COLLEGE PARK (8/2/19) — Three University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism teachers have moved into new roles.
Sean Mussenden (M.J. ‘00) became the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s data editor in July. The center, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation in honor of Roy W. Howard, is a new multidisciplinary program focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigations.
Mussenden was previously digital bureau director of Capital News Service, Merrill College’s nonprofit, student-staffed news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington, D.C. Students have won numerous awards for projects completed under his direction, including the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “Home Sick.”
Before joining Merrill College in 2009, he was a reporter and Washington correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel and senior multimedia Washington correspondent and web editor for Media General News Service.
Adam Marton, who has taught interactive design and development and helped oversee the CNS digital bureau since joining the Merrill College faculty in 2018, is the bureau’s new director.
Marton, a veteran journalist and graphic designer, was previously senior editor for The Baltimore Sun, where he led a design and development team focused on creating graphics, data visualizations and compelling digital presentation of the news.
His design work included “The 45 Minute Mystery of Freddie Gray’s Death,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015.
Alexander Pyles (M.J. ‘11) — the college’s communication manager since late 2017 — will join the faculty as an audience engagement lecturer and CNS audience editor this fall. Pyles has been an adjunct faculty member at the college since 2012, and last year won the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Faculty Mentor award.
Before starting work full-time at Merrill College, he was government and politics editor at The Baltimore Sun, where he launched and curated a daily politics newsletter. In 2016, he worked with Marton and others to create The Sun’s award-winning Maryland Voter Guide.