Photo - Baltimore Sun/Steve Ruark

Photo – Baltimore Sun/Steve Ruark

The Left Bench Wins Five “Mobbie Awards” from the Baltimore Sun

“The Baltimore Sun‘s 8th annual celebration of the Baltimore area’s online community, originally named “Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs,” but always best known by the shorthand “The Mobbies.” The public nominated and voted online Oct. 12-Nov. 25 to determine the results of the first 14 categories. A Baltimore Sun staff panel chose three winners of the Editors’ Choice awards to recognize nominees it felt exhibited extraordinary quality, originality or influence.”

The awards were presented Dec. 1 at the Diamondback Brewing Company in Baltimore.

The Left Bench student sports blog won awards for:

Best Blog
Best WritingBest Website Design
Best Use of Video/Moving Images (TLBTV)
Best New Cover (for TLBVJ – High School Sports)

Brothel Next Door
“Best of the Best”

The second annual Society of Professional Journalists’ MOEy award, “The best of the best in collegiate journalism,” goes to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and its in-depth “The Brothel Next Door” project about human sex trafficking in Maryland.

The award was announced in late September in New Orleans, during the SPJ annual “Mark of Excellence” awards ceremony.

Along with the CNS in-depth report, an award-winning Viewfinder video called “Troops Deploy Game Ball” by Merrill students Ricky Lasser ’16 and Karen Tang ’16 also made the final five. It did not go away empty-handed however, as SPJ awarded it the top national honor in the Television Sports Photography category.

Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism provided the Society of Professional Journalists with scholarship funds for five student members from any school to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.

The Merrill College of Journalism student selected:

Michelle Chavez ’17 is going into her fourth year at the University of Maryland majoring in broadcast journalism and business management. Her goal is to be an on-air reporter because she’s found that some of the most compelling pieces are expressed not just by explaining people’s problems and emotions, but also by showing them visually.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Awarded Aug. 6 During the NABJ/NAHJ Convention in Washington, D.C.

Latino Issues – Student Broadcast
Kathryn Klett, Capital News Service, for Undocumented Violence: One Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Domestic Abuse.


Capital News Service photo by Annika McGinnis.

Latino Issues – Student Print
Annika McGinnis, Capital News Service, for Maryland School Systems Grapple with Influx of Central American Minors.

Congratulations also to Jon Banister, Capital News Service, who was a finalist in this category for The Brothel Next Door investigative series.



Alliance for Women in Media
Gracies Award

Michelle Chavez ’17 received a Gracies Award June 21 for a feature she did while a fall, 2016 intern at Voice of America called “Building a Path to Literacy.”

White House Correspondents Association
Frank Cormier Scholarship
Honored during the White House Correspondents Dinner April 28, 2016

Miles Moore of Atlanta, Georgia, is a recipient of a portion of the Frank Cormier scholarship, a $20,000 award from the WHCA that is divided among four students at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Miles, who represents that group, has written and edited campus publications and been an anchor/DJ for campus radio station WMUC. He does volunteer work with organizations such as the Maryland Association of Black Journalists, the Capitol Area Food Bank, SHARE Food Network and Kaiser Permanente.

Karen Tang and Ricky Lasser accept their award at the BEA Festival of Media Arts program in Las Vegas. Photo by Bethany Swain.

Broadcast Education Association

Festival of Media Arts
Awards for 2015 given in Las Vegas on April 18, 2016

Best of Show
Student Sports Competition
Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang, University of Maryland;
ViewFinder:Troops deploy game ball
(TV Sports Story/Feature Category)

The judges also announced them as the winner of the “Student Chair’s Award,” which goes to the single best entry out of 1,300 other college applicants in the country!”


(see all BEA awards by scrolling down below.)

SPJ Region 2 Awards announced Saturday, April 9 in Richmond, Va.

There were:

  • Two dozen + Merrill associated awards;
  • Nine Diamondback awards;
  • One for the Left Bench (Hannah Yasharoff);
  • One Merrill student/work submitted from internship (Michelle Chavez/VOA video).

