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Alumnus Produces New Merrill College Video

Videographer Alexander Glass ('14) produced a new video for the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Videographer Alexander Glass (’14) produced a new video for the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

COLLEGE PARK (10/15/18) — The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism debuted a new video this week that highlights the college’s efforts to teach the next generation of journalists.

The video was produced by Alexander Glass, a 2014 graduate of this college. The video is voiced by Danielle Stein, a Capital News Service reporter who plans to graduate next year.

The video shows Merrill College’s commitment to teaching investigative and public affairs journalism, data and sports reporting and training students to use new technology and storytelling methods.

Photojournalist, adjunct lecturer and 2015 alumna Alanna Delfino produced the last Merrill College video.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles

Your First Job: Learn Everything, Try Everything, Do Everything.

WEHT/WRVW (Evansville, In.) anchor Brad Bryd with Dennis Ting '14.

WEHT/WRVW (Evansville, In.) anchor Brad Bryd with Dennis Ting ’14.

Dennis Ting ’14 is definitely #MerrillMade.

He landed his first reporting job at Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW) in Evansville, In. in January, 2015. Two years later, he is is on his way to report in Louisville, Ky. for ABC Affiliate WHAS (Channel 11).

We asked Dennis to write a few words for us about his first job – what he learned and what he would suggest to our Merrill College students and recent graduates. Here’s what he told us:

“Your first reporting job is really like grad school. You might think you know what you’re doing when you leave school, but trust me, you find out pretty quickly how much you have to learn. My advice is to learn everything, try everything and be willing to do everything. I’ve had the chance to cover some really cool things in little Evansville, Indiana and I’ve met some amazing people. It’s not always going to be easy and it’s not always going to be fun, but at the end of the day, I can still think about how lucky I am that I get to call what I do “work,” and that makes all the difference.

On a side note – enjoy yourself! You might not always be in the best situation, but make it the best situation you can. I’ve made lifelong friends at my first job that I will genuinely miss. There’s something about being at a first job that just bonds you with other people. Don’t be so hasty looking to get out that you don’t stop and appreciate what you have. I know there’s some quote about smelling roses or forests and trees, but you get what I’m saying.

Have fun!”

You can see some of Dennis’ work on his website.

CNS Broadcast Announces Fall Anchors

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Sept. 15) – Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef has announced this fall’s CNS “Maryland Newsline” anchors. The announcement came after a round of try-outs at UMTV with 14 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the bureau. Six additional Merrill College students tried out as sports anchors.

Working with Visiting Professor Tom Bettag and Adjunct Lecturer Cindy Wright, an all-star list of Merrill College alumni helped to judge the students.

In an email, Kopen-Katcef announced that students Michelle Chavez, Simone Thomas, Michael Stern and Angelo Bavaro would be lead anchors for the three-night-a-week news program through the fall semester.

The anchor teams will feature Chavez & Stern and Thomas & Bavaro.

Students Craig Weisenfeld and Sarah Dean will be “go-to” subs and will anchor the hour-long “Best of Show” program that is recorded in Studio B at UMTV just before Thanksgiving.

Broadcast Bureau student crew chiefs this year are Becca King, Barrett Goldberg and Jake Britton. Their experience and confidence helped keep the try-outs on track.

Sports anchors will be announced shortly (and we’ll update this release when names are announced.)

Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 10.29.55 AMThe CNS broadcast program draws volunteers from throughout campus to run cameras and help in many other ways. They were in Studio B in full force Wednesday, as was Student Newsroom Supervisor Al Perry – who helped ensure the technical side of the operation was working smoothly.

The CNS broadcasts are expected to begin in early October. The program will be live at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday on UMTV. Watch on campus channel 38 or 78. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties. The program is also streamed live in HD via the CNS YouTube page and archived there.