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Dalglish: We’re Going To Have A Great Year

Dean Lucy Dalglish by Aiyah Sibay.

Dean Lucy Dalglish by Aiyah Sibay.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (August 30) – Dean Lucy Dalglish’s welcome back message to students, faculty and staff:

Dear Merrill College Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome (back) to Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

We’re delighted to finally have our first-year students on campus. Your arrival was eagerly anticipated. I hope our upper-class members had a terrific summer learning new skills and perhaps even traveling the world.

The 2016-17 school year will be packed full of classes, seminars, guest lectures, barbecues, football and basketball games, and opportunities to show us your journalism skills.

I’d like to extend a special welcome to Visiting Professor Constance Mitchell Ford, who joins us from the Wall Street Journal. Prof. Ford will teach business and economics reporting, and her classes will be an integral part of our capstone class offerings. Prof. Ford brings an added credential : She is a graduate of the College of Journalism and served for several years on our Board of Visitors while managing real estate coverage for the Journal. She also spent the last several years teaching as an adjunct at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

As always, the door to the dean’s suite is open if you need me or any other members of the college’s leadership team. In the meantime, get to know your professors, work hard and have fun!

We’re going to have a great year.


Lucy A. Dalglish
Dean and Professor
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland

New Classes and Technology This Fall Advance Fearless Journalism

Student Bo Evans with VR unit during 360 Video Workshop.

Updated Nov. 2, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Aug. 27) – A busy fall semester starts Monday at the University of Maryland and Knight Hall, as the 2016-2017 school year gets underway.

It promises to be one of the most exciting school years yet at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

New technology will increase the hands-on, real-world experiences of our #MerrillMade students:

  • A generous grant from the Richard Eaton Foundation helped provide two additional TriCaster video switchers, new studio cameras, a digital router, and other equipment to the Reichard Eaton Broadcast Center.
  • New 360 degree video cameras (prosumer and professional) have been purchased for use by our Capital News Service student reporters. Broadcast Lecturer Josh Davidsburg is also creating a unit that will be used in many other Merrill College classes so students at all levels can try out this new technology for storytelling.
  • 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. This camera even has built-in WiFi capability for live streaming to PCs, tablets or smart phones.
  • Two new podcast studios are now available for class and faculty use and (ultimately) 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 and even Facebook Live or remote broadcast interviews.

Knight Hall classes this semester touch on Election 2016, scandal in America, video innovation, 9/11’s impact on journalism and even cybersecurity reporting:

  • ElectionWatchVisiting Professor Tom Bettag is teaching JOUR368E – “Managing a Broadcast” where students will “analyze competing network’s coverage of the presidential campaign.” They will “examine reporting, writing, ethical decisions, statistics and graphic presentation, studio presentation, and utilization of supporting web materials. They will work to understand what tools produce the most effective broadcasts.” Their goal will to be envision and shape a compelling broadcast. The class will be developing a website to document their work. Check out their website.
  • Merrill’s Eaton Broadcast Chair, Professor Mark Feldstein, is teaching JOUR289P “Scandal! Exposing Corruption, Injustice, and Vice in America.”  Students will “examine the nature and meaning of scandals in society: how they are uncovered and constructed; why some forms of wrongdoing are considered scandalous but not others; how this definition has changed over time; and how scandals resonate in ways that reflect evolving societal norms.”
  • Broadcast Lecturer Josh Davidsburg’s JOUR368K, “Video Innovation” lets students “explore the intersection between social media, video and a live broadcast by creating new and innovative ways to ‘broadcast’ news to an audience. The class will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and give students the opportunity to produce a show from scratch, with content aired on UMTV and online. In addition to creating television, students will support the broadcast arm of Capital News Service by managing volunteers, filling in on the studio staff and producing special projects and graphics when necessary.” The class will also be producing a “VLOG” or “Video Blog” to document all the great things going on in the class:

