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Gabriela Martinez Named NAHJ / NBC News Summer Fellow

Merrill MJ Gabriela Martinez is a 2017 NBC Summer Fellow.

Photo – LinkedIn.

(Adapted from a NAHJ/Comcast-NBCUniversal News Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 27) – Merrill College Master’s student Gabriela Martinez will be one of just six NBC News 2017 Summer Fellows – spending 10 weeks gaining real-world broadcast news experience in New York City. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists partners with NBCUniversal for the Fellows Program.

For the second year in a row, NBC chose six students instead of four, because the applicants were so strong.

Gabriela’s fellowship will focus on investigations, but students could also be placed in:

  • The Today Show or
  • Nightly News with Lester Holt or
  • Dateline
  • CNBC

The other fellows come from USC, UT, Austin, Cal Berkeley, Arkansas and Northwestern.

Students will be paid hourly for their 10 weeks and will live in New York City for the duration of the Fellowship. NBCUniversal offers a $2,000 housing stipend for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from NAHJ’s Tri-State Area offices.


Ron De Munbrun Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Ron De Munbrun with his committee after a successful defense of his dissertation in Knight Hall.

Dr. Ron De Munbrun with his committee after a successful defense of his dissertation in Knight Hall.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 26) – From Ph.D. Director Ron Yaros:

Please join me in congratulating Ronald N. De Munbrun for the successful defense of his dissertation, “The Media-Policy Relationship: Anti-Hunger Policy in America as an Example of Bridging Media and Policy Theory Through Better Definitions.”

Ronald’s Committee included:
Dr. Sarah Oates, Journalism – Committee Chair
Dr. Susan Moeller, Journalism
Dr. Mark Feldstein, Journalism
Dr. Joe Oppenheimer, Professor Emeritus, Government & Politics
Dr. Philip Joyce, Public Policy (Dean’s Representative)


A Vietnam War veteran, Dr. De Munbrun served as a career federal employee who was an advisor to government officials counseling them on a wide variety of issues related to the dissemination of (Web and non-Web-based) information to the media and the public.  He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film and M.A. in Mass Communication from California State University, Northridge.  His interests include the relationship between the media and public policy, in particular anti-hunger policy in America.



Allissa Richardson Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Allissa Richardson successfully defended her dissertation in Knight Hall April 25, 2017.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 25) – Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor Ron Yaros announces that Allissa Richardson successfully defended her dissertation, “BEARING WITNESS WHILE BLACK: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism.”

Dr. Richardson’s Committee included:

Dr. Linda Steiner, Journalism, Committee Chair
Dr. Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
Dr. Sarah Oates, Journalism
Dr. Patricia Hall Collins, Distinguished Professor of Sociology (Dean’s Representative)
Dr. Deen Freelon, American University

Dr. Richardson has already accepted a tenure track position at the University of Southern California starting in the fall. Congratulations!

Stanton Paddock Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Stanton Paddock defends his dissertation on April 20, 2017 in Knight Hall.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 21) – Congratulations to Dr. Stanton Paddock, who successfully defended his dissertation in Knight Hall Thursday, April 20. The title of his dissertation is, “The Institutionalization of Photojournalism Education:  Bringing the Blue-Apron Ghetto to American Schools of Journalism.”

The dissertation committee for Dr. Paddock includes:

  • Dr. Ira Chinoy, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Dr. Linda Steiner, Journalism
  • Dr. Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Dr. Helen Kalson Cohen, Education
  • Dr. Daryle Williams, History – Dean’s Representative

Kalyani Chadha Promoted to Associate Professor

Associate Professor Kalyani Chadha by John Consoli.

– Photo by John Consoli.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 17) – Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha is now Associate Professor Kalyani Chadha. Dean Lucy Dalglish announced the promotion to faculty and staff once the official notice from President Wallace Loh’s office arrived today.

“As you know, no one on our faculty works harder or with more dedication to her students and her scholarship that Kalyani,” said Dean Dalglish.  “I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for tenure.”

As a teacher and a researcher, Chadha has focused on analyzing trends in international communication as well as television programming and its impact on society. The recipient of a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, Chadha has published articles in several communication conferences, journals, and books.

She has been the director for the College Park Scholar’s Media, Self and Society program since 2004.

Dr. Chadha is presently working on a book project that examines the consumption of Hindi films by young Indian Americans. Prior to coming to the United States in 1992, she worked as a journalist in India.