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Merrill College & Diamondback Shine at Mark of Excellence Regionals

Merrill College SPJ Award Winners! Region 2.

Note: Information from a Society of Professional Journalists news release was used for this release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a time to shine for students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism as well as the Diamondback student newspaper. During its Region 2 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Conference in Richmond, Va. April 9, SPJ – The Society of Professional Journalists – handed out major awards to UMD students across a wide range of journalism categories.  SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The conference was hosted by the Virginia Press Association.

First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners are notified in the late spring and recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2016 Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans.

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).

ONLINE NEWS REPORTING

WINNER:
CNS Staff: Where’s the Pope?

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

ONLINE IN-DEPTH REPORTING

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

ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING

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

FINALIST:
Sissi Cao: Can Under Armour win the world?

BEST AFFILIATED WEBSITE

WINNER:

CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.

BEST INDEPENDENT ONLINE STUDENT PUBLICATION

WINNER:
CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.

BEST DIGITAL-ONLY STUDENT PUBLICATION

WINNER:
CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.

BEST USE OF MULTIMEDIA

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

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (Large 10.000+ students)

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

FINALISTS:
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)

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

FINALISTS:
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.

TELEVISION FEATURE REPORTING

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

FINALISTS:
Gabe Katzman (CNS-TV): Great shakeout.

Hayley Fixler  (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.

TELEVISION IN-DEPTH REPORTING

WINNER:
ViewFinder Fall 2015: Second Chances.

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

TELEVISION NEWS & FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

WINNER:
Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Ballet for disabled children.

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

TELEVISION SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

TELEVISION SPORTS REPORTING

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

BEST ALL-AROUND TELEVISION NEWSCAST

FINALIST:
CNS-TV Staff & Volunteers: Maryland Newsline.


Diamondback Student Newspaper Awards

Editorial Writing

FINALIST:
Selected editorials by The Diamondback editorial board..

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

WINNER:
Maryland’s hidden epidemic by Jon Banister.

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

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

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

Sports Column Writing

WINNER:
Selected columns by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper.

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

WINNER:
Fastest to 500 by Callie Caplan.

Online News Reporting

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

Online Opinion & Commentary

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

Online Sports Reporting

FINALIST:
The miss by Josh Needelman.

Left Bench

Online Opinion & Commentary

FINALIST:
Ethics in the world of sports by Hannah Yasharoff.


 

About the Mark of Excellence Awards

The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

Merrill College Videos Support Giving Day

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Giving Day 2016 is upon us and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism needs everyone’s help to support scholarships, academic programs and campus initiatives for our students.  Donate until 3 a.m. March 4: go.umd.edu/gdjou

In a letter to alumni and friends of Merrill College, Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote, “We are in awe of the amazing amount of support we have already received today – thank you!”

The four areas specifically set for funding by Merrill College includes:

  • Capstones/News Bureaus and Gift Fund
  • Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
  • Deans Fund
  • Penny Bender Fuchs Scholarship Fund

The 27 hour giving campaign features a number of challenge grants: including most faculty/staff gifts and alumni gifts. There was also one for best faculty/staff photo like the one on the right.

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and Associate Dean Rafael Lorente really got into the act with a great promotional video:

There was also a student contest – won by Stephen Barber:

 

Merrill College students took part with short videos thanking donors for their support – like Kimberly Escobar, Alex Kirshner and Michael Errigo.

 

And of course Merrill College faculty and staff got involved – * Award Winner – $500.00:

Animated Gif for Giving Day.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Philip Merrill College of Journalism!

 

 

 

CNS Capstone Application Available For Fall 2016

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The time is now to think about fall, 2016 classes – and your Capital News Service capstone class. Do you…

  • Want to enroll in a capstone class that will prep you for the job market (and will help you graduate from Merrill)?
  • Want to get PAID while getting academic credit for doing the job you want to do after graduation?
  • Want to cover stories you care about, build a killer portfolio/clip package/broadcast reel that will impress employers and join a select network of accomplished Merrill alums who can help you get a job?

