Dean Lucy Dalglish talks about teaching FOIA to college students during a FOIA after 50 panel discussion during a Sunshine Week panel at the National Archives on March 13, 2017. Audio courtesy the National Archives.

During the spring, 2017 semester, Merrill journalist Carly Kempler ’18 is producing a series of podcasts to highlight programs, events, faculty, staff and students here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

This page will also include podcasts/audio from other Merrill College events, including Povich Center Podcasts, events and commencement exercises.

Week of March 13: There’s been a lot happening with Merrill over the last couple of weeks as students gear up to leave for Spring Break. We wrapped up Giving Day, raising more than $30,000 – making it out best year yet. The class of 2017 asked Washington Post reporter, Dave Fahrenthold, to be this year’s commencement speaker; Fahrenthold accepted, and also attended a lecture at Merrill last week. In addition, a number of Merrill students and faculty were honored with various awards for their work and teaching. We also discuss an upcoming event in April, Social Justice Day, in which Merrill faculty will discuss the today’s issue of media and inequality.

Week of March 5: As Merrill College prepares for its fourth annual Giving Day, we sat down with LeLe LeVay, the college’s assistant dean for external relations, to learn more about the opportunities to give back. This year Merrill College is focused on providing funds for students scholarships, especially as Merrill continues to be a destination school for many out-of-state students.

Week of Feb. 13: Celebrating sports and faculty; we hear from Beth Mechum, coordinator for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism as she talks about different opportunities for students. Various professional organizations recognized a number of Merrill students with awards and NPPA will also be honoring Merrill College lecturer, Bethany Swain, at their awards ceremony next month in Fairfax, Virginia. Continuing the celebration of our accomplished faculty and students, we hear from faculty member Cassandra Clayton and adjunct lecturer Renee Poussaint, as they discuss their careers and different obstacles minorities face in the journalism field.

Callie Caplan ’17 covers the Super Bowl. In her first podcast of the spring semester, Carly interviews Callie Caplan ’17, who spent a week in Houston covering the showdown between New England and Atlanta.

Merrill student George Gerbo '17 producing a Povich Center Podcast in Knight Hall.Povich Center Podcasts – 2017

George Gerbo ’17 and Povich Center Director George Solomon interviews The Undefeated’s Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida commemorating the one year anniversary of the ESPN website that promises it is “Not conventional, never boring.” Merida and two of his students appeared in Knight Hall the evening of Feb. 21 to talk about their effort to report and analyze news and issues in the black community.  See the Povich Center report on the event by .

Merrill student George Gerbo’s first Povich Center Podcast includes Povich Center Director George Solomon talking with the Washington Post sports reporter Chelsea Janes and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian ’78. The Feb. 9 Podcast was part of the first Povich event of the spring semester that focused on covering baseball. See the Storify about this event.

Fall Commencement – Dec. 21, 2016

View the video of Merrill College’s commencement exercise and individual speeches on our YouTube Channel.

Featured Speaker Connie Mitchell Ford:

Student Speaker Dymond Greene:

Dean Lucy Dalglish: Speak Truth To Power:

Povich Sports Symposium: The Future of Sports on TV

The members of the panel talk about jobs in sports journalism. Nov. 16, 2016:

During the Fall, 2016 semester, Merrill journalist Simone Thomas ’17 is producing a series of podcasts to highlight programs, events, faculty, staff and students here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Final Podcast of the semester: Tom Bettag, distinguished visiting fellow, shares his thoughts on Tuesday’s panel “Weapons of Mass Disruption: Attacks on America and Our Elections,” featuring Ted Koppel, former Nightline anchor, and Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), former director of the NSA; Hannah Klarner prepares for ViewFinder’s final screening this Thursday; George Solomon, director of the Shirley Povich Center, talks about the Povich Center’s third panel at the Newseum. Thanks to Simone Thomas for a great semester of podcasts highlighting all the great things going on at Merrill College!

Week of Nov.7: CNS Election 2016 Coverage; Sue Kopen Katcef, CNS Broadcast Bureau Director, talks about the progress CNS has made over the years; senior Teresa Lo shares her election night experience; Tom Bettag, distinguished visiting fellow, discusses the results of election 2016; George Solomon, director of the Shirley Povich Center, encourages students to attend the center’s 11th annual symposium.

