COLLEGE PARK (5/21/18) — Four projects by University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students were named national winners and seven others were finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards.
The awards, announced Monday, recognize work by college students that was published or broadcast in 2017.
Merrill College winners and finalists had their work published by the college’s nonprofit Capital News Service; the service’s visual storytelling team, ViewFinder; or The Diamondback, the university’s student-run newspaper.
National winners will be recognized in September at the Excellence in Journalism 2018 conference in Baltimore.
- The fall 2016 and spring 2017 ViewFinder teams won the Best All-Around Television Newscast category with “Strength and Shame,” a documentary on the opioid crisis in Maryland.
- The fall 2017 ViewFinder staff won the Television In-Depth Reporting category with “Aging.”
- ViewFinder students Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis and won the Television General News Reporting category with “A Chief’s Promise.”
- Diamondback staff won the In-Depth Reporting category in the Large School Division (10,000 students or more) for “It’s Real: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland.”
- Capital News Service‘s Julianne Maxwell was a finalist in Television Feature Reporting for “Bob Benson: The 87-Year-Old Mirror Artist.”
- The Diamondback‘s Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman were finalists in Online News Reporting for “On Her Own,” part of the “It’s Real” series.
- ViewFinder’s Emily Olsen was a finalist in Broadcast News Videography for “On the call.”
- ViewFinder’s Jay Reed was a finalist in Broadcast Feature Videography for “Take You There.”
- Capital News Service’s Evan J. Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez were finalists in Online/Digital Sports Videography for “Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end.”
- ViewFinder’s Tina Vo and Pearl Mak were finalists in Online/Digital Feature Videography for “Going home.”
- The Diamondback‘s Eva Shen was a finalist in Editorial Cartooning.
The national winners and finalists were selected from the college’s 21 winners in the regional contest.
Merrill College students have won numerous journalism awards this month in college and professional competitions.
On Tuesday, students and faculty members will be presented with the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “Home Sick,” a CNS project in which student journalists spent more than a year analyzing millions of medical records and conducting dozens of interviews with Baltimore health officials, community leaders and residents to show how housing conditions contribute to illness in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Earlier this month, Merrill College students — competing against professionals in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. — won six Best in Show awards and CNS was named online-only News Organization of the Year by the MDDC Press Association. On top of that, 20 student submissions won their categories and 15 more took second place in the association’s annual Editorial, Design and Revenue Contest.
Merrill College students were also recognized in several other contests this year. For example:
- ViewFinder Students Win White House News Photographers Association Awards
- Capital News Service, ViewFinder Students Win Gracie Awards
- Capital News Service Project Named Scripps Howard Awards Finalist
- Best of Festival Award Among a Half-Dozen BEA Wins for Merrill College Students