WASHINGTON, D.C. – Merrill College students swept the student honors given by the National Hispanic Journalists Association during its national conference (with NABJ) this past week at the Marriott Wardman Hotel.

There were two categories for student journalists (for the 2015-2016 school year) as part of the NAHJ journalism awards. Merrill College student winners were:

Latino Issues – Student Broadcast

Kathryn Klett ’15, Capital News Service, for Undocumented Violence: One Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Domestic Abuse.

Klett graduated in Dec. 2015 as a double major in broadcast journalism and business marketing.


Photo: Annika McGinnis

Photo: Annika McGinnis

Latino Issues – Student Print
Annika McGinnis ’15, Capital News Service, for Maryland School Systems Grapple with Influx of Central American Minors.

Her first paragraph:

“In July, she came on foot and by bus, traversing thousands of miles on a harrowing month-long journey through Mexico to the United States. She had hoped to come legally – but, threatened by gangs in El Salvador, 18-year-old Yanci said she was forced to flee.”

McGinnis graduated in Dec. 2015 with a degree in multiplatform journalism and a minor in international development and conflict management. She is currently a program coordinator for the Advocacy Project in Washington, D.C. and is a White House stringer for Thompson Reuters.

Congratulations also to Jon Banister, Capital News Service, who was a finalist in the Student Print category for The Brothel Next Door investigative series.