Sept. 19 Update: Merrill College won the top MOEY award tonight for the CNS investigation “The Brothel Nexr Door.”
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Society of Professional Journalist announced this week that two Merrill College student productions have been named finalists in SPJ’s new national Mark of Excellence (MOEy) Award.
Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote on Twitter, “This has been a fantastic year for student recognition. This means that Merrill College has TWO of the FIVE finalists for the Best in Show award at the SPJ conference. ViewFinder and the Human Trafficking CNS project are both finalists. Way to go everyone!”
The top five finalists were selected from 85 Mark of Excellence National Winners across all categories in this year’s competition (for the 2015-2016 school year). The SPJ website says, “Only one entry will have the opportunity to take MOEy home and take the crown as the best of the best in collegiate journalism”
ViewFinder’s video by Ricky Lasser ’16 and Karen Tang (M.J. ’16) is called “Troops Deploy Game Ball” – and is a national finalist in the Television Sports Photography category. The long form video has already won numerous other awards.
The other finalist is a major investigative collaborative project conducted by Merrill College’s Capital News Service. “The Brothel Next Door” took an in-depth look at sex trafficking in the state of Maryland.
The single winner will be announced at the Student Union at this year’s SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2016 Conference in New Orleans. The Student Union will be held on Monday, September 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The other three MOEy finalists include:
- Carolina Connection, UNC-Chapel Hill (Best All-Around Radio Newscast)
- Paul Nevin, University of Washington (Feature Photography, Large School Division)
- Temple News, Temple University (Online In-Depth Reporting)
WHERE THEY ARE NOW
Merrill Lecturer Bethany Swain teaches ViewFinder and reports that: “Karen Tang moved to Medford, Oregon where she works the morning shift at KOBI (NBC5) as a video editor, photojournalist and even runs her own live van.” She adds that, “Ricky is working as a unit leader for trainee campers at Camp Airy this summer teaching leadership skills. He is planning to travel to Asia and Australia in the fall. He is also working as a freelance video editor at 522 Productions, the production company in Alexandria, VA where ViewFinder fall ’14 alumnus Tim Drummond also works.”