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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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Merrill Student Benjamin Barr Named Student Speaker

Benjamin Barr

Benjamin Barr
Winter 2013 Student Speaker

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College senior Benjamin Barr has been named student speaker for the winter commencement exercise on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Barr says he’s excited about starting his career as a sports journalist. He covered and broadcast Maryland sports throughout his college career with WMUC Sports, Maryland’s student-run sports radio station. He also served as co-sports director and external affairs director during his tenure. In addition, he covered Maryland sports for Terps TV and the Maryland men’s ice hockey club.

Povich Sports Center Director George Solomon says, “Ben Barr’s enthusiasm  for sports  broadcasting will carry him to the top of as  many mountains he wishes to climb.”

Ben interned for Washington, D.C. stations WTOP, 106.7 The Fan, and NBC4, as well as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. He covered the Capitals, Wizard, Nationals, and Orioles for WTOP.  As an intern at 106.7 The Fan, he researched statistics and screened calls for the “Holden and Danny” talk show.  At NBC4 he did some anchoring and produced highlights. He also logged highlights and covered the Philadelphia Union for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Ben currently produces and screens calls for game broadcasts on Federal News Radio.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism Commencement Exercise takes place in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 22 at 1 p.m.

UMTV Announces Commencement Broadcast Schedule

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – UMTV, the University of Maryland’s cable television channel operated by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will broadcast a total of four commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20. UMTV can be seen in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. A long-standing tradition, UMTV will broadcast the Main Commencement ceremony on May 19 starting at approximately 12:15 with the procession of graduates into the Comcast Center.

The ceremony begins at 1pm and features Oriole Hall-of-Fame Baseball Player Cal Ripken, Jr. as the speaker. UMTV will also replay the Main Commencement ceremony a number of times over the next few weeks. As in the past, the ceremony will also be streamed. All the streams are archived for future viewing at the same URLs.

The commencement exercises will also be fed by fiber to the AVOC switch in Washington, D.C. For more information media should contact:

Tiffany Warnock
Encompass Digital Media

For more information about the Main Commencement exercise at the University of Maryland, please contact University Communications at 301-405-4076.

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