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Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 14) –  Come Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan your day at marylandday.umd.edu

Merrill College Events:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Explore the Possibilities of a Journalism Degree
1208 – Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Gather information about the journalism major and hear from current students. College representatives are available to answer questions about undergraduate programs.





11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Knight Hall / UMTV Tour
1st Floor, Knight Hall
Every hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Merrill College students offer tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. Learn about the graduate and undergraduate study of journalism.



Snapchat 101 During Maryland Day in Knight Hall at 11 a.m.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Snapchat 101
1208 Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Snapchat is more than just face swaps and filters. Bethany Swain, a former CNN photojournalist who now teaches at the Merrill College, explains what the popular app is all about and shares tips you can use today.




Life in the Anchor Seat.


11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Life in the Anchor Seat
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.




Clips App from Apple will be demoed on Maryland Day in Knight Hall.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Make a Mobile Family Album
1208 Knight Hall
Don’t just post or share photos. Use “Clips” – a  free iPhone app to quickly combine photos, video and text in a fun mobile album. Join mobile journalism Professor Ronald Yaros for this 15-minute hands-on session.



1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Merrill Alumni Meet, Greet and Eat
3202 – Roberts Room, Knight Hall
#MerrillMade alumni are welcome to reconnect with fellow alums and favorite professors and meet the college’s dean, Lucy Dalglish. The reception includes a 2 p.m. panel discussion of alumni experts and current students discussing the complex and changing world of sports media, hosted by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

Alumni panel includes: Alexa ’07 (MLB.com and 120Sports.com) and Peter ’02 Rosenberg (of Hot 97 and 98.7 ESPN) and Rob Carlin ’95 (of NBC Sports). Student panel members include the founders of The Left Bench – Justin Meyers ’17, Michael Stern ’17 and Kofi Yeboah ’17).  Please RSVP to Kayla Newton for this event.

All Day

The World of Journalism
McKeldin Mall: Philip Merrill College of Journalism Tent
Learn about undergraduate and graduate journalism majors from current students.

Meet Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish from 11 a.m. to noon. Merrill alumna and NBC4 news anchor Eun Yang ’95 greets guests in the afternoon.

Saswat Pattanayak Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Saswat Pattanayak with his Dissertation Committee.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 10) – Congratulations to Saswat Pattanayak for the successful defense of his journalism dissertation,  “Political blogs and the changing discourse of public persuasive communication: A textual analysis of pre-primary coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.”

Saswat’s committee included:
Associate Professor Katherine C. McAdams (Chair)
Associate Professor Ronald Yaros
Professor Kevin Klose
Professor Jo Paoletti  (Deans Rep, American Studies)
Associate Professor John W. Cordes (Cabrini University)

Saswat Pattanayak is a professional blogger and journalist for over a decade. His primary research centers around the blogosphere and its intersections with traditional media. He holds journalism degree from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology (Organizational Behavior) from the Center of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University, India. He has worked as a staff writer and reporter for the Hindustan Times, the Asian Age and the Economic Times (India). Currently, he edits Radical Notes and writes columns for the Kindle Magazine. He defended his dissertation in 2017, titled, “Political blogs and the changing discourse of public persuasive communication: A textual analysis of pre-primary coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election”. More of his works can be found at saswat.com

Dean Dalglish In Demand

Dean Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Dean Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 4) – Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish is in constant demand as a speaker, panel member or moderator on issues ranging from freedom of the press to free speech and beyond. Events in March and April provide a great example of the kinds of events she participates in as she represents Merrill College and the University of Maryland:

  • Monday, March 13: During Sunshine Week, Dean Dalglish talks about teaching FOIA to college students during a “FOIA after 50” panel discussion at the National Archives. Podcast.
  • Wednesday April 5: Dean Dalglish will be part of an American Bar Association discussion titled “Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope.”  The event will run from 5 :30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ABA headquarters, 1050 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C.
  • Saturday, April 8: Dean Dalglish will be speaking at the annual Virginia Press Association News and Advertising Conference during a break-out session in Richmond, Va.
  • Monday, April 10: Dean Dalglish will moderate a panel during the University System of Maryland’s Langenberg Lecture and Symposium titled “Civic Education, Civic Engagement, and Civic Responsibility: Foundations of a Democratic Society,” in Baltimore. The panel, “The Role of Information in a Democratic Society” runs from 1:05 p.m to 2:15 p.m.
  • Dean Dalglish was part of a three-judge panel that named NPR reporter David Folkenflik as the winner of the Bart Richards Award. The annual award – presented by Penn State University – honors work that “evaluates news media coverage of significant subjects or issues.” Folkenflik will be presented the award at the National Press Club on May 11.

See a full listing of our “Faculty in the News” on the Merrill College website.

Yaros Named Apple Distinguished Educator

Diamondback photo by Josh Loock: Professor Ronald Yaros stands in front of students holding his "Shell Shock!" iBook in the air. Sept. 25, 2014: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_5b6f4d16-4470-11e4-8e7c-001a4bcf6878.html

Diamondback photo by Josh Loock

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 3) – Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor Ronald Yaros is a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator.

The Apple Distinguished Educators Team wrote via email, “You’re now a member of a handpicked community of education innovators. As an ADE, you’ll be an author, advisor, ambassador, and advocate of what’s possible when we bring new technology to teaching and learning. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with over 2,500 colleagues around the globe and turn fresh, new ideas into education realities.”

In his own email to Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and others, Yaros wrote,”What an honor it is to be part of this elite national group for Apple! Thank YOU all for your support, especially (Merrill student) Carly Kempler, who did a great job helping me to submit a video of my work.”

About the Apple Distinguished Educators Program

The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Learn more about this group of innovative educators.

Michelle Chavez ’16 is a Hearst TV 2 News Winner

Michelle Chavez '16 - Photo courtesy NPPA Foundation.

– Photo courtesy NPPA Foundation.

(Adapted from a Hearst Foundation release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 2) – The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the finalists in the 2016-2017 Journalism Award Program’s Television Broadcast News Competition.

Among the top 5 semi-finalists from the Television II – News category is Michelle Chavez ’16,  who takes a second place award of $2000. Merrill College will also receive a matching $2000 grant.

Michelle is unable to move on to the National Championships in San Francisco because she has already graduated. Overall, there were 69 entrants from 39 schools in this category.

The judges, all award-winning broadcast professionals, are: Harvey Nagler, recently retired Vice President, Radio, CBS News, New York, NY; Lloyd Siegel, former Vice President of News Partnerships, NBC News, New York; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The 57th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 106 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the program which also includes writing, photojournalism, and multimedia competitions and offers awards totaling up to $500,000.