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Dalglish Named Distinguished Service Award Winner By SPJ-DC Pro Chapter

Dean Lucy Dalglish gives remarks as the SPJ DC Chapter Distinguished Service Award winner.

Photo: SPJDC

Originally published April 17, 2017.

Updated June 14, 2017.

(Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists – Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 17) – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish is the SPJ-DC Pro Chapter Distinguished Service Award in Local Journalism winner for 2017. She was presented the award during the professional chapter’s annual Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner in the ballroom of the National Press Club June 13.

She was introduced by CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef. Read Dean Dalglish’s comments.

Dean Dalglish began her career as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. After law school, she worked as a media attorney and then became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which provides free legal support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists. After a dozen years as a national spokeswoman on those issues, she became dean of the 600-student Philip Merrill College of Journalism  at the University of Maryland in 2012.

Previous Merrill College Distinguished Award Winners

Dean Dalglish is just the latest in a long line of Merrill College faculty and staff who have been honored with a Distinguished Service Award. CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef, Professor Maurine Beasley, Dean Reese Cleghorn and Assistant Dean Frank Quine were previous winners.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Student Scholarship Winner

Merrill College student Stephanie Parr was awarded a $3,000 Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Scholarship during the dinner. Parr is a junior broadcast journalism major. Learn more about the SPJ scholarships on the SPJDC website.

Hall of Fame Award Winners

The SPJ Pro chapter also inducted ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger as members of the Hall of Fame during the awards dinner.

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Muckerman Awarded $3000 CAPBA Scholarship

2017 scholarship winner Anna Muckerman of the University of Maryland-College Park with past CAPBA President and Scholarship Committee Chairman Rob Lang and Rob Shilling, son of Bob Shilling.

2017 scholarship winner Anna Muckerman of the University of Maryland-College Park with past CAPBA President and Scholarship Committee Chairman Rob Lang and Rob Shilling, son of Bob Shilling. Photo: CAPBA

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 7) – Congratulations to Merrill College student Anna Muckerman ’18 – who was awarded this year’s Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association $3000 Bob Schilling scholarship. The award was officially presented last Saturday night during the CAPBA convention in Ocean City.

The scholarship is named in honor of past CAPBA President and Board Member Bob Shilling.

Muckerman is the news director for WMUC radio on campus and has been a long-term intern for Meet the Press in Washington, D.C. She is also a former reporter for ABC2 Teen Perspective.

Here’s what she had to say at Saturday’s Awards Banquet in Ocean City:



About the CAPBA

The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association serves as an official liaison between AP Member Stations and the Mid-Atlantic Bureau and its staff in Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The CAPBA board, comprised of radio and television professionals from the region, meets quarterly to discuss issues of significance to the AP and its members.

The board is also responsible for awarding the Bob Shilling $3,000 Memorial Scholarship to a college journalism student, the planning of our annual convention in Ocean City (check out pictures from the 2017 convention on our Facebook page!), and other educational and industry-related events.

Philip Merrill College of Journalism: National Mark of Excellence

Montage of SPJ Mark of Excellence winners associated with Merrill College and The Diamondback student newspaper.

Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists press release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 1) – The Society of Professional Journalists announced its list of national winners of the 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards in late June, recognizing collegiate work published or broadcast during 2016.

The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism figured prominently in those national awards., along with the Diamondback student newspaper.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to CNS Digital Bureau Director Sean Mussenden for compiling the following comprehensive list that includes two national winners and six national finalists.

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
(CNS) Winner: CNSMaryland.org – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online In-Depth Reporting
(CNS) Winner: In Poor Health (Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood) – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online In-Depth Reporting
(UMD) Finalist: School takeovers leave parents without a voice in education – by Lily Altavena, Rose Velazquez and Natalie Griffin, Arizona State University. (Natalie Griffin is a former CNSer who represented Merrill College at News21, where she worked on a voting rights investigation.

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
(Diamondback) Finalist: A Murder-Suicide Stuns College Park – by Michael Brice-Saddler, Andrew Dunn, Natalie Schwartz, and Mina Haq.

Best Affiliated Web Site
(CNS) Finalist: CNSMaryland.org – by Capital News Service Staff

Best Use of Multimedia
(CNS) Finalist: In Poor Health (Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood) – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online Sports Reporting
(CNS) Finalist: In Football Recruiting Sweepstakes, Maryland Has Fallen Short – by Ryan Connors and Troy Jefferson.

Television Feature Reporting
(CNS) Finalist: Gold Star Mothers – by Maggie Gottlieb.

Storify Tells the Tale for Commencement 2017 at Merrill College



Hearst Awards Show Merrill Students Among the Best in the Nation

Hearst Awards.

Adapted from a Hearst News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 24) – The final overall results are out for the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates.  Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions.

Overall Results for Merrill College:

Intercollegiate Writing: Fifth Place
Intercollegiate Broadcast Radio & TV: Sixth Place
Overall Intercollegiate trophies: 10th Place.

Individual Honors:

Andrew Dunn ’18 took fifth place and a $1000 scholarship award in the Breaking News Writing category.

Michelle Chavez ’16 took second place and a $2000 award in the TV2 News category. Merrill College will receive $2000 as well.

Two Merrill College students won Hearst Radio Awards. Matt Kubisiak’16 took third place while Demi Chang’15 took 17th place. Both were top students in adjunct lecturer Jamie Forzato’s JOUR364 – Radio Broadcast class in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively.

Merrill student Ellie Silverman’17 made the Top 10 (#8) of the Hearst Enterprise Writing Contest. This year the competition received 119 entries from 66 eligible undergraduate journalism programs.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program operates under the auspices of the accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.  It is fully funded and administered by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  Currently, 106 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the United States are eligible to participate in the program, which awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

The Intercollegiate Awards have been acknowledged since the inception of the program, and in 1990 monetary awards were added to the Hearst Journalism Awards Program budget.

The points earned by individual students in the monthly writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia competitions determine each discipline’s Intercollegiate ranking.  The winners are those schools with the highest accumulated student points in each category.   The overall Intercollegiate winners are the schools with the highest accumulated student points in the writing, photojournalism, broadcast and multimedia competitions.

Publisher William Randolph Hearst established the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. in the 1940’s, a few years before his death in 1951.  Since then, the Foundations have awarded over one billion dollars in grants and programs.