Each and every year, Merrill College students at all levels are major award and scholarship winners. From student Emmy awards to the Broadcast Education Association, Society of Professional Journalists, The Big Ten Network and beyond, our students’ record reflects unparalleled excellence. They are #FearlessJournalists and #MerrillMade
Below you’ll find a listing of our award-winning students and scholarship winners for 2017 (many times awards are for work done the previous year). Earlier years are in subsequent pages.
Find out more about how you can be part of our award-winning heritage by contacting the undergraduate office at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
White House News Photographers Association
2017 “Eyes of History®” Student Competition
Narrated (Reporter) Package category:
Angelo Bavaro ’17
CNS: The Business of Moving On
Second Place – Michelle Chavez ’16
CNS: Survivor Quilt
Natural Sound Package category:
First Place – Alexandra Simon ’17
ViewFinder: Two Guys Feed the Fair
Second Place – Ryan Eskalis ’16
ViewFinder: Last Chance
Award of Excellence – Susann Shin ’17
ViewFinder: Cruising on Camels
Award of Excellence – Hannah Burton ’17 and Mackenzie Happe ’17
ViewFinder: The Southern Barnyard Runners
The top winners of the still, video, multimedia and student contests will be honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala on June 10, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the President of the United States.
NPPA 2017 Northern Short Course (Professional) Photo Contest Winners
Third place: Hannah Burton, Karen Castillo, Ryan Eskalis, Mya Green, Mackenzie Happe, Hannah Klarner, Susann Shin and Alexandra Simon: “ViewFinder Fall ‘16: Strength and Shame.”
Longform Multimedia Individual
Honorable mention: Ricky Lasser, “Forgiven”
During the awards dinner in Fairfax, Va. March 4, NPPA will honor Adjunct lecturer Bethany Swain with the Garland Award for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator.
Broadcast Education Association 2017 Festival of Arts winners – Feb. 2017
Television Hard News Category 1st Place:
Michelle Chavez, University of Maryland; Battling Gangs: Kids Struggle to Escape Recruitment.
Television Newscast (airing 3 days per week or less)
2nd Place: Simone Thomas, Angelo Bavaro, Faye Curran & Staff, University of Maryland; Maryland Newsline November 30:
Best of Festival:
Television Hard News Category
Ryan Eskalis & Susann Shin, University of Maryland; ViewFinder: Blindsided
Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category
1st Place: Ricky Lasser, University of Maryland; ViewFinder: Forgiven
Television News Magazine Category
1st Place: Hannah Burton, Ryan Eskalis, Mya Green, Susann Shin, Hannah Klarner, Alexandra Simon, Karen Castilo, Mackenzie Happe, University of Maryland; ViewFinder Fall ’16: Strength and Shame.
2nd Place: Hannah Burton & Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland; ViewFinder: The Missing Half.
(The ViewFinder were produced for the campus PALS project in Howard County and Anne Arundel County.)
Ellie Silverman ’17 awarded 8th place in the Hearst Enterprise Reporting contest. A press release said this was “the 57th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 106 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate. 119 enterprise writing entries were received in this competition from 66 schools.”