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Merrill Student Kaminski Helps Raise Funds for Veterans Charities

Merrill student RJ Kaminski is helping raise funds for veterans groups through the non-profit Shootout for Soldiers group.

Junior RJ Kaminski holds a check for more than $200,000 at Shootout for Soldiers’ Baltimore event last summer. Photo courtesy RJ Kaminski.

By Amanda Eisenberg’16

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – RJ Kaminski, a junior broadcast journalism major, has two full-time jobs: attending classes at the University of Maryland and running social media for an organization that has raised nearly $1 million in its four-year history.

Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse event that raises money to benefit charities for veterans, started out as one event, held at Kaminski’s Baltimore high school, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. In its first year, the event brought in about $120,000; Kaminski and his friends had set a goal for $10,000.

“We thought OK, we have something here,” he said. “So five years later, we’re hitting eight cities this summer, all across the country, and putting on a 24-hour event in all those cities.”

Shootout for Soldiers has partnered with Major League Lacrosse and Under Armour for this year’s summer events, along with four national charities.

“Something exciting we’re doing this year is in every city, we’re picking two local charities to give 10 percent of the money to,” Kaminski said. “We just announced our Baltimore charities: the Baltimore Station, which helps with homelessness in the area, and Catch a Lift, which is a nonprofit that helps veterans exercise. They’re each getting 10 percent this year.”

Kaminski said he used a lot of his classroom skills to help with social media for the organization.

“In my classrooms, the support I have from all the teachers … they’ve always been willing to give advice,” he said. “The Merrill school definitely has been a great part in doing what I do. “

Check out last year’s recap:

Journalism Researchers Scrutinize Search Results

Maryland researchers scrutinize search results...

From Terp Magazine – Spring 2006 Issue

by Karen Shih ’09 | illustration by Hailey Hwa Shin

“Google” might be synonymous with “online search”—but don’t blindly trust its results this presidential election season, say UMD journalism researchers.

“People question stories they hear about in the media, they question television advertisements and things the candidates themselves say,” says lecturer Sean Mussenden M.Jour. ’00. “But there’s a perception that Google is likely to deliver less biased information when that’s not the case.”

He’s working with Daniel Trielli M.J. ’16 on a team led by Assistant Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos to analyze Google’s search results (favored by more than two-thirds of Americans, according to comScore) for the candidates running in the 2016 primary races.

Read the entire story on the Terp Magazine website.

Merrill Ph.D. Students Take Prestigious Awards

Ph.D. Award Winners @merillcollege.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College’s Ph.D. students continue to distinguish themselves.

Allissa Richardson (top left) has been awarded the Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement. “There is only one Spencer given out, campuswide, per year,” said Ph.D. Director and Professor Sarah Oates, adding that for a student from one of the smallest colleges on campus to receive such a prestigious award is “amazing.” Writing to UMD Graduate School Assistant Director for Fellowships and Awards Robyn Kotzker, Richardson said, “I am so proud to be a Terp today, and even more grateful to help highlight the terrific academic support system that I have found at Merrill!” Richardson entered the Merrill Ph.D. program in 2014.

And there’s more:

Joanna Nurmis (bottom left) has won an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. This semester dissertation fellowship carries a stipend of $10,000 plus a Graduate School Tuition Award. Nurmis, who is in the fifth year of the program, will use the fellowship for the final stages of writing her dissertation on image and climate change communication. She began her Ph.D. program in 2011.

Pallavi Guha (top right), who is in her 3rd year in the program, has been awarded the Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships for academic year 2016-17 for the Journalism College. Guha successfully defended her dissertation proposal this week and is researching and writing about the framing of rape in the media in India. The all-S.T.A.R. Fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend in addition to the student’s GAship.

Finally, Carole Lee (bottom right), who is in her 3rd year in the program as well, won the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2016 for the Journalism College. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year. In particular, Carole was recognized for her critical role in helping to deliver JOUR175 (Media Literacy) to approximately 1,000 students over three years.

Merrill College Alumni Named 2017 Nieman Fellows

Neiman Foundation for Journalism.

Photo courtesy Harvard University.

— adapted from a Nieman Foundation news release and information from the Chicago Tribune and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel websites:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College alumni Lolly Bowean (M.J ’00) and Mary Louise Schumacher ’99 will be members of the Nieman Fellowship class of 2017.  The announced group of 24 Nieman Fellows includes reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, producers, columnists, filmmakers, a photographer, a director, digital strategists and news executives who work around the world. The new Nieman Fellows will begin an academic year of study at Harvard University this fall.

The Nieman Foundation has educated more than 1,500 accomplished journalists from 94 countries since 1938. The fellowship has expanded in recent years to include new collaborative and experimental programs. In addition to taking classes during their time at Harvard, fellows attend Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes and work on their research with Harvard scholars and other leading thinkers in the Cambridge area.

Lolly BoweanLolly Bowean is a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune who has a particular focus on urban affairs, youth culture, housing, minority communities and relations. She writes about Chicago’s unique African-American community. During her tenure, she has written about the death of Nelson Mandela, how violence is lived in troubled neighborhoods, and the 2008 election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. She also covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the last gathering of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Bowean covered suburban crime, government and environmental issues for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She has written for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

As a Nieman Fellow, she will study the cultural differences between the African-American descendants of American slavery and the children of black immigrants. She also will research the evolution of the black family in America.

MaryLSMary Louise Schumacher, the art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  She oversees Art City, an online journal about visual art, the urban landscape and design. Schumacher leads the discussion and a community of writers contribute to the dialogue.

She will study emerging strategies within the fields of architecture and urban design for addressing issues of racial and economic inequity.

The Nieman Foundation website has a complete list of the 2017 Fellows.


Scott Van Pelt, Jessie Karangu Tapped as Commencement Speakers

Scot Van Pelt

Live Stream: http://go.umd.edu/May2016

Thanks to Amanda Eisenberg for help preparing this story.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Spring commencement speakers for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism are set. ESPN SportCenter host Scott Van Pelt is the main commencement speaker for the May 19 event at Ritchie Coliseum. The program starts at 9 a.m. He was the top choice of Merrill seniors. Student Jessie Karangu was voted by Merrill seniors as the student speaker.

In a message to the Merrill College community, Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote, “As you know, Scott is a loyal Terp and a great friend of the college. He majored in Radio-Television-Film while a student at Maryland. Thank you to seniors Sam Stern and Michelle Leibowitz for their work surveying seniors to see who they wanted for a speaker, then doing the work to make it happen.”

Van Pelt says he is honored to have been chosen by Merrill College students as their commencement speaker and wants Merrill Terps to know he “is one of them and they’re one of me.”

Jessie Karangu is the student commencement speaker at Merrill College in May, 2016.

Senior Jessie Karangu is the student commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Senior Jessie Karangu was chosen by the class of 2016 as this year’s student commencement speaker. Karangu is the editor in chief of Pulsefeedz.

“I’m so honored to be chosen as commencement speaker,” he said. “As I promised, I’m going to try and make sure the speech isn’t boring and that your day is as ‘lit’ as possible.”

Karangu also writes for Awful Announcing and the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, and worked as a reporter in the broadcast bureau of Capital News Service. The Baltimore native has on-air aspirations and also hopes to own his own digital empire one day.

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