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Yaros Named Apple Distinguished Educator

Diamondback photo by Josh Loock: Professor Ronald Yaros stands in front of students holding his "Shell Shock!" iBook in the air. Sept. 25, 2014: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_5b6f4d16-4470-11e4-8e7c-001a4bcf6878.html

Diamondback photo by Josh Loock

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 3) – Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor Ronald Yaros is a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator.

The Apple Distinguished Educators Team wrote via email, “You’re now a member of a handpicked community of education innovators. As an ADE, you’ll be an author, advisor, ambassador, and advocate of what’s possible when we bring new technology to teaching and learning. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with over 2,500 colleagues around the globe and turn fresh, new ideas into education realities.”

In his own email to Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and others, Yaros wrote,”What an honor it is to be part of this elite national group for Apple! Thank YOU all for your support, especially (Merrill student) Carly Kempler, who did a great job helping me to submit a video of my work.”

About the Apple Distinguished Educators Program

The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Learn more about this group of innovative educators.

Michelle Chavez ’16 is a Hearst TV 2 News Winner

Michelle Chavez '16 - Photo courtesy NPPA Foundation.

– Photo courtesy NPPA Foundation.

(Adapted from a Hearst Foundation release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 2) – The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the finalists in the 2016-2017 Journalism Award Program’s Television Broadcast News Competition.

Among the top 5 semi-finalists from the Television II – News category is Michelle Chavez ’16,  who takes a second place award of $2000. Merrill College will also receive a matching $2000 grant.

Michelle is unable to move on to the National Championships in San Francisco because she has already graduated. Overall, there were 69 entrants from 39 schools in this category.

The judges, all award-winning broadcast professionals, are: Harvey Nagler, recently retired Vice President, Radio, CBS News, New York, NY; Lloyd Siegel, former Vice President of News Partnerships, NBC News, New York; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The 57th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 106 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the program which also includes writing, photojournalism, and multimedia competitions and offers awards totaling up to $500,000.

Merrill Students Win Gracie Awards

Angelo Bavaro and Michelle Chavez.

(Adapted from a press release as published in The Hollywood Reporter.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 28) – Angelo Bavaro’17 and Michelle Chavez ’16 are  student Gracie Award winners.

Chavez won for her “Behind Closed Doors” Capital News Service story in the hard news category. She won a Gracie last year as well.

Bavaro won in the “soft news” category for his CNS story, “The Business of Moving On.”

The Gracie Awards are given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

Angelo writes, “In the span of 15 years, Teresa Dawkins lost three of her children and watched one get sent to prison for 22 years. After each loss – despite the grief and anger and confusion – she managed to pick herself up and soldier on. When I first met Teresa, she told me all she wanted was the chance to tell her story and the stories of her children. I am incredibly proud to have given Teresa that chance, and I am beyond grateful to have received a Gracie Award for this piece, which I dedicate entirely to her. The Gracies honor stories that celebrate and empower women. Yes, Teresa’s story is one of tragedy, but more than that, it’s one that embodies the resilient and enduring power of strong and tested women.”

The Business of Moving On has already been honored by the White House News Photographers Association as part of its 2017 “Eyes of History®” Student Competition.

Angelo, Michelle and other local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.

About the Gracie Awards

The annual Gracie Awards are given by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation primarily to celebrate “female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms.” The 2017 gala supports the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media.

This year’s winners include America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Savannah Guthrie and Mariska Hargitay. They are among the women who will be honored at the 42nd annual Gracie Awards gala Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. The release says, “Among the topics that will be addressed at the gala are immigration, reproduction rights, race relations and women in the workforce.”

(The Gracies have two components – Gala award winners, and separate local and student awards.)

Read the full Gracie Awards release via The Hollywood Reporter. See the complete list of award winners on the AWMF website.

Dr. Rob Wells wins the 2016 Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award

Dr. Rob Wells is the inaugural recipient of the Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 27) – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism has awarded the first annual Ray Hiebert History of Journalism Endowed Award to Dr. Rob Wells for his 2016 Ph.D. dissertation, “A Reporter’s Paper: The National Thrift News, Journalistic Autonomy and the Savings and Loan Crisis.”

“I really owe a big debt of gratitude to Sarah Oates, David Sicilia, Kalyani Chadha, Ira Chinoy and Mark Feldstein, who were a very tough but supportive dissertation committee,” said Wells. “This is a great honor, considering the significant tradition of research and writing on journalism history at Maryland. I’m glad to see scholarship in business journalism is getting recognized. Merrill College has done a lot to back business journalism research and coursework.”

