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Executive Director Newsletter 3/16

I was honored to be part of the amazing Motor House conversation, Womxn At The Helm hosted by Executive Director, Camille Kashaka. The conversations also included fashion designers Abisola Oladeinde and Brandi Lewis; Executive Director of The Neighborhood Design Center, Jennifer Goold; Award-winning choreographer, founder of Dance and Bmore, and GBCA Board Member, CJay Philip; Executive Director of Arts Everyday, Julia Di Bussolo; Executive Director of CityLit Baltimore and GBCA Board Member, Carla Du Pree; and Fulbright Scholar and Professor Lisa Moren. Womxn At The Helm is being released in two installments, the first was on March 15th with art advocates and may be viewed on Instagram here. The second is on March 29th with local artists. For more information email [email protected]

With news of a possible sale of not just The Baltimore Sun, but the entirety of Tribune Publishing to Maryland businessman Stuart Bainum, local news has been on my mind. The traditional newspaper model has been decimated by the failure of its previous advertising-dependent business model, the rise of social media, and investments in the industry that have drained, not sustained the institution.

Even if you decry the depth of some outlets, our support of local media is urgently necessary to our democracy and to the health of our communities. Local news provides context and connections that are not possible when reporting from a distance. Keep reading and engaging with issues through these local resources.

The Afro: Black Media Authority is a local paper of national importance. John H. Murphy, Sr., a formerly enslaved man founded the AFRO 128 years ago with $200 from his wife, Martha Howard Murphy. Together they created a platform to offer images and stories of hope to advance their community. The AFRO provides readers with good news about the Black community not otherwise found.

The Baltimore Times

Armed with a PC, $732.00, and a passion to tell the real stories— the positive stories— about African Americans, Joy and Peter Bramble pledged to produce a newspaper that would immortalize the achievements, events, and proud moments of a people who were often depicted through negative imagery via the media. Today, readers enjoy The Baltimore Times, The Annapolis Times, and The Prince George’s County Times newspapers, as well as a host of events and activities such as Health Expos,

educational forums, workshops, and seminars directed toward communities most affected by the disparities in healthcare, business, finance, and other areas that impact the quality of life.

Baltimore Fishbowl

Baltimore Fishbowl reports the fun, factual, and sometimes controversial scoop on local schools, real estate, money and power, culture, lifestyle, and community. Find daily posts Monday through Friday, longer original weekly stories, assorted columns, and curated news from around the region, all accompanied by photos and video in a completely independent voice. A core group of experienced local freelance writers provides daily posts, columns, and reporting.



Revising the past. Writing the current. Archiving for the future. The Baltimore Queer Paper is now a complete print publication available for purchase!


BmoreArt is an independent, Baltimore-based magazine that reflects the art and culture of our city and the surrounding region, including Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. We provide creative and critical coverage of the cultural landscape and work with a diverse team of local writers, editors, and artists.

Baltimore Brew

Baltimore Brew is an independent daily news website, staffed by veteran journalists committed to providing fresh, fair, insightful, and reliable reporting about Baltimore.

Reporting that uncovers cronyism, mismanagement, waste, and abuse . . . Analysis that cuts through the bureaucratic blah-blah and spin. . . Community coverage that empowers and connects people in a divided city.

The Baltimore Jewish Times

The Baltimore Jewish Times was founded in 1919 by David Alter. A powerhouse of Jewish journalism, earning national and international acclaim, today the JT is a cornerstone of the Jewish community, delivering in print and on a wealth of important local, national and international news and opinion, plus entertaining features and profiles and convenient, useful advertising content.

I hope you won’t be upset if I missed listing your publication or your favorite source of news in this list. Let me know and you’ll get a shout-out in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

Want to help more? Check out the New Media Alliance Website and their update on the Local Journalism Sustainability Act.

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