Of course you do! Join us in Capital News Service in Fall 2016 by filling out a short application form by 5 p.m. on Friday, March. 25.

Still not convinced? Then maybe you should check out, “Ten GIFS That Explain Why You Need to Choose Capital News Service for Your Capstone.” That page also has links to more info about Capital News Service and an FAQ.

See you in the Fall! – Sean Mussenden, Sue Kopen-Katcef, Karen Denny and James Carroll (The CNS Bureau Directors)

CNS Flyer

A Capital News Service / Kaiser Health Investigation: Baltimore – In Poor Health

In Poor Health CNS/Kaiser Health News Investigation. Photo by Iman Smith/Capital News Service.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Why is Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the city’s poorest residents – from getting sick?

The question is central to a new investigation by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s student-powered news service, the Capital News Service, in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ongoing collaborative investigation began during the fall, 2015 semester and involved Merrill College students in a number of classes:

  • Abell Professor Sandy Banisky’s Baltimore Urban Reporting Class;
  • Adjunct Rob Wells’ JOUR328R/JOUR628R Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting; Business Reporting class;
  • The CNS Online Bureau and Bureau Director Sean Mussenden – which developed the In Poor Health website and created the graphics that are being used along with the stories and
  • Students Nate Kresh and Micha Green produced videos and conducted taped interviews in support of the series under the direction of Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag:

 

 

Professor Banisky said, “What surprised me was that people in West Baltimore, people all over the city, know there’s better health care available and they know they deserve better health care and it makes them really angry to understand that the system is not set up to help them more easily.”

Merrill College students who took part in the investigative series included: Ellie Silverman, Matt Present, Jamie Rapp, Carrie Snurr, Christopher Cox, Jake Bacher, Madeleine Deason, Joey Trull, Rose Creasman Welcome, Jordan Branch, Auburn Mann, Naema Ahmed, Marina di Marzo, Catherine Sheffo, Alex Bayline, Nate Kresh, Rachel Bluth, Rachel Greenwald, Micha Green, Brittany Britto, Lauren Burns, Nora Tarabishi, Iman Smith, Ellie Silverman and Amanda Eisenberg.

For Eisenberg, the stories really emphasized how difficult it can be to get basic health services when you’re poor:

“The problems with health care seem like they have easy solutions,” she said. “Get an annual checkup, don’t eat fried food, try to walk outside. Easy, simple things. As I immersed myself in the community to work on this project, I learned that something as easy as going to your doctor isn’t so easy for many people. You might have to wait hours before you are seen, only to have the doctor brush you off or talk down to you. If you have a minimum-wage job, you can’t take off work to go see a doctor. You might not be able to afford the co-pay or have the means to get to the office; just getting to the doctor might take two hours on three separate buses. I hope our stories shed light on the hurdles Baltimore residents regularly deal with.”


Wide Ranging Coverage

A list of some of the major news outlets covering the “In Poor Health” series.

Kaiser Health News

Baltimore Sun Editorial: “The health care gap” cites the CNS series and gives it an “A” grade.
Washington Post – provided a link to the blood pressure cuff story in its health pages.

The PBS Newshour produced a news story broadcast Monday, Feb. 15 based on a story by Kaiser Heath News reporter Jay Hancock:

WBUR-FM (Boston NPR) conducted a “Here and Now” interview with Kaiser Health’s Jay Hancock on Tuesday, Feb. 16:

 

300 Maryland High School Journalism Students Set for J-Day Events at UMD

Merrill and MDCSPA Logos.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association will welcome some 300 Maryland high school students and their advisers to campus Friday, Nov. 6 for J-Day. The day-long journalism program will take place primarily in Knight Hall and UMTV next door in Tawes Hall, but will also hold sessions in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union as well as well as Jull Hall (Mathematics).

