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Capital News Service, ViewFinder Students Win Top Honors at MDDC Awards

Capital News Service, ViewFinder, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

COLLEGE PARK (5/14/18) — Competing against professional news organizations across the region, six projects by University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students won Best in Show awards and the college’s nonprofit Capital News Service was named online-only News Organization of the Year by the MDDC Press Association.

Additionally, 20 student submissions won their categories and 15 more won second place in the association’s annual Editorial, Design and Revenue Contest.

“Merrill College’s students once again showed that they can compete with the professionals in this regional contest,” said Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the Merrill College. “To have won six Best in Show awards demonstrates the breadth of the education our students receive in online, video and data journalism. We’re incredibly proud of them.”

The annual contest recognizes print and online journalism published last year by the press association’s 62 member organizations in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Judges considered more than 2,200 entries across 94 categories in eight divisions.

The winners are Merrill College students working for CNS or its visual storytelling team, ViewFinder, under the guidance of professional journalists on the college’s faculty. CNS and ViewFinder compete in the contest’s online-only division, but Best in Show winners compete against entries from all divisions, which include large publications such as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.

The following students or teams won Best in Show awards:

  • Becca King‘s “Restaurant Crash” won in the Spot News Video category for telling the breaking news story of a car crashing into a busy Prince George’s County restaurant during lunchtime.
  • Julie Depenbrock‘s “How a wrongly imprisoned man got his life back,” about a Maryland man who spent nearly 40 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit, won in the General News Story Category.
  • ViewFinder’s Henrietta Biayemi won the Features Video category for “Fostering New Hope,” which tells about a family who adopted three boys affected by heroin abuse.
  • CNS staff won the Medical/Science Reporting category for “Home Sick,” in which a team of student journalists spent more than a year analyzing millions of medical records and conducting dozens of interviews with Baltimore health officials, community leaders and residents to show how housing conditions contribute to illness in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The project also won the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award this spring.
  • Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi and Jake Gluck won for “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up” in the Sports/Multimedia Storytelling category. The students analyzed the 721 walk-up songs listed for players on MLB.com and created several graphics showing their findings.
  • ViewFinder won the Special Event Video category with “The Value of a Smile,” about a free dental clinic held on the University of Maryland campus. The project also won an Award of Excellence in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts this year.

FIRST PLACE

NEWS-DRIVEN MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Becca King
“Safe Stations”

WILD CARD: TRUMP’S IMPACT on COMMUNITIES
Chris Miller
“Maryland Muslims brace for life under Trump”

MEDICAL/SCIENCE REPORTING
CNS STAFF
“Homesick”

EDUCATION REPORTING
Georgia Slater
“Md. Schools commission aims for more career-bound programs”

RELIGION REPORTING
Chris Miller
“Maryland Muslims brace for life under Trump”

GROWTH & LAND USE REPORTING
Alex Mann
“State slashes oyster restoration acreage goal”

FEATURE STORY: PROFILE
Julie Depenbrock
“How a wrongly imprisoned man got his life back”

FEATURE STORY: Non-Profile
Chris Miller
“A look back on the 20th anniversary of Blair Witch in Maryland”

FEATURES-DRIVE MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Alex Mann
“Shell recycling: It’s about the bay”

SPORTS STORY
Josh Schmidt
“New Stephen Curry sneakers may financially boost Under Armour”

SPORTS FEATURE STORY
CNS STAFF
“More than a mascot”

SPORTS MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck
“Major League Baseball payers prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up”

GENERAL NEWS VIDEO
Laura Perrot
“9-1-1 Edgewood Shooting”

SPOT NEWS VIDEO
Becca King
“Restaurant Crash”

FEATURES VIDEO
ViewFinder — Henrietta Biayemi
“Fostering New Hope”

SPORTS VIDEO
ViewFinder — Emily Kallmyer, Hannah Burton
“Hoops for Hope”

SPECIAL EVENT VIDEO
ViewFinder Staff
“The Value of a Smile”

GENERAL NEWS STORY
Julie Depenbrock
“How a wrongly accused imprisoned man got his life back”

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
CNS STAFF
“Inside Maryland’s Opioid Crisis”

STATE GOVERNMENT
Jake Brodsky
“Maryland has a Budget Problem But No One Can Agree on Why”

SECOND PLACE

NEWS-DRIVEN MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Chris Miller
“Maryland Muslims brace for life under Trump”