  • Merrill College’s Knight Chair Dana Priest is teaching JOUR459P, “The Impact of 9/11 on Journalism and Civic Life.” This course will explore the “impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on journalism and American civic life. Students will examine the growth of secret government institutions and technology, western government leaders’ willingness/unwillingness to speak truthfully with citizens about threats, and the historic role journalism has played in shaping public debate on critical issues facing the nation.”
  • Adjunct Lecturer Bruce Auster (NPR’s Collaborative Coverage Senior Editor) will teach JOUR389Y, “Reporting on Cybersecurity Journalism.” Merrill students will “learn the essentials of cybersecurity as a journalistic beat. This course will balance an exploration of key issues in the field with practical guidance on how journalists approach the subject. Topics include: balancing security and civi l liberties; the different roles and responsibilities of government and business; how to find sources in a very secretive field; ethics of cover age and the role of advocacy journalism; and more.”

artworks-000177797647-t1bzaj-t500x500Election 2016 is Campus-Wide

The Merrill College is also taking part in a signature University of Maryland event this fall called “Democracy Then & Now – Citizenship & Public Education.” The semester-long series of events kicks off Sept. 6 and will “educate students on the central role of public education in the development of American democracy and civic participation.” Follow along on Twitter using #UMDpolitics.

Among the many events planned across campus, Knight Hall will host the executive director of the Student Press Law Center – Frank LoMonte. On Oct. 13, he will talk about constitutional rights on campus.

Wait! There’s More:

  • In November, TERP Magazine published an article called “Tails from the Trail” featuring a number of Merrill College graduates who are on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
  • Merrill College faculty experts are part of a major list of University of Maryland experts who can talk about a wide range of issues for the media.
  • Merrill College hosted the executive director of the Student Press Law Center – Frank LoMonte Oct. 13. He talked about constitutional rights on campus.
  • Having covered both national political conventions, Merrill College’s CNS student-powered news service is preparing coverage plans election night from Washington, D.C., Annapolis, College Park – and London, England!
  • Also on the radar – January’s presidential inauguration.


Draper ’73 Named Executive Director of Maryland African American Museum

Wanda Draper '73 is the new executive director of the Maryland African American History Museum.

Baltimore, Md. (Aug. 25) – Merrill College of Journalism alumna Wanda Draper ’73 has been named the new executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

A news release from the museum’s board of directors says she will assume the position Sept. 28.

Draper is currently the director of programming and public affairs for WBAL-TV 11.

“The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a cultural gem designed to educate and inspire with its permanent and temporary exhibits, programs, and resources that highlight the rich heritage of Maryland’s African American community throughout the ages. I am more than honored to take on the challenge of growing and sustaining this great treasure that is named after one of Baltimore’s finest native sons,” said Draper.

A native of Baltimore, Draper co-chaired the museum grand opening in 2005. As one of the founding board members, she served for 10 years as co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee.

Draper has previously held positions as director of community affairs and visitor services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun Newspapers, and television panelist on the PBS program “Maryland NewsRap.”

After graduating from the journalism program at Maryland, she attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Contemporary Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law.


Klett, McGinnis Take National NAHJ Student Honors

Kathryn Klett with Associate Dean Rafael Lorente at the NAHJ Awards celebration.

Merrill graduate Kathryn Klett with Associate Dean Rafael Lorente at the 2016 NAHJ Awards celebration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Merrill College students swept the student honors given by the National Hispanic Journalists Association during its national conference (with NABJ) this past week at the Marriott Wardman Hotel.

There were two categories for student journalists (for the 2015-2016 school year) as part of the NAHJ journalism awards. Merrill College student winners were:

Latino Issues – Student Broadcast

Kathryn Klett ’15, Capital News Service, for Undocumented Violence: One Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Domestic Abuse.

Klett graduated in Dec. 2015 as a double major in broadcast journalism and business marketing.


Photo: Annika McGinnis

Photo: Annika McGinnis

Latino Issues – Student Print
Annika McGinnis ’15, Capital News Service, for Maryland School Systems Grapple with Influx of Central American Minors.

Her first paragraph:

“In July, she came on foot and by bus, traversing thousands of miles on a harrowing month-long journey through Mexico to the United States. She had hoped to come legally – but, threatened by gangs in El Salvador, 18-year-old Yanci said she was forced to flee.”

