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MDDC June 2014 Newsletter

posted 6/19/14
Welcome to Summer! The MDDC Newsletter, ExPress News, is back after a short hiatus. Every month, we will bring you news of the 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
In the past few months, I have immersed myself in getting to know our membership and creating plans to achieve our goals around advocacy, career development, industry building and information sharing.
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Legislative Update
Maryland, Delaware and DC Session Highlights
In the closing weeks of Delaware's legislative session, we are monitoring several bills, which are detailed below. Maryland's session ended in April. It was a successful year for the press association. We were able to defeat efforts to move government notice online...
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Keven Todd of GateHouse Media Named to MDDC Board
At the May 2014 Board of Directors meeting, Keven Todd was elected to the board to serve two years in the class of 2016. In addition, Todd was named to the Government Affairs committee...
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One-Minute Survey Result:
Access to Court Dockets in Delaware, Maryland and DC
MDDC surveyed its members last month about access to court dockets. Below, please see member responses by state and coverage area. Is your area missing? Please share your experience by completing the survey and we will update this article.
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One-Minute Survey: How hard is your website's paywall?
Help us understand what is working (and what is not) with your paywall strategy. All responses will be kept confidential. Next month, in ExPress News, look for an article with the results. Respond to our survey here.

Revenue Network: 2x2 Network Distribution
It's June and MDDC is about to send out the profit sharing from the 2x2 network to participating papers. What, really is that check for, and how do we calculate your share? What if you're not participating at all? Follow the link for an explanation of how you can increase your share.
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Hall of Fame & Distinguished Service Award Program
On June 5th at the University of Maryland, MDDC members and guests had a wonderful time celebrating our newest Hall of Fame inductees, Mary J. Corey, Denise Riley and Brice Stump and presenting Chris Eddings with our Distinguished Service Award. This year, we added video tributes to our honorees for the program.
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MDDC Editorial & Advertising Awards Program
MDDC held a combined Editorial and Advertising Awards program on May 15th at the BWI Westin. With the help of our sponsor, VPC, we created a video presentation to show the winning work. In addition, with the help of APG Chesapeake, who supplied the printing, we created an awards publication that showcased the work of all of the best in show and best in category winners.
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Reese Cleghorn Interns Begin Summer Work at MDDC Member Papers
Eight aspiring journalists have joined eight member newspapers for an eight-week stint.
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MDDC Out and About
MDDC Staffers welcomed the new Reese Cleghorn intern class, attended the Maryland Municipal League conference, raised a glass at happy hour in Ocean City and celebrated the Delaware State News' advertising wins for the MDDC Advertising contest.
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In next month's newsletter, look for a survey that will allow you to rank various training topics. With that input, the training team will work to build a training series of workshops and webinars that provide the training and support you need. In the meantime, click here for upcoming training sessions provided by our partners.

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.
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Member News
• The Salisbury Independent launched May 15th. Read more
• Molly Evans, Senior Vice President of Advertising, has left The News Journal
• Keith Minney, Inside Sales Supervisor, has left The Daily Record and joined Clipper City Media in their Classifieds department.
Send your news to Rebecca Snyder, rsnyder@mddcpress.com

On Our Calendar
June 18th - Member site visit with The Daily Record in Baltimore
June 24th - The Future of Open Government in D.C workshop in DC

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