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Povich Symposium Looks at The Future of Sports & TV

George Solomon is the director of the Povich Sports Center at the University of Maryland.

George Solomon oversees the Povich Sports Center.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 9) – The 11th-annual Shirley Povich Sports Symposium takes a deep look at where sports coverage is going on television. With viewership issues, player indiscretions, even the pervasiveness of sports programing on broadcast, cable and online, there will be plenty to talk about.

As always, the Povich Symposium is free and no ticket is required.

The Nov. 16 event will be held in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union starting at 7:00 p.m.

Directions to the Stamp Student Union.

For more information contact:

Beth Mechum
Coordinator, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

The Future of Sports & TV

Moderated by Maury Povich


John Skipper; President, ESPN

Jimmy Roberts ’79; Broadcaster, NBC Sports

Andrea Kremer; Chief Correspondent, NFL Network

Jim Delany; Commissioner, Big Ten

Scott Van Pelt, Host, ESPN’s SportsCenter

David Aldridge, Reporter, Turner Sports

Eaton Foundation Funding Promotes Fearless Journalism

CNS reporter does a live shot in the Eaton news room.

CNS reporters routinely do live shots from the Eaton newsroom during Maryland Newsline programs.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 4) – A generous grant from the Richard Eaton Foundation is making it possible for journalism students to use the latest technologies in Merrill College’s Richard Eaton Broadcast Center.

The funding made possible two TriCaster video switchers, new studio cameras, a digital router, and other equipment.

In addition to the upgrades to the Eaton Broadcast Center, the following is just a sampling of new technology recently purchased by Merrill College for hands-on learning:

  • 360-degree video cameras – both “prosumer” and “professional” models are being used throughout Knight Hall.  Merrill students will be able to learn a new form of storytelling thanks to this technology.
  • 30 new field cameras were purchased this past year for Merrill College student use.
  • The Merrill College has purchased two Sony FS5 XDCam Super 35 cinema cameras that can be used for producing longer form documentaries or other projects. The camera offers built-in WiFi capability for live streaming to PCs, tablets or smart phones. Lecturer Josh Davidsburg’s JOUR38K Video Innovation class recently did a “VLOG” or Video Blog – about the cameras:

  • Two newly equipped podcast studios are now available for class and faculty use and to conduct remote radio interviews.
  • Updated equipment in Knight Hall’s Studio C includes new cameras, a TriCaster Mini and other professional TV gear. The studio will be used for a number of purposes, including CNS Broadcast live or taped remotes, student productions and even Facebook Live or remote broadcast interviews.
Eaton funds have helped allowed Merrill College to purchase everything from 360 video gear to updated television equipment for UMTV.

New technology for hands-on learning includes everything from 360 video gear to updated television equipment and field gear.

Capital News Service Blankets the Conventions

A group shot of our CNS student reporters with faculty members Josh Davidsburg and Jim Carroll. Jessica is second from left in the first row. Photo: CNS

A group shot of our CNS student reporters with faculty members Josh Davidsburg and Jim Carroll. Photo: CNS

By James R. Carroll
Washington Bureau Chief
Capital News Service

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 31) – For reporters who cover politics and public affairs, the political conventions are coveted assignments, rare opportunities to witness and write about the spectacle of a national party gathering. Unfortunately, a lot of reporters don’t get the chance to experience a convention.

But Capital News Service last summer gave a group of undergraduate and graduate students that chance, sending two separate groups of reporters to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In the days preceding and during the two conventions, CNS reporters in Ohio and Pennsylvania, aided by a group of colleagues in Knight Hall’s Studio C in College Park, produced dozens of stories on issues, Maryland political figures, various controversies, and interesting and quirky doings among party delegates.

In addition to CNS text stories and video packages (including some made with 360-degree cameras), reporters produced graphics, Facebook Live broadcasts, photos, assembled pieces on Storify, put video and photos on Snapchat, and tweeted hundreds of times on events and observations inside and outside the convention halls. Some of our CNS reporters also talked about their work and experiences in appearances on a local Fox television affiliate back in Washington and on C-Span.

