Merrill Journalists Investigate Gambling in Maryland

The State of Maryland depends on gambling to pay its bills. Lottery and casino dollars make up the fourth biggest source of revenue in the state budget. Players dream of hitting it big, while Annapolis and casino companies are cashing in.

 

The Wonderful Povich Center Series Continues

Jason Whitlock was born in Warren Township in East Indianapolis. He was drawn to sports and journalism at a young age.

 

The Invisible Injury

Professor Chris Harvey's spring 2014 health reporting capstone class takes a deep look at the impact of head injuries on our most vulnerable athletes -- and examines the steps school districts are taking to safeguard them.

 

Maryland Is Now A Member of the B1G 10!

Watch the University of Maryland video to hear Dean Lucy Dalglish talk about how membership in the B1G will impact the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

 

UMTV Programming Streamed Live

UMTV - the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's cable TV station - is now streaming its programming live. Take a look!

 

The Source Latest from Merrill's Students, Faculty, Programs and Centers

Dean Lucy Dalglish: Welcome!

Photo by John Consoli

The end of the semester is upon us.

We were thrilled to welcome WUSA9 reporter Andrea McCarren as our Merrill College commencement speaker on Thursday, May 22. She has remade herself as a journalist many times and shared those experiences and suggestions about where the jobs are with our graduates. Congratulations to David Oliver - who is our student commencement speaker.

It is wonderful to see the hard work of our faculty and students rewarded with news that the college won three national first place Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Capital News Service won for best newscast in the nation and two ViewFinder stories took first place honors. We had four national finalists as well. Congratulations to everyone!

It was also great to watch as Merrill freshman Simone Thomas was honored as a scholarship recipient during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. She got a great hug from the President.

I joined a number of staff and faculty who attended a recent Washington Nationals baseball game to honor our own Povich Center Director George Solomon, who was inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

The Journalism Interactive Conference was a huge success and drew journalists and students from across the nation and world. Faculty members Leslie Walker and Kalyani Chadha who led the effort with the help of many Merrill College faculty and staff.

Maryland Day on April 26 was a great success - drawing some 80,000 visitors to campus. We had a wonderful alumni reception, great attendance at virtually all our events and even welcomed Dr. Loh to UMTV. He and I had fun pretending to be TV anchors on the CNS Broadcast set in the Eaton Broadcast Studio in Tawes Hall.

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Faculty in the News

George Solomon

Povich Sports Director George Solomon was inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame April 27 during a Nationals game vs. the San Diego Padres. Before coming to Maryland, Solomon was the long-time Assistant Managing Editor/Sports at The Washington Post.  He and the Povich Center were also featured in a February, 2014 Baltimore Sun article - "Athletics -It's Not All Fun and Games."

Professor Linda Steiner is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Media & Gender, which offers a comprehensive examination of media and gender studies in 59 chapters. 

 
 

Senior Lecturer Deborah Nelson appointed Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism starting in August, 2014 by Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh. Nelson teaches courses on investigative reporting, media law and non-fiction war literature.

Assistant Professor Ron Yaros appointed associate professor starting in August, 2014 by University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh. Yaros was also featured in a Campus Technology article - "From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom."

Dr. Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton chair of broadcast journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, recently traveled to Russia to lecture on investigative reporting on social issues for television news.  
 

Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha has been selected as a 2013-2014 Faculty Lilly Fellow by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Professor and Senior Scholar Sarah Oates publishes a new book - "Revolution Stalled - The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere." Read more on the Oxford University Press website.

 

Breaking News from Capital News Service

The latest Maryland political and policy news from Merrill student reporters in our Annapolis, Washington and College Park news bureaus.

 
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Student Journalism Projects

All In: Maryland's Big Bet on Gambling

The State of Maryland depends on gambling to pay its bills. Lottery and casino dollars make up the fourth biggest source of revenue in the state budget. Players dream of hitting it big, while Annapolis and casino companies are cashing in. Merrill College students from four Capstone classes and CNS collaborated on this project. They followed the money through data analysis, street reporting and video storytelling to document who’s winning -  and who’s losing.
 

The Invisible Injury: Concussions in Teen Sports

"The Invisible Injury: Concussions in Teen Sports" was reported and produced in spring 2014 by a health reporting capstone class at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The project, led by faculty member and editor Chris Harvey, takes a deep look at the impact of head injuries on our most vulnerable athletes -- and examines the steps school districts are taking to safeguard them. The project benefitted from input by editors at Kaiser Health News in Washington, D.C. Follow updates about concussions on social media: #concussions on Twitter, "Teens and Sports Concussions" on Pinterest.

Marylanders Brace for New Natural Gas Export Facility

A Capital News Service multimedia investigation of a proposed LNG export terminal at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay. The current facility was designed to handle imports of natural gas. But the US is now the worlds largest producer of natural gas and is looking to create facilities to export the energy resource. The plan to export gas has raised questions across the state about whether the plant will be a boon for the economy or cause significant damage to the environment.

Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting Projects

Students in the college's Urban Affairs Reporting class use Baltimore as a laboratory to cover issues of importance to cities.  The class is taught by Sandy Banisky, Merrill's Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism, a former deputy managing editor of The (Baltimore) Sun. Their most recent project was a look at Baltimore's public transit woes. Read the story on the CNS website.

News21

Student journalists from the University of Maryland and other universities around the country annually take part in the News21: Carnegie-Knight Initiative program - based at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - to deeply investigate an issue of import. Past investigations have looked at voter rights, food and transportation safety and most recently, post 9/11 veterans. The multiplatform stories are widely carried by media. The News21 project for 2014 is a look at gun issues around the U.S. and is now online.

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