Baltimore Banner officially launches, plans to expand to 70 journalists by end of year


The Baltimore Banner officially launched their digital news publication Tuesday, with a newsroom staff of 42 journalists that it plans to grow to about 70 reporters and editors by the end of the year.

John Waters and Mink Stole featured in new Calvin Klein ad campaign


Mink Stole and John Waters in a new ad for Calvin Klein.

Writer and filmmaker John Waters was the face of Nike in 2019. He modeled for Saint Laurent in 2020. This year, nothing comes between Waters and his Calvins, as he and best friend Mink Stole appear in a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein Inc.

Baltimore Fishbowl wins 11 MDDC Press Association awards, including ‘Best of Show’ nod


This photo was part of a photo gallery of Baltimore’s parks, which earned Baltimore Fishbowl second place for “Features-driven Multimedia Storytelling” in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association’s awards contest for work published in 2021. Photo credit: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography, LLC.

Baltimore Fishbowl won 11 awards – including a “Best of Show” recognition – in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association Contest this week for stories published in 2021.

Former WBAL radio show host and attorney Yuripzy Morgan to run for Congress


Former WBAL Radio talk radio show host Yuripzy Morgan is running for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. Photo courtesy of Yuripzy Morgan.

Former WBAL talk radio show host and attorney Yuripzy Morgan is running again to represent Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, after she ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2016.

As a Banner unfurls, Baltimore’s media landscape is changing


Baltimore’s media landscape is changing fast.

Baltimore’s biggest presses may have stopped turning, but the region’s news is flowing like never before.

Last month, when The Baltimore Sun shut down its Port Covington production facility and moved print operations to Delaware, it marked the end of one era in the region’s news landscape as another is blossoming.

MSNBC, Fox News programs put Baltimore back in national spotlight


Fox New commentator Tucker Carlson (right) criticized Baltimore on his show, while Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (left) defended herself against federal charges on MSNBC’s Joy Reid’s show, both on Tuesday night. Images courtesy of Fox News and MSNBC.

Baltimore was back in the cable news spotlight on Tuesday after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby defended herself against federal charges on Joy Reid’s show on MSNBC, and Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson urged people not to visit the city.

Baltimore Sun Media prints final paper in Baltimore, begins printing in Delaware


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Two months after announcing plans to move the printing of its newspapers to a plant in Wilmington, Del., Baltimore Sun Media has printed its final newspaper at the Sun Park printing plant in South Baltimore.

Baltimore Banner hires Sun reporters, other Baltimore-area journalists


The Baltimore Banner will welcome longtime Baltimore-area journalists, including some veteran Baltimore Sun reporters, to its staff. Image courtesy of The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism.

The Baltimore Banner is adding some longtime Baltimore Sun staff members and other Baltimore-area journalists to its roster as the new digital news outlet prepares to launch this year.

The Baltimore Banner names editor in chief, will operate under nonprofit Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism


(Left to right) Stewart Bainum Jr., chairman of The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism; Kimi Yoshino, editor in chief of The Baltimore Banner; and Imtiaz Patel, chief executive of the Venetoulis Institute. The Baltimore Banner is expected to launch in 2022 under the local news nonprofit Venetoulis Institute, which launched on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Photos courtesy of the Venetoulis Institute.

Los Angeles Times managing editor Kimi Yoshino has been named the inaugural editor in chief of The Baltimore Banner, an all-digital news outlet that is slated to launch in 2022.

The Baltimore Banner will be overseen by The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism, a nonprofit news organization in Baltimore whose launch was announced on Tuesday. The nonprofit is named after the late Ted Venetoulis, a former Baltimore County executive, television analyst and supporter of local news who died at the beginning of October.

Hotel executive who sought to buy The Baltimore Sun will launch digital news nonprofit The Baltimore Banner next year


Stewart Bainum Jr., chairman of Choice Hotels, plans to open a digital news nonprofit, The Baltimore Banner, next year, according to a report by The Atlantic. Bainum previously launched unsuccessful bids to buy The Baltimore Sun and its former parent company, Tribune Publishing, before they were acquired by Alden Global Capital in June 2021. Photo courtesy of Choice Hotels.

After his unsuccessful bid to buy The Baltimore Sun, Choice Hotels International chairman Stewart Bainum Jr. next year will launch The Baltimore Banner, an all-digital news outlet with a nonprofit model, The Atlantic first reported.

Baltimore Witness aims to harness data to make criminal justice reporting more transparent, accountable


D.C. Witness, a criminal justice data reporting nonprofit, already had plans to scale up their operations when the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020 fueled a summer of protests pushing for accountability.

It was time to take action, said founder and publisher Amos Gelb.

“We were thinking ‘It’s our moment,’” Gelb said. “We do something that nobody else does. We bring transparency. Everybody’s talking about this stuff. Now is the time to expand this.”

So they looked to Baltimore to branch out; it was an hour up the road from their Washington, D.C. roots, and Charm City was contending with its own criminal justice issues.

Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette staff members accept buyouts as Alden takes over


The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

At least six Baltimore Sun Media Group employees, including the editor of the Capital Gazette, three longtime Baltimore Sun editors, an opinion writer and a reporter, have taken buyouts from the newspapers’ new owner, Alden Global Capital.

WTMD general manager: planned acquisition of Towson music station by WYPR will be mutually beneficial


Photo via Towson University

WYPR’s plan to purchase WTMD from Towson University for $3 million needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission, and the two radio stations are working out operational details. But WTMD general manager Scott Mullins said the deal will benefit both stations.

Preserving your voice for the ages: StoryCorps returns to Baltimore


Story Corps

Baltimore’s street corner astronomer. A man who sold more than a million beers to baseball fans during his 43-year career as a vendor at Orioles games. The Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, whose portrait of Michelle Obama sits in the National Portrait Gallery. 

These are a few among many Baltimoreans who have had their life stories captured by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that has created the largest collection of human voices ever recorded. Starting next month, Baltimore residents will have the chance to record even more.

Trust and Truth in Journalism: Should our local newspapers be saved?


Author Carl Hiaasen will be part of the panel at the event. Hiaasen’s brother Rob was killed at the attack at the Capital Gazette in 2018.

Great Talk and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University will host a virtual event, “Truth & Trust in Journalism: Should Our Local Newspapers be Saved?”, on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.