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Dean Lucy Dalglish Urges Maryland Senate to Make June 28 ‘Freedom of the Press Day’

University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish.

University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish.

COLLEGE PARK (3/15/19)University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish urged a Maryland Senate committee this week to support legislation that would memorialize five Capital Gazette staff members killed in an attack on their newsroom last year and also “reinforce the importance of journalism’s role in democracy.”

Dalglish, testifying in support of a joint resolution that would designate each June 28 as “Freedom of the Press Day” in Maryland, said the work of journalists around the world is difficult and dangerous, but rarely in the United States has it been deadly.

“We have sometimes become somewhat complacent about the relative safety in which American journalists work. They occasionally get jailed or beaten, it’s rare they lose their lives,” Dalglish told members of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Thursday in Annapolis. “Not so after June 28, when the Capital Gazette suffered an unspeakable loss.

“Murdered Merrill College alumni Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, Merrill adjunct lecturer Rob Hiaasen, and their colleagues Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith, contributed every day to one of the core institutions that make America different and a beacon of hope for so many around the world: community journalism.”

The Senate resolution, sponsored by Annapolis state Sen. Sarah Elfreth, a Democrat, would add June 28 to the 16 official commemorative days, six months and one week that are already recognized in state law, according to legislative analysts. A hearing is scheduled next week for an identical resolution filed in the House of Delegates.

Dalglish said the commemorative day would serve as a reminder that “citizens must be able to count on quality, accurate, fair information from experienced journalists as they make decisions that we must all make in a democratic society.”

She also noted that amid increased hostility toward journalists, Merrill College has thrived. The fall 2018 freshman class grew by more than 50 percent over the previous year, and graduate student enrollment increased even more.

“Every time someone utters the words ‘fake news’ or ‘enemy of the people,’ another kid decides to be a journalist,” Dalglish told the committee. “Our students are telling us they want to hold the powerful accountable, they want to help the environment and enlighten their communities.

“They want to make this a better world.”

In response, Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Prince George’s County Democrat who chairs the committee, called journalism “an important profession” and praised Merrill College for growing into a nationally recognized leader in journalism education.

The state legislature will adjourn for the year on April 8.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Associate Dean Rafael Lorente: ‘No Excuse’ For Revoking White House Press Credential

Rafael Lorente.

Rafael Lorente.

COLLEGE PARK (11/12/18) — There’s no excuse for revoking the press credential of a White House correspondent, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism associate dean Rafael Lorente told WUSA 9 this past weekend.

Lorente (M.A. ’98), during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s treatment of journalists and the news organizations they represent, said it’s a reporter’s job to ask tough questions — especially when the questions are directed toward powerful people.

Last week, the Trump administration revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credential after a tense exchange during a White House news conference. Trump also called two reporters’ questions “racist” and “stupid” last week and frequently calls journalists “the enemy of the American people.”

“It’s incredible to watch the president of the United States attack journalists, attack journalism, attack one of the very foundations of our democracy,” Lorente told WUSA 9. “I think we talk a lot about freedom of the press, this is about democracy. We don’t have democracy without freedom of the press.”

Before being named associate dean for academic affairs, Lorente was director of Merrill College’s Capital News Service bureaus in Washington and Annapolis.

He is a former reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Knight Chair Dana Priest, Alumna Margaret Talev Discuss Press Freedom

Knight Chair Dana Priest (left) moderates a conversation among J. Jesús Esquivel, Alisa Sopova, Jason Rezaian and Margaret Talev (’94). The conversation was hosted by The Washington Post and Reporters Without Borders and streamed online at washingtonpost.com.

COLLEGE PARK (4/25/18) — A University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism professor and alumna discussed freedom of the press around the world on Wednesday during a panel hosted by The Washington Post and Reporters Without Borders.

Dana Priest, the college’s John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Washington Post, moderated the discussion, which focused on the danger reporters and the public face in countries where press freedom is restricted.

Alumna Margaret Talev (’94), senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, was a panelist. She was joined by Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian, who was jailed by Iranian authorities; Alisa Sopova, a freelance journalist in Ukraine; and J. Jesús Esquivel, Washington correspondent for Proceso Magazine of Mexico.

Talev acknowledged the relative safety of being a journalist in the United States, but said tension had increased enough in recent years that the White House Correspondents’ Association created a committee on reporter safety to act as a resource for member journalists who feel threatened.

“It was sort of unthinkable that we would have an American reporter here representing American reporters,” in a discussion about reporter safety, Priest said during the discussion.

Talev said it’s important for journalists to emphasize that they “are a segment of the public whose job it is to share news and information.” It’s a short way from government censorship of journalists to censorship of other citizens, she said.

“There’s a disconnect and a feeling that the press is like a business entity,” Talev said. “When we’re talking about the First Amendment or press protections and why it’s important, it really is to protect everyone.”

The full discussion was streamed live online by The Washington Post. Archived excerpts are on The Post’s website and @postlive Twitter account.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

U.S. Embassy Switzerland: Celebrating Press Freedom Day with Dean Lucy A. Dalglish

The following is a media release from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland detailing Dean Dalglish’s activities this week leading up to International Press Freedom Day on Friday:

Dalglish_Switzerland(BERN, Switzerland) In the run up to International Press Freedom Day on Friday May 3, the U.S. Embassy Bern Public Affairs Team invited Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since August 2012. Lucy Dalglish served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 2000 to 2012. The Reporters Committee is a voluntary, unincorporated association of reporters and news editors dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media.

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