We invite you to check out some of what we did on the CNS website.

Exciting and exhausting, convention coverage is challenging even for veteran journalists. (These were my 17th and 18thconsecutive conventions.) Our CNS teams dove right in like pros.

“Being a young reporter in the midst of the media is scary, but it’s also exhilarating,” CNS reporter Jessica Campisi wrote in a blog from the GOP convention. “Walking through the convention center, I’ve spotted reporters whom I’ve grown to know through their front-page stories or their morning newscasts on TV. While some people obsess over stars like Beyonce or Kim Kardashian, my celebrity crushes are known for scoops and winning Pulitzer Prizes. It’s slightly intimidating being next to them, but then I realize I’m just like them.”

Maggie Gottlieb wrote about her hectic days at the Democratic convention.

“If there is anything this experience taught me, it is that I am more knowledgeable, skillful and competent than I ever thought before I embarked on this journey,” she said. “My feelings of insecurity about working as a full-time broadcast reporter for CNS (this) semester have completely vanished. I learned to trust in myself, believe in my own abilities and take a leap of faith.”

Everybody came home with plenty of convention swag and souvenirs, but mostly with the tools to witness history and turn it into solid journalism.

(Carroll and broadcast lecturer Josh Davidsburg directed the coverage in Cleveland. Carroll and broadcast bureau director Sue Kopen Katcef oversaw the coverage in Philadelphia.) 



Nelson Lectures in Slovakia on Climate Change

Merrill College Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism Deborah Nelson talks with journalism students at Comenius University in Slovakia. Photo: Deborah Nelson.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 26) – Why is it so difficult for journalists to report on the environment – and especially climate change?  It’s an issue being discussed this week in Bratislava, Slovakia by Merrill College Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism Deborah Nelson.

Among a number of events, Nelson  lectured at Comenius University about climate change and talked to journalism students there.

Nelson – a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, has been reporting about the environment her entire life.  As recently as 2014, she was part of a major investigation for Reuters – called “Water’s Edge“- looking at rising sea levels caused by global warming. The report won numerous accolades – including a $20,000 National Academy of Sciences award. A new project with Reuters will look at antibiotic resistance infections.

Watch Professor Nelson’s speech titled “How to Report on a Changing World” at Comenius University:

Talking to the Slovak Spectator, she talked about not only climate change but also “the challenges that journalists face nowadays.”

During the interview, Professor Nelson was asked why journalists don’t know how to report on environmental issues:

“Many of us aren’t well grounded in science and statistics. Many journalists are scared away from reporting on environmental issues for that reason. I have done many science-based and data-driven projects and I had to learn those skills. I don’t consider myself an expert, but I’m always careful to consult those who are. There is a real need for journalists to learn science and in fact I’ve proposed a statistics course for journalism students.”

Read the entire interview in the Slovak Spectator.

Ostrow Wins Distinguished Alumni Award

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 27) – Mashable’s Chief Strategy Officer – Adam Ostrow ’04 – was honored Sept.30 with Merrill College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The presentation came during a University of Maryland Alumni Association Gala held on campus.

In his introduction, University System of Maryland Emeritus President – Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan – said Ostrow has, “helped pioneer journalism’s transition from paper to digital media.”

About Adam Ostrow (Material from the Mashable website)

Ostrow joined Mashable in 2007 as its second employee and serves on its board of directors. He is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization, which have included spearheading Mashable’s international expansion, leading its business development activities and creating its Mashable Studios group, which produces video content for its owned and operated properties as well as for advertisers, TV networks and OTT platforms.

He is also a member of Merrill College’s Board of Visitors.

Ostrow has been frequently quoted by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, AdAge, The Washington Post and USA Today, among many others and is a highly sought-after speaker.

His TED Talk “After Your Final Status Update” has been viewed more than one million times.

University of Maryland Alumni Association Gala

Photos of the event on Flickr – by Mike Morgan.
Complete Gala event on video.

Distinuished Alumni Event Montage. Photos: Adam Ostrow and Mike Morgan.