The day will start at the Stamp Student Union with a panel of four recent Merrill College graduates who now work in journalism: Dana Amihere ’12 M.J., interactive editor, Dallas Morning News; Morgan Gilliam ’13 M.A., producer of Capital Insider, NewsChannel 8; Jin Kim ’15 B.A., web producer, Baltimore Sun; and Jonas Shaffer ’12 B.A., general editor, sports department, Baltimore Sun. Moderator: Chris Harvey ’80, director of assessments and lecturer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Three concurrent sessions led by professional journalists and educators will follow with sessions on yearbook, print, online and social media journalism, and more.

Students and advisers will also be able to take tours of Merrill College, the Diamondback student newspaper and WMUC student radio station, or the Capital News Service broadcast facility (at UMTV/Tawes Hall). Advisers will have a chance to meet to network and discuss press freedom in Maryland and D.C. with Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte during one of the concurrent sessions.

Merrill College students will be part of panel discussions looking at what goes on behind the scenes of a college journalism major and sports journalism:

  • What’s it like to make the jump from high school to college reporting and multi-platform journalism? Panelists include: Maggie Gottlieb ’17, broadcast major; Brittany Cheng ‘17, multiplatform major; Alicia McElhaney ‘15, multiplatform major; and Jessie Karangu ‘16, broadcast major. Moderator: Sue Kopen-Katcef, broadcast bureau director at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
  • Four Merrill students describe their experiences covering sports in the Washington, D.C. region:  Michael Stern ‘17, co-founder of The Left Bench and business director, WMUC Sports; Andy Dunn ‘18, editor of The Left Bench, college soccer reporter for SBS, basketball reporter for DC Sports Box and video assistant for Maryland Athletics; Samantha Waldenberg ‘18, intern at Redskins.com, social media manager for TLB and broadcaster for WMUC Sports; and Marissa Morris ‘16, news director, WMUC Sports and staff member, Big Ten Network. Moderator: Beth Mechum, coordinator, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, University of Maryland.

Knight Hall, Philip Merrill College of Journalism.Faculty presenters and moderators from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism include Professor Chris Hanson, CNS Broadcast Bureau Director and lecturer Sue Kopen Katcef, Adjunct Lecturer Sharon O’Malley, lecturer Josh Davidsburg, Director of Assessments and Lecturer Chris Harvey, Povich Center Coordinator Beth Mecham, Lecturer Bethany Swain, Ph.D. student April Newton, Ph.D. student and Adjunct Lecturer Rob Wells, and Associate Professor Ron Yaros.

Other sessions will include speakers from across the University of Maryland Campus, as well as from The Baltimore Sun,  Hyattsville Life and Times, Terp Magazine, The Student Press Law Center, Education Week, McClatchy Company, New Jersey Advance Media and Newark Star-Ledger, and The Annapolis Capital.

J-Day Program (PDF)


About the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is one of the world’s leading journalism schools, with a distinguished faculty dedicated to enhancing the news industry and training the next generation of journalists in a state-of-the-art facility near the nation’s capital.

Merrill College educates students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels within a liberal arts context, preparing them for careers in journalism, media, research, teaching and related fields.  Merrill’s curriculum is one of the few in the nation focused solely on journalism – both broadcast and multiplatform – and its world-class faculty members have won numerous Pulitzer prizes and Emmy awards and conducted important media research.

About the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association

The Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit organization that offers opportunities for advisers and students who wish to continue the tradition of journalistic excellence in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area schools.

MDCSPA has a strong interest in scholastic free press issues, in supporting the rejuvenation of defunct journalism programs, in encouraging the creation of new programs, and in strengthening existing programs at area middle and high schools. Membership is free and available to all teachers and student staffs.

Through sponsorship and co-sponsorship, the Association works to provide professional development and training opportunities for students and media/journalism advisers, including conventions, contests, and summer programs. The Association works to develop and delivers opportunities in media/journalism education throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland while encouraging  schools from outside its region to participate as well.