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MJ Martinez Named NABJ/NAHJ Student Multimedia Project Member

Photo: LinkedIn

-Adapted from an NABJ/NAHJ press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) this week announced the student members who will participate in the Student Multimedia Project during the 2016 Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.

Among those students is Merrill College Master’s student Gabriela Martinez, who was chosen as an NAHJ student participant. Martinez is a multiplatform major. She is also a communications graduate assistant for the UMD College of Arts and Humanities. Before coming to Maryland, she worked with AmeriCorps as an ESOL instructor at St. Mark Community Education Program and worked overseas as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.

The annual Student Multimedia Project offers student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from NABJ/NAHJ dedicated professional journalists at no cost.

The students produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories, which are featured in the convention’s daily newspaper (print and online), and on a daily newscast. Additionally, the students promote special events, programming, and sponsor-related information on the organization’s social media platforms.

The NABJ/NAHJ convention takes place Aug. 1-6, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Read the complete release.

New York Times Graphics Editor Graham Roberts Visits Knight Hall

CNS Digital Bureau with Graham Roberts of the NYT.

– CNS Photo.

By Naema Ahmed ’17

Senior graphics editor at the New York Times, Graham Roberts talked to CNS Studio C students about the variety of ways visual journalism is used at the Times.

Roberts explained how integrating innovative graphics with text can change the news reading experience and how these visualizations go from sketches to actual interactives. He also provided insight into how the virtual reality news videos are made for their new app, nytvr.

See Graham Roberts’ website – Grahapics.

Merrill College & Diamondback Shine at Mark of Excellence Regionals

Merrill College SPJ Award Winners! Region 2.

Note: Information from a Society of Professional Journalists news release was used for this release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a time to shine for students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism as well as the Diamondback student newspaper. During its Region 2 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Conference in Richmond, Va. April 9, SPJ – The Society of Professional Journalists – handed out major awards to UMD students across a wide range of journalism categories.  SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The conference was hosted by the Virginia Press Association.

First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners are notified in the late spring and recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2016 Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans.

There were:

  • Two dozen+ Merrill College associated awards;
  • Nine Diamondback awards;
  • One for the Left Bench (Hannah Yasharoff);
  • One Merrill student/work submitted from internship (Michelle Chavez/VOA video).


CNS Staff: Where’s the Pope?

Seven things we learned from Barbara Mikulski’s email exchanges with Hillary Clinton by Molly Podlesny.


Staff Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.


Max Simpson: Flagged Down:  NFL penalties on the rise.

Sissi Cao: Can Under Armour win the world?



CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


Joe Zimmerman, Joey Trull & Madeleine Derason: StarWarsDate.com.
Brittany Cheng: ViewFinder – Beyond the Sidelines.

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (Large 10.000+ students)

Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.

Julie Gallagher: Low-income Alzheimer’s patients battle more than the disease.
Deidre McPhillips: DNA evidence brings hope, truth but only if tested; Some Maryland jurisdictions slow to report.

GENERAL NEWS REPORTING (Large 10,000+ students)

Grace Toohey: Transgender Marylanders hope legislation will align birth certificates with true identities.

Jacob Bell: Questions loom over effects of state’s oyster recovery efforts as watermen’s bottom lines.
Grace Toohey: Paratransit riders frustrated, MTA under scrutiny.


Michelle Chavez (VOA): Baltimore’s miniature libraries will try to “create unlimited possibilities.”

Gabe Katzman (CNS-TV): Great shakeout.

Hayley Fixler  (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.


ViewFinder Fall 2015: Second Chances.

Karen Ye (CNS-TV): Up In Smoke:  What happened Maryland’s billions of tobacco settlement money.


Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Ballet for disabled children.

Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball.
Ricky Lasser: ViewFinder: Trailer park.


Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball.

Mike Tart (CNS-TV): Washington Nationals youth baseball academy.


Hayley Fixler (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.
Giovanni Insignares (CNS-TV): Cosmic Golf.


CNS-TV Staff & Volunteers: Maryland Newsline.

Diamondback Student Newspaper Awards

Editorial Writing

Selected editorials by The Diamondback editorial board..

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Maryland’s hidden epidemic by Jon Banister.

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

For the love of God, there was Satan, Letter from an Op-editor, The perfect human can’t be designed by Yi “Patrick An.

Transgressive art is desecration of beauty; Not everything intended as art is art; Gun control by Andrew Adeola.

Sports Column Writing

Selected columns by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper.

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Fastest to 500 by Callie Caplan.

Online News Reporting

University of Maryland expels record number of students for sexual assault by Ellie Silverman Darcy Costello.

Online Opinion & Commentary

Not everything intended as art is art; Holistic perspective improve healthcare; Biden should have run by Andrew Adeola.

Online Sports Reporting

The miss by Josh Needelman.

Left Bench

Online Opinion & Commentary

Ethics in the world of sports by Hannah Yasharoff.


About the Mark of Excellence Awards

The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

Explore Our Journalism World on Maryland Day

Maryland Day Promo Graphic for Merrill College.

Originally published Feb. 11, 2016
Updated April 12, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland Day is just around the corner. With more than 425 free events throughout campus on Saturday, April 30, there’s always something to do during the family-friendly open house. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As always, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will be offering a number of exciting events for visitors, including an alumni reception, tours, a great Shirley Povich Sports Center panel, practice your anchor skills at UMTV and meet Dean Dalglish at our Mall tent.

You can get the latest information and plan your day on the Maryland Day website.

