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SPJ Names Gottlieb ’17 Galvan Award Winner / CNS is MOEy Finalist

SPJ Awards!

Adapted from Society of Professional Journalists News Releases

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (July 18) – Maggie Gottlieb ’17 is the SPJ 2017 Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award winner. She is the seventh Merrill College student to be honored with the award, going back to 2002.

“What makes Maggie a wonderful candidate for the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award is her commitment to serve without needing to be asked,” said John Sonnheim, bureau chief of the Cox Media Group news bureau in Washington. Gottlieb has worn many hats in SPJ – an active member, vice president and president of the student chapter at the University of Maryland, and a student representative on the national SPJ board of directors. She currently works for Cox Media in Memphis, Tn.

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Previous Merrill College Galvan award winners include:

2002 Alanna Turner
2003 Erin Fillah
2004 Pat Grzanka
2005 Trish Hartman
2006 Reneé DeLuca
2015 Brett Hall
2017 Maggie Gottlieb

All served as president of the Merrill College SPJ chapter.
Gottlieb will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference Sept. 7-9 in Anaheim, California. Click here for a list of past winners.

Read the complete SPJ release.

CNS Named SPJ MOEy Award Finalist

CNS is one of five MOEy finalists who were selected from more than 4,000 entries in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. The MOEy honors the best of the best in student journalism.

Student entries are first judged regionally in print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism categories. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition and then are able to compete for the MOEy award.

  • Capital News Service staff, University of Maryland (Online In-Depth Reporting)

The Capital News Service of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is a national winner for Online In-Depth Reporting. The series “In Poor Health” explores why Baltimore’s world-renowned health system is struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the city’s poorest residents – from getting sick.

The other four finalists include:

  • Marcella Mercer and Calla Kessler, Lincoln Journal Star, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feature Reporting, Large School Division
  • Maggie Andresen, Temple University (General News Photography, Large School Division)
  • Jessa O’Connor, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Radio News Reporting)
  • 2016 Documentary Unit, KUFM-Montana PBS, University of Montana School of Journalism (TV In-Depth Reporting)

The winner of the MOEy will be presented at Excellence in Journalism 2017 during the Student Union event Sept. 8. (The event is free with EIJ17 registration.)

Read more about the MOEy finalists.

Harvey, Flynn, Katcef Named Senior Lecturers

Chris Harvey, Adrianne Flynn and Sue Kopen Katcef are named senior lecturers by the University of Maryland.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (July 13) – Dean Lucy Dalglish announced today that Merrill College faculty members Chris Harvey, Adrianne Flynn and Sue Kopen Katcef have been promoted from “Lecturer” to “Senior Lecturer.”

In a message to faculty and staff, she wrote:

The new professional track promotion policy that Rafael Lorente spearheaded over the past 18 months and that the College Assembly adopted has allowed us to recognize the outstanding contributions to Merrill College made by Chris, Adrianne and Sue.

Chris has served as lead teacher for several undergraduate courses, led our re-accreditation efforts, serves as director of assessment and has served as a Capital News Service Bureau Chief and internship coordinator. Chris oversees our weekend certificate program and our adjuncts. Earlier in her career, she worked as a reporter for the Washington Times, as an online editor for Washingtonpost.com and as managing editor of American Journalism Review.

Adrianne served as bureau chief for both the Annapolis and Washington Bureaus, heads our master’s committee, teaches ethics and serves as our career services/internship coordinator. Over the past year, she has been coordinating the college’s participation in the university’s Thriving Workplace Initiative. Adrianne joined Merrill College in 1999 after working as a Washington correspondent for the Arizona Republic and also has worked as a reporter in Ohio, Maryland and Arizona.

As Capital News Service’s broadcast bureau chief, Sue leads “Maryland Newsline,” a 30-minute regional news show that airs three nights a week during the school year. Sue worked as a reporter and anchor for WBAL radio and as a TV reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ and Maryland Public Television. She serves as adviser to Merrill College’s Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter and serves on SPJ’s national board. Last spring, she was recognized with the “Silver Circle Award” by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

All three of these outstanding professional journalists/teachers have devoted countless hours of service to Merrill College. Please join me in congratulating Chris, Adrianne and Sue for their promotions to senior lecturer.


Follow Along as Our Merrill Journalists Cover The Friendship Games

Our latest group shot of Merrill journalists Alex Flum, Hannah Yasharoff and Monica McNutt in Eilat, Israel.

Our latest group shot of Merrill journalists Alex Flum, Hannah Yasharoff and Monica McNutt in Eilat, Israel.

By George Solomon
Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

COLLEGE PARK, MD. (June 22) – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism sent three journalists to report on the 12th annual Friendship Games, June 29-July 7, in Eilat, Israel. The Friendship Games are a basketball tournament for mostly college-age men and women representing (this year) Israel, Palestine, Lithuania, Jordan, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Poland.

