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Povich Center, espnW Host Women in Sports Journalism Conference

COLLEGE PARK (4/6/18) — espnW and The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism will host “Women Sports and Media: Coverage, Careers and Consequences” on Friday, April 20 to discuss the state of women in sports journalism.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. ET at John S. and James L. Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus and will include panel discussions with sports media professionals and research presentations by some of the world’s leading scholars in the area of women, sports and media. The event is open to the public for a registration fee, with additional information here: https://go.umd.edu/womensportsreg.

“At espnW, we’ve been committed to driving the conversation around women in sports and sports journalism,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, ESPN Business Operations & Content Strategy and espnW. “Our collaboration with The Shirley Povich Center is a key effort in continuing to make progress for female journalists, athletes and executives within the sports world.”

Scheduled panels include: a discussion about women in sports journalism, moderated by “ESPN The Magazine” Editor-in-Chief Alison Overholt; a discussion about the history of news coverage of women athletes moderated by ESPN’s “The Undefeated” managing editor Raina Kelley; and a screening and discussion of the espnW Nine for IX film “Let Them Wear Towels,” featuring journalists from the movie, moderated by television commentator and entrepreneur Bonnie Bernstein.

Meanwhile, scholars will present their research on double standards for women sportscasters, how women athletes are represented in the media and the career trajectories and changes in the sports business for women.

Merrill College Professor Linda Steiner said research shows the professional outlook for women in journalism has improved at large, but it’s worth examining whether that’s the case in sports contexts.

Said Steiner: “We need to take a serious, systematic rigorous look — in other words, do research — to examine the state of women in sports journalism, both as the reporter and the athlete.”

ESPN Coordinating Editor Claire Smith, recently inducted into the writer’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Purdue University Associate Professor Cheryl Cooky are the conference’s keynote speakers. ESPN Senior Vice President Laura Gentile, Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish, Povich Center Director George Solomon and author Lynn Povich will also make remarks. ESPN anchor Elle Duncan will host throughout the day.

Solomon added: “The importance of this conference cannot be underestimated in these crucial times for all media. We’re proud to work with espnW in providing a forum that discusses so many vital issues impacting journalists, with an audience that includes students and veteran professionals.”

The full agenda is available here.

About espnW

espnW is a global multiplatform brand dedicated to engaging and inspiring women through sports. espnW.com, the brand’s content home, offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and captures the biggest trends in sports life/style.  espnW also provides a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women and highlights the crossroads of sports and culture. Founded in July 2010, espnW’s content and voices live across digital, television, radio, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit, now in its eighth year, brings together top athletes and industry leaders for meaningful conversations around women and sports, and is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.

For more information, contact:

Tara Chozet
(860) 766-2206

Alexander A. Pyles
University of Maryland
(301) 405-1321

Sports Journalist Tina Cervasio Offers Best Tips for Merrill Students

Cervasio was named a "Distinguished Terrapin" in 2014. Povich Center Director George Solomon did the honors.

Cervasio was named a “Distinguished Terrapin” in 2014. Povich Center Director George Solomon did the honors.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 12) – Sports journalist Tina Cervasio loves Maryland and the Terps. A 1996 graduate of Merrill College, she is no stranger to College Park, where she supports our journalism program and the Shirley Povich Sports Center. She was named a “Distinguished Terrapin” by the Povich Center in 2014

Cervasio currently works for the CBS Sports Network, SiriusXM NBA Radio and is a Red Bulls Broadcaster for the pre-game and half-time shows. And if that’s not enough, she also is a part-time sports anchor at FOX5 NY. She says while her passion is sports journalism, she wants to be a broadcast journalist to reach a wider audience.

Thanks to Povich Director George Solomon, Tina recorded some of her best tips for Merrill students – to help them succeed as journalists.

Merrill College & Diamondback Shine at Mark of Excellence Regionals

Merrill College SPJ Award Winners! Region 2.

Note: Information from a Society of Professional Journalists news release was used for this release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a time to shine for students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism as well as the Diamondback student newspaper. During its Region 2 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Conference in Richmond, Va. April 9, SPJ – The Society of Professional Journalists – handed out major awards to UMD students across a wide range of journalism categories.  SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The conference was hosted by the Virginia Press Association.

First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners are notified in the late spring and recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2016 Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans.

There were:

  • Two dozen+ Merrill College associated awards;
  • Nine Diamondback awards;
  • One for the Left Bench (Hannah Yasharoff);
  • One Merrill student/work submitted from internship (Michelle Chavez/VOA video).


CNS Staff: Where’s the Pope?

Seven things we learned from Barbara Mikulski’s email exchanges with Hillary Clinton by Molly Podlesny.


