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Merrill Seniors: “Don’t Be Afraid. Put Yourself Out There.”

Carly Kempler talks with a number of Merrill College seniors for their best suggestions for incoming freshmen. Kyle Stackpole was one of those students.

By Carly Kempler ’18

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 3) – As the end of the semester approaches, a number of Merrill seniors are anxious to graduate, but also to reflect on their time and opportunities throughout their college careers.

There are a variety of campus publications and other media, which provide an outlet for students to write and broadcast their passions. For senior Kyle Stackpole, a multiplatform major, The Diamondback was a place to write about his interests, specifically sports.

“I got involved with The Diamondback two weeks into my freshman year, and I ended up doing it throughout my four years here,” he said.

Stackpole, who formerly served as The Diamondback’s Sports Editor, advised freshmen to take advantage of the opportunities at this university, especially during their first months on campus.

“I just wouldn’t be afraid,” he said. “Put yourself out there, try a bunch of new things and find out exactly what you want to do early on.”

Listen to the Podcast version of this article by Carly Kempler.

It’s also important to find your niche, said Susann Shin, a senior broadcast major, adding, “Don’t get distracted by others around you.”

“Everyone is sort of on their own journey,” Shin said. “You have to take it one step at a time and you can’t always be looking at people around you . . . or you start comparing yourself to other people, it’s really about focusing on where you want to go and exploring your own interests and your own passions.”

Shin, who was also a member of the Fall 2016 ViewFinder team, said her capstone experience was an “incredible opportunity” not only for herself as a student, but also for her prospective career.

And though Merrill College provides a plethora of chances to get involved, students, like senior broadcast major Bailey Martin, are able to narrow down these opportunities to seek out their own interests.

“I’ve come so far. . .  I didn’t even decide on the journalism major until I was already a junior and since then I’ve had three amazing internships,” Martin said. “I’ve met so many people, I’ve had the opportunity to cover some amazing stories and to just be a part of the inauguration, things that are making history.”


Both Martin and senior Chelsea Jones, also a broadcast major, were both reporters within the Broadcast Bureau of Merrill’s capstone course, Capital News Service. Jones served as one of the show’s anchors.

“I’ve done things that I never thought [were] possible,” Jones said. “For example becoming an anchor and reporter for Capital News Service, that’s something I always aspired to do, but never thought that with only two years to do a journalism curriculum, would I have the opportunity to.”


In addition to the hands-on experience Merrill provides, senior Talia Richman, a multiplatform major, also praised the school’s teachers, and said all students should take the time to get to know their professors.

“We are located in between Baltimore and D.C. so all the best journalists are there,” Richman said. “They come and teach us and you’re just so lucky to be able to have these people who should be your heroes that are also your teachers and are willing to help you and make you better and take the time to get to know you.”


Even with all of the opportunities and resources Merrill provides, senior Michael Stern, a broadcast major, found room for more. Stern started two online publications during his time in Merrill College, and encouraged students to take the first step in starting something new.

“There should never be a moment where you say, ‘I really wish I could do this on campus, oh wait it’s not here, so I’m not going to do it,'” Stern said. “That should never exist, if there’s something you want to do, that’s not there or there’s only one place to do it and you couldn’t get into that place, you should just start it yourself and still do it.”


Change and Challenge: 100 Days of Journalism and Trump Symposium

First 100 Days of Journalism and Trump Symposium @merrillcollege May 4.

By April Newton
Ph.D. Student

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 28) – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is holding a scholarship and practice symposium titled, “Change and Challenge: 100 Days of Journalism During the Trump Administration,” on May 3, in Knight Hall. The symposium will feature University of Maryland researchers from across campus and reporters who are covering the White House and politics. The keynote speaker will be Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News reporter, vice president of the White House Correspondents Association, president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and Merrill College of Journalism alumna.

The Change and Challenge symposium will allow reporters, researchers, and journalism educators to share experiences and seek directions for better understanding how President Trump’s election took many by surprise, what to do about fake news, and much more.

