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Friday wrap up - April 1, 2016

Legal Hotline

Concerned that the story you are writing may end up in a libel suit?  Got a question about advertising laws?  Turn to the MDDC Legal Hotline.  Media law experts from Holland & Knight LLP advise members on access and other legal issues relating to the industry.  In 2015, Charles D. Tobin and his team advised members on issues ranging from advertising to public notice to copyright and libel.  Holland & Knight provides this service as a benefit to the Association and the industry and has donated over 50 hours of counsel to the Hotline. 

The consultation procedure requires all questions to first be directed to MDDC's executive director. The executive director shall treat all calls as confidential, but members waive their right to attorney-client privilege to the extent that the executive director will know the issues being discussed and the advice being offered.

Members will receive up to 60 minutes of the attorney's time without cost, per call. Calls should generally be limited to once per month, but may exceed that limit infrequently.

The Hotline service is limited to advice and suggestions and does not include advocacy for the member either in the form of telephone calls, letters or legal representation. If the member wishes to retain the Hotline attorney to pursue legal action, the member must do so at its own expense.  Reach out to Rebecca with your hotline questions and she will connect you to Chuck and his team. 

High School Journalist of the Year announced

Nearly two dozen promising young students competed for the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year award.  This $1500 cash award is given to the most promising high school journalist in the region.  This year, the winner is Andrew Kostka, of Richard Montgomery High School. Andrew created a website, The Tide Online, and has written for the school paper since his freshman year.  He primarily covers sports and plans to pursue journalism during his college career.  Meet Andrew at the Editorial Awards lunch in May, and learn more about him in the upcoming Awards publication. 

MDDC editors and reporters chose Andrew as their top pick, and Taylor Markey of Elizabeth Seton High School and Marissa McCloy of Cape Henlopen High School as their top finalists.  Special thanks to our judges, Angie Price, of the Bay Times (chair), Hannah Carroll of the Daily Times, Dan Divilio of the Kent County News, Brian Karem of the Montgomery Sentinel and Ben Perserga of the Daily Times!

Miss the Editorial Winners' announcement?

See who's won, then get ready to celebrate!  Tickets are now available for the awards presentation, May 13th at the BWI Westin hotel.  Congratulate your winners with an ad in the awards publication, or show your support for this program with a sponsorship.  Special thanks to APG Chesapeake, this year's Publication Awards Sponsor!

Winners, we need your headshot for the awards presentation and for the awards publication!  Submit your headshot here by April 15th.

Coming next week

The Maryland legislative session enters its final days and many of our issues are still up in the air. 

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