COLLEGE PARK (5/2/19) — University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members Rafael Lorente and Sean Mussenden have been promoted to senior lecturer, Dean Lucy A. Dalglish announced Thursday.
Lorente, the college’s associate dean for academic affairs and director of the master’s program, previously was director of the Capital News Service Washington and Annapolis bureaus. He’s a 1998 graduate of the college’s master’s program.
Mussenden, a 2000 graduate of the master’s program, is CNS’ data editor. He also teaches or has taught data visualization, programming, web development, web design, data analysis, social media and computational journalism.
“These promotions reflect many hours of hard work teaching our students and performing service to the college, university and journalism profession,” Dalglish wrote in an email to the college’s faculty and staff.
Lorente began teaching at Merrill College in 2001 and joined the full-time faculty in 2005. Before that, he was a reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. He covered the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the Sept. 11 attacks and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, particularly Cuba.
Mussenden started working at the college in 2005. Before that, he was a statehouse reporter, business reporter, Florida-roving general assignment reporter and Washington correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel and then a senior multimedia correspondent, web producer and editor for Media General News Service in Washington.