The May 3rd Symposium begins at 4 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Eaton Theater to learn more about journalists’ experiences and what researchers are investigating. There will be a reception in the Knight Hall atrium after the panel and Ms. Talev’s speech, beginning at approximately 5:30pm.

For questions, please email April Newton, co-president of the Merrill Graduate Student Association.

CNS Plans Robust Inauguration and Protest Coverage


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Jan. 19) – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s student-powered Capital News Service will be providing “blanket coverage” of Donald Trump’s Inauguration festivities Thursday and Friday and Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington protests.

You can follow along on the CNS website as well as the CNS YouTube page. On social media: Twitter: @cnsmd and on Facebook:

“We are flooding the zone with Capital News Service reporters, photographers and broadcasters for the presidential inauguration, said CNS D.C. Bureau Chief Jim Carroll. “All will be covering an historic day in the nation’s history: the peaceful transfer of power from one president to another. CNS continues to build on its more-than-quarter-century-old mission to bring important and timely journalism to its readers and clients.”

Here’s what to expect:

CNS Broadcast journalist George Gerbo in Studio B with his inaugural ticket.

CNS Broadcast journalist George Gerbo in Studio B with his inaugural ticket.

  • Thursday: A wide range of stories will be sent to CNS subscribers (including the Associated Press) ranging from a look at the upcoming inaugural concert, President Obama’s last day, area resident’s concerns about the impending repeal of the ACA (Obamacare) and even reaction from London about the impact of the new Trump administration on U.S.-British relations.
  • Friday: 20 reporters, videographers and photographers will be covering the inauguration;
  • CNS reporters will be at the US Capitol swearing-in ceremonies, in the crowds, along the parade routes, at some protests and counter-inaugural events;
  • An overall report will be filed focusing on the inaugural address, the crowd and color of the day;
  • There will be a reaction story as well as a story on the expected protests;
  • CNS photographers will not only be shooting stills, but there will be 360 degree video coverage as well;
  • Saturday: The Women’s March on Washington protest will be covered by a team of CNS reporters, photographers and videographers;
  • CNS Broadcast will also be sending a crew to Wilmington, Del. to cover the “welcome home” celebration for Joe and Jill Biden.

The logistics plan for the two days of coverage has taken months to compile.

Some examples:

CNS reporters on the National Mall during the Inauguration of Donald Trump.

CNS reporters on the National Mall during the Inauguration of Donald Trump.

Friday – Inauguration Day

  • All CNS reporters will be in the D.C. Bureau (Reagan Building) no later than 5:30 a.m. DC Bureau Chief Jim Carroll will distribute tickets at that time;
  • CNS reporters are being warned to wear layers (rain is forecast mid-day Friday) and to keep in mind that it will likely be difficult to find toilets;
  • CNS reporters covering the swearing-in ceremony must be on site and ready to go through security no later than 7:30 a.m.
  • Walking back to the bureau after the event could take a very long time!
  • CNS covers the inaugural parade that starts at 2:45 p.m.
  • CNS reporters will cover an “UnNagural Concert” in Silver Spring designed to support several progressive organizations that say their missions are threatened by the new Trump administration.

Saturday – Women’s March on Washington Protest

  • CNS reporters asked to be at the D.C. Bureau by 8:30 a.m.
  • Women’s March starts at 10 a.m. and will be covered by a team of reporters including multi-platform, broadcast and social media.

Going forward, CNS will continue to provide coverage of the new Trump administration and its actions – especially the impact on Marylanders. In Knight Hall, Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag is moving his Topics in Broadcast and Electronic Media class to focus on how the media is covering the Trump administration’s first 100 days. You can get to the 100 Days website from the CNS Maryland home page.


Dean Dalglish Announces New Hiebert Endowed Award

Dean Lucy Dalglish with former Dean Ray Hiebert in a 2015 photo.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with Former Dean Ray Hiebert, 2015.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Jan. 17) – Dean Lucy Dalglish announces the new Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award, starting in the spring of 2017.

