When it comes to news about Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun is at the center of it all, from uncovering corruption at City Hall, chronicling what’s happening in the city’s streets to defending Charm City against a White House attack.
During the recent Communicator Summit in Baltimore, our Managing Partner Jeffrey Davis led a keynote discussion with a panel of The Sun editors and columnists about what it’s like covering the complex narrative that makes Baltimore one of the most desirable markets for breaking and off-beat news.
From covering the impact of the squeegee workers and the politics behind the deal to keep the Preakness in Baltimore, to tracking an ever-escalating murder scene, there is more than enough material to satisfy anyone interested in journalism. The Sun’s editors understand the role they play and the power of their team of 150 journalists – way more than any other local news organization – to keep tabs on a city that is equally beloved for being down-to-earth, quirky and real.
While many Baltimoreans acknowledge the city has issues, they don’t take kindly to slams against its reputation, especially from outsiders. Witness the citywide reactions, including a blunt next-day Sun editorial after President Trump tweeted that Baltimore is a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
The Baltimore narrative is complicated, for sure, and Jeff guided the panelists through a thought-provoking session packed with insight into what it takes to draft, package, produce and deliver what some call the daily miracle.
In the photo it’s Jeff, left, along with The Baltimore Sun journalists, left to right, Tricia Bishop, deputy editorial page editor, David Zurawik, media critic and CNN commentator, Lillian Reed, breaking news reporter, and Samuel C. Davis, managing editor.
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