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Merrill Undergrads Invited to Enter Writing Contests Honoring Capital Gazette Journalists

Gerald Fischman (left) and John McNamara.

Gerald Fischman (left) and John McNamara.

COLLEGE PARK (2/11/19) — Undergraduate students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism are invited to enter two new writing contests, sponsored by the families of Capital Gazette journalists Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, by March 15.

Fischman and McNamara, both Merrill College graduates who wrote for The Diamondback as students, were among the five people killed when a gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newsroom on June 28, 2018. The writing contests honor the kind of work each was known for — Fischman was an editorial writer, McNamara a sportswriter.

To apply for The Gerald Fischman Award for News Commentary and Criticism, Merrill College undergraduate students may submit up to three editorials, commentary or criticism pieces. The pieces may be by a single student with a single byline or be written by the student in the name of the publication (like an editorial).

If the editorial does not include a byline, the submission must include a note from the editor — preferably on letterhead — attesting to the student’s authorship of the work.

The John McNamara Sports Writing Award will be awarded to a Merrill College undergraduate student for excellence in sports coverage, sports feature writing, sports commentary or sports news. Each applicant can submit up to three article. Submissions must have single bylines.

Work completed during an internship is acceptable, as is work that appeared in a student publication. In both cases, applicants must include a letter of authentication from the editor of the piece — preferably on letterhead — or emailed from a company email address.

Any work completed as part of an internship or for a professional publication must include a letter from the editor attesting to its completion by the student entrant with no extraordinary editing.

Entries for both contests must have been published in 2018. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

New Scholarship for Aspiring Sports Journalists Honors Alum John McNamara

Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Andrew Chamblee ('83) sign an agreement to establish a scholarship in honor of John McNamara ('83).

Lucy A. Dalglish (left), dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Andrea Chamblee (’83) sign an agreement to establish a scholarship in honor of John McNamara (’83).

COLLEGE PARK (11/2/18) — Longtime sportswriter John McNamara (’83) was a stealth mentor, often agreeing in his low-key way to meet over lunch or chat on the phone with student journalists or fledgling sports reporters.

It was a familiar role: “Johnny Mac,” as he was known, had been elevating the prose and professionalism of his peers since he was a reporter and editor at The Diamondback.

McNamara’s loss as a mentor and authority on Terps sports, which he covered for more than 20 years, is keenly felt since he and four colleagues were killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis on June 28.

But he’ll continue to inspire sports journalists at the University of Maryland through a new scholarship established Thursday for undergraduate students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

McNamara’s widow, Andrea Chamblee (’83), whom he met at The Diamondback, and several of his friends created the scholarship in his memory.

“I’m so delighted,” she said Thursday at a signing ceremony. “It would have meant the world to John to be remembered as a sportswriter and a mentor to students. He often told me how much he enjoyed meeting with his colleagues, and helping them, but I am struck that he didn’t think of those meetings as mentoring anyone, but clearly the people he met with, did.”

Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said she was grateful for the opportunity to help students who might otherwise struggle to pay tuition, while also honoring McNamara.

“Walking around campus, I’m struck by how many people remember John,” Dalglish said. “Teachers, students, journalists and staff in the athletics department remember John very, very fondly.”

The scholarship fund is accepting contributions. The first recipient will be selected next year.

McNamara’s fourth book, with the working title “The Capital of Basketball,” a history of the sport in Washington, is expected out in early 2019.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321