First Place Winners move on to national judging.

There were:

  • Two dozen+ Merrill College associated awards;
  • Nine Diamondback awards;
  • One for the Left Bench (Hannah Yasharoff);
  • One Merrill student/work submitted from internship (Michelle Chavez/VOA video).


CNS Staff: Where’s the Pope?

Seven things we learned from Barbara Mikulski’s email exchanges with Hillary Clinton by Molly Podlesny.


Staff Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.


Max Simpson: Flagged Down: NFL penalties on the rise.

Sissi Cao: Can Under Armour win the world?



CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


Joe Zimmerman, Joey Trull & Madeleine Derason: StarWarsDate.com.
Brittany Cheng: ViewFinder – Beyond the Sidelines.

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (Large 10.000+ students)

Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.

Julie Gallagher: Low-income Alzheimer’s patients battle more than the disease.
Deidre McPhillips: DNA evidence brings hope, truth but only if tested; Some Maryland jurisdictions slow to report.

GENERAL NEWS REPORTING (Large 10,000+ students)

Grace Toohey: Transgender Marylanders hope legislation will align birth certificates with true identities.

Jacob Bell: Questions loom over effects of state’s oyster recovery efforts as watermen’s bottom lines.
Grace Toohey: Paratransit riders frustrated, MTA under scrutiny.


Michelle Chavez (VOA): Baltimore’s miniature libraries will try to “create unlimited possibilities.”

Gabe Katzman (CNS-TV): Great shakeout.

Hayley Fixler (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.


ViewFinder Fall 2015: Second Chances.

Karen Ye (CNS-TV): Up In Smoke: What happened Maryland’s billions of tobacco settlement money.


Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Ballet for disabled children.

Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder:Troops deploy game ball.
Ricky Lasser: ViewFinder: Trailer park.


Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball.

Mike Tart (CNS-TV): Washington Nationals youth baseball academy.


Hayley Fixler (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.
Giovanni Insignares (CNS-TV): Cosmic Golf.


CNS-TV Staff & Volunteers: Maryland Newsline.

Diamondback Student Newspaper Awards

Editorial Writing

Selected editorials by The Diamondback editorial board..

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Maryland’s hidden epidemic by Jon Banister.

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

For the love of God, there was Satan, Letter from an Op-editor, The perfect human can’t be designed by Yi “Patrick An.

Transgressive art is desecration of beauty; Not everything intended as art is art; Gun control by Andrew Adeola.

Sports Column Writing

Selected columns by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper.

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Fastest to 500 by Callie Caplan.

Online News Reporting

University of Maryland expels record number of students for sexual assault by Ellie Silverman Darcy Costello.

Online Opinion & Commentary

Not everything intended as art is art; Holistic perspective improve healthcare; Biden should have run by Andrew Adeola.

Online Sports Reporting

The miss by Josh Needelman.

Left Bench

Online Opinion & Commentary

Ethics in the world of sports by Hannah Yasharoff.

Callie CaplanCallie Caplan ’17 takes 8th place out of the top 20 finalists in the Hearst Personality/Profile Writing Competition.

This is Callie’s second Hearst award (she was #14 out of 20 in the Hearst Sports Writing Competition).





IRE LogoIRE – Investigative Reporters and Editors 2015 Awards

Student-Large category


“The Brothel Next Door,” University of Maryland Capital News Service, Kathryn Secret, Jin Kim, Jessica Evans, Courtney Mabeus, Jon Banister, Lisa Driscoll, Natalie Tomlin, Ana Mulero, Naomi Eide, Carly Morales, James Levin and Alexis Jenkins.

“America’s Weed Rush,” (News 21) Arizona State University. Merrill alumna Karen Mawdsley ’15 took part in this project during the summer of 2015.

Senior broadcast journalism major Emily Schweich with Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish.RTDNA President’s Scholarship

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major Emily Schweich – $1000.00 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

RTDNF announced the award in Dec. 2015 and she received it during the organization’s First Amendment Awards gala held in Washington, D.C. on March 16. She writes, “It was a wonderful evening, and I’m very grateful to the RTDNF for their support of young journalists!”

