COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 10) –  Demi Chang and Matt Kubisiak were top students in adjunct Jamie Forzato’s JOUR364 – Radio Broadcast class in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively. Forzato entered a number of their radio projects in Hearst’s 2017 radio broadcast features and news competition for college students.

Now the results are in, and both finished in the top 20. In fact, Matt Kubisiak took 3rd place while Demi Chang took 17th. Normally, the top five winners in each awards category (radio, TV1 and TV2) would compete in Hearst’s national championships in San Francisco, but Matt is ineligible due to his spring, 2016 graduation. However, he has won a cash award that Hearst will match for Merrill College.


Matt Kubisiak '16Matt Kubisiak ’16 is currently a full-time web producer for WMDT 47 ABC in Salisbury, Md. and occasionally does freelance reporting and photography for The Calvert Recorder in Prince Frederick, Md. 

“I am very thankful that Jamie entered me into this contest; her class was definitely one of the best I ever took at UMD. I feel that the strong foundation in writing is what sets Merrill students apart. Whether you’re working in print, radio, television or exclusively on the web, solid writing is what makes all the difference,” he said.

Demi ChangIn November 2016, Demi Chang ’15 was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. She is currently attending The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia until June, at which time she will receive her military occupational specialty (MOS) and duty station assignment. 2ndLt. Chang hopes to use her Philip Merrill education and experiences to serve as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO).


Matt’s entry:

 Justice Scalia’s Death (news)

Thousands of mourners, including President Obama and the First Lady, gathered at the Supreme Court on Friday to pay their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia. Terp Weekly Edition’s Matt Kubisiak was there with the story.

Koto Ensemble (longform feature)

Growing up, many of us picked up musical instruments like trumpet, piano, and violin, even if we didn’t all stick with them. University of Maryland students have the unique opportunity to learn instruments you may have never even heard of before like the Japanese Koto.

Lee’s Surrender Anniversary (news)

April 9th marked the 151st anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appamatox Courthouse in Virginia. TWE’s Matt Kubisiak takes us to Arlington House, Lee’s former home.

Radio Preservation Task Force (news)

Radio is still one of the most important and widely used communication tools worldwide.

And now academics from all over the country are trying to preserve the magic of radio for generations to come.

Demi’s entry: 

Hip Hop Orchestra (longform feature)

Grammy nominations were announced this week, and here’s a group from the University of Maryland that may aspire to perform there some day.

Bread N Greens Opening (news)

A new restaurant in College Park has the right formula for today’s college students: healthy, portable and affordable.

Carnivore BBQ (news)

More than 300 food trucks that serve the Washington metropolitan area. So how does one roving restaurant stand out above the rest?

College Park Volunteer Fire Department (feature)

A volunteer firefighter from the College Park Volunteer Fire Department shares a few things emergency responders want you to know.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards (from the Hearst News Release)

The 57th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 106 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the program which also includes writing, photojournalism, and multimedia competitions and offers awards totaling up to $500,000.

The judges, all award-winning broadcast professionals, are: Harvey Nagler, recently retired VP, Radio, CBS News, New York, NY; Lloyd Siegel, former Vice President of News Partnerships, NBC News, New York; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.