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Hearst Awards Show Merrill Students Among the Best in the Nation

Hearst Awards.

Adapted from a Hearst News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 24) – The final overall results are out for the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates.  Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions.

Overall Results for Merrill College:

Intercollegiate Writing: Fifth Place
Intercollegiate Broadcast Radio & TV: Sixth Place
Overall Intercollegiate trophies: 10th Place.

Individual Honors:

Andrew Dunn ’18 took fifth place and a $1000 scholarship award in the Breaking News Writing category.

Michelle Chavez ’16 took second place and a $2000 award in the TV2 News category. Merrill College will receive $2000 as well.

Two Merrill College students won Hearst Radio Awards. Matt Kubisiak’16 took third place while Demi Chang’15 took 17th place. Both were top students in adjunct lecturer Jamie Forzato’s JOUR364 – Radio Broadcast class in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively.

Merrill student Ellie Silverman’17 made the Top 10 (#8) of the Hearst Enterprise Writing Contest. This year the competition received 119 entries from 66 eligible undergraduate journalism programs.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program operates under the auspices of the accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.  It is fully funded and administered by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  Currently, 106 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the United States are eligible to participate in the program, which awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

The Intercollegiate Awards have been acknowledged since the inception of the program, and in 1990 monetary awards were added to the Hearst Journalism Awards Program budget.

The points earned by individual students in the monthly writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia competitions determine each discipline’s Intercollegiate ranking.  The winners are those schools with the highest accumulated student points in each category.   The overall Intercollegiate winners are the schools with the highest accumulated student points in the writing, photojournalism, broadcast and multimedia competitions.

Publisher William Randolph Hearst established the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. in the 1940’s, a few years before his death in 1951.  Since then, the Foundations have awarded over one billion dollars in grants and programs.


TERP Magazine: Laughter With a Side of Facts

– Photo by John Consoli.

Is the Next Jon Stewart at UMD?

by Liam Farrell

For students behind the anchor desk in the basement of Tawes Hall this spring, the model for news in the 21st century is less the stern anchor behind the desk than the standup comic behind the microphone.

As journalism idols like Walter Cronkite give way to Samantha Bee, a new course is letting students inject some laughs into their news delivery by producing satirical pilots à la Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”

The course, taught by Tom Bettag, a former executive producer for “ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel,” is part of an effort at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism to explore new avenues for practicing the craft.

“The evening news is such a tired form,” Bettag says. “[Students] have seen it since they were born, and it’s all so canned and so hyped, it turns them off.”

Read the entire story on the TERP Magazine website.

Dean Dalglish: #WeAreNotTheEnemy

Dean Lucy Dalglish at Main Commencement, May 21, 2017.

Dean Lucy Dalglish’s comments during the Main Commencement exercise of the University of Maryland, May 21, 2017.

Good Afternoon

I’m Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Will the Merrill College graduates please stand.

The way some people perceive journalism has changed dramatically since you enrolled four years ago.

A year ago, none of us had ever heard the term, “fake news.” Credentialed journalists had not been arrested at press conferences held by cabinet secretaries.

A President of the United States had never declared journalists to be the enemy of the people.

But you… you are smart, ethical, and hard working. You are not anyone’s enemy.

You have learned to dig for the truth, report it fairly and correct your mistakes. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that what you do is not at the core of the American dream.

Citizens are relying on you to provide the information they need to make the decisions about how we will live together, in this complicated, glorious democratic society.





CNS Wins MDDC Press “News Organization of the Year” Award

CNS Annapolis Bureau Chief Karen Denny accepts CNS's News Organization of the Year' award at the MDDC Press Association Awards Luncheon.

– Photo by ruarkphoto.

Adapted from an MDDC Press Association Release.
Updated May 16, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 14) – The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association has awarded Merrill College’s Capital News Service “News Organization of the Year” honors in its Online-Only category. The award was announced during the organization’s May 12 awards party in Annapolis.

Capital News Service Annapolis Bureau Director Karen Denny attended the event and accepted that award, as well as a number of student awards in the “Online-Only Division” category.

The judges said, “”Good reporting and investigation empowering readers to become an active participant in their community. Well written.”

