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Knight Chair Dana Priest Honored with Zenger Award

Dana Priest headshot

Adapted from a University of Arizona press release.

TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 21) – Merrill College Knight Chair Dana Priest has been honored with the John Peter Zenger Award for Press Freedom by the University of Arizona.

Priest accepted the award Friday night during a gala event in Tucson.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Priest was honored for her work at the Washington Post exposing secret prisons and the poor treatment of wounded soldiers.

“Dana Priest epitomizes what journalism is all about – courage, truth-seeking, holding those in power accountable, and providing people the information they need to adequately self-govern,” said David Cuillier, director of the journalism school.

About the John Peter Zenger Award

Given by the University of Arizona since 1954, the award is named after John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger and honors journalists who fight for freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.

Writing by email after being told of the award last May, Priest wrote, “Today is World Press Freedom Day, which makes me particularly grateful to be receiving this award from the UA School of Journalism.” She added, “The school’s award-winning work is an example of American journalism at its finest and a reminder of the power of investigative reporting to change lives.”

Past winners include Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Bill Moyers, Walter Cronkite and Associated Press foreign correspondent Kathy Gannon, who returned to reporting this year after being wounded in a 2014 attack in Afghanistan.

On the set of UA's PBS MetroWeek news and public affairs program with host Andrea Kelly at Univ of Arizona at Tucson. Priest was Speaking about Russian attempts to influence US elections and talking to journalism students.

On the set of MetroWeek – a PBS news and public affairs program – with host Andrea Kelly at Univ of Arizona at Tucson. Priest was speaking about Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections and talking to journalism students. Photo: Dana Priest.

About Dana Priest

Priest won a 2006 Pulitzer for uncovering secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and a 2008 Pulitzer for reporting on deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. She also is a John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

A three-time Pulitzer finalist, Priest is an alumna of UC Santa Cruz and is the author of two best-selling books: “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military” (2003), and “Top Secret America: The Rise of the National Security State” (2010). The first book was a Pulitzer finalist and is still used in military academies. The second, developed into a “Frontline” documentary, covered the buildup in top-secret intelligence organizations in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Faculty Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Media

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Sept. 30) – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Media, with an emphasis on visual communication, to start in August 2017.

  • We seek a scholar with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and excellence in teaching visual communication, including data visualization, design (including interaction design), visual media, virtual/augmented reality, and/or video storytelling.
  • We are particularly interested in scholars whose work employing quantitative methods seeks to improve and advance journalistic practices and sustainability.
  • The successful candidate will be able to translate research into teaching of journalistic practice to undergraduate and master’s students, as well as supervise Ph.D. students in Journalism Studies, and secure external research funding.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is dedicated to training excellent journalists and producing world-leading research in the field of Journalism Studies. Our college is a  limited-enrollment program at the University of Maryland and our high-achieving undergraduates and master’s students have an outstanding record of gaining jobs in the profession.

In the past 10 years, 80 percent of our Ph.D. graduates have secured tenure-track jobs or are employed in the media or government agencies. As the most prominent journalism program in the Washington area, we provide students with unparalleled access to professional and research opportunities.

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. at date of hire strongly preferred. As a multi-disciplinary college, Merrill has professors with doctoral degrees ranging from American Studies to Computer Science. Our primary interest is whether
the candidate’s research is related to journalism and the fields outlined above. Previous teaching and/or mentoring experience is preferred, as well as a demonstrated track record of external research/project funding.

Best Consideration: Nov. 26, 2016

Mussenden Talks Future of Journalism Education

CNS Digital Bureau Director Sean Mussenden talks about the future of journalism education with Update1 Podcast host Scott Maucione. Podcast used with permission.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 18) – Capital News Service Digital Bureau Director Sean Mussenden recently appeared on Update1 – the podcast of the National Press Club – to talk about the future of journalism education.

The NPC was kind enough to grant us permission to repost the interview with host Scott Maucione:

How does journalism education keep pace with a rapidly changing industry? In this Update-1 podcast, Press Club member Scott Maucione talks with University of Maryland journalism professor Sean Mussenden about the modern media landscape.

They discuss the importance of having a professional and responsible social media presence, including how to present content and engage with the audience. Mussenden also talks about how he has to learn new technology, new methods of storytelling and new social platforms so that what he teaches remains relevant.

He also explains why students will need to embrace new technology throughout their careers to achieve success and why they’re encouraged to develop an area of expertise.

USA Today College Ranks Merrill #6 – Rising Two Spots

Knight Hall by Ken Wyner

Photo by Ken Wyner.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is now the 6th ranked journalism school in the nation. USA Today College recently reported the rankings by College Factual – a website that analyzes colleges across the country to come up with its rankings.

The list is an update from earlier in the year when Merrill College ranked #8.

“The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland has some of the country’s best students, award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Whether you want to cover politics or sports, shoot 360 video or analyze data to uncover untold stories, there’s no better place than a top-ranked school located next to the nation’s capital. It’s great that USA Today and College Factual recognize the fearless work of our students and faculty.”

How College Factual Ranks Journalism Schools

USA Today College said College Factual “bases their data on a unique selection of characteristics, including the quality of the overall school, Focus Coefficient and the starting and mid-career salaries of graduates within the major, among other factors.”

Broadcast Industry Veteran Larry Patrick Visits Knight Hall

Patrick Communications chief Larry Patrick talks to Leslie Walker's "The Business of News" class in Knight Hall.

Photo by Leslie Walker.

By Leslie Walker
Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 13) – National broadcast industry veteran Larry Patrick spoke in Knight Hall this week, sharing his career experience and offering advice to 60 journalism students in “The Business of News” course.

Patrick, who is president and founder of Maryland-based media brokerage firm Patrick Communications, owns a variety of radio and TV stations. He previously was senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and a former full-time faculty member and adjunct instructor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he taught for more than a decade.

Patrick stressed the importance of hard work and focus in developing a career. Noting he always wanted to own radio stations ever since his youth, Patrick recounted how he parlayed his expertise in station management from an early job running Gilmore Broadcasting into his first purchase of radio stations, using venture capital he raised on Wall Street. Patrick went on to own many radio and TV stations and started a company that has brokered the sale of hundreds of other stations.

For students aspiring to report and produce broadcast news, he cautioned that they should be willing to pay their dues and learn the business in mid to small-size markets first, before trying to break into top U.S. markets.


Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications talks to JOUR480 students in Knight Hall. Photo by Leslie Walker.

“You need five years reporting experience in a mid-size TV market before you can become a reporter” in a major market like Philadelphia, he told the class.

Patrick served as chairman of the NAB’s Education Foundation in 2015. Previously, he served as president of the Broadcast Education Association and the National Association of Media Brokers, as well as chairman of the board of the NAB’s Political Action Committee.

Patrick holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. in communications and management from Ohio University, an M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in telecommunication from the University of Kentucky.