Business news coverage in Baltimore
In our second week of the NewsTrust Baltimore pilot, we took a closer look at business news coverage, with a focus on real estate and development. Our guest host for this news hunt was Jay Rickey, the editor and publisher of Citybizlist Real Estate Baltimore, and he helped surface business news stories from a variety of Maryland publications. This news hunt ran from Monday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 13.
Together, we found a number of good stories during the week, including follow-ups about a proposed Wal-Mart in the city and news about Superblock development. Also during the week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave her State of the City address, covering several business-related items. Census data was revealed in the later part of the week, which spurred a number of articles and analysis pieces.
- “Green” Walmart Project Represented By State Sustainable Growth Chair Seeks Waiver From 2007 Stormwater Law - Baltidome
- City officials vow Hilton Baltimore will improve financially - Baltimore Business Journal
- The Sun Also Rises - Urbanite
- Utility reliability bill to be introduced in Md. - The Daily Record
- Report: Pentagon should help traffic at bases - The Associated Press
- For older, out-of-work residents, the future looks grim - The Baltimore Sun
- Business ‘Made Easy' gets qualified response - The Gazette
- Unemployed and Looking for Work? In Maryland, You’ve Got a Shot - Pikesville Patch
- 25th St. Station Wal-Mart Development Breaks Another Promise To Community - The Mobtown Shank
- Gauging the business contribution to state government funding - Center Maryland
- Education to Win the Future! - City Paper
During this week, we took a look at real estate and development in Baltimore City and County, as well as the state of Maryland, and found some interesting stories.
There was no shortage of news about real estate, both commercial and residential, and highlights included stores from The Baltimore Sun about vacant properties, green homes in the Oliver neighborhood, a state grant for development of an old printing plant, and the Superblock. Investigative Voice wrote about the struggling Convention Center hotel, and Bmore Media published a column about what other cities can learn from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
A proposed Wal-Mart in the city also drew some heat from independent blogs, including a piece from The Mobtown Shank and one from Baltidome. NewsTrust member Christopher Siple said: "I'm glad that blogs like Baltidome catch things like this that would otherwise fall through the cracks, and blogs like Shank can amplify it effectively."
Members had thoughtful comments on other stories, including Brittani Bowling's note about the Oliver homes piece from The Sun: "This story does a good job of painting a picture of improvement in East Baltimore. It brings in the point of view of experts, those affected, and gives hope in what might not typically be a very hopeful topic. I enjoyed reading this story."
Tina Carroll said of Sun reporter Edward Gunts' Superblock coverage: "Gunts' story highlights community sentiment in respects to an ongoing development project. This is something often overlooked by the media."
Over the final weekend of this news hunt, several sources covered a student protest at Read's Drug Store, a civil rights landmark, and we have a news comparison set up on the site this week to see who covered it best.
Thanks to our community
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This blog post was updated on Feb. 24, 2011, to correct the number of stories included in this news hunt.