COLLEGE PARK (6/13/19) — Student journalism published by the University of Maryland Capital News Service won one category and was named a finalist five times this week in the 2019 Dateline Awards, hosted by the Washington pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The CNS broadcast bureau, led by Director Sue Kopen Katcef, won the television non-breaking news division for their special report from Ellicott City, where the Maryland Newsline staff reported on the future of the flood-devastated town.
Alumnus Alex Littlehales was a three-time finalist in the television non-breaking news, features and sports categories. Alumnus Austin Kleber was also a finalist in television sports.
In the online division, CNS staff — in partnership with Injustice Watch and the PBS NewsHour — were finalists in the investigative journalism category for “Trading Away Justice,” an ongoing national investigation taking a critical look at what happens when innocent people plead guilty in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The project, supported by the Park Foundation, is led by Associate Professor Deborah Nelson, who leads the CNS investigative bureau.
CNS, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s student-staffed nonprofit news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington, competed against professional news organizations in each category.
Also on Tuesday, Merrill College alumna Michelle Singletary was among three professionals inducted into the chapter’s Hall of Fame.
Winner: Maryland Newsline Staff, UMTV, “Maryland Newsline Special Edition: Ellicott City”
Finalist: Alex Littlehales, UMTV, “Red Flag Mother”
Finalist: Alex Littlehales, UMTV, “Police Swimming”
Finalist: Austin Kleber, UMTV, Maryland University, “Pickleball Lifeline”
Finalist: Alex Littlehales, UMTV, “BUBA Ball”
Finalist: Staff, Capital News Service, Injustice Watch, PBS NewsHour, “Trading Away Justice”