Hiebert is a professor emeritus and was founding dean of the College of Journalism (1968) at the University of Maryland. He is author and editor of books and articles on history, biography, journalism, public relations, public affairs, and mass media.

The award reflects the interest of Dr. Hiebert in the historic role of journalism in American life, politics, government and culture. His intent in establishing this award is to promote the teaching of journalism history in journalism education and to encourage research that sheds light on that history.

Dr. Hiebert believes that the University of Maryland is ideally located for research in journalism history, especially because of the university’s proximity to the U.S. government’s most important history archives as well as access to the world’s news media and their historic records.

Application Process

The Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award will be awarded each spring, starting in April 2017, for the best work of journalism history in the previous calendar year by any graduate student or faculty member in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

  • In the inaugural year of the award, the winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
  • The award may be granted for a master’s thesis, PhD dissertation, published article in a peer-reviewed research journal, or book published by a reputable publisher.
  • The award committee will be chaired by Merrill College Associate Professor Ira Chinoy and will include Merrill Professors Linda Steiner and Carl Sessions Stepp and University of Maryland Department of History Associate Professor David Sicilia.
  • For theses and dissertations, the work must have been completed, defended, and filed with the university in 2016. Peer reviewed journal articles and books must have been published in 2016.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

To be considered, applications must include the following:

(1). For a dissertation, thesis or article, submit as a PDF file. For a book, two hard copies of the published work must be submitted, plus a PDF file of the title page, table of contents and a single chapter of the author’s choosing.

(2). An abstract of up to 350 words, also as a PDF file.

(3). A one-paragraph narrative bio as a PDF file.

(4). A CV as a PDF file.

(5). Applicants may include one letter of support from the following, as appropriate, as a PDF file:

(a). The chair of the dissertation committee.

(b). The chair of the thesis committee.

(c). The editor of the peer-reviewed journal or a faculty mentor familiar with article.

(d). The publisher of the book; a published review of the book may be included in lieu of or in addition to a letter from the editor.

Applications and all materials should be sent electronically (except for the hard copies of books) to Ira Chinoy at ichinoy@umd.edu and should contain “RAY HIEBERT AWARD APPLICATION” in the subject line. Book copies should be delivered to Ira Chinoy, Room 2100K, Knight Hall, in an envelope that includes the notation “ATTN: RAY HIEBERT AWARD APPLICATION.”

Merrill College History: The First Journalism Building

First journalism building at UMD. From the 1956 Alumni News.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 23) – The weather may not have cooperated, but that didn’t stop some 200 guests – including news, public relations and political officials – from helping to dedicate the University of Maryland’s first modern building for the Department of Journalism and Public Relations on Nov. 23, 1957. The journey to that dedication ceremony was a long one.

A Dream Years in the Making

There had been a long-standing dream for a new building since the Department of Journalism and Public Relations was established in 1947 on the University of Maryland campus. By 1952, the Alumni News’ editor Robert Hurst reported that the university administration had finally put plans for a new building “in motion” that would include an auditorium, classrooms and offices, as well as extensive facilities for training in press photography. Even the University Press and “the activities of the Director of Publicity and Publications will also be housed in the new building.”

A committee of the Maryland Press Association recommended the construction of a new building the following year that would include a newspaper hall of fame (the MDDC (Maryland-DC-Delaware) Press Association sponsors one today for its members).

By 1955, the plans (by architects Walton and Madden) were complete and despite some controversy about where the building would be located, construction finally got underway.

1955 Alumni News editor Bill Kennedy said Department Chair Alfred Crowell had spent much of his year working with the architects and interviewing “dealers of equipment and compiling specifications for purchase of equipment for each room in the three-story building.”

The 1956 Alumni News reported that the building should be completed by February or March of 1957. Along with the $350,000 building, the state allocated an additional $40,000 for equipment, but more was needed since “earlier requests did not cover plumbing or sinks for the photography labs, nor parking facilities.”

Alumni News for 1954

Alumni News for 1955

Photos as guests toured the new journalism building on the campus of the University of Maryland on Nov. 23, 1957. Photos by Al Danegger

Guests tour the new journalism building on the Maryland campus. Photos by Al Danegger.

