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Five Merrill Projects Win 2020-21 NATAS Student Production Awards

COLLEGE PARK -- Five projects by students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism earned 2020-2021 Student Production Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

ViewFinderNATAS is the organization that awards the Emmys.

Four of the winning projects were produced by Merrill College’s ViewFinder team, led by Senior Lecturer Bethany Swain.

In the Nonfiction - Short Form category, Maris Medina ’20 won for her ViewFinder project, “‘We're just trying to survive': Making ends meet in the District's encampments.” 

Sid Espinosa ’20 and Carly Haynes ’20 won in the Public Affairs/Community Service category for their ViewFinder project, “A Look Inside D.C. Encampments.”

The two entries were a part of the UMD Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s “Nowhere To Go” project on homelessness. 

Dominick Waldman ’21 also won in the Public Affairs/Community Service category for his ViewFinder project, “Feed Anne Arundel: Helping Tyler Heights.” 

In the News Report - Light News category, Molly Castle Work ’21 won for “Everybody, unmute your mics,” the final project from her News Videography course. Annabelle Janssens ’21 also won in the category for her ViewFinder project, “Desperate for Diapers.”

Earlier this year, Espinosa was also nominated for a professional regional Emmy by NATAS for her project, "Healthcare's New Home: A Barbershop Story."

“I am so proud of everything these students overcame to tell these stories, while following COVID-19 safety protocols,” Swain said. 

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