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Broadcast Journalism Major Mia Simon Student Commencement Speaker

MiaStudent Tong Wu contributed to this story.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Student speaker Mia Simon has just one word for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism: “family.” She told Merrill Journalist Tong Wu the college nurtured and supported her to be the person who she is today. “For me it is very self-fulfilling by knowing that, when I graduate I still have plenty of people to reach out to when I have questions,” she said.

Simon majored in broadcast journalism with a minor in leadership studies.  She held internships at Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Company. After working for the BBC in New York City last summer, she helped to jump-start the BBC Campus program and was offered a writing position with the Travel Section of BBC.com for the duration of her senior year. On campus, she has worked for WMUC Sports Radio, Unwind Magazine, Capital News Service and Stories Beneath the Shell, which she co-founded with five other journalism seniors. Aside from journalism, she has been actively involved with the Alternative Breaks program, and was a member of the College Park Scholars’ Media, Self and Society cohort.

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El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Myriam Marquez Headlines Merrill Commencement

Myriam-MarquezCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Myriam Marquez, executive editor of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald newspaper, will be the commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism on May 22.

Marquez graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983.

“Myriam Marquez is one of Merrill College’s most distinguished alums,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Since her graduation, she has distinguished herself as an award-winning reporter, an incisive editorial and commentary writer, and a newsroom leader. Our students have much to learn from her.”

For her part, Marquez says she is looking forward to speaking to the Merrill graduating class:

“These graduates are at the top of their game, taught by some of the best journalists in the country for a new millennium of journalism in a nation that’s growing ever more diverse. The industry has changed immensely from the time of my graduation, and these new journalists will be key to our success in telling crucial stories in innovative ways that grab audiences on digital, television or print. I’m excited by the possibilities.”

Marquez’s husband,  Tony Pipitone, also graduated from Merrill College in 1983. He is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter for WTVJ-TV in Miami. They have two sons.

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McIntyre, Ting Headline Merrill College Commencement Program

JamieMcIntyreWatch the Philip Merrill College of Journalism Commencement Exercise on YouTube.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Adjunct Professor Jamie McIntyre has just about done it all as a broadcast journalist. From his early days as a WTOP radio reporter in Washington, D.C. to CNN Pentagon Correspondent, NPR anchor and now back to the Pentagon for Al Jazeera America. He’s been an entrepreneur as well – maintaining his own military blog and consulting for news organizations seeking expertise in national security issues.

His reputation as a tough reporter with an easy-going style even got him into a book, Dragon Fire, by former Defense Secretary William Cohen. He described his fictional “CNN reporter” as “a first-rate journalist, who played it straight with the news, but never cut [the defense secretary] any slack.”

Sunday, McIntyre will graduate with his Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is the college’s commencement speaker as well. Next spring, he’ll return to something else he loves to do – teach. A popular adjunct professor in Knight Hall for many years, McIntyre teaches multimedia journalism. And there’s one more thing – he’s known for his sense of humor. Jamie was named “DC’s Funniest Reporter” in 2010 at a charity stand-up comedy competition at the National Press Club.

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UMTV Announces Spring Commencement Broadcast Plans

DSC_0342COLLEGE PARK, Md. – UMTV – the Philip Merrill College of Journalism cable TV station – will broadcast two University of Maryland commencement exercises live on May 22:

  • Main Commencement from the Comcast Center at 10 a.m.
  • The Merrill College of Journalism Commencement from the Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 4:00 p.m.

“We are working to create more opportunities to highlight UMTV and its ability to provide a wide range of programming to the University of Maryland and its faculty, staff, alumni and fans,” said Merrill College Senior Communications Manager Dave Ottalini.

UMTV has broadcast the university’s main commencement exercise live for many years, and provided production crews to other units on campus as well for their commencement events. In December, 2013, UMTV put together the TV production for four commencement exercises out of Cole Field House and broadcast all four events live while taping for later broadcast Journalism’s ceremony.

Streaming First

In a first, the University of Maryland will stream the main commencement ceremony on its YouTube channel. Since UMTV is also streaming live, the ceremony will be available via the cable channel’s stream as well.

Please check UMDRightNow for plans by the university to stream other school/college commencement exercises.

Broadcast Information

UMTV is on campus channel 38. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties.

Anyone can access the streamed programming of UMTV – just go to http://merrill.umd.edu/About/umtv/umtvlive.


WUSA’s McCarren Named Merrill Commencement Speaker

WUSA 9 Reporter Andrea McCarren

WUSA9 News Reporter Andrea McCarren is the Spring 2014 Commencement Speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Veteran multimedia journalist and 15-time  Emmy Award winner Andrea McCarren will be the spring commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

“Andrea McCarren lives and breathes journalism at a very high level,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. “We are excited to welcome her to the University of Maryland to speak to our graduating students.”

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The Philip Merrill College of Journalism commencement ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. May 22 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on campus.

McCarren said she will be “talking to graduates about surviving and thriving in the competitive news industry by embracing change and lifelong learning.”

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