Below the Fold

From the Baltimore Brew crew, a behind-the-scenes look at what we do…

  “Ha ha, so not a surprise.” “Shocking…not!!” We get applause but also the occasional eye-roll these days for our accountability reporting – like last week’s piece about how tax cuts promised by the mayor as a selling point for Horseshoe Baltimore probably won’t happen, thanks to the casino’s lower-than-expected revenues. We get where the [...]

Plus kudos from Baltimore Magazine and other recent news about – instead of from – Baltimore Brew. Many thanks to the publications that have been writing about our Old School/New Wave approach to covering local news here in Baltimore. We’re overdue to recognize these nice plaudits. (Gracias to the folks involved for your patience.) For [...]

Last Thursday, I sent an email to the Mayor’s Office of Communications asking for some basic responsiveness: Please return our emailed queries and phone calls about stories. Please send us the same routine emails you send to other members of the media. Lately, more so than usual, they haven’t been. It’s a shame because, even [...]

  Yesterday, I had an unusual (for me) experience – I testified in Annapolis on behalf of a bill. Turns out, Maryland’s shield law for reporters does not fully include online journalists. Aiming to correct the problem, Del. Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Baltimore) introduced HB-385. I agreed to go down, as the editor/publisher of Baltimore [...]

We love bringing you hot news over here at Baltimore Brew, but this post is a little different: it’s a scoop about us. Thanks to our new fiscal sponsor, Fusion Partnerships, Inc., the contributions that readers make to support The Brew are now tax deductible. You’ve probably seen the “Contribute Today” buttons on our homepage. [...]

A nice end-of-the-year honor for Baltimore Brew associate editor and senior reporter Mark Reutter comes from Doni Glover of www.bmorenews.com. Tonight at “REBIRTH,” an event celebrating Bmorenews’ 11 years of “covering the news from a community perspective,” Reutter will be one of the people receiving the Joe Mann Black Capital Awards. “As is our tradition, [...]

—————————————————————————————————– Reading through Mark Reutter’s superb Harbor Point coverage as I worked to make it accessible in one place (see below), I realized it was a great example of what sets The Brew apart from other local journalism. (Forgive us for tooting our own horn, but we’re pushing ourselves to do more of that with [...]

Regarding our latest City Hall story, the above document shows that TeleCommunication Systems submitted the highest bid for staffing city agencies with IT personnel – fully $4.4 million higher than ICS Nett. So how did the Bureau of Purchases end up recommending TeleCom to the Board of Estimates yesterday? (Well, it recommended the Hanover-based company [...]

“Like to confirm or squelch a rumor?” we asked Ian Brennan, a spokesman for mayors Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Sheila Dixon, by email yesterday. Amid reporting by The Brew that Brennan is moving to a $92,000-a-year job as the Fire Department’s PIO – and that he is a civilian unlike his predecessor PIOs – the Internet [...]

Baltimore Brew Is

A daily news website that gets behind development deals, tracks campaign cash, features outsider artists and offers gazpacho recipes with equal verve. We’ve become a municipal must-read.

Since former Washington Post reporter Fern Shen launched the Brew a few years ago, the site has won plaudits from publications ranging from the Baltimore City Paper, which named it the best local on-line news site three years in a row, to the New York Times, which calls it “a reason for cheer.”

Stories from the Brew