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Merrill Student Kyle Melnick ’18 Places Second in Hearst Writing Contest

Kyle Melnick '18

– LinkedIn photo.

Adapted from a Hearst Journalism Awards News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 2) – Merrill College junior Kyle Melnick is a second place winner in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program under the “Personality/Profile Writing” category.

He will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship, and Merrill College will receive a matching $2,000 grant.

Melnick’s winning entry was about Maryland basketball star Anthony Cowen, written for the Diamondback student newspaper.

Overall, Merrill College placed fifth in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition based on accumulated points for the five writing competitions held this year.

Judging the writing competitions this year are: Nicole Carroll, Vice President/News and Editor, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com; Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle; and David Zeeck, Publisher, The News Tribune, WA.

About the Hearst Journalist Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Cam Rogers Voted Student Commencement Speaker

Cameron Rogers

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 1) – Philip Merrill College of Journalism senior Cam Rogers has been elected by the senior class as student commencement speaker. “I am truly honored the Class of 2017 has chosen me to be their speaker,” said Rogers.  “I look forward to addressing how successful my fellow classmates are and will continue to be.”

Rogers has had a busy four years as a student at Maryland. He’s been featured on networks such as ESPN, NFL Network ESPNU, FNTSY Sports Radio Network, NESN, Big 12 Digital Network, and CampusInsiders.com and nominated for an Emmy. He has covered a wide range of sports like football, golf, lacrosse, and baseball.


Rogers’ entry into the broadcast field was in early high school, when he auditioned and earned a host position on an Emmy-nominated sports show on New England Sports Network.

Rogers was recently invited to attend the KIIS FM Jingle Ball Concert by the iHeartMedia west coast market president. There, he was able to shadow the entire broadcast operation, network with executives and meet Ryan Seacrest. In March, Rogers hosted coverage on the Orange Carpet at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Rogers is the current host of “The Cam Rogers Show” on ESPN Radio NH, ESPNnhradio.com and the ESPN Radio app, and covers a wide range of topics centered around golf and football.

Merrill College’s Commencement exercise is on Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel on campus.

The WHCA Dinner: An Incredibly Humbling Experience

WHCA Scholarship winner Becca King '17 with Dean Lucy Dalglish.

Becca King with Dean Lucy Dalglish.

By Becca King ’18

I think it’s very safe to say that Saturday night was one of my most incredible experiences, and I am so grateful to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the White House Correspondents’ Association for the opportunity of a lifetime. I can honestly say I am still starstruck that I was able to shake hands and talk with CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, someone I have consistently watched and idolized.

From the beginning, we all knew this year would be a bit different from previous ones, and it was. But the night was truly a celebration of the First Amendment, the truth, and everything that journalism stands for. It was a chance to really reflect on why we all do what we do everyday. It isn’t an easy job, but sitting in that ballroom, it was evident that everyone is incredibly passionate about this field. That makes me so excited to be a part of this profession.


Becca on Live TV being congratulated for her scholarship. Screenshot courtesy of C-Span.

Becca on Live TV being congratulated for her scholarship. Screenshot courtesy of C-Span.


As a scholarship recipient, I had the honor to meet with the White House Correspondents’ Association Board and so many other dedicated journalists. I got to know other scholarship winners from across the country as well as my mentor, Jacqueline Alemany, a White House reporter for CBS News. Standing on stage in front of the packed ballroom, hearing my name announced, and then shaking hands with THE Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein was nerve-wracking and surreal but also an incredibly humbling experience.

I walked away from last night feeling extremely blessed, but also incredibly excited and driven to take on the world of journalism. I think Hasan Minhaji put it best: “Thank you to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for inspiring a generation of journalists, and thank you to Donald Trump for inspiring the next.”

Read the WTOP article about all the WHCA scholarship winners.

About the WHCA Scholarship

The scholarship is given to honor the memory of Frank R. Cormier, WHCA president in 1967, who for two decades exemplified the best qualities of White House correspondents in his crisp dispatches for the Associated Press. An annual award of $20,000 is divided among four students at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The other Merrill student scholarship winners include Simone Thomas ’17, Naomi Harris ’17, and Simret Aklilu ’19.


Becca was joined by four other Merrill College students at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – including Michael Stern, Danielle Ohl, Tali Richman, and Ellie Silverman.







Change and Challenge: 100 Days of Journalism and Trump Symposium

First 100 Days of Journalism and Trump Symposium @merrillcollege May 4.

By April Newton
Ph.D. Student

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 28) – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is holding a scholarship and practice symposium titled, “Change and Challenge: 100 Days of Journalism During the Trump Administration,” on May 3, in Knight Hall. The symposium will feature University of Maryland researchers from across campus and reporters who are covering the White House and politics. The keynote speaker will be Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News reporter, vice president of the White House Correspondents Association, president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and Merrill College of Journalism alumna.

The Change and Challenge symposium will allow reporters, researchers, and journalism educators to share experiences and seek directions for better understanding how President Trump’s election took many by surprise, what to do about fake news, and much more.

The May 3rd Symposium begins at 4 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Eaton Theater to learn more about journalists’ experiences and what researchers are investigating. There will be a reception in the Knight Hall atrium after the panel and Ms. Talev’s speech, beginning at approximately 5:30pm.

For questions, please email April Newton, co-president of the Merrill Graduate Student Association.

Gabriela Martinez Named NAHJ / NBC News Summer Fellow

Merrill MJ Gabriela Martinez is a 2017 NBC Summer Fellow.

Photo – LinkedIn.

(Adapted from a NAHJ/Comcast-NBCUniversal News Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 27) – Merrill College Master’s student Gabriela Martinez will be one of just six NBC News 2017 Summer Fellows – spending 10 weeks gaining real-world broadcast news experience in New York City. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists partners with NBCUniversal for the Fellows Program.

For the second year in a row, NBC chose six students instead of four, because the applicants were so strong.

Gabriela’s fellowship will focus on investigations, but students could also be placed in:

  • The Today Show or
  • Nightly News with Lester Holt or
  • Dateline
  • CNBC

The other fellows come from USC, UT, Austin, Cal Berkeley, Arkansas and Northwestern.

Students will be paid hourly for their 10 weeks and will live in New York City for the duration of the Fellowship. NBCUniversal offers a $2,000 housing stipend for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from NAHJ’s Tri-State Area offices.