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Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Visits in Howard Center Speaker Series

Marty Baron

Marty Baron

COLLEGE PARK (10/31/18) — Journalism veteran Marty Baron has led newsrooms to 14 Pulitzer Prizes, but it was Hollywood that made him famous.

In the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” Liev Schreiber shows how Baron — The Globe’s editor for more than a decade — led the investigation that exposed a decades-long sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The real-life Baron, now executive editor of The Washington Post, will discuss the role of investigative journalism at a conversation on campus Thursday.

The Diamondback editor Ryan Romano and Capital News Service reporter Roxanne Ready, both Philip Merrill College of Journalism students, will interview Baron in Stamp Student Union’s Hoff Theater at 7:15 p.m. The discussion will follow a 4:45 p.m. screening of the 2015 movie. Free tickets are available at umdtickets.com.

“The most gratifying thing about ‘Spotlight’ is the impact it had,” Baron said in an interview. “The public gained insight into the importance of investigative reporting and what’s required to do it right. Publishers and media owners rededicated themselves to the journalistic mission of holding the powerful to account. Reporters and editors were reminded of the necessity of listening generously to those without power because they can have something vitally important to say.”

The Q&A and screening were organized by The Diamondback and Merrill College’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

“Marty Baron’s internationally recognized commitment to watchdog reporting at The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and elsewhere makes him the perfect person to launch the new Howard Center speaker series,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “We’re so grateful he’s visiting with our students, especially with the midterms less than a week away.”

Ready said she and Romano want to know how the story told in “Spotlight” would be presented differently in today’s higher-velocity news cycle. They also plan to ask Baron about violence against journalists, including the killing this month of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I’m hoping people can understand a little more about the difference between real news and fake news, and how much effort is put into investigative journalism,” Ready said. “I’m hoping they maybe can be a bit inspired by hearing what Marty has to say. I know I probably will be.”

“Spotlight,” like “All the President’s Men” a generation ago, may already be inspiring future journalists: At Merrill College, freshman enrollment is up 51 percent this fall.

“It’s wonderful to be able to talk about all that at the University of Maryland,” Baron said.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles

The Diamondback Wins Society of Professional Journalists’ Top Award


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

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.

A True Journalism Icon: Terp Dave McConnell ’59 Celebrates 50 Years with WTOP


This photo is from the 1959 Terrapin Yearbook.

By Megan Cloherty

Reprinted with the permission of WTOP Radio.

NOTE: Dave McConnell graduated from the University of Maryland in 1959 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in History. He was a loyal member of WMUC – serving as News Director his senior year, and was a copy editor for the Diamondback. He may not have been a journalism major, but we consider him an honorary alumnus here in Knight Hall!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today his steady, resonant voice is synonymous with political reporting for Washington listeners, but 50 years ago this week Dave McConnell made his debut on WTOP Radio.

On Jan. 18, 1965, “I Dream of Jeannie” was on TV; “The Sound of Music” was in theaters, and The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” topped the charts. It was also the day McConnell started reporting for what was then 1500 AM.

McConnell is celebrating five decades reporting for Washington’s Top News, most of it spent as the Capitol Hill correspondent, where he remains the lone full-time Congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the United States.

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