Laurel, Md….What do local media cover and why? Wednesday, April 22 Melanie Dzwonchyk Editor of The Laurel Leader, Harris Hamil from The Washington Post, Audrey Barnes, Laurel Communications Director and former Fox TV Reporter, and Jeffrey Lyles, Managing Editor of the PG Gazette will share the inside story on what gets online, on TV and in print. The panel will also explore how media and their jobs have changed. Sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society, Local Media: The Inside Scoop on What’s Covered & Why starts at 7:00pm at the Laurel Pool Room at 9th and Main Streets.
Local Media: The Inside Scoop on What’s Covered & Why is the first in a five-part series called: The Rest of the Story, designed to complement the Laurel Museum’s current exhibit: “Ripped From The Headlines: Laurel in the News”, which runs through December 20. Future programs includeMay 14: The Laurel Remembers the Wallace Assassination; July 9Cold Case Solved: The Stephanie Watson Murder, September 10 Reporting on Integration at Laurel's Schools andOctober8, Flu, Measles and More: Vaccinations and Epidemics Then and Now.
The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Group tours by appointment. The Laurel Museum, next door, will be open from 6-7:00 prior to the April22 meeting.Admission is free. The John Calder Brennan research library, which includes newly digitized copies ofThe Laurel Leader from 1897-2008 is open by appointment Monday-Friday.. The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Md. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.laurelhistoricalsociety.org.
About the Presenters:
Melanie Dzwonchyk began her career at the Laurel Leader as a freelancer in 1993, joining the staff in 1995. She served as features editor under Joe Murchison and since 2008, as editor of the Laurel Leader. In January 2014 her portfolio expanded, and today she is also news editor of the Howard County Times and the Columbia Flier. Hamil Harris is an award-winning journalist who has been at theWashington Post since 1992, and has chronicled stories from September 11 to the Million Man March. His series “Being a Black Man,” on which he was a reporter, won two Emmys, a Peabody Award and the Casey Medal. Hamil is currently a multi-platform reporter on the Local Desk of the Post where he writes shoots photos and produces videos for the print and online editions. Jeffrey Lyles, Managing Editor of the Prince George’s Gazette, has been with the paper since 1998, starting as a reporter for the Port Town Papers. He has served as a reporter, movie critic and also as assistant managing editor for The Laurel Gazette. Since then he has risen to the position of Managing Editor, where he sees one of his primary goals as helping reporters excel in the field. Audrey Barnes has been Laurel’s Director of Communications since 2014, and has extensively expanded the City’s use of social and multi-media platforms, and totally revamped Laurel TV. Prior coming to Laurel she worked 32 years in television as a reporter and anchor. Her career, which began at the University of Maryland and Northwestern University, included working in Detroit; Flint, Mich.; Baltimore; and Washington including Fox 5 and WUSA.##