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Journalism Interactive Promises Real-World, Hands-On Training

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Aug. 17 – The program for Journalism Interactive 2017 is out, with a lineup of more than 40 accomplished speakers, two dozen sessions and hands-on-training designed to help journalism educators stay at the forefront of digital storytelling.

Speakers represent a diverse mix of media companies and universities, including The Washington Post, Google, Pro Publica, ESPN, NBC4 and more.  Hands-on training sessions will help attendees learn how to shoot and edit 360-degree video, get more out of social analytics, up their data visualization skills, tell stories with SnapChat and develop lesson plans for news verification and other crucial journalism skills.

The sixth annual Journalism Interactive conference takes place Oct. 20 and 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center adjacent to the University of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.  It is sponsored by the Knight Foundation, hosted by Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and jointly planned with partner schools, including the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications.

J/i is designed to help educators learn new teaching methods and explore best practices for digital news technologies.  The event features both hands-on training and lively dialogue about teaching media skills, including immersive video storytelling and fact-based journalism in the age of social media. A key focus this year will be how educators are responding to the rapid spread of “fake news.”

A sampling of speakers:

  • Major Garrett, chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
  • Kevin Merida, ESPN vice president and editor-in-chief, the Undefeated
  • Margaret Sullivan, media columnist, The Washington Post
  • Bill Adair, co-founder of Politifact and professor and director of Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
  • Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post and Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • Aaron Gilchrist, morning news anchor, NBC4 TV
  • Dan Sullivan, senior research scientist and director of “user happiness” at Google
  • Kevin Blackistone, ESPN commentator and professor at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Marriott. Register at the event website: journalisminteractive.com.

In Poor Health Series Wins Major NABJ Collegiate Award

CNS & Baltimore Urban Reporting Class with Tom Bettag and Kaiser Health News present "In Poor Health - health care disparities around Freddie Gray's Neighborhood."

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (August 16) – Merrill College’s urban affairs reporting class (Professor Sandy Banisky), Capital News Service (CNS Digital Bureau Chief Sean Mussenden) and Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag were named National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) “Salute to Excellence” winners Aug. 12 in the Online Collegiate “Use of Multimedia – Special Project category.”

The award was announced during an awards gala in New Orleans during NABJ’s national convention.

The award was for “In Poor Health: Why is Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the cities poorest residents – from getting sick?” The series was produced in concert with Kaiser Health News and received widespread coverage around the U.S. and the world.

In a post on Facebook, Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “I’m very proud to be representing the college in New Orleans tonight!”

The investigative series has won (and been nominated for) numerous awards over the past year including:


Merrill BOV Member Adam Ostrow ’04 Takes Top Tegna Digital Technology Job

Adam Ostrow from Twitter.

Adapted a bit from a Tegna press release:

Ostrow ’04 will lead TEGNA’s innovative digital vision and strategy

McLEAN, VA – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) (Aug. 10) – President and CEO Dave Lougee announced today that Adam Ostrow (Merrill College – ’04) is joining the company as chief digital officer. Ostrow, who was previously chief strategy officer at Mashable, will be responsible for creating, evangelizing and implementing TEGNA’s digital vision and strategy. He will build on TEGNA’s already strong digital assets and products to inform, engage and grow audiences across multiple platforms.

“As we continue to reinvent local journalism in the digital age, we are connecting with audiences in new and innovative ways on TEGNA-owned platforms, in addition to forging new partnerships with digital publishers and creating new, ‘second screen’ experiences for our content,” said Lougee. “Adam is a proven entrepreneur, editorial leader and digital media executive. I look forward to working with him as we continue to better serve our audiences across platforms and tell meaningful stories that make a difference.”

Ostrow had been with Mashable since 2007 and was the company’s second employee. He was closely involved in virtually all aspects of developing and growing the brand. He most recently served as chief strategy officer and board member, spearheading new growth initiatives across the company including international expansion, e-commerce and creating the Mashable Studios division. He was also responsible for all strategic business development efforts, including content acquisition, distribution and licensing deals with media companies, social networks and OTT platforms.

Ostrow joined the company as editor in chief, leading the company’s editorial and social strategy while overseeing the newsroom and growing its audience more than tenfold. He also authored more than 2,500 articles and managed Mashable’s social media feeds.

“I have been impressed with TEGNA’s innovative culture and its digitally-fueled and data-driven approach to storytelling,” said Ostrow. “Whether it is ‘Charlie Foxtrot,’ VERIFY or ‘Daily Blast LIVE’, TEGNA is producing high-quality, original content across platforms. I look forward to further super-charging the company’s growth through new digital initiatives.”

Ostrow is a highly sought-after speaker and has spoken at Cannes Lions, SXSW Interactive, International CES and TED Global. His TED Talk, “After Your Final Status Update,” has been viewed more than one million times.

Ostrow has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He is currently a member of the University’s Merrill College of Journalism’s Board of Visitors.

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 46 television stations in 38 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and 32 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including OTT local advertising network Premion, centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

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Salzburg Academy Program Looks at Global Populism and Extremism

Salzburg Academy Summer Class of 2017 - inlcuidng a number of University of Maryland students.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA, August 8, 2017 – More than 80 students, including eight from the University of Maryland – College Park, have come together as part of a three-week program to create a series of interactive exercises to educate others about global populism and extremism.

Participants at this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change – Voices Against Extremism: Media Responses to Global Populism – included students from UMD as well as from Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Egypt, Finland, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Singapore, Slovakia, Syria, the UK, the United States, and Venezuela. Together they produced projects for an online DIY playbook: reaction.community.

Participants from the University of Maryland (UMD) included Harrison Cann, Young Chung, Ben Gonzalez, Pallavi Guha, Tyler Ruth, Jacqueline Hyman, Casey Noenickx and Doug Weitzel. They were accompanied by Susan Moeller, co-founder of the Salzburg Academy, director of the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda and professor at both the College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy.