Staff Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.


Max Simpson: Flagged Down:  NFL penalties on the rise.

Sissi Cao: Can Under Armour win the world?



CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


CNS Staff: CNSMaryland.org/Capital News Service.


Joe Zimmerman, Joey Trull & Madeleine Derason: StarWarsDate.com.
Brittany Cheng: ViewFinder – Beyond the Sidelines.

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (Large 10.000+ students)

Capital News Service: The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.

Julie Gallagher: Low-income Alzheimer’s patients battle more than the disease.
Deidre McPhillips: DNA evidence brings hope, truth but only if tested; Some Maryland jurisdictions slow to report.

GENERAL NEWS REPORTING (Large 10,000+ students)

Grace Toohey: Transgender Marylanders hope legislation will align birth certificates with true identities.

Jacob Bell: Questions loom over effects of state’s oyster recovery efforts as watermen’s bottom lines.
Grace Toohey: Paratransit riders frustrated, MTA under scrutiny.


Michelle Chavez (VOA): Baltimore’s miniature libraries will try to “create unlimited possibilities.”

Gabe Katzman (CNS-TV): Great shakeout.

Hayley Fixler  (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.


ViewFinder Fall 2015: Second Chances.

Karen Ye (CNS-TV): Up In Smoke:  What happened Maryland’s billions of tobacco settlement money.


Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Ballet for disabled children.

Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball.
Ricky Lasser: ViewFinder: Trailer park.


Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang: ViewFinder: Troops deploy game ball.

Mike Tart (CNS-TV): Washington Nationals youth baseball academy.


Hayley Fixler (CNS-TV): Veterans Kayaking.
Giovanni Insignares (CNS-TV): Cosmic Golf.


CNS-TV Staff & Volunteers: Maryland Newsline.

Diamondback Student Newspaper Awards

Editorial Writing

Selected editorials by The Diamondback editorial board..

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Maryland’s hidden epidemic by Jon Banister.

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

For the love of God, there was Satan, Letter from an Op-editor, The perfect human can’t be designed by Yi “Patrick An.

Transgressive art is desecration of beauty; Not everything intended as art is art; Gun control by Andrew Adeola.

Sports Column Writing

Selected columns by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper.

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Fastest to 500 by Callie Caplan.

Online News Reporting

University of Maryland expels record number of students for sexual assault by Ellie Silverman Darcy Costello.

Online Opinion & Commentary

Not everything intended as art is art; Holistic perspective improve healthcare; Biden should have run by Andrew Adeola.

Online Sports Reporting

The miss by Josh Needelman.

Left Bench

Online Opinion & Commentary

Ethics in the world of sports by Hannah Yasharoff.


About the Mark of Excellence Awards

The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

Merrill College Students Shine As SPJ Mark of Excellence Award Winners

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Award winners all – the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder class, as well as the independent Diamondback Newspaper brought home 13 winners and 18 finalists today during the Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award luncheon in Knight Hall. No other school in Region 2 had more winners or finalists. The awards were announced as part of the SPJ Region 2 Conference being hosted by the Merrill College (Twitter: #2015SPJ2).

Winners will be entered into the national SPJ Mark of Excellence awards contest.

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Povich Center Announces Distinguished Terrapin Award Winners

From: The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

Dean Lucy Dalglish, Povich Center Director George Solomon, Tina Cervasio, Ike Richmond and Beth Mechum.

Dean Lucy Dalglish, Povich Center Director George Solomon, Tina Cervasio, Ike Richman and the Povich Center’s Beth Mechum.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Tina Cervasio (’96) of MSG Network and Ike Richman (’88) of Philadelphia’s Comcast-Spectacor are this year’s “Distinguished Terrapin” award winners to be presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. The awards will be presented during a Nov. 11 luncheon at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

The luncheon will precede the ninth annual Shirley Povich Symposium that will take place that evening at 7, with TV host Maury Povich moderating a panel discussing racism in sports.

Cervasio has covered the NBA’s New York Knicks since 2008,  as well as the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. She also works for the Big Ten Network. Previously she worked for the New England Sports Network, as well as TNT, the NFL on Fox and New York City’s Fox5. As a student at Maryland she learned her craft at WUMC radio and the campus television station.

Richman holds the position of Vice President of Public Relations for the Philadelphia-based company and assists in the running of Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, as well as Comcast-Spectacor’s  other properties throughout the world. He  often speaks to classes in the Merrill College of Journalism and is an active supporter of the Povich Center.

The second annual Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith award for covering racial and gender equality, which last fall went to ESPN’s Claire Smith, will be presented at a luncheon next spring.

Photos: Cervasio: MSG Network; Richman: LinkedIn