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 inspire 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 32 pages per issue, reaching approximately 30,000 subscribers and an estimated total readership of 60,000 people. Additional news coverage is provided through the web site.

Chesapeake Bay Journeys

Bay Journeys covers outdoors and heritage travel in the Chesapeake region, encouraging people to explore, appreciate, and protect the region’s special places. Print articles appears as a monthly insert in the Bay Journal; spring and fall editions are distributed to tourism venues throughout the region. Additional content is provided through the web site.

Bay Journal News Service

The Bay Journal News Service distributes articles from the Bay Journal and Bay Journeys 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/Bay Journeys 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, Frank Felbaum, Wild Resource Conservation Fund  (ret.) and Keystone Conservationist magazine (ret.)

President-Elect, Tom Lewis, Gallagher Evelius & Jones (ret.)

Secretary, Karl Blankenhip, Bay Journal Editor

Chris Conner

Tom Horton


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