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Merrill College Team Wins Online News Association Challenge Fund Grant

Online News Association (ONA) logo.

WASHINGTON (8/8/18) — A team of University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members have won a $35,000 grant from the Online News Association to conduct an innovative data journalism experiment.

The grant, among 13 awarded to teams from universities across the country, was made as part of the association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

The association announced winners Wednesday during the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. The Merrill College team includes Capital News Service data editor and director Sean Mussenden, data editor Adam Marton, assistant professor Krishnan Vasudevan, Ph.D. student Brooke Auxier and Wide Angle Youth Media executive director Susan Malone.

Youth producers from Wide Angle Youth Media and Merrill College students are also expected to participate.

The team plans to test a model for community data journalism, their grant application says.

High school, college and professional journalists will “work with renters in low-income housing communities in Baltimore and Prince George’s County to construct and deploy temperature sensors in their apartments to look for violations of city and county rental laws that require landlords to keep rental properties above a certain temperature in the winter.”

The faculty members are testing whether involving residents in creating and deploying the technology increased their engagement with journalism that comes from the project.

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Alexander A. Pyles

Merrill Alumni Are ONA ’15 Finalists

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Online News Association’s awards finalists are out – and they include a number of Merrill College of Journalism alumni.

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Web Producer Greg Kohn ’13 with Baltimore Sun staff for “The 45 Minute Mystery of Freddie Gray’s Death” (Graphic: Website screenshot.)



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Justine McDaniel ’14 and Marlena Chertock ’13 and student investigators for Gun Wars: A News21 Investigation of Rights and Regulations in America (Arizona State University hosts News21)(Justine led the investigation and Marlena handled the design and coding of the website.) (Graphic: Website screenshot.)


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Wall Street Journal Reporter Christopher Weaver (MJ) '08 (Photo: Twitter)* UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AWARD IN INVESTIGATIVE DATA JOURNALISM, LARGE

Chris Weaver ’08 and the team from the Wall Street Journal for their Pulitzer prize-winning investigation called “Medicare Unmasked.” (Check out this Global Editors Network summary with links. (Graphic: Wall Street Journal)

The winners will be announced at the 2015 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Los Angeles.