Summer is here, and it’s time for our annual break to give our staff a chance to get away from their computers and get outside — something we hope everyone else is doing as well.

In case you’re at a loss for what to do this summer, the Bulletin Board in this issue is chock-full of activities and events on tap around the watershed. Likewise, there are great ideas for places to explore in our expanded Bay Journeys section this issue, including a special National Park Service supplement highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Although we don’t publish the next Bay Journal until the end of August, we’ll still cover the Bay, blogging and providing information at www.bayjournal.com. We hope you’ll stay in touch. And if you’re not the browsing type, there are several other ways that you can keep up with us:

≈ Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, which each Monday presents everything posted to our website the previous week. You can subscribe by going to our website, clicking the subscribe tab, and filling out the form. (You don’t need to give up your snail-mailed print subscription to get the weekly newsletter).

≈ “Like” us on our Facebook page, which highlights Bay Journal articles and content from other media outlets.

≈ Follow us on Twitter, which will alert you to new website posts and other Bay-related information.

We are also planning to spend time redesigning the print Bay Journal, and will launch a marketing study to help us reach a larger audience in the future — assuming that we come back to our desks after stepping outside.

 

Pass on your Bay Journal

While we’re plotting a marketing effort to expand the reach of the Bay Journal, you can help us grow our audience. Reader surveys show that one of the main ways people learn about the us is through a relative, friend or co-worker who already gets the publication. So when you’re finished with your copy, please help us find new subscribers by passing it on to someone else. It’s a great way to recycle as well.

Reporters wanted

The Bay Journal is looking to expand its coverage of Bay issues, especially as they relate to local government and community involvement in Chesapeake cleanup and restoration efforts.

We are seeking reporters to find and write about local government and community activities dealing with the Bay and its watershed. Candidates should have proven skills, if not experience, in researching, interviewing and writing. We’re looking for someone who can accurately translate often complex issues and make them understandable to the general public in articles that are clear, compelling and maybe even a little entertaining, if warranted. A solid knowledge of Bay issues and local government operations is important. Newspaper experience is not essential, but candidates should have a grasp of news writing style, a track record of writing for publications and the ability to meet deadlines. Willingness to travel occasionally for assignments and meetings is essential.

These may be part-time or full-time positions. Reporters will be expected to work from home. Candidates in Virginia and Pennsylvania are especially encouraged to apply. Pay is competitive.

Submit a resume, published writing samples and references by Aug. 5 to Karl Blankenship, Bay Journal, 619 Oakwood Dr., Seven Valleys, PA 17360.

Chesapeake Media Service, the publisher of the Bay Journal, is a 501(c)3 organization and an equal opportunity employer.

 

Corrections

A story in the May issue about restoring the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia misnamed Jorge Bogantes Montero, stewardship specialist with the Anacostia Watershed Society. It also incorrectly spelled out the chemical name for PAHs; they are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

In the June issue, the date of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Taste of the Chesapeake was wrong. The event takes place Tuesday, Sept. 15

The Bay Journal regrets the errors.