Bay Journal

Bay Journal Media, Inc.

Bay Journal Media is a nonprofit news organization covering environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay region. Our mission is to produce and expand high quality, in-depth reporting on environmental issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed, maximizing opportunities to inform our audience and inspiring people to protect, restore and preserve the region’s natural and cultural heritage. As a nonprofit news organization, these products are funded by grants and donations and available to readers free of charge.

Chesapeake Bay Journal

The Bay Journal — the premier source of in-depth environmental news in the Chesapeake Bay region — celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. The print edition is published 10 times per year with an average of 40 pages per issue.

Bay Journal News Service

The Bay Journal News Service distributes articles from the Bay Journal for free use in other publications and web sites, extending our reach through large and small media outlets across the region (many of which lack the resources to produce such materials for themselves). These articles reach more than 300,000 people each month.

Special projects have included the Mid-day on the Bay radio show (with WYPR in Baltimore); a conference on economic and population growth in the region; and a documentary about blue crabs, titled Beautiful Swimmers.


Bay Journal Media consistently reaches people engaged with actions and policies that affect conservation, environmental science and outdoor experiences in the region — in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District Columbia, with additional readers in New York, West Virginia and beyond.

  • 77 percent consider the Bay Journal to be their most trusted source of information about the regional environment — more than other media, environmental groups or government agencies.
  • 75 percent said the Bay Journal greatly adds to their understanding of Bay issues.
  • 65 percent said that it greatly informs their conversations with others about conservation and environmental issues related to the Bay and its rivers.
  • 50 percent have used the Bay Journal travel articles to plan Bay-related trips.
  • The Bay Journal is used in school curricula; as briefing materials for policy makers; as the starting point for journalists pursing their own articles; and is reproduced in other publications and websites.

Board of Directors

  • President, Tom Lewis, Gallagher Evelius & Jones (ret.)
  • Vice-President, Mary Barber, RTI International
  • Treasurer, Frank Felbaum, Wild Resource Conservation Fund (ret.) and Keystone Conservationist magazine (ret.)
  • Secretary, Karl Blankenship, Bay Journal Editor-in-Chief
  • Bill Eichbaum, World Wildlife Fund

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