The Best Work in Journalism History

The Hiebert Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium in its inaugural year, is for the best work in journalism history by any graduate student or faculty member at Merrill College.  The award may be given for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis, article published in peer-reviewed research journal, or a book published by a reputable publisher.

In his research, Dr. Wells asked how a small trade newspaper, the National Thrift News, was able to succeed in revelatory reporting on the 1980s savings and loan crisis at times when larger news organizations fell short in fulfilling a watchdog role.  “The National Thrift News,” he found, “created a newsroom environment that celebrated reporter autonomy and independence. In some cases, it used its insider knowledge and consistent beat reporting to serve both its core readers and the broader society by uncovering savings and loan corruption.”

The award committee hopes that this research will benefit journalists and news consumers by encouraging both the trade press and general-circulation news outlets to cover complicated financial issues effectively and to monitor corporate behavior and government regulation. The dissertation is available online.

Wells’ dissertation adviser was Merrill College Professor Sarah Oates.

The award committee was chaired by Merrill College Associate Professor Ira Chinoy and included Merrill Professors Linda Steiner and Carl Sessions Stepp and University of Maryland Department of History Associate Professor David Sicilia.

About Dr. Rob Wells

Since graduating in 2016, Dr. Wells has been an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. While at Merrill College, he taught basic and intermediate news reporting and writing, and he created and taught a course on business reporting. He earlier helped create a business journalism program as Reynolds Visiting Professor in the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  Before his academic career, Wells was a journalist for more than two decades. He was deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C., for The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, covered business for Bloomberg News and the Associated Press, and reported for newspapers in California.

About Dr. Ray Hiebert

This award reflects the interest of Dr. Ray Hiebert – founding dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and himself a journalism historian – in the historic role of journalism in American life, politics, government and culture.  His intent in establishing this award has been to promote the teaching of journalism history in journalism education and to encourage research that sheds light on that history. Dr. Hiebert believes that the University of Maryland is ideally located for research in journalism history, especially because of the university’s proximity to the U.S. government’s most important history archives as well as access to the world’s news media and their historic records.

Rosemary Ostmann: No One Tells A Story Like a Journalist

Rosemary Ostmann of RoseComm.

By Rosemary Ostmann ’93

NEW YORK, NY (March 14) – Whenever I want to help people understand how much has changed since I was in college, I tell them how I had to pass a typing test on a manual typewriter to be admitted into journalism school. It was 1990 and, believe it or not, typing experience was not a given.

I realized I wanted to major in journalism when I was in high school. I love to write and I enjoy editing my work just as much as creating it. I’m also a big believer in the power of storytelling. A good narrative makes us care about what’s happening in the world around us and compels us to action. Stories help us make sense of society and connect us to history as well as to the future.

A great example is Lin-Manuel Miranda retelling the story of one of our country’s unsung heroes in the award-winning musical Hamilton. If you haven’t already, listen to the lyrics of “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”.

Once I passed that typing test and was admitted to the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, I had to decide which of the four available tracks, or specialty areas, I wanted to choose: News Editorial, Broadcast, Public Relations or Advertising. At the time, I was an admirer of both Maria Shriver and Katie Couric. I gave some serious thought to broadcast, but I ultimately decided to go with Public Relations.

I remember hearing some of my classmates talk about how hard it was to interview people who didn’t want to be interviewed. I believe now more than ever in the role journalism plays in keeping people honest, but I decided to focus my academic energy on helping organizations and people tell the stories they want to be told.

A few years after I graduated, the College of Journalism decided to eliminate the public relations and advertising tracks. Frankly, it never made sense to me to put advertising anywhere but in the business school. But a degree in journalism has served me incredibly well in my 20+ year career in public relations and marketing.

My company, RoseComm, is a strategic communications firm that helps clients uncover and share their stories with the people who matter most. Whether engaging in direct conversation or enlisting the support of industry influencers – journalists and bloggers – we give our clients a voice.

Many companies today are looking at their brands through an editorial lens and creating “brand newsrooms” as part of a content marketing strategy. They want to be in a two-way conversation and develop content that is meaningful and shareable across traditional and digital channels.

My degree has not only helped me in engaging with the media; I was also taught to understand news value and to write journalistically. I’m not suggesting that we blur the line between true editorial and sponsored content. But if I’m asked what a young person should study if they want to prepare for the future of PR, I always tell them to consider a degree in journalism or to find a program that requires them to take journalism classes. No one tells a story like a journalist.