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MDDC Names Capital News Service News Organization of the Year

Capital News Service was named the top online-only news organization and ViewFinder won Best of Show for multimedia sports storytelling in the MDDC Press Association Editorial Contest.

Capital News Service was named the top online-only news organization and ViewFinder won Best of Show for multimedia sports storytelling in the MDDC Press Association Editorial Contest.

COLLEGE PARK (5/13/19) — The MDDC Press Association has named the University of Maryland Capital News Service the top online-only news organization in the Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., region in its annual Editorial Contest.

In the same contest, “The Other Games” — a CNS ViewFinder project — won Best of Show for multimedia sports storytelling, beating out stories entered by The Baltimore Sun, The Frederick News-Post and other professional news organizations.

The awards, announced Friday, were among roughly two dozen won by students working for CNS, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s nonprofit news organization.

Merrill College student journalists competed against professional news organizations in the online-only division. “The Other Games,” about sports that rarely find the spotlight, was named the top multimedia sports story across all divisions.

“Our students and the faculty members guiding them through CNS are committed to telling stories that matter, and we’re so proud of them for that,” Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “They’re so deserving of this recognition from the MDDC Press Association and its members, and Merrill College is grateful the judges saw what we see every day.”

Numerous Merrill College alumni now working for professional news organizations also won awards — including Talia Richman (’17), who was named Rookie of the Year. The award honors a journalist with fewer than 18 months of experience.

The judges said Richman, who covers education and breaking news for The Baltimore Sun, “tackled some big stories and did so thoroughly … She un-earthed national experts to broaden the perspective of the local issues she was reporting on. And the writing was clear and concise.

“Her work did not read like that of a rookie, and reflected her training via internships and The Diamondback. The Sun is lucky to have her.”

The full list of Merrill College award winners appears below.

General Social Media Reporting

First Place
Katie Bemb
Jealous Faceboook audience smaller, more active than Hogan’s

Second Place
Jordan Katz
Campaign events for Hogan and Jealous show different strategies

Breaking News Social Media

First Place
Kristen Seto
Maryland politicians among those reacting to Florida school shooting on social media

Best Use of Interactive Media

First Place
Capital News Service
After the Floods, Rebuilding Ellicott City [360 video in 3D]

Continuing Coverage, Video

First Place
ViewFinder
Baltimore in Pieces

Investigative Reporting

First Place
Capital News Service
Reforming the Force

Public Service

First Place
Aaron Rosa
Maryland’s garbage workers in harm’s way

News-driven Multimedia Storytelling

First Place
ViewFinder
In the Wake

Business Reporting

First Place
Chris Cioffi
One of Trump’s companies is licensed in Maryland — for what is not clear

Medical/Science Reporting

First Place
Sean Whooley
Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes

Environmental Reporting

Second Place
Alex Mann
Bills would update Maryland’s forest conservation law”

Arts/Entertainment Reporting

First Place
Hannah Yasharoff
As House of Cards filming nears end, Maryland pushes to be entertainment contender

Growth & Land Use Reporting

Second Place
Chris Cioffi
Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

Sports Story

First Place
Julia Karron, Chloe Pavlech
Diplomacy meets basketball at 2018 Friendship Games

Sports Feature Story

First Place
Julia Karron, Timmy Chong
Three Maryland athletes competing in South Korea games

Multimedia Storytelling (Sports)

First Place
ViewFinder
The Other Games

General News Video

First Place
Alex Littlehales
Red Flag Mother

Second Place
Steven Dilsizian
Student Walkout

Spot News Video

First Place
Danielle Stein, Max Marcilla
UMD Football Regents

Features Video

First Place
Andi Wenck
Why I Farm

Second Place
Liam Harrington
Hopeful Baltimore

Sports Video

First Place
Danielle Stein
Singing football star

Special Event Video

First Place
Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau
Maryland Newsline Special Edition: Ellicott City

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

ViewFinder Students Win White House News Photographers Association Awards

COLLEGE PARK — More than a dozen University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students won awards in the White House News Photographers Association’s 2018 Eyes of History Student Contest.

The students entered work produced for the ViewFinder visual storytelling team, led by lecturer Bethany Swain.

These are the winners:

Top Honors
Runner up: Anna Muckerman

Sports
First Place: Emily Kallmyer and Hannah Burton

General News or Feature – Natural Sound Package (Individual)
Honorable Mention: Anna Muckerman

General News or Feature – Natural Sound Package (Team)
First Place: Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis
Honorable Mention: Henrietta Biayemi, JoJo Dominick and Dante Evans

Feature: Long Form (Team)
First Place: Jennie Aguilar, Summer Bedard, Brad Billington, Alex Littlehales, Myleah Lofland, Carlos Marquina, Anna Muckerman, Jay Reed and Tina Vo

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Capital News Service, ViewFinder Students Win Gracie Awards

Capital News Service, ViewFinder, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

COLLEGE PARK (4/17/2018) — A University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism senior and projects published by the college’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder visual storytelling team swept the student television category of the national Gracie Awards.

Senior Megan Smedley, a reporter and producer for CNS-TV’s nightly Maryland Newsline broadcast, won for On-Air Talent-Student in the Television Local-Student category.

Dragon Boat Club,” by CNS’ Becca King, won for Soft News Feature-Student in the Television Local-Student category.

The ViewFinder visual storytelling team won the Hard News Feature-Student category with “Strength and Shame,” its documentary on opioid addiction.

Also, ViewFinder’s “Strong Women” won for Original Online Programming in the Interactive Media-Student category

The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women. Named after the late Gracie Allen, the awards focus on women who are making positive change and who further the discussion of what a fulfilling career in media looks like.

The awards are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

Local and student winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon June 27 in New York.

The CNS broadcast bureau is directed by senior lecturer Sue Kopen Katcef. ViewFinder is led by lecturer Bethany Swain.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

ViewFinder Projects Place in Professional Photojournalism Contest

ViewFinder