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In Poor Health Series Wins Major NABJ Collegiate Award

CNS & Baltimore Urban Reporting Class with Tom Bettag and Kaiser Health News present "In Poor Health - health care disparities around Freddie Gray's Neighborhood."

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (August 16) – Merrill College’s urban affairs reporting class (Professor Sandy Banisky), Capital News Service (CNS Digital Bureau Chief Sean Mussenden) and Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag were named National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) “Salute to Excellence” winners Aug. 12 in the Online Collegiate “Use of Multimedia – Special Project category.”

The award was announced during an awards gala in New Orleans during NABJ’s national convention.

The award was for “In Poor Health: Why is Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the cities poorest residents – from getting sick?” The series was produced in concert with Kaiser Health News and received widespread coverage around the U.S. and the world.

In a post on Facebook, Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “I’m very proud to be representing the college in New Orleans tonight!”

The investigative series has won (and been nominated for) numerous awards over the past year including:


Harvey, Flynn, Katcef Named Senior Lecturers

Chris Harvey, Adrianne Flynn and Sue Kopen Katcef are named senior lecturers by the University of Maryland.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (July 13) – Dean Lucy Dalglish announced today that Merrill College faculty members Chris Harvey, Adrianne Flynn and Sue Kopen Katcef have been promoted from “Lecturer” to “Senior Lecturer.”

In a message to faculty and staff, she wrote:

The new professional track promotion policy that Rafael Lorente spearheaded over the past 18 months and that the College Assembly adopted has allowed us to recognize the outstanding contributions to Merrill College made by Chris, Adrianne and Sue.

Chris has served as lead teacher for several undergraduate courses, led our re-accreditation efforts, serves as director of assessment and has served as a Capital News Service Bureau Chief and internship coordinator. Chris oversees our weekend certificate program and our adjuncts. Earlier in her career, she worked as a reporter for the Washington Times, as an online editor for Washingtonpost.com and as managing editor of American Journalism Review.

Adrianne served as bureau chief for both the Annapolis and Washington Bureaus, heads our master’s committee, teaches ethics and serves as our career services/internship coordinator. Over the past year, she has been coordinating the college’s participation in the university’s Thriving Workplace Initiative. Adrianne joined Merrill College in 1999 after working as a Washington correspondent for the Arizona Republic and also has worked as a reporter in Ohio, Maryland and Arizona.

As Capital News Service’s broadcast bureau chief, Sue leads “Maryland Newsline,” a 30-minute regional news show that airs three nights a week during the school year. Sue worked as a reporter and anchor for WBAL radio and as a TV reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ and Maryland Public Television. She serves as adviser to Merrill College’s Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter and serves on SPJ’s national board. Last spring, she was recognized with the “Silver Circle Award” by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

All three of these outstanding professional journalists/teachers have devoted countless hours of service to Merrill College. Please join me in congratulating Chris, Adrianne and Sue for their promotions to senior lecturer.


Dean Lucy Dalglish: A Free Press Is Necessary To Help Nurture Democracy

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish is the SPJ-DC Pro Chapter Distinguished Service Award winner for 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 13) – Following are the comments of Dean Lucy Dalglish in accepting the Distinguished Service in Local Journalism Award from the SPJ-DC Chapter during the organization’s Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner at the National Press Club:

Thank you to the Washington Society of Professional Journalists chapter for this wonderful recognition.

Thank you, especially, to Sue Kopen-Katcef, a dedicated member of the faculty of Philip Merrill College of Journalism, for that lovely introduction. Over the years, Sue has produced a fanatically devoted network of broadcast students and alumni who are working across the globe. She has the biggest fan club at the college.

I first met Sue, and several of you in this room, nearly 30 years ago at a national SPJ convention. In fact, I joined SPJ as a college sophomore, and have stayed a member for more decades than I want to count. I have worked in several newsrooms, a law firm, a Washington non-profit and the University of Maryland. My SPJ contacts across the country have helped me make connections and transitions in each of those jobs. For that, I am very grateful.

I don’t know what motivates other journalists and lawyers, but I have always acted on the belief that journalists and lawyers play an essential role in our democracy.  I believe that my best contribution to my country and my community has been to provide timely, accurate, useful information to my fellow citizens so that they can make informed decisions about how we will all live together peacefully and productively.

These are unsettling, yet exciting, times to be involved in journalism education. The profession our young graduates is entering is so different from the one I jumped into in the 1980s. In fact, the entire journalism ecosystem has changed.

Dean Lucy Dalglish accepts her Distinguished Service Award from the SPJDC Pro Chapter at their awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Rafael Lorente.

  • A year ago, none of us had ever heard the words “fake news.”
  • Journalists were not arrested or accosted at American political rallies and cabinet-level press conferences.
  • A president of the United States had never declared journalists to be “the enemy of the people.”

Our graduates are smart, ethical and hard-working. They know they are not anybody’s enemy.

We have taught them to follow the SPJ Code of Ethics: to dig for the truth; report it independently and fairly; minimize harm to the people who are the innocent bystanders of the news; and to acknowledge and correct their mistakes.

Over the past few months, I have also come to believe that one of the most daunting challenges facing our country is something people in fragile democracies already know: we as a society must value and nurture democracy.  That cannot be done without the free press envisioned in our constitution.

Education and training of journalists has never been more important.

Last month, one of Merrill College’s visiting Fulbright international journalists, a veteran Indian newspaper journalist named Hittender Rau, addressed a gathering at the college.

Here is what he said:

“Democracy is precious. Democracies are fragile.

Most of us, even in this country, don’t think so, but democracies can be very easily dismantled, and are currently in danger all over the world. Without a free, functional, well-trained, skilled press, you cannot have a democracy.

And, what happens in one country has consequences all over the world, including right here in America.

As democracies crumble, so erodes the security of the United States.”

I hope you agree that development of young and veteran journalists has never been more urgent — And that you will join me in educating tomorrow’s journalists.

Thank you


Storify Tells the Tale for Commencement 2017 at Merrill College



Dean Dalglish: #WeAreNotTheEnemy

Dean Lucy Dalglish at Main Commencement, May 21, 2017.

Dean Lucy Dalglish’s comments during the Main Commencement exercise of the University of Maryland, May 21, 2017.

Good Afternoon

I’m Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Will the Merrill College graduates please stand.

The way some people perceive journalism has changed dramatically since you enrolled four years ago.

A year ago, none of us had ever heard the term, “fake news.” Credentialed journalists had not been arrested at press conferences held by cabinet secretaries.

A President of the United States had never declared journalists to be the enemy of the people.

But you… you are smart, ethical, and hard working. You are not anyone’s enemy.

You have learned to dig for the truth, report it fairly and correct your mistakes. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that what you do is not at the core of the American dream.

Citizens are relying on you to provide the information they need to make the decisions about how we will live together, in this complicated, glorious democratic society.