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Ford (’76), McDonough (’04) win ‘Distinguished Terrapin’ awards

Bob Ford (left) and Heather McDonough are "Distinguished Terrapin" award winners.

Bob Ford (left) and Heather McDonough are the 2017 “Distinguished Terrapin” award winners.

Bob Ford (’76) of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Heather McDonough (’04) of NBC4 Washington are winners of this year’s “Distinguished Terrapin” awards, to be presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at a luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

Also honored at the luncheon with a “Special Recognition” award will be Olive Reid and Carl Sessions Stepp, two beloved members of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism community. Additionally, Kevin Anderson and Garry D. Howard will be honored for their contributions to the Povich Center.

A native of College Park, Md., Ford began his sports journalism career at The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat in 1976, moving to The Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times in 1981. Ford joined the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1987. There, he was the NBA beat writer for six years, long-form feature and Olympics reporter for 10 years and has been the general sports columnist since 2003.

He is a six-time winner of the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year award given by the National Sports Media Association, a two-time top 10 columnist in the large circulation division of the Associated Press Sports Editors and won the Eclipse Award for outstanding feature writing on thoroughbred racing in 2005.

A native of Marlboro, N.J., McDonough began her career as a production assistant for Fox5 WTTG in Washington, D.C. She was an assignment editor for CSN Mid-Atlantic starting in November 2004, before moving to Secaucus, N.J., to be an assignment editor for the MLB Network. She moved back to the D.C. area in June 2010 to become a sports producer at Fox5 WTTG and in August 2011 she became a senior sports producer at NBC4.

​”Bob Ford and Heather McDonough winning the Povich Center’s ‘Distinguished Terrapin’ awards is another example of the professional excellence displayed by graduates of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism,” Povich Center Director George Solomon said. “The College is extremely proud of their professional accomplishments.”

Ford and McDonough will receive their awards during a Nov. 7 luncheon at the University of Maryland. That night, the 12th annual Shirley Povich Symposium will discuss “The Changing Winds in Sports” with Christine Brennan, Bob Costas, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. The discussion will be moderated by Maury Povich.

About the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003.

Merrill is Hiring. Ready to Join Us?

Knight Hall, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is seeking applicants for two full-time faculty positions and one professional staff job.

Associate Professor: The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) invite applications for a tenure-track/tenured position in computational journalism at the assistant or associate professor level. This will be a joint position with the College of Journalism and the iSchool, with the tenure home in the College of Journalism. Read more.

Lecturer: The Merrill College is seeking a full-time, professional track faculty member with digital design experience. Do you want the opportunity to teach bright, energetic students and lead our school in thinking about design and interactive journalism? Are you interested in working collaboratively with students and faculty to design creative digital experiences published through the college’s news organization? Come join us! Read more.

Recruitment Coordinator: The coordinator will be responsible for performing student recruiting functions for Merrill College while also establishing and maintaining procedures that align with the university’s policies and procedures. Read more.

Help us develop the next generation of fearless journalists at the University of Maryland. To apply for any of these positions, visit the university jobs website.

Linda Steiner talks alt media in The Baltimore Sun

Professor Linda Steiner.

Professor Linda Steiner

COLLEGE PARK — Merrill College Professor Linda Steiner says alternative weekly newspapers “aren’t really as alternative as they once were,” thanks to the internet.

Steiner, whose expertise includes alternative media, told The Baltimore Sun in a recent interview that online-only outlets have contributed to the decline of publications like the Baltimore City Paper, which will publish its last issue this week.

“Some of these began as edgy, even kind of radical newspapers that were presenting content that really couldn’t be accessed in more mainstream newspapers that were more conservative, stylistically and culturally. … It’s hard for these alt weeklies to find a real audience that is going to really meet them in the same way they were needed before we had the internet,” Steiner told The Sun.

Steiner, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also studies how and when gender matters in news and newsrooms and how feminists use media. Other research areas include media ethics, journalism history and citizen journalism.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles

Hearst Awards Show Merrill Students Among the Best in the Nation

Hearst Awards.

Adapted from a Hearst News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 24) – The final overall results are out for the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates.  Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions.

Overall Results for Merrill College:

Intercollegiate Writing: Fifth Place
Intercollegiate Broadcast Radio & TV: Sixth Place
Overall Intercollegiate trophies: 10th Place.

Individual Honors:

Andrew Dunn ’18 took fifth place and a $1000 scholarship award in the Breaking News Writing category.

Michelle Chavez ’16 took second place and a $2000 award in the TV2 News category. Merrill College will receive $2000 as well.

Two Merrill College students won Hearst Radio Awards. Matt Kubisiak’16 took third place while Demi Chang’15 took 17th place. Both were top students in adjunct lecturer Jamie Forzato’s JOUR364 – Radio Broadcast class in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively.

Merrill student Ellie Silverman’17 made the Top 10 (#8) of the Hearst Enterprise Writing Contest. This year the competition received 119 entries from 66 eligible undergraduate journalism programs.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program operates under the auspices of the accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.  It is fully funded and administered by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  Currently, 106 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the United States are eligible to participate in the program, which awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

The Intercollegiate Awards have been acknowledged since the inception of the program, and in 1990 monetary awards were added to the Hearst Journalism Awards Program budget.

The points earned by individual students in the monthly writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia competitions determine each discipline’s Intercollegiate ranking.  The winners are those schools with the highest accumulated student points in each category.   The overall Intercollegiate winners are the schools with the highest accumulated student points in the writing, photojournalism, broadcast and multimedia competitions.

Publisher William Randolph Hearst established the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. in the 1940’s, a few years before his death in 1951.  Since then, the Foundations have awarded over one billion dollars in grants and programs.


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.