An Informal Inspection

The original journalism building nearing compleation on McKeldin Mall at the University of Maryland. Photo: Al Danneger.

The journalism building nears completion. Photo: Al Danegger.

The New York Times sent their Philadelphia Correspondent William Weart to College Park to cover the dedication. He reported, “Built and partly equipped at a cost of $390,000, the three story structure stands on the southwest corner of the mall, adjacent to the $3,200,000 (what would become McKeldin) library nearing completion. Both buildings are of Georgian architectural design.”

Before the dedication ceremonies and luncheon, there was what Weart called an “informal inspection” of the facility.

What the guests saw was described a few months earlier in the May, 1957 Alumni News (the building was able to open for classes for the spring term):

“There was a time when the journalism department was housed in the worst building on campus, but today it is a center of attraction at Maryland… The first floor is the new home of the Diamondback and the future press room. The DBK has a large newsroom, the editor’s office looks out over the mall, and there are individual offices for sports, the business manager, and advertising-circulation. The DBK domain takes up half of the first floor. The rest is given over to the lobby, printer’s office, and press room.”


Touring the photo lab by Al Danegger.

The Alumni News reported there was a photography laboratory with a printing room containing 14 enlargers, a finishing room and much more. There was space for two separate darkrooms – one for the Diamondback and one for the Terrapin Yearbook and Old Line publication – but there wasn’t enough money to equip them at that point.

In July of that year, the Alumni News reported that the department had enrolled 85 majors in the “upper division” compared to 64 in the previous spring. 38 journalism and PR majors graduated, an increase of 10 over 1956. By July, 1958, the Alumni News reported that while some labs had still not been equipped, the facilities were “top-notch” and that students were seeing the use of more visual aids like 16 mm movies, slides, tapes, records.”

The report concluded by saying, “After what we’ve come from, no writing can do this new building justice. You’ll have to see it at the dedication ceremonies next fall, to see how student publications and the Department of Journalism and Public Relations have grown to be the pride of the campus.”

Alumni News of May, 1957

Alumni News of July, 1957

Alumni News of July, 1958

The dedication ceremony for the new journalism building on the Maryland campus and a shot of some of the dignitaries including Journalism Department Chair Alfred Crowell (back left).

Al Danegger’s photos of the dedication ceremony with University President Wilson Elkins at the podium and a photo of some of the dignitaries including Journalism Chair Alfred Crowell (back left).

Dedication Ceremonies: “Fourth Estate in a New Home”

buildingdedication_yearbookThe 1957 Terrapin Yearbook wrote:

“The $350,000 Journalism Building became officially dedicated to democracy’s principle of freedom of the press November 23. Before a gathering of 200 guests in the Rotary Room of the dining hall, President (Wilson) Elkins welcomed the speakers for the occasion. President of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, William Dwight, was the main speaker at the ceremony along with Governor McKeldin; J. Freeman Pyle, dean of BPA; Louis L. Goldstein, president of the Maryland State Senate; and Daniel Brewster, vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.”

The New York Times’ Weart reported that Dwight’s keynote focused on “official secrecy” by the federal government. “The right of Americans to know what their officials were doing,” Dwight said, “was being repeatedly invaded at all levels of government.”

The ceremony was recorded and thanks to University Archives, we can bring it to you here:


On to Knight Hall

By the turn of the century, it was becoming painfully clear that the original journalism building was too small and outmoded to serve a growing student population and a changing journalism industry. On April 21, 2010, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in John S. & James L. Knight Hall was dedicated to take journalism at Maryland into the future. The original journalism building on McKeldin Mall was renovated and is currently being used by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The original “JOURNALISM” lettering from the old building was moved to Knight Hall to help serve as a bridge from the old to the new.

Watch: Announcement of the building of the new Knight Hall in 2006 with Dean Tom Kunkel, UMD President Dan Mote and Philip and Eleanor (Ellie) Merrill: