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Dean Lucy Dalglish: A Free Press Is Necessary To Help Nurture Democracy

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish is the SPJ-DC Pro Chapter Distinguished Service Award winner for 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 13) – Following are the comments of Dean Lucy Dalglish in accepting the Distinguished Service in Local Journalism Award from the SPJ-DC Chapter during the organization’s Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner at the National Press Club:

Thank you to the Washington Society of Professional Journalists chapter for this wonderful recognition.

Thank you, especially, to Sue Kopen-Katcef, a dedicated member of the faculty of Philip Merrill College of Journalism, for that lovely introduction. Over the years, Sue has produced a fanatically devoted network of broadcast students and alumni who are working across the globe. She has the biggest fan club at the college.

I first met Sue, and several of you in this room, nearly 30 years ago at a national SPJ convention. In fact, I joined SPJ as a college sophomore, and have stayed a member for more decades than I want to count. I have worked in several newsrooms, a law firm, a Washington non-profit and the University of Maryland. My SPJ contacts across the country have helped me make connections and transitions in each of those jobs. For that, I am very grateful.

I don’t know what motivates other journalists and lawyers, but I have always acted on the belief that journalists and lawyers play an essential role in our democracy.  I believe that my best contribution to my country and my community has been to provide timely, accurate, useful information to my fellow citizens so that they can make informed decisions about how we will all live together peacefully and productively.

These are unsettling, yet exciting, times to be involved in journalism education. The profession our young graduates is entering is so different from the one I jumped into in the 1980s. In fact, the entire journalism ecosystem has changed.

Dean Lucy Dalglish accepts her Distinguished Service Award from the SPJDC Pro Chapter at their awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Rafael Lorente.

  • A year ago, none of us had ever heard the words “fake news.”
  • Journalists were not arrested or accosted at American political rallies and cabinet-level press conferences.
  • A president of the United States had never declared journalists to be “the enemy of the people.”

Our graduates are smart, ethical and hard-working. They know they are not anybody’s enemy.

We have taught them to follow the SPJ Code of Ethics: to dig for the truth; report it independently and fairly; minimize harm to the people who are the innocent bystanders of the news; and to acknowledge and correct their mistakes.

Over the past few months, I have also come to believe that one of the most daunting challenges facing our country is something people in fragile democracies already know: we as a society must value and nurture democracy.  That cannot be done without the free press envisioned in our constitution.

Education and training of journalists has never been more important.

Last month, one of Merrill College’s visiting Fulbright international journalists, a veteran Indian newspaper journalist named Hittender Rau, addressed a gathering at the college.

Here is what he said:

“Democracy is precious. Democracies are fragile.

Most of us, even in this country, don’t think so, but democracies can be very easily dismantled, and are currently in danger all over the world. Without a free, functional, well-trained, skilled press, you cannot have a democracy.

And, what happens in one country has consequences all over the world, including right here in America.

As democracies crumble, so erodes the security of the United States.”

I hope you agree that development of young and veteran journalists has never been more urgent — And that you will join me in educating tomorrow’s journalists.

Thank you


Dalglish Named Distinguished Service Award Winner By SPJ-DC Pro Chapter

Dean Lucy Dalglish gives remarks as the SPJ DC Chapter Distinguished Service Award winner.

Photo: SPJDC

Originally published April 17, 2017.

Updated June 14, 2017.

(Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists – Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 17) – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish is the SPJ-DC Pro Chapter Distinguished Service Award in Local Journalism winner for 2017. She was presented the award during the professional chapter’s annual Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner in the ballroom of the National Press Club June 13.

She was introduced by CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef. Read Dean Dalglish’s comments.

Dean Dalglish began her career as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. After law school, she worked as a media attorney and then became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which provides free legal support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists. After a dozen years as a national spokeswoman on those issues, she became dean of the 600-student Philip Merrill College of Journalism  at the University of Maryland in 2012.

Previous Merrill College Distinguished Award Winners

Dean Dalglish is just the latest in a long line of Merrill College faculty and staff who have been honored with a Distinguished Service Award. CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef, Professor Maurine Beasley, Dean Reese Cleghorn and Assistant Dean Frank Quine were previous winners.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Student Scholarship Winner

Merrill College student Stephanie Parr was awarded a $3,000 Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Scholarship during the dinner. Parr is a junior broadcast journalism major. Learn more about the SPJ scholarships on the SPJDC website.

Hall of Fame Award Winners

The SPJ Pro chapter also inducted ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger as members of the Hall of Fame during the awards dinner.

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Muckerman Awarded $3000 CAPBA Scholarship

2017 scholarship winner Anna Muckerman of the University of Maryland-College Park with past CAPBA President and Scholarship Committee Chairman Rob Lang and Rob Shilling, son of Bob Shilling.

2017 scholarship winner Anna Muckerman of the University of Maryland-College Park with past CAPBA President and Scholarship Committee Chairman Rob Lang and Rob Shilling, son of Bob Shilling. Photo: CAPBA

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 7) – Congratulations to Merrill College student Anna Muckerman ’18 – who was awarded this year’s Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association $3000 Bob Schilling scholarship. The award was officially presented last Saturday night during the CAPBA convention in Ocean City.

The scholarship is named in honor of past CAPBA President and Board Member Bob Shilling.

Muckerman is the news director for WMUC radio on campus and has been a long-term intern for Meet the Press in Washington, D.C. She is also a former reporter for ABC2 Teen Perspective.

Here’s what she had to say at Saturday’s Awards Banquet in Ocean City:



About the CAPBA

The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association serves as an official liaison between AP Member Stations and the Mid-Atlantic Bureau and its staff in Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The CAPBA board, comprised of radio and television professionals from the region, meets quarterly to discuss issues of significance to the AP and its members.

The board is also responsible for awarding the Bob Shilling $3,000 Memorial Scholarship to a college journalism student, the planning of our annual convention in Ocean City (check out pictures from the 2017 convention on our Facebook page!), and other educational and industry-related events.

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.

Storify Tells the Tale for Commencement 2017 at Merrill College