COLLEGE PARK (5/26/20) — University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members Josh Davidsburg and Karen Denny have both been promoted to senior lecturer, Dean Lucy A. Dalglish announced.
Davidsburg has been a broadcast lecturer at Merrill College since 2013. Denny has been the director of the Capital News Service Annapolis bureau since 2014.
“Josh and Karen are outstanding examples of the role professionals play in educating Merrill College students,” Dalglish said. “Both are consummate professional journalists who put our students first in every course they teach. They are integral to our success.”
Davidsburg, a 2001 Merrill College graduate, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. Before returning to teach at his alma mater, he worked at WMDT in Salisbury, NBC2 WBBH in Fort Myers, Florida, WBAL in Baltimore and Maryland Public Television.
Trained as an on-air broadcast reporter, he taught himself cinematography and videography. Davidsburg’s first full-length documentary, “Queen of the Capital,” appeared at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival. He has also directed documentary shorts that have shown at prominent film festivals across the country.
Denny, who has both a master’s degree (2002) and bachelor’s degree (1991) from Merrill College, is a former editor with the McClatchy-Tribune (formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune) News Service, where she founded the wire’s Newsfeatures and International sections, and was a features editor.
She previously worked as the Maryland editor for The Washington Times, and at the suburban Journal Newspapers as an editor and local government reporter. She also served as a professor at Sang Ji University in Won Ju, South Korea, and began teaching at Merrill College as an adjunct professor in 2000.
In addition to managing the Annapolis bureau, during the 2018-19 school year, Denny served as the de facto “chief of staff” for the Capital Gazette when they shared Merrill College’s Annapolis newsroom for almost a year after the tragic 2018 murders of five staffers in the Capital Gazette newsroom.