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MDDC Out and About

These past few weeks have been full of activity for the Association and our members. From welcoming interns to raising a glass at happy hour, we did it all.
MDDC Interns hard at work
MDDC interns learn how to cover a beat

On May 27th, Rebecca Snyder and Jen Thornberry snapped back from Memorial Day and into school. Intern school, that is. We attended the MDDC Intern Orientation day, organized by Adrianne Flynn, Internships and Career Development Director of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. We all learned tips on how to create video on the fly, how to get to know your beat, and tips for having a successful internship. Many thanks to Adrianne, Chris Harvey, Multimedia Instructor (Getting to Know your Territory), Ron Yaros, Multimedia Professor (Shooting & Editing Using Mobile Tools) and Sean Mussenden, Multimedia instructor/Capital News Service Bureau Director (Creating a Killer Graphic). Steve Gunn of the Annapolis Capital shared his insights on internships at lunch. Photo at right shows our interns hard at work learning their beats in the MDDC Classroom, which houses the Hall of Fame.

June 8-10 brought the Maryland Municipal League conference, held in Ocean City, MD. Rebecca attended this conference for municipal officials in Maryland to raise the visibility of our organization and sat in on a session given by the Attorney General's office about PIA. Adam Snyder of the OAG notes that public officials should start with a broad right of access, denying access only when an exemption applies. Even in the case of an exemption, officials need to provide as much of the document as possible. In the session, "Talking to New Media", the room was packed. The moderator asked the room how many people still received a print edition of the paper and most of the hands in the room went up. Influential people read newspapers. The presenters flashed a poll for attendees, asking how many reporters routinely cover municipal meetings in their town. Overwhelmingly, officials report that 1-2 reporters routinely cover municipal meetings in their town - and they're not bloggers. Traditional media is still stronger in this area.
MDDC Members enjoy happy hour at Jive
MDDC Members enjoy happy hour at Jive

Since both Rebecca Snyder and Board President Suzanne Fischer Huettner were in Ocean City, we planned a happy hour for member papers at Jive. It was terrific to see people from The Daily Times, Coastal Point, The Daily Record and Ocean City Today mingle and get to know one another better. Special thanks go to Stewart Dobson of OC Today for underwriting the fun! The photo at right shows the whole crowd.
Delaware state news staff
Delaware State News Advertising staff celebrate awards

Rebecca took advantage of being in the area to attend the Delaware State News' Advertising department celebration of their wins from the Editorial & Advertising Awards Program. She arrived, awards publication in hand, to a wonderful lunch coordinated by Heather Cregar, Promotions Manager. We watched the slide presentations of the awards, and Heather presented the certificates to winners. Ed Dulin, President and COO of Independent Newsmedia Inc was also on hand to celebrate their hard work. Congratulations!

We look forward to many more exciting events to come.

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