Week of October 31: CNS Election 2016 coverage, Merrill College Graduate Programs Open House; Master’s students Rachel McNair and Dystany Muse get ready for graduation next month; Ph.D. student Pallavi Guha discusses the focus of her dissertation.

Week of Oct. 24: Shelby Gluck, Merrill College recruitment coordinator, explains the importance of J-Day; Knight Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation Leslie Walker, prepares for a comedic news project; Humphrey Fellow Director Serap Rada and Merrill College’s Humphrey Fellows attend the Global Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.; Humphrey Fellow Evin Tas discusses her pursuits in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

Week of Oct. 17: Craig Weisenfeld talks about his experience at the Merrill College Internship and Career Fair; Adrianne Flynn, Internships and Career Development Director, shares her pride in Merrill alumni; Sophomore Ryan Romano stresses the importance of networking; Sophomore Savannah Williams advises students to approach the Career Fair fair without fear.

Week of Oct. 10: Maggie Gottlieb is selected as one of two CNS reporters to travel to London to cover the election from an English point of view; Michelle Chavez appears on FOX 5 to talk about the student perspective on election coverage; Freshman Max Marcilla is already Merrill made; Freshman Jillian Atelsek talks about her experience and plans for this semester.

Week of Oct. 3: Merrill College Board of Visitors meeting; interview with CNN Correspondent and BOV Member Chris Frates; ViewFinder class focuses on drug abuse in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis as part of the PALS program; former adjunct professor (and Ph.D. student) Rob Wells talks about the CNS nursing home project; Lecturer Josh Davidsburg talks about how the Sony FS5 adds new technology for Merrill College students; events calendar.

Week of Sept. 26: Sarah Oates, professor and senior scholar, discusses her research on election coverage with PhD students; senior Kofie Yeboah talks about the Star Student Award he won with Michael Stern and Justin Meyer from the Povich Sports Center; senior Danielle Ohl, editor in chief of The Diamondback, talks about her plans for the paper this semester; freshman Lindsey Collins is already prepared to be a fearless journalist.

Week of Sept. 12: CNS takes “Best of the Best” SPJ MOEy Award for “The Brothel Next Door” project; New Visiting Professor Connie Mitchell Ford teaches business journalism; Tom Bettag’s Election 2016 class and Freshmen students Emily Waldenberg and Lauren Critelli are Merrill-ready volunteers.

Spring Commencement 2016

Dean Lucy Dalglish introduces the Merrill College journalism majors during Main Commencement:

Merrill College student speaker Jessie Karangu. He is introduced by Dean Lucy Dalglish.

ESPN SportsCenter Host and Alumnus Scott Van Pelt gave the commencement address. Again, he was introduced by Dean Dalglish.

Ph.D. Director and Professor Sarah Oates introduces Ph.D. graduating student Tanya Lokot:


During the Spring, 2016 semester, student Amanda Eisenberg ’16 is producing a series of podcasts to highlight programs, events, faculty, staff and students here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Week of May 1: Last podcast of the semester; lecturer Josh Davidsburg discusses his innovation in broadcasting capstone class; internship and career development director Adrianne Flynn runs through Merrill students’ summer internships; senior Erica Tropp talks about her internship at Weight Watchers magazine; junior RJ Kaminski looks to break $1 million with his nonprofit; Shirley Povich Center to host end-of-the-year reception and sports journalism camp.

Week of April 24: Senior Jessie Karangu and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt are chosen as commencement speakers for the class of 2016; associate professor and Future of Information Alliance co-director Ira Chinoy discusses virtual reality; Merrill development coordinator Kayla Newton talks about Maryland Day; Povich Center to hold a sports panel Saturday; junior Michael Stern accepts position at USA Today Sports following his internship.

Week of April 10: Pulitzer Prize-winning adjunct lecturer Dan Keating discusses his new Washington Post data story; junior Jake Eisenberg prepares for play-by-play announcing gig in Cape Cod; senior Matt Bylis to start anchoring job in North Carolina; Capital News Service exceeds fundraising campaign; senior Peter Eliopoulos talks about the end of this semester’s CNS broadcasts; listen to junior Michael Stern direct Thursday’s final CNS broadcast.

