PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff introduces a project by University of Maryland Capital News Service students and NewsHour correspondent John Yang.
COLLEGE PARK (12/12/18) — The PBS NewsHour on Wednesday aired part of a semester-long University of MarylandCapital News Servicereporting project that takes a look at the future of historic mill town Ellicott City, Maryland — victimized by a pair of savage floods since 2016.
The news feature, “Saving A City,” includes terrifying security camera footage obtained by CNS student journalists that shows two people fighting for their lives as a store on Ellicott City’s iconic Main Street fills with rushing water from the flooding Tiber River.
The CNS field producing team, led by Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag and including students Lauren Anikis, Hannah Borison, Conor Hollingsworth and Chiamaka Ofulue, worked with NewsHour correspondent John Yang to tell the story. Students did the shooting and editing.
Students in several capstone courses at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism descended on Ellicott City this semester to report and tell stories about the destruction caused by the floods and the radical changes elected officials are considering to reduce the risk of future flooding.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Just three weeks into their classes, the spring semester Capital News Service broadcast crew scurried to create a program focused on the great blizzard of 2016. Called “Digging Out,” the special edition of Maryland Newsline was taped Feb. 4 and anchored by Merrill journalists Bo Evans and Micha Green. Available on the CNS YouTube channel, the nearly 35 minute program will also be broadcast on UMTV, the Merrill College cable television station seen on campus and in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and distributed to all CNS affiliates in the state.
The special made use of upgraded technology at UMTV including new HD video cameras in studio and in the field, a green screen for inserting stills and video, wireless broadcast technology and a high-end NewTek Tricaster(c) digital switcher. In addition, for the first time, the CNS Online Bureau provided an animated graphic that was broadcast as part of the program. These are the tools real broadcasters are using these days. CNS strives to provide hands-on real-world experience for all Merrill College students. It’s all part of the effort to transform the student experience at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism so graduates are able to contribute the first day on the job.
The CNS Broadcast Bureau director is Sue Kopen Katcef.
Maryland Newsline is broadcast three days per week – Tuesday – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on UMTV. The spring semester programs will begin later this month.