Follow along with our daily features and reports from Eilat, Israel:

Friendship Games Show Real Potential for Peace  By Hannah Yasharoff

Marta Coelho at the Friendship Games by Monica McNutt

Israeli Player Elevates Sports Over Politics by Alex Flum

2017 Friendship Games Aim to Score Peace by Alex Flum, Monica McNutt and Hannah Yasharoff

Friendship Games: Wednesday wrap-up – By Povich Center

Friendship Games: Tuesday Highlights By Alex Flum, Monica McNutt and Hannah Yasharoff

Friendship Games: Monday Highlights by Monica McNutt

Friendship Games: Sunday Highlights by Alex Flum, Monica McNutt and Hannah Yasharoff

Friendship Games: Saturday Highlights by Alex Flum, Monica McNutt and Hannah Yasharoff

Friendship Games – Wrap Video by Alex Flum

Lithuania Wins Men’s Games by Alex Flum:

Women’s Final Wrap by Alex Flum:

European Basketball players at the 12th annual Friendship Games in Eilat, Israel, dish out their NBA hot takes on who’s the best, what they think of LaVar Ball and more. By Alex Flum. Music provided by Audio Library  –

Basketball has been a part of Ukranian coach Leonid Derbaba’s life for 63 years. In this video, he discusses his love for the sport, the Friendship Games and his future plans. By Alex Flum.




Israeli Basketball Player Elevates sports Over Politics by Alex Flum

Friendship Games Opening Night Festivities Pave Way for Positive
Cultural Interactions
by Hannah Yasharoff

The three Merrill College journalists covering the games are Monica McNutt, who graduated from the Merrill College in 2013 with a Master’s of Journalism, Alex Flum who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and Hannah Yasharoff of the class of 2019.

McNutt did her undergraduate work at Georgetown University where she played four years of varsity basketball and earned Big East Conference honors. She has worked as a multimedia journalist for WJLA and most recently as a sports reporter and anchor for the American Sports Network. She previously attended similar international sports events as a player and broadcast journalist.

Flum, a graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD., has been involved in campus media at Maryland since his freshman year and is a staff member of the popular student website, “The Left Bench.”

Yasharoff, who played basketball and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD., has been a student staff member of the Povich Center and its website, povichcenter.org, since entering the Merrill College of Journalism in the fall of 2015. She is working this summer as an intern at the Newseum in Washington and writes for the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame website (dcsportshall.com).

The organizers of the Friendship Games are covering the air fares and expenses for the three journalists, but the Povich Center and Merrill College have control of coverage and content from the event. The Friendship Games was started 12 years ago and is still run by Washington-Maryland businessman and former Atlanta Hawks co-owner Ed Peskowitz.

“We could not pass up the opportunity to have three of our journalists cover this international sports event in such an interesting part of the world involving so many athletes from countries that often do not interact under such friendly circumstances,” said George Solomon, Director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “We’re extremely excited to see what Monica, Alex and Hannah produce from Eilat.”

“These students are getting the opportunity to report on more than just games. They’re getting to cover sports for a greater good,” said Rafael Lorente, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Master’s program at the Merrill College. “Their challenge is to cover how sports intersects with culture, politics, issues of gender and more. I’m excited for them and I know they’re up to the challenge.”

For more information, please email bmechum@umd.edu or call her at 301-405-4605 or visit www.povichcenter.org

About the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was assistant managing editor for sports at the Washington Post from 1975-2003.

Saranaz Barforoush Successfully Defends Dissertation

Saranaz Barforoush - courtesy Wilson Institute.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 13) – Congratulations to Dr. Saranaz Abdollahzadeh Barforoush, who successfully defended her dissertation in Knight Hall. The title of her dissertation is: Tyrants, Thugs, Fanatics & Charmers: U.S. Media Coverage of the Leaders of China & Iran. Dr. Barfouroush will be joining the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in the fall.

Her Committee included:
Dr. Susan Moeller, Journalism – Committee Chair
Dr. Mark Feldstein, Journalism
Dr. Sarah Oates, Journalism
Dr. Linda Steiner, Journalism
Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development
Dept. of Government and Politics – International Relations (Dean’s Representative)

Merrill College Supports New Database/Resource: suffrageandthemedia.org

New website/database/resource for researchers launches with the support the Philp Merrill College of Journalism - suffrageandthemedia.org

Adapted from an NYUJournalism press release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 16) The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is a co-sponsor of a new browse-friendly database and resource site, suffrageandthemedia.org, launched June 12, in tribute to the US women’s suffrage centennial celebration, which runs through 2020.

The journalism school at New York University is leading a team of editors and editorial board members of American Journalism: a journal of media history​ in the development of the new site. Merrill College Professor Linda Steiner, and Emerita Professor Maurine Beasley are both on the journal’s board.

The site, created with financial support from NYU and HumanitiesNY, also serves as a companion to a forthcoming AJ special issue, Suffrage and the Media, to be published in April 2019. The issue will feature new academic research on the topic now being proposed for consideration. Upon publication of the journal issue, the website will offer author interviews, images, and other ancillary material about the new research.

Suffrageandthemedia.org includes an ever-growing collection of media-related suffrage matter. When possible, it includes direct access to primary and secondary sources, or, when restrictions prevent display, easily followed information and links as to where and how to locate and obtain the material.

The site aims to serve a diverse group of users, from middle schoolers to life-long learners to academic researchers and scholars. We will be including original book reviews and links to past reviews, interviews with authors in various media formats, and other special features. The site’s resources will continue to be expanded throughout the centennial celebration period.

The Klein College of Media and Communications at Temple University is also a co-sponsor of the project.