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Alum Daniel Trielli ’16 to Join Merrill College Faculty in Fall 2023 as Assistant Professor of Media and Democracy

COLLEGE PARK — Dr. Daniel Trielli will join the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism's faculty in Fall 2023 as assistant professor of media and democracy, Dean Lucy Dalglish announced Friday.

Dr. Daniel TrielliTrielli, who earned his master’s degree at Merrill College in 2016, has been an assistant professor of journalism at Loyola University Chicago since 2022. That year, he completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University.  

He researches the impact of algorithmic curation on journalism and political information, and studies how Google affects the news and the audiences that use it to search. He is interested in data and computational journalism, media literacy and algorithmic accountability. 

Trielli will teach courses in data journalism and journalism statistics.

“We already knew Daniel is a terrific teacher. But his research portfolio over the past six years is impressive,” Dalglish said. “I am confident that Daniel's research will help us in our quest to use journalism and political communication to support and maintain healthy democracies.”

Trielli came to Merrill College as a master's student in 2015 after a 10-year career as a journalist in Brazil at the national newspaper, O Estado de S. Paulo, and the regional newspaper, Diário do Grande ABC.

While at Merrill, he was a graduate assistant and reported for Capital News Service. He led the CNS data team that helped win a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2018 for “Home Sick,” a report on income disparities and their effect on asthma rates in Baltimore.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be back at Merrill,” Trielli said. “This is a place that is well positioned to combine research and practice, which will be essential to prepare the next generations of journalists. I look forward to continuing my research there alongside all the amazing people in the college."

Trielli's research has been published in Information, Communication & Society and the journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, and was presented at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and the Computation + Journalism Symposium. He also occasionally writes about it in public-facing media both in the United States and Brazil.

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