McGinnis graduated in Dec. 2015 with a degree in multiplatform journalism and a minor in international development and conflict management. She is currently a program coordinator for the Advocacy Project in Washington, D.C. and is a White House stringer for Thompson Reuters.

Congratulations also to Jon Banister, Capital News Service, who was a finalist in the Student Print category for The Brothel Next Door investigative series.

DNC Convention Blog


Maggie Gottlieb stands next to the Merrill College sign (right) with the rest of the CNS DNC crew.

By Maggie Gottlieb ’17
Capital News Service

(Rising senior Maggie Gottlieb will report for CNS this fall.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Access. It’s what our industry is all about. Access to public officials, candidates and the people of interest in the stories our audiences care about.

When I was a freshman, I heard talk that our internship coordinator, Adrianne Flynn, sends student journalists to national presidential conventions to report for Maryland audiences. I was immediately shocked and elated at the possibility, but I never imagined I would be lucky enough to be a part of it.

This week, that doubt was shattered. I traveled to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with Maryland Capital News Service and surprised even myself at the competence and skills with which Merrill student journalists are prepared. Enough so to cover huge national news events and localize it for the folks back home.

Every day is long, and yet last week went by faster than I could have imagined. When we arrived on Saturday evening, we went to the Media Welcome Party hosted in Citizens Bank Park. It was absolutely amazing. We got to go to the in-field for photos, into the dugout and the locker room and to the batting cages for some practice! Plus, free food and drinks – a journalists’ true love.

On Sunday, we picked up our credentials from the Philadelphia Convention Center and explored the famous Reading Terminal Market, which was full of specialty foods, DNC souvenirs and local restaurants. We had some British students from Bournemouth University staying with us, so we had to show them some of Philly!

Maryland delegate Carolyn Patterson says the Wikileaks could have come from the Trump team @CNSmd #CNSDNC2016

Maryland delegate Carolyn Patterson says the Wikileaks could have come from the Trump team. – CNS photo via Twitter.


Monday morning was full of anxious excitement. Myself and some other CNS reporters went to the first Maryland delegation breakfast to get local reaction on the DNC emails released by WikiLeaks. Coolest moment of the morning: I was talking to a delegate about a possible interview and when I turned around to walk away, House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer was standing right in front of me and flashed a huge smile!

Later, our entire CNS team headed to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time and saw our workspace. We were stationed right next to the Associated Press, C-SPAN and The Daily Show! I was on deadline with the WikiLeaks story, so I buckled down as soon as we arrived and finished writing my script, tracking narration and editing. I only was able to hear part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech because of my deadline, but some other reporters were on the floor for it and got us tons of pictures and signs as souvenirs!


@gottmags outside the sanders protest at #DemConvention. - By Jenna Hecker via Twitter.

(Maggie Gottlieb) outside the Sander’s protest at #DemConvention. – By Jenna Hecker via Twitter.

On Tuesday, we received news that Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland would be the one to formally enter Hillary Clinton’s name into nomination for president. I headed to the Maryland delegation to do a Facebook Live with Maryland delegates to get their thoughts on having a Maryland local take such an important role in the convention.

Later that day, we were actually working on a Mikulski reaction story when hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters staged a walkout in protest of Hillary Clinton’s official nomination during the roll call vote. We were lucky enough to be right there with our camera as they marched out of the convention center! As they say: sometimes in journalism, you just get lucky.

Quickly, one story turned into two. We asked Maryland Sanders’ delegates about their reaction to the disruption. The two we spoke with both said they don’t agree with the protest and that the party needs to come together to defeat Republican Donald Trump in November. The protesters proceeded to stage a sit-in near the media tents, clearly signaling their frustration with both the DNC and the press throughout the primary election. I rushed back to the workspace to churn out that protest story while my partner, Jenna Hecker, reported on Mikulski.


Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia. Photo: CNS.

On Wednesday, former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was scheduled to speak. I went to the Maryland delegation to do a Facebook live about what delegates expected to hear from him. It was very hectic trying to speak loud enough into my phone during speakers, not get in anyone’s view of the stage and stand clear of the aisles like the volunteers kept telling me to do. I actually grabbed former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathy Kennedy Townsend for an interview! Unfortunately, I had some technical problems that cut our interview short, but it’s safe to say she and the entire Maryland crew were excited to hear from “Daddy O’Malley.”

