COLLEGE PARK (2/11/19) — Undergraduate students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism are invited to enter two new writing contests, sponsored by the families of Capital Gazette journalists Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, by March 15.

Fischman and McNamara, both Merrill College graduates who wrote for The Diamondback as students, were among the five people killed when a gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newsroom on June 28, 2018. The writing contests honor the kind of work each was known for — Fischman was an editorial writer, McNamara a sportswriter.

To apply for The Gerald Fischman Award for News Commentary and Criticism, Merrill College undergraduate students may submit up to three editorials, commentary or criticism pieces. The pieces may be by a single student with a single byline or be written by the student in the name of the publication (like an editorial).

If the editorial does not include a byline, the submission must include a note from the editor — preferably on letterhead — attesting to the student’s authorship of the work.

The John McNamara Sports Writing Award will be awarded to a Merrill College undergraduate student for excellence in sports coverage, sports feature writing, sports commentary or sports news. Each applicant can submit up to three article. Submissions must have single bylines.

Work completed during an internship is acceptable, as is work that appeared in a student publication. In both cases, applicants must include a letter of authentication from the editor of the piece — preferably on letterhead — or emailed from a company email address.

Any work completed as part of an internship or for a professional publication must include a letter from the editor attesting to its completion by the student entrant with no extraordinary editing.

Entries for both contests must have been published in 2018. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles