AFRO newspaper to establish new headquarters in West Baltimore’s Upton Mansion

Upton Mansion. Photo courtesy of Maryor’s Office.

How The AFRO newspaper came to be depends on who you ask, said Rev. Dr. Frances Murphy Draper, great-granddaughter of the newspaper’s founder, John H. Murphy Sr.

If you ask the men in the family, Murphy Sr.’s wife, Martha–Draper’s great-grandmother–gifted her husband $200 to buy The AFRO name and a printing press at an auction. But if you ask the women in the family, the money was a loan, said Draper, who is the newspaper’s CEO and publisher, as well as the senior pastor at the Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.

Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette staffers take buyouts

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At least 11 Baltimore Sun Media Group employees accepted buyouts from Tribune Publishing, including three Capital Gazette journalists who reported on the shooting of their own newsroom, and long-time Sun journalists covering arts and University of Maryland athletics.

Tribune Publishing proposes buyouts, raising prospect of more Baltimore Sun departures

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Tribune Publishing, owner of more than a half dozen newspapers, including The Sun, is starting the new year offering company-wide buyouts, president and CEO Tim Knight announced in an email to employees.

Baltimore Sun, Chesapeake News Guild raise concerns about new investment from ‘destroyer of newspapers’

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

More than 400 journalists at Tribune Publishing newspapers, including dozens at outlets operated by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, petitioned the company’s board of directors to reaffirm a commitment to local journalism in the wake of investments by Alden Global Capital, once dubbed a “destroyer of newspapers.”

In response to one-star review, Atlas Restaurant Group attacks The Sun

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Baltimore Sun reviewer Christina Tkacik thought the crab cakes at The Choptank were bland, the french fries were “cardboard-stiff,” the calamari had too much Old Bay (if there is such a thing) and the atmosphere was stuffy.

Late Baltimore journalist Gwen Ifill to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp

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 A former Baltimore Evening Sun reporter will soon be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. 

WBAL’s Amara privately questioned Howard County Council, education board on school integration bill

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As a reporter for WBAL-TV, Kate Amara has covered murder trials, natural disasters, local government and protests, to name a few topics.

Since the spring, that has included at least four instances reporting on the goings-on in Howard County, topics that included the groundbreaking of a new court house, County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposals for mitigating floods in Ellicott City and a spate of tire and rim thefts police were investigating.

But in a Sept. 5 email sent to all the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Board of Education, she raised questions about a resolution calling on the school boundaries to be redrawn so the district is truly integrated–not as a reporter, she said, but as a resident and mother.

Mary Bubala joins Fox 45 as a reporter

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Months after asking a question on the air that many decried as racist, and subsequently being fired from WJZ, TV news anchor Mary Bubala has landed at WBFF Fox 45.

She started working at the station as a reporter yesterday, news director Mike Tomko told Baltimore Fishbowl. The Sun first reported the news of her hiring.

The Baltimore Sun Guild and Tribune Publishing agree on contract extension

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The Baltimore Sun Guild has accepted a three-year extension with Tribune Publishing, keeping in place step-increase raises for young journalists, merit raises and other protections from the newsroom’s previous contract.

And there’s still a chance for the across-the-board raise that Sun journalists have been publicly pushing for since the spring.

The Sun loses three key staffers as negotiations on a new contract continue

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

As newsroom employees continue their fight for wage increases, The Sun is losing three well-known staffers to other jobs.

City Hall reporter Ian Duncan is leaving for The Washington Post, and investigative reporter Doug Donovan and opinion editor Andrew Green are taking positions at Johns Hopkins University, sources at the newspaper confirmed.