Later that day, I interviewed more Maryland delegates with their reaction to O’Malley’s speech and finished a taped story late that night. The same day, Jenna and I interviewed Maryland folks with crazy hats – a staple of any great presidential convention!

As we headed home Wednesday, it started to dawn on me how quickly the convention was whizzing by. Thursday was the last day of the convention and the day Hillary Clinton would speak to the country, accepting her nomination for president.


Barbara Mikulski on the DNC stage with other elected Democratic women via Twitter. Photo by Dylan Goldberg.

Barbara Mikulski on the DNC stage with other elected Democratic women via Twitter. Photo by Dylan Goldberg.

We were all exhausted so our faculty leaders agreed that we could start later on Thursday. Around 11, we headed into downtown Philly to grab some highly coveted DNC souvenirs. Unfortunately, traffic was so bad we had to nix that plan and head straight to the convention center so we didn’t get behind on stories.

For a second time, Barbara Mikulski was slated to speak on Thursday. She is the longest serving female in the Senate and the first woman to have won a Senate seat in her own right. She is retiring this year, so the DNC had her speak to emphasize the continuing fight for gender equality, a speech that echoed the groundbreaking and historic nomination of Hillary Clinton. In addition, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, originally from Baltimore, took the stage to honor Clinton. Jenna and I were ecstatic to have interviews scheduled with both women!

Unfortunately, both interviews fell through, as it sometimes happens. The schedule became jumbled so neither Pelosi or Mikulski came up to the press balcony to talk with us. But there was no point in groveling when we still had to make our story work!

We went up to the network level of the convention center to see the stars and I ran into my former colleagues at CNN Newsource, where I interned during the summer of 2015!

Rep. Chris Van Hollen by Maggie Gottlieb.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) by Maggie Gottlieb.

Coincidentally, WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. is a Newsource affiliate, so Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was inside the Newsource suite for an interview when we arrived! Van Hollen is the Democratic nominee for Senate to replace Mikulski after her retirement.

As any good journalist would do, we politely excused ourselves and waited outside for the congressman to come out. Lucky for us, he was happy to do an interview about Mikulski and the role Maryland would play in the general election.

We were then informed Pelosi had just taken the stage, so we literally sprinted back down to the press balcony, and were, again, informed she would not be doing her interview. As disappointing as it was, we were happy to have one Maryland lawmaker on camera and we had enough to churn out the story.

Jenna and I had both sacrificed seeing all other keynote speakers (Michelle Obama, President Obama and Bill Clinton) in order to be on the floor of the convention hall during the evening of Hillary Clinton’s speech. This was our moment of excitement (not really, it was Hillary’s, but you get it). We paused our work and rushed from the media center to the convention hall and entered the crowded and chaotic floor pass pick-up area. It took a lot of waiting, brief moments of panic and many texts back and forth, but we both eventually made it onto the floor to see both Chelsea and Hillary Clinton.

As many have said before me, it was a historic night. Regardless of your views on Hillary Clinton as a candidate, her speech that night and the entire convention is a moment America will remember forever and I had the amazing opportunity to be there.

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CNS reporters Bo Evans, Maggie Gottlieb and Jenna Hecker were interviewed on Fox 5 DC about their DNC experiences.

CNS reporters Bo Evans, Maggie Gottlieb and Jenna Hecker were interviewed on Fox 5 DC about their DNC experiences.

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. My feelings of insecurity about working as a full-time broadcast reporter for CNS next semester have completely vanished. I learned to trust in myself, believe in my own abilities and take a leap of faith.

I cannot thank Merrill College and Capital News Service enough for giving young journalists like myself the chance to report on national presidential conventions, an opportunity even some professional journalists never get. Thank you to our intrepid bureau chiefs, Sue Kopen Katcef and Jim Carroll for guiding us through an exhausting and hectic week with grace and yes, even some fun. And thank you to my partner Jenna, the rest of the CNS crew and the DNC for making last week one I will never, ever forget.