Week of April 3: Disgraced New York Times journalist Jayson Blair speaks at ethics class; senior Jaclyn Turner to take journalism seminar in Madrid; doctoral student Rob Wells hired by the University of Arkansas; Capital News Service launches fundraising campaign; junior Allison Thompson produces a story package about Good Neighbor Day.

Week of March 28: Computational Journalist Jennifer Stark on open sourced news bots; Povich Center panel on the future of college soccer with Maryland Men’s Soccer Coach Sasho Cirovski;   Diamondback Assistant Sports Editor Joshua Needelman talks about covering the men’s basketball team; Junior Alex Theriot on her study abroad experience in London; WMUC to broadcast Terps baseball games in Spanish; New Diamondback Editors.

Week of March 21: Merrill College is unanimously recommended for reaccreditation; Master’s student Alison Burns; Women’s basketball starting guard and Merrill graduate student Chloe Pavlech; Knight Chair Dana Priest talks about the upcoming Sadat Forum on cyber spying; NPPA event March 25 with adjunct Tim Jacobson talking photocomposition; upcoming events.

Weeks of Feb. 29-March 11: Student Alessia Grunberger talks press freedom; Diamondback reporter Callie Caplan celebrates Hearst sports writing award; Face Time with the Pros; Terp Thon; Alumni News: Trisch L. Smith named one of top 100 most influential blacks in corporate America.

Weeks of Feb. 15-26: CNS “In Poor Health” series; BEA Awards; Grace Toohey’16 and her “Family Circus;” CNS 25th Anniversary event; Upcoming events.

Weeks of Feb. 1-12: Pulitzer Prize-winners Dana Priest and Deborah Nelson attend a 100th anniversary party, Ph.D. Rob Wells talks about his dissertation and more!

Winter Commencement 2015

Merrill College’s Winter 2015 Commencement featured Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag as featured speaker. Here’s his speech, with an introduction from Dean Lucy Dalglish:

Winter Commencement student speaker was senior broadcast journalism major Shannon Clash. She was also introduced by Dean Dalglish:

Dean Dalglish closed commencement with some wonderful words of encouragement for our graduates: “So please, go out into the world, listen to people, and tell their stories. You will do an awesome job.”

Kristine Auble

During the Fall, 2015 semester, student Kristine Auble’17 produced a series of podcasts to highlight programs, events, faculty, staff and students here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Week of Dec. 7, 2015: Diane Huffman; MJ Day; Google Search Research; Ph.D. student Amy Wu.

Week of Nov. 30, 2015: Winter commencement speaker Tom Bettag; Student speaker Shannon Clash; UMD Women’s Chorus features Merrill students.

Week of Nov. 16, 2015: Scott Van Pelt visits Knight Hall; The Left Bench wins awards; Photojournalist Patrick Smith.

Week of Nov. 9, 2015: University of Missouri protests & Dean Lucy Dalglish; Professor Sarah Oates & the Merrill College Ph.D. program; Ph.D. student Rob Wells; Study Abroad programs discussion with advisor Conrad Zeutenherst; Junior Erica Bonelli’s study abroad experience; Thoren Tritter on Auschwitz Fellowship Program.

Week of Nov. 2, 2015: Terps Against Hunger event; Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Assoc. J-Day; Shirley Povich Center 10th Anniversary.

Week of Oct. 26, 2015: New Sony field cameras; Merrill student Jake Russell’s new Washington National’s book; National Jump Rope Champion Lauren Bork and her passion for sports.

Week of Oct. 19, 2015: Merrill College Internship and Career Fair; Resume and Cover Letter Workshop.

Week of Oct. 5, 2015: Adjunct lecturer Scott Rensberger workshop; Freshman Sarah Malano; Adjunct lecturer and alumnus Jon Sham.

Week of Sep. 28, 2015: Tom Bettag joins Merrill College as a Visiting Fellow; Producer and alumna Lori Beecher; CNN’s Chris Frates; CNS Pope Francis coverage.