BUSINESS REPORTING
Jack Chavez
“Irish firm brings renewable energy to MD poultry industry”

MEDICAL/SCIENCE REPORTING
ViewFinder Staff
“The Value of a Smile”

EDUCATION REPORTING
Georgia Slater
“State legislation to counter opioid epidemic leads panel to revisit recovery schools”

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING
Jack Chavez
“Irish firm brings renewable energy to MD poultry industry”

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
Chris Miller
“A look back on the 20th anniversary of Blair Witch in Maryland”

SPORTS MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Daniel Chavkin
“To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network”

GENERAL NEWS VIDEO
Natalie Grimm
“Animal Abuse”

SPOT NEWS VIDEO
Megan Smedley
“Edgewood Shooting”

FEATURES VIDEO
Alex Flum, Jamal Francis
“Yoyo Master”

SPORTS VIDEO
Alex Flum, Jamal Francis
“Olympic Curling”

BREAKING NEWS
Alex Mann
“As Maryland and other states struggle, Trump declares opioids a public health emergency”

CONTINUING COVERAGE
CNS STAFF
“Pedestrian casualties mount in Maryland town as officials defer action”

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
CNS STAFF
“Homesick”

PUBLIC SERVICE
CNS STAFF
“Pedestrian casualties mount in Maryland town as officials defer action”

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Merrill College Students Win 21 Categories in Society of Professional Journalists’ Regional Contest

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COLLEGE PARK (4/17/18) — Journalism published by students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism won 21 of 46 categories this past weekend in a regional Society of Professional Journalists contest.

In addition, more than 20 other projects were finalists in Region 2 of the society’s Mark of Excellence Awards.

Region 2 includes colleges and universities in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Students working for the college’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder visual storytelling team won awards, as did students working for the university’s independent campus newspaper, The Diamondback.

Regional winners compete in the national competition, the winners of which will be notified in late spring. National winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 in Baltimore.

These are the winners and finalists:

Newspaper

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Following the homicide of Richard Collins,” Staff of The Diamondback

General News Reporting (Large)
Finalist: “UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” Staff of The Diamondback

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “‘I can never escape,'” by Taylor Swaak, The Diamomdback
Finalist: “‘Undocumented and unafraid‘: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: “Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football,” by Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback
Finalist: “Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland’s remain silent. Why?” by Kyle Melnick, The Diamondback

Editorial Writing
Winner: “In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity,” by The Diamondback Editorial Board

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: “Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever,” by Kyle Melnick and Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback

Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “Firefighter responds to five-alarm blaze at College Park apartment complex,” by Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “A year in review,” by Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: “Midterm week; Gun violence; Net neutrality,” by Eva Shen, The Diamondback

Radio

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: “When it’s over,” by The Dive, The Diamondback

Television

Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: “Restaurant crash,” by Becca King and Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Baltimore detective funeral,” by Carly Kempler and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

General News Reporting
Winner: “A chief’s promise,” by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Cathedral bells,” by Alex Flum, Capital News Service

Feature Reporting
Winner: “Bob Benson mirror artist,” by Julianne Maxwell, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoga enthusiasts get help from some four-legged friends,” by Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Water bottle man,” by Becca King and Alex Flum, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Aging,” by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team
Finalist: “Afghan Vet: One aid worker shares his journey to America,” by Megan Smedley
Finalist: “Maryland prepares to open dispensaries,” by Carly Kempler and Hallie Miller

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Dragon boating,” by Becca King and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Olympic curling,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoyo master,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “Opioid crisis,” by Staff of ViewFinder

Online

News Reporting
Winner: “On her own,” by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman
Finalist: “Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate,” by J.F. Meils and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Home sick,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Pro sports leagues, teams spend millions lobbying Washington,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: CNSMaryland.org, by Staff of Capital News Service

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “‘It’s real'”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service
Finalist: “To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network,” by Daniel Chavkin

Videography

Broadcast News Videography
Winner: “On the call,” by Emily Olsen, ViewFinder

Broadcast Feature Videography
Winner: “Take you there,” by Jay Reed, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fostering new lives,” by Henrietta Biayemi, ViewFinder

Online/Digital News Videography
Finalist: “Treatment at last,” by Alex Littlehales, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: “Going home,” by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Don’t go gentle,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fighting to move on,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Sports Videography
Winner: “Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end,” by Evan Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, Capital News Service

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Capital News Service Wins MDDC Editorial Contest Awards

CNS will now contribute stories to the Associated Press.

