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New Scholarship for Aspiring Sports Journalists Honors Alum John McNamara

Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Andrew Chamblee ('83) sign an agreement to establish a scholarship in honor of John McNamara ('83).

Lucy A. Dalglish (left), dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Andrea Chamblee (’83) sign an agreement to establish a scholarship in honor of John McNamara (’83).

COLLEGE PARK (11/2/18) — Longtime sportswriter John McNamara (’83) was a stealth mentor, often agreeing in his low-key way to meet over lunch or chat on the phone with student journalists or fledgling sports reporters.

It was a familiar role: “Johnny Mac,” as he was known, had been elevating the prose and professionalism of his peers since he was a reporter and editor at The Diamondback.

McNamara’s loss as a mentor and authority on Terps sports, which he covered for more than 20 years, is keenly felt since he and four colleagues were killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis on June 28.

But he’ll continue to inspire sports journalists at the University of Maryland through a new scholarship established Thursday for undergraduate students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

McNamara’s widow, Andrea Chamblee (’83), whom he met at The Diamondback, and several of his friends created the scholarship in his memory.

“I’m so delighted,” she said Thursday at a signing ceremony. “It would have meant the world to John to be remembered as a sportswriter and a mentor to students. He often told me how much he enjoyed meeting with his colleagues, and helping them, but I am struck that he didn’t think of those meetings as mentoring anyone, but clearly the people he met with, did.”

Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said she was grateful for the opportunity to help students who might otherwise struggle to pay tuition, while also honoring McNamara.

“Walking around campus, I’m struck by how many people remember John,” Dalglish said. “Teachers, students, journalists and staff in the athletics department remember John very, very fondly.”

The scholarship fund is accepting contributions. The first recipient will be selected next year.

McNamara’s fourth book, with the working title “The Capital of Basketball,” a history of the sport in Washington, is expected out in early 2019.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles

Merrill College Videos Support Giving Day

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Giving Day 2016 is upon us and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism needs everyone’s help to support scholarships, academic programs and campus initiatives for our students.  Donate until 3 a.m. March 4: go.umd.edu/gdjou

In a letter to alumni and friends of Merrill College, Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote, “We are in awe of the amazing amount of support we have already received today – thank you!”

The four areas specifically set for funding by Merrill College includes:

  • Capstones/News Bureaus and Gift Fund
  • Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
  • Deans Fund
  • Penny Bender Fuchs Scholarship Fund

The 27 hour giving campaign features a number of challenge grants: including most faculty/staff gifts and alumni gifts. There was also one for best faculty/staff photo like the one on the right.

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and Associate Dean Rafael Lorente really got into the act with a great promotional video:

There was also a student contest – won by Stephen Barber:


Merrill College students took part with short videos thanking donors for their support – like Kimberly Escobar, Alex Kirshner and Michael Errigo.


And of course Merrill College faculty and staff got involved – * Award Winner – $500.00:

Animated Gif for Giving Day.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Philip Merrill College of Journalism!




Merrill Journalists: Award Winners

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The start of a new year brings word of numerous awards won recently by  Philip Merrill College of Journalism students. See our complete list of student award winners on the Merrill College website.

  • Valerie YoungValerie Young is a 2015 Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship at Arizona State University (Jan. 4-9)
    The Meredith Corporation and its Phoenix television station, KPHO CBS 5, sponsor a weeklong multimedia fellowship program for top broadcast journalism students from underrepresented groups at the Cronkite School and around the country. The students spend a week each January – during most schools’ winter break – working in the CBS 5 newsroom with KPHO reporters, producers, editors and videographers, and with instructors from the Cronkite School. The program is led by Mark Lodato, the Cronkite School’s assistant dean and news director, along with the CBS 5 news director.
  • AnnikaSenior Annika McGinnis takes 11th place in the 2014 Hearst Enterprise Reporting Competition. This is the highest a Merrill College applicant has ever placed! Annika is currently an editorial intern at Reuters.


  • Delfino also took 8th place in the 2014-2015 Hearst Journalism Awards Television Features Program and wins a certificate of merit for her video “Veteran Kitchen.”

Scholarship Day 2014: Making A Difference For Merrill College Students

JournalismCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Graduating senior Kelsey Hughes knows the impact a scholarship can have. The Journalism major – who will be the student speaker at main commencement Dec. 20 – said, “I was incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship, because I know it means someone has invested in my future.”

Scholarships help ensure bright futures for many of our students at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland is putting the focus on scholarships for 24 hours – on #ScholarshipDayUMD – December 10.

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Two Merrill Journalists Win $3,000 ANWC Scholarships

ANWC scholars 2013

(from left to right) ANWC President Claire Swift, Barbara Walters, scholarship recipients Jatara McGee, Lauren Kirkwood, and Zinhle Essamuah.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill Journalists Lauren Kirkwood and Jatara McGee are the recipients of $3,000 scholarships from the American News Women’s Club (ANWC)

The ANWC is the longest serving national organization for women in the media.

The scholarships were awarded June 21 during ANWC’s Excellence in Journalism Gala Award luncheon. The event honored broadcast journalism pioneer Barbara Walters at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Kirkwood and McGee are joined by George Washington University rising sophomore Zinhle Essamuah as this year’s award winners:

Lauren Kirkwood is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Journalism. She has pursued academic coursework in history, economics and science policy, and focused her professional work on learning journalism from the ground up. Reporting for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Capitol News Service, and Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback, she has zeroed in on health policy as the area she hopes to continue covering after graduation.

Jatara McGee is a rising junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She wants to use her journalism skills to help victims of injustice tell their stories. Teaming with other journalism students last year, she helped found and manage Stories Beneath the Shell (umdsbs.com), an on-line space where journalism students can post innovative video stories.

Zinhle Essamuah is a rising sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. She brings a unique worldview to her studies as the first American citizen in her family, with parents from Uganda and Ghana. She gives her models as Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, and her goal is to tell the stories of people worldwide who get little media attention.

About the American News Women’s Club

The American News Women’s Club was founded in 1932, as the Newspaper Women’s Club. Today the club embraces professional writers, editors, print and broadcast journalists, illustrators, and communicators. Scholarships are awarded annually in a competitive program to women students in selected colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area.

ANWC Contact:

Pam Ginsbach
(703) 683-6326

(Taken from an ANWC News Release)