COLLEGE PARK (4/17/18) — Journalism published by students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism won 21 of 46 categories this past weekend in a regional Society of Professional Journalists contest.

In addition, more than 20 other projects were finalists in Region 2 of the society’s Mark of Excellence Awards.

Region 2 includes colleges and universities in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Students working for the college’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder visual storytelling team won awards, as did students working for the university’s independent campus newspaper, The Diamondback.

Regional winners compete in the national competition, the winners of which will be notified in late spring. National winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 in Baltimore.

These are the winners and finalists:

Newspaper

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Following the homicide of Richard Collins,” Staff of The Diamondback

General News Reporting (Large)
Finalist: “UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” Staff of The Diamondback

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “‘I can never escape,'” by Taylor Swaak, The Diamomdback
Finalist: “‘Undocumented and unafraid‘: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: “Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football,” by Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback
Finalist: “Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland’s remain silent. Why?” by Kyle Melnick, The Diamondback

Editorial Writing
Winner: “In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity,” by The Diamondback Editorial Board

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: “Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever,” by Kyle Melnick and Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback

Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “Firefighter responds to five-alarm blaze at College Park apartment complex,” by Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “A year in review,” by Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: “Midterm week; Gun violence; Net neutrality,” by Eva Shen, The Diamondback

Radio

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: “When it’s over,” by The Dive, The Diamondback

Television

Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: “Restaurant crash,” by Becca King and Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Baltimore detective funeral,” by Carly Kempler and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

General News Reporting
Winner: “A chief’s promise,” by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Cathedral bells,” by Alex Flum, Capital News Service

Feature Reporting
Winner: “Bob Benson mirror artist,” by Julianne Maxwell, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoga enthusiasts get help from some four-legged friends,” by Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Water bottle man,” by Becca King and Alex Flum, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Aging,” by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team
Finalist: “Afghan Vet: One aid worker shares his journey to America,” by Megan Smedley
Finalist: “Maryland prepares to open dispensaries,” by Carly Kempler and Hallie Miller

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Dragon boating,” by Becca King and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Olympic curling,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoyo master,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “Opioid crisis,” by Staff of ViewFinder

Online

News Reporting
Winner: “On her own,” by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman
Finalist: “Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate,” by J.F. Meils and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Home sick,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Pro sports leagues, teams spend millions lobbying Washington,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: CNSMaryland.org, by Staff of Capital News Service

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “‘It’s real'”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service
Finalist: “To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network,” by Daniel Chavkin

Videography

Broadcast News Videography
Winner: “On the call,” by Emily Olsen, ViewFinder

Broadcast Feature Videography
Winner: “Take you there,” by Jay Reed, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fostering new lives,” by Henrietta Biayemi, ViewFinder

Online/Digital News Videography
Finalist: “Treatment at last,” by Alex Littlehales, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: “Going home,” by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Don’t go gentle,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fighting to move on,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Sports Videography
Winner: “Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end,” by Evan Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, Capital News Service

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321