Each day, Merrill College meets the obligation of educating our students with enthusiasm and innovation.
And despite the dizzying pace of news, our students seek to accurately report truth in their stories, which cover a wide range of subjects and are published across multiple platforms.
I am proud to share some examples of how our students and faculty continue to excel, winning numerous awards and producing important journalism:
- The Washington Post recently published a story reported by Capital News Service in conjunction with Kaiser Health News on asthma in low-income neighborhoods of Baltimore.
- Our Capital News Service staff won The Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for “Best Digital-Only Student Publication.”
- CNS data bureau director Sean Mussenden, Professor Sandra Banisky and Visiting Professor Tom Bettag and their students joined together to produce “In Poor Health,” which won New York Academy of Medicine’s Urban Health Journalism Prize, NABJ’s “Salute to Excellence” award in the Online Collegiate “Use of Multimedia-Special Project” category and The Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Online In-Depth Reporting. The project was published by ABC, Kaiser Health News, PBS and NPR. A broadcast piece by Kaiser Health News’ Sarah Varney aired on PBS NewsHour.
- Associate professor of investigative journalism Deborah Nelson, Reuters health care reporter and Merrill alumna Yasmeen Abutaleb ‘14 and Reuters reporter Ryan McNeill won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for their investigative series, “The Uncounted.”
One of the most daunting challenges facing our country is something people in fragile democracies already know: we as a society must value and nurture democracy.
That cannot be done without the free press envisioned in our constitution. The development of young journalists has never been more urgent.
It’s a responsibility the Philip Merrill College of Journalism takes seriously.