COLLEGE PARK (4/6/18) — Nearly two-dozen University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students won awards in the annual Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association Editorial, Design and Revenue Contest.

Details will be announced during the MDDC News with Integrity Conference & Celebration on May 11 in Annapolis.

Journalism published by the college’s nonprofit Capital News Service was submitted to the contest. Award categories include online and mobile journalism, news and beat reporting, sports reporting, photography, videography and more.

These are the winners:

  • Alex Flum
  • Alex Mann
  • Becca King
  • Chris Miller
  • Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi
  • Daniel Chavkin
  • Emily Kallmyer
  • Georgia Slater
  • Hannah Burton
  • Henrietta Biayemi
  • Jack Chavez
  • Jake Brodsky
  • Jake Gluck
  • Jamal Francis
  • Josh Schmidt
  • Julie Depenbrock
  • Laura Perrot
  • Megan Smedley
  • Natalie Grimm
  • Capital News Service Staff
  • ViewFinder Staff

The regional press association counts many of the print and online news organizations in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., among its members. Capital News Service competes in Division O, for online-only news organizations.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Capital News Service Project Named Scripps Howard Awards Finalist

"Home Sick" Baltimore asthma project

COLLEGE PARK (2/27/18) — An investigative project produced by Capital News Service students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism is among the finalists in the community journalism category of the Scripps Howard Awards.

The annual Scripps Howard Awards honor the best journalism from the past year. The CNS project, published as a series of stories called “Home Sick,” investigates the conditions that lead to high rates of asthma in some Baltimore neighborhoods. The reporting was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

“Home Sick” was among the finalists named in 15 categories from 900 entries sent by news organizations across the United States. The Scripps Howard Foundation presents more than $170,000 in prize money to winners, who will be announced March 6.

The Bristol Herald Courier (“Addicted at Birth”) and The Frontier (“Shadow Land: How Rape Stays Hidden in Oklahoma”) are the other finalists in the Scripps Howard Awards community journalism category.

Finalists in other categories include The Washington Post, The New York Times, Reuters, CBS News, CNN and other large and small professional news organizations.

For “Home Sick,” CNS student journalists and Kaiser reporters reviewed some 10 million cases of inpatient and emergency room cases in Maryland to show how housing conditions and hospital policies contribute to illness in some communities.

The review revealed that residents in one Baltimore neighborhood — a short distance from world-renowned medical institutions — suffer from asthma at more than four times the rate of people in the city’s wealthier areas.

The project grew out of Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism Sandy Banisky‘s urban affairs reporting class and CNS director Sean Mussenden‘s data bureau.

Banisky and Mussenden worked with Tom Bettag, the college’s Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and Merrill College students Naema AhmedHelen Lyons (M.J. ’17), Talia Richman  and others.

Part of the project has been published by The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.

Capital News Service is the college’s student-powered news organization. CNS has bureaus and news teams in College Park, Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington — all staffed by students and run by professional journalists.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

ViewFinder Projects Place in Professional Photojournalism Contest

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COLLEGE PARK (2/16/18) — Students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism have won a pair of awards in a regional professional photojournalism contest.

Strength and Shame: Inside Maryland’s Opioid Epidemic,” a ViewFinder documentary story led by lecturer Bethany Swain and produced by students Henrietta Biayemi, Hannah Burton, Karen Castillo, Jojo Dominick, Danté Evans, Ryan Eskalis, Mya Green, Mackenzie Happe, Emily Kallmyer, Hannah Klarner, Josh Loock, Gabriela Martinez, Emily Olsen, Susann Shin and Alexandra Simon, placed third in the Team Multimedia category in the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest.

In the “Longform Multimedia” category, ViewFinder student Henrietta Biayemi earned honorable mention for “Fostering New Lives,” a standalone feature on the heroin epidemic in Anne Arundel County that focuses on a family that adopted three boys afflicted by heroin abuse.

Students competed against professional journalists in both categories. Various category winners came from publications such as The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Hartford Courant.

The student projects were guided by Swain, a Merrill College faculty member and former award-winning CNN photojournalist.

Award winners will be recognized at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia, on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony comes at the end of three full days of Northern Short Course workshops.

The Northern Short Course in Photojournalism was founded in 1981 by the directors of regions 1, 2 and 3 of the National Press Photographers Association. The educational program is run in conjunction with NPPA.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321