The online publication aims to identify how populism and extremism operates and affects people of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities around the world. Students were organized into groups where they brainstormed, conducted research, and identified case studies related to populism and extremism. The ideas were then transformed into “playable problems.”

Some of the themes explored in this year’s publication are children’s rights, climate change, reporting on extremism, the protection of journalists, the power of photo manipulation, the history and future of populism, violence against women, and freedom of information. The projects aim to facilitate dialogue and promote engagement through a product-based approach. They also invite the audience to develop a sense of solidarity and harness the right tools to stand in the face of oppression in all of its forms. Multimedia elements including videos, infographics, music playlists, interactive maps, text-based games, e-zines, comics, and data visualizations make up a number of the projects.

Paul Mihailidis, program director of the Salzburg Academy and associate professor at Emerson College, Boston, USA, said: “The 83 students, 13 faculty and 15 visiting experts came together to create a meaningful civic media intervention that provides creative media solutions for responding to harmful populist rhetoric. Their work emerged out of a commitment to themselves, and each other, to be open, honest, and creative, and open to new ideas. Only then can they create creative media that is by them, for their peers, and focused on social impact at local and global levels.”

Students’ ideas were inspired by conversations which took place throughout the Academy. Throughout the three weeks, students explored how media are framed by design choices, algorithmic bias, data manipulation, and commoditized content. To expand their international outlook on media and politics, they took part in plenary sessions, workshops, reading groups and hands-on exercises that challenged their creativity and transformed their thoughts into action. Topics covered included critical media making, the intersection of civic imagination and civic media, bridging cultural divides, challenging social gaps, journalism ethics and media literacy. Guest speakers at this year’s Academy included US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and acclaimed journalist Robin Wright, a contributing writer for The New Yorker.

This year’s students, who hailed from five different continents, put their differences aside to discuss one of the world’s most pressing problems. Not only did the Salzburg Academy serve as a safe space for healthy debate and dialogue, it also acted as a “brave space” – where participants reaped the benefits of challenging their perspectives and beliefs.

In among the discussions and work, students were taken on cultural and poignant trips into the Alps and to the Mauthausen Memorial Site. Students also took part in a “Seeing Media” image contest, which provided a mosaic of visual art which shows how the Academy visualized global issues today.

Jacqueline Hyman, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s in English and journalism, said, “The Salzburg Academy has been extremely life changing. I can’t believe I lived in such a beautiful place, studying important topics, and meeting such a diverse group of people. I’ve learned so much about the world just from these people and I know I’ve made some long-lasting friendships. The Academy is different than I expected; it’s not just a typical classroom experience with the same topics every day. It’s more than that; interactive, innovative, and inspirational. I’ll truly never forget these three weeks.”

The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change was launched by the international non-profit organization, Salzburg Global Seminar in 2007 in partnership with leading universities on five continents. Over its 11 years, more than 700 alumni have taken part in the three-week program at its home, the palace Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. The Academy has taken a pioneering lead in media education, tackling issues of global concern with a focus on media literacy and civic engagement. Academy alumni have been inspired to become change-makers and leaders, taking pro-active positions in education, media, technology and politics.

Merrill College Remembers: Pioneer Journalist Gertrude Poe

Dean Dalglish with Gertrude Poe, former long-time editor of the Laurel Leader. She created a scholarship at Merrill College to help fund students interested in community journalism.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with Miss Poe in Knight Hall (2015).

Some information for this article comes from an obituary in the Laurel Leader by Melanie Dzwonchyk.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (July 20) – Longtime Laurel Leader editor Gertrude L. Poe  did not attend the University of Maryland. But she was an ardent supporter of its students and programs, and very proud of her placement in the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association Hall of Fame located in Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Knight Hall.

Known at the college as “Miss Poe,” the legendary editor died July 13 at her home in Ashton, Maryland. She was 101.
Poe graduated from high school at the age of 15 and then graduated from law school in 1939 before guiding the newspaper for 41 years.

“Gertrude was a born leader,” said Ralph Hostetter, the chairman and publisher of American Farm Publications in Easton, Md., and a friend of Poe. “She was the first woman to be president of the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association (1962) and first female president of any press association in the United States. She made tremendous contributions to the press association and was a role model for women in her field.”

Poe’s great niece, Vicci Rodgers, said education was never far from her aunt’s  thoughts. “She was so proud of every one of us in the family who went on to higher education and always supported us,” she said. “When she started her association with the University of Maryland’s journalism school, I was not surprised at all.”

Miss Poe’s interest in helping young journalists led her to establish an endowed fund in June, 1988 at Merrill College. The money helps to fund undergraduate student scholarships, with preference given to students who have an interest in community journalism. The Gertrude Poe Fund for Journalism Excellence is designed to “assure the future strength and vigor of the free press at all levels.”

Dean Dalglish points to Miss Poe’s photo honoring her membership in the MDDC Press Association Hall of Fame.

“I think that is very much she had in mind when she set the scholarship up,” said Rodgers.  “Miss Poe wanted to support these young journalists so they didn’t have to ask anything of her. She didn’t expect anything in return from them except they move forward with their lives and do the most that they could with them.”

“Miss Poe was a long-time supporter of Merrill College,” said Lucy Dalglish. “Her scholarship support has benefited many students over the years. Her last visit to the college was in 2015, when she totally charmed one of our reporting classes held in the Maryland-Delaware District of Columbia Press Association Hall of Fame. When she told them, “I’m going to be 100 years old!”, they gave her a round of applause.”

There will be a celebration of life service at the First United Methodist Church of Laurel on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. Internment is private.