April 29

Merrill College is opening the doors of Knight Hall to celebrate 25 years of CNS! Come and mingle with fellow CNSers, enjoy heavy hord’oeuvres and wine, view student presentations from current CNSers, and see what’s new with the Capital News Service. Please RSVP to these events by April 25th to Kayla Newton at knewton@umd.edu or 301-405-6251.  6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. in Knight Hall.


Merrill College Maryland Day Events

Explore the Possibilities of a Journalism Degree

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.      1208 Knight Hall (Eaton Theater)

Gather information about our journalism major and hear from current students. College representatives and a student panel will answer questions about undergraduate programs.

The Past, Present and Future of Sports Media

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.    1208 Knight Hall (Eaton Theater)

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosts a panel of experts to discuss the complex and changing world of sports media. Panelists (so far!) include:

Jimmy Roberts ’79, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel
Evan Parker ’05, Senior Executive, NASCAR
John Smallwood ’87, Columnist Philadelphia Daily News
Zainab Mudallal ’15, News and Fitness Editor Washington Post Express
Paul Monusky ’01, NFL Films producer
Chloe Pavlech ’16, Maryland Women’s Basketball

Merrill College Alumni Reception

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.        Roberts Room (3203) – Knight Hall

Come reconnect as we welcome back our journalism alumni to Knight Hall. Meet Dean Dalglish and your favorite professors. Please RSVP to these events by April 25th to Kayla Newton at knewton@umd.edu or 301-405-6251


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Merrill College students will be offering tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. Learn about the graduate and undergraduate study of journalism.

Life in the Anchor Chair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   UMTV – Tawes Hall (Basement)

Ever wonder what it’s like to deliver the nightly news? Come have an interactive experience in the anchor’s chair in the Eaton Broadcast Center at UMTV.

Mobile Coverage of Maryland Day

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.     McKeldin Mall

For the fifth year in a row, Merrill College’s senior mobile journalist in Professor Ron Yaros’ Mobile Journalism class and “returning professionals” in the college’s multi-platform certificate program will fan out across campus to cover Maryland Day. Using their mobile devices, they’ll be filing a wide range of reports from McKeldin Mall to the Maryland Farm and Xfinity Center. You might even get to be interviewed! Follow along online – reports will be filed throughout the day at go.umd.edu/mobilemaryland.

The World of Journalism                

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     

Mall Tent

Learn about undergraduate and graduate Journalism majors at the University of Maryland. Come meet Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish from 11 AM to Noon. Student groups will be at the tent all day to answer questions about their experiences.


Good Neighbor Day Provides Real-World Journalism Training

Good Neighbor Day at UMD works to preserve frog habitat near campus.

By: Carly Kempler ’18 and Anna Muckerman ’18

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A little cold weather and a lot of rain couldn’t stop us from filming this JOUR262 assignment, especially because we had expectations – high expectations – from our notable professor, Bethany Swain.

So we traded in our blazers and ballet flats for nylon jackets and rain boots and set off to film College Park’s sixth annual Good Neighbor Day at the Sentinel Swamp Sanctuary, also called the frog pond.

Good Neighbor Day is an annual event where volunteers – students and residents – come together to revitalize the City of College Park. We chose to film the frog pond, a new location for this year’s event.

The terrain was muddy and difficult to work with; thorns poked through our jeans as we hurried to follow volunteers through the swamp to get close-up shots. We tried our best not to be clumsy while carrying a few pounds of gear probably worth more than our in-state tuition.

Merrill journalist Anna Muckerman reported this JOUR262 assignment. Video by Carly Kempler.

Merrill journalist Anna Muckerman reported this JOUR262 assignment. Video by Carly Kempler.

We searched the swamp carefully, on the lookout for frogs, which would’ve made the perfect addition to our package. Eagerly, we walked toward the pond – Anna had her heart set on capturing a frog to guest-star in her standup – but, ironically, we had no luck spotting any frogs at the frog pond. We did hear them though, which only frustrated us more – until Anna said those two beautiful words and winked, “nat sound.”

We hid under a white trashbag trying to keep the camera dry, which proved difficult and only mildly effective. Carly focused the umbrella on the camera, but we still had to rush to get napkins from her car when we saw tiny droplets on the viewfinder.

If it sounds like we’re complaining – we are – but the experience and the volunteers made it worth it. They worked tirelessly despite the weather, but we couldn’t match their fervor throughout the rain, which kept us groaning 80 percent of the time 100 percent of the time. These volunteers had smiles on their faces and contagious laughs throughout their entire cleanup, and everyone did their share.

Despite limiting and hazardous terrain, we captured many shots of native species, including daffodils, onion grass and the infamously wild College Park beer can. We ventured off-tripod a few times as well, careful to use the surrounding logs to steady our shots.

Soaked and tired, we finished up gathering shots of volunteers, trash and nature itself – the only thing undisturbed by the weather.  And, as we wiped off the camera one final time, and folded down the tripod, the simultaneously most beautiful and infuriating moment of our three-hour shoot happened – the sun peaked out from behind the grey cloud cover, casting a warm, yellow glow on the Sentinel Swamp Sanctuary.

Cleanup, Cleanup Everybody Do Your Share from Carly Kempler and Anna Muckerman on Vimeo.

About Carly Kempler ’18 and Anna Muckerman ’18

Carly Kempler is senior staff writer and assistant news editor for the Diamondback student newspaper.

Anna Muckerman is the news director for WMUC Radio and a staff writer for the Diamondback student newspaper. She is also a production volunteer for the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau.