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Peter Schmuck, advertising staffer take buyouts from Baltimore Sun

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Sports columnist Peter Schmuck, whose byline has been in The Sun‘s pages for three decades, took a buyout from the city’s daily newspaper.

A member of the advertising staff also took the offer, said environment, science and weather reporter Scott Dance, who serves as unit chair of The Sun‘s union–meaning the newsroom is now protected from layoffs through the month of June.

Baltimore Sun staff wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Healthy Holly’ coverage

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The Baltimore Sun staff won the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the newspaper’s investigatory work on former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s children’s book line, ultimately exposing the series as a scheme Pugh used to enrich herself and part of a larger pattern of self-dealing on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Under increased pressure as more and more book deals were revealed by The Sun and other outlets, Pugh took a leave of absence in April 2019 before resigning one month later.

In November, the disgraced former mayor pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax charges.

Five top executives resigned from the non-profit hospital operator, and state lawmakers passed ethics legislation reforming its board of directors.

The citation credits The Sun staff for “illuminating, impactful reporting on a lucrative, undisclosed financial relationship between the city’s mayor and the public hospital system she helped to oversee.”

Baltimore Sun union agrees to permanent pay cuts, furloughs

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

The Baltimore Sun’s newsroom union agreed to permanent pay cuts for employees making $67,000 per year or more and to furloughs, two cost-cutting measures proposed by Tribune Publishing under the threat of layoffs, the union said.

The Baltimore Sun Guild, the newspaper’s unit within the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, said management was threatening to lay off five newsroom staffers next week.

Tribune furloughs non-union staff making between $40K-$67K, seeks cuts from union

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Tribune Publishing, owner of The Baltimore Sun, today announced three-week furloughs for non-union employees who make between $40,000 and $67,000 a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore magazine combines June/July issues, tells stories of people on ‘front lines’ of pandemic

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The covers of Baltimore magazine’s past three issues, including their April “Home-Owners’ Survival Guide.” Image courtesy of Baltimore magazine.

Baltimore magazine will combine its June and July issues for a special issue featuring the stories of people on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The magazine’s president, Michael Teitelbaum, said in a letter to readers that COVID-19 and “the corresponding financial pain it is causing”–including the halt in advertising in the magazine’s pages–contributed to the decision to combine the issues.

The virus has also made it difficult for the magazine’s writers and photographers to access subjects for stories, Teitelbaum said.

As such, the magazine decided to combine the issues to give the coronavirus subject “the time and attention that it deserves,” editor-in chief Max Weiss told Baltimore Fishbowl.

Q&A: MPT’s Rhea Feikin discusses her career on TV, retirement and more

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For more than five decades, Rhea Feikin has graced the television screens in Marylanders’ homes, first as the star of the educational program “Betty Better Speech” and children’s show “Miss Rhea and Sunshine,” both on WBAL. Then, with the help of a puppet named J.P., she read the weather on the station’s newscasts.

But most know Feikin as the “First Lady” of Maryland Public Television, where she has worked since the 1970s, starting out as a freelancer before becoming a correspondent on the “Consumer Survival Kit” and, eventually, the host of the arts series “Artworks,” interview series “Impressions” and the localized “Antiques Roadshow” program “Chesapeake Collectibles,” among other shows. Perhaps her most prominent role at the station was as the on-air host of the pledge drive specials.

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

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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’

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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.”

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