The MDDC Press Association release said, “These winners represent the best work of member publications in Maryland, Delaware and DC – and competition was stiff, with over 2000 entries this year.  Publications are divided into seven categories, based on circulation, and entries are judged, in most cases, by a sister press association.  This year, judges from the West Virginia Press Association evaluated our entries.”

– Photo by rurakphoto.

A number of other Merrill College graduates also won awards, including Fatima Wasseem ’15 (right) – a staff writer for the Baltimore Sun Media Group – who was named “Rookie of the Year.”

Merrill adjuncts Jen Rynda (Baltimore Sun) and Alexander Pyles (Baltimore Sun) both won awards as did a number of Merrill College graduates now working in journalism including recent grad Ulysses Muñoz ’15 – a videographer at the Baltimore Sun and Danny Jacobs ’06 who is the legal editor at the Daily Record in Baltimore.

Merrill student Jake Brodsky ’18 (Editor-in-Chief of The Left Bench) also won awards for his work as a multimedia journalist for the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper.

Merrill College CNS reporters who won awards in the Online-Only Division included:

Alana Pedalino (including Best of Show in the Arts/Entertainment category), Alex Bayline, Ben Harris, Brittany Britto, Catherine Sheffo, Charlie Wright, Connor Glowacki, Connor Mount, Dan Russo, Eleanor Mueller, Eliana Block, Hannah Lang, J.F. Meils, Jake Eisenberg, Jordan Branch, Katishi Maake, Leo Traub, Marina di Marzo, Matt Ellentuck, Mina Haq, Robbie Greenspan, Ryan Connors, Troy Jefferson, Vickie Connor and Zachary Melvin.

  • Bolded names indicate multiple wins.

See the full list of award winners.

Merrill Students Win Dow Jones News Fund Paid Internships

Andi Cwieka and Camille Chrysostom are DJNF paid interns this summer.

Andi Cwieka and Camille Chrysostom are DJNF paid interns this summer.

Adapted from a Dow Jones News Fund Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 15) – Merrill College students Camille Chrysostom ’17  (Data Journalism) and Andrea (Andi) Cwieka ’18 (American City Business Journal’s Business Reporting Class) have been chosen as Dow Jones News Fund interns this summer. Camille will be headed to USA Today after a week at the University of Missouri and Andi will spend a week at NYU before heading to the Washington Business Journal.

The summer internship programs are hosted at seven journalism schools in May and June. The interns will attend for a week before reporting to work at weekly salaries starting at $400. Those returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

Overall, the Dow Jones News Fund reports 85 undergraduate and graduate students will work this summer as data and digital journalists, business reporters and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 55 of the nation’s leading news organizations. The News Fund received more than 750 applications last fall.

This summer’s data journalism program more than doubled, with television and radio stations participating for the first time. Investigative Reporters and Editors will train 18 journalists at the University of Missouri to obtain and analyze data, visualize information and employ other computer-assisted reporting methods.

Eighteen students will attend the News Fund’s business reporting program at New York University, led by Paul Glader, an associate professor at The King’s College and an award-winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal. Glader will also instruct business reporters selected by DJNF board member Garry D. Howard, director of corporate initiatives at American City Business Journals, for publications in 10 markets. Howard is an alumnus of the 1981 editing program.

Among new media partners this year are BuzzFeed, Storyful, Starbucks Newsroom, BusinessDen, Stars & Stripes, The Augusta Chronicle, The Center for Public Integrity, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), NBC 7 San Diego (KNSD) and Hawaii News Now (KNHL and KGMB).

Linda Shockley, managing director, said, “We are excited about new directions for these valuable internship programs. We appreciate media companies investing in promising journalists by partnering with the Fund to fulfill our mission.”

About the Dow Jones News Fund Internship Program

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the news editing internship program. The program was launched by Paul Swensson, executive director of the Fund from 1961 to 1968. Swensson believed bright college students could work well as copy editors, despite never having been daily professional reporters. Dr. Edward Trayes, Temple University’s Center for Editing Excellence director, is returning for his 50th summer leading the program.

Read the full release.