RTDNF Photo: Emily with Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish at the RTDNF awards gala.

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major Michelle Chavez.The James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship for Student Photojournalists (Video Category)

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major Michelle Chavez – $2500.00

CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program (during spring break)

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major Michelle Chavez


EmilyAdele’s Circle of Women Scholarship

Senior Broadcast Journalism Major Emily Schweich – $250.00

About: Created in 2013 by a dedicated group of women graduates who combine their energy and expertise to achieve maximum success in their personal and professional lives. Adele’s Circle is founded on the legacy and visionary contributions of Adele H. Stamp, the first Dean of Women at the University of Maryland. We honor her by emulating her excellence, high standards, and outstanding traditions.


Hearst logoHearst Television News Writing Competition

Seventh Place – Kathryn Klett
14th Place – Matt Bylis

Hearst Sports Writing Competition

Callie Caplan’17 is a top 20 (#14) winner.

Reese Cleghorn Interns – Maryland DC Press Association

MDCPress Assoc. LogoFour Merrill College journalism students win internships for the summer of 2016. The Reese Cleghorn Internship program hires outstanding student journalists to intern in MDDC member newsrooms each summer. These interns were selected from 17 highly-qualified applicants. Three are from the University of Maryland, College Park and one is from West Virginia University. As part of their internship program, they will participate in a one-day orientation session hosted at the University of Maryland. All other interns being hosted at member publications are welcome to join in this free orientation. Read more about our interns and who they will be writing for, here.

Maryland interns include:

Andrea Cwieka’18
Andrew Dunn ’18
Josh Magness’17

NPPA Northern Shortcourse Honorable Mention winners. NPPA Northern Shortcourse – Team Multimedia Honorable Mention

Chloe Buzan, Regina Capiton, Brittany Linton, Ulysses Munoz, Marissa Parra, Trey Sherman, Agnes Varghese & Asa Winborne



Broadcast Education Association 2016 Festival of Arts winners – Feb. 2016

1st Place:
Best Newscast (3 Days of Newscasts Per Week or Less)

Maryland Newsline for 12/3/15

Best of Festival
(TV Sports Story / Feature)
ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball
Ricky Lasser and Karen Tang

3rd Place

Beyond the Sidelines
Student Interactive Multimedia Competition (Large Team)
ViewFinder Fall ’15 with CNS Broadcast reporter Brittany Cheng)

Beyond the Sidelines - CNS Maryland Interactive Feature.

Favorites Show
ViewFinder Spring ‘15
Television News Magazine Category

Honorable Mentions:

The Great Shakeout
TV Feature Reporting Category
Gabe Katzmann

Discover the Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Student Video Promotional Category
Alanna Delfino

Eco Entrepreneurs (PALS program)
ViewFinder Spring ‘15
TV News Magazine Category


White House News Photographers Association under the Natural Sound Package category: Marissa Parra’15 won an Award of Excellence for her ViewFinder story entitled, “Fire Dancers.” 2016 Eyes on History Student Awards: Feb. 2016

Sports Category:

Trey Sherman’15 won First Place for his ViewFinder story entitled “Pushing Toward Greatness.”


Natural Sound Package Category:

Marissa Parra’15 won an Award of Excellence for her ViewFinder story entitled, “Fire Dancers.”

Sophomore Alana Pedalino’17 wins $1000 scholarship from the American Copy Editors Society and a free trip to the ACES Conference in Portland, Ore., March 31-April 2. Sophomore Alana Pedalino (right) wins $1000 scholarship from the American Copy Editors Society and a free trip to the ACES Conference in Portland, Ore., March 31-April 2. Alana edits, writes, produces and/or hosts for the university newspaper, a radio station, a weekly music newspaper and a regular podcast.

Junior Cam Rogers named CampusInsiders.com Guest Reporter to cover the NCAA College Football Championship playoff game Jan. 11 between Clemson and Alabama in Arizona.

Merrill College student Cam Rogers reports from the NCAA Bowl Championship Series final game in Arizona.