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The Diamondback Wins Society of Professional Journalists’ Top Award

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BALTIMORE (9/28/2018) — The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper at the University of Maryland, has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ top student journalism award.

The staff of the student news organization won the MOEy on Friday for “‘It’s real’: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland.”

It’s the second time in three years that journalism by University of Maryland students won the MOEy, which “honors the best of the best in student journalism.”

The best-in-show award is was presented during the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. In September, The Diamondback was named one of four finalists out of about 4,000 entries from around the country.

“The Diamondback’s series blends elements of text, sketches, photography, video elements and interactive graphics to tell the story of sexual violence on the university’s campus,” an SPJ news release says. “The semester-long commitment of the team to understanding what compelled two University of Maryland students to file federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education for possible Title IX violations shows tenacity for seeking truth.”

In 2016, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s Capital News Service won for “The Brothel Next Door,” an investigation into human trafficking in Maryland.

Last year, CNS was named a MOEy finalist for “In Poor Health,” which explored why Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggled to keep some of the city’s poorest residents from getting sick.

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

Merrill College Students Win 21 Categories in Society of Professional Journalists’ Regional Contest

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COLLEGE PARK (4/17/18) — Journalism published by students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism won 21 of 46 categories this past weekend in a regional Society of Professional Journalists contest.

In addition, more than 20 other projects were finalists in Region 2 of the society’s Mark of Excellence Awards.

Region 2 includes colleges and universities in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Students working for the college’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder visual storytelling team won awards, as did students working for the university’s independent campus newspaper, The Diamondback.

Regional winners compete in the national competition, the winners of which will be notified in late spring. National winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 in Baltimore.

These are the winners and finalists:

Newspaper

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Following the homicide of Richard Collins,” Staff of The Diamondback

General News Reporting (Large)
Finalist: “UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” Staff of The Diamondback

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “‘I can never escape,'” by Taylor Swaak, The Diamomdback
Finalist: “‘Undocumented and unafraid‘: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience,” by Natalie Schwartz, The Diamondback

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: “Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football,” by Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback
Finalist: “Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland’s remain silent. Why?” by Kyle Melnick, The Diamondback

Editorial Writing
Winner: “In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity,” by The Diamondback Editorial Board

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: “Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever,” by Kyle Melnick and Daniel Bernstein, The Diamondback

Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “Firefighter responds to five-alarm blaze at College Park apartment complex,” by Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “A year in review,” by Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman, The Diamondback

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: “Midterm week; Gun violence; Net neutrality,” by Eva Shen, The Diamondback

Radio

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: “When it’s over,” by The Dive, The Diamondback

Television

Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: “Restaurant crash,” by Becca King and Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Baltimore detective funeral,” by Carly Kempler and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

General News Reporting
Winner: “A chief’s promise,” by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Cathedral bells,” by Alex Flum, Capital News Service

Feature Reporting
Winner: “Bob Benson mirror artist,” by Julianne Maxwell, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoga enthusiasts get help from some four-legged friends,” by Hallie Miller, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Water bottle man,” by Becca King and Alex Flum, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Aging,” by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team
Finalist: “Afghan Vet: One aid worker shares his journey to America,” by Megan Smedley
Finalist: “Maryland prepares to open dispensaries,” by Carly Kempler and Hallie Miller

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Dragon boating,” by Becca King and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Olympic curling,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
Finalist: “Yoyo master,” by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “Opioid crisis,” by Staff of ViewFinder

Online

News Reporting
Winner: “On her own,” by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman
Finalist: “Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate,” by J.F. Meils and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Home sick,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback

Sports Reporting
Winner: “Pro sports leagues, teams spend millions lobbying Washington,” by Staff of Capital News Service
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: CNSMaryland.org, by Staff of Capital News Service

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “‘It’s real'”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland,” by Staff of The Diamondback
Finalist: “Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up,” by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, Capital News Service
Finalist: “To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network,” by Daniel Chavkin

Videography

Broadcast News Videography
Winner: “On the call,” by Emily Olsen, ViewFinder

Broadcast Feature Videography
Winner: “Take you there,” by Jay Reed, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fostering new lives,” by Henrietta Biayemi, ViewFinder

Online/Digital News Videography
Finalist: “Treatment at last,” by Alex Littlehales, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: “Going home,” by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Don’t go gentle,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder
Finalist: “Fighting to move on,” by Tina Vo, ViewFinder

Online/Digital Sports Videography
Winner: “Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end,” by Evan Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, Capital News Service

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

University Public Forum, SPJ Panel To Consider Free Speech Issues

The Society of Professional Journalists presents "Free Speech in the Age of Trump"

First Amendment issues will be debated Monday when a University of Maryland task force holds a public forum and the university student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts a panel discussion on free speech.

The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force is inviting students, faculty and staff to attend the forum (Nov. 6, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 6137 McKeldin Library) to offer their opinions on how to balance the right of free speech with the need to combat hate speech on a public university campus.

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish is co-chair of the task force, appointed by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and the University Senate in September to study how the university should nurture a respectful and inclusive campus climate and stand against hate.

The panel is required to submit its report and recommendations to the Senate and president no later than March 30, 2018.

After the public forum, the University of Maryland student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a discussion titled “Free Speech in the Age of Trump” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Eaton Theater.

“Understanding and protecting the First Amendment is one of the most important missions of SPJ,” said Merrill College senior Andy Dunn, programming chair for the chapter. “Specifically, free speech on college campuses has become an increasingly hot issue and one that would greatly benefit from a considered discussion.”

Panelists will include Margaret Talev (’94), Bloomerg White House reporter and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association; Adam Goldstein, legal fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; and Michael Poterala, vice president and general counsel at the University of Maryland. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Spivey, a constitutional expert and government and politics professor at the university.

Free Speech/Hate Speech public forum at the University of Maryland.

 

SPJ Names Gottlieb ’17 Galvan Award Winner / CNS is MOEy Finalist

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Adapted from Society of Professional Journalists News Releases

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (July 18) – Maggie Gottlieb ’17 is the SPJ 2017 Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award winner. She is the seventh Merrill College student to be honored with the award, going back to 2002.

“What makes Maggie a wonderful candidate for the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award is her commitment to serve without needing to be asked,” said John Sonnheim, bureau chief of the Cox Media Group news bureau in Washington. Gottlieb has worn many hats in SPJ – an active member, vice president and president of the student chapter at the University of Maryland, and a student representative on the national SPJ board of directors. She currently works for Cox Media in Memphis, Tn.

Tweet about Gottlieb named Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award recipient.
Previous Merrill College Galvan award winners include:

2002 Alanna Turner
2003 Erin Fillah
2004 Pat Grzanka
2005 Trish Hartman
2006 Reneé DeLuca
2015 Brett Hall
2017 Maggie Gottlieb

All served as president of the Merrill College SPJ chapter.
Gottlieb will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference Sept. 7-9 in Anaheim, California. Click here for a list of past winners.

Read the complete SPJ release.


CNS Named SPJ MOEy Award Finalist

CNS is one of five MOEy finalists who were selected from more than 4,000 entries in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. The MOEy honors the best of the best in student journalism.

Student entries are first judged regionally in print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism categories. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition and then are able to compete for the MOEy award.

  • Capital News Service staff, University of Maryland (Online In-Depth Reporting)

The Capital News Service of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is a national winner for Online In-Depth Reporting. The series “In Poor Health” explores why Baltimore’s world-renowned health system is struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the city’s poorest residents – from getting sick.

The other four finalists include:

  • Marcella Mercer and Calla Kessler, Lincoln Journal Star, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feature Reporting, Large School Division
  • Maggie Andresen, Temple University (General News Photography, Large School Division)
  • Jessa O’Connor, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Radio News Reporting)
  • 2016 Documentary Unit, KUFM-Montana PBS, University of Montana School of Journalism (TV In-Depth Reporting)

The winner of the MOEy will be presented at Excellence in Journalism 2017 during the Student Union event Sept. 8. (The event is free with EIJ17 registration.)

Read more about the MOEy finalists.

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.