  Read the full article here
  • NAA has released a new e-book about collecting, preparing and visualizing data.  Read about how to get this free download here.
  • The American Press Institute has published a new, in-depth report on how news organizations can earn revenue from events and play a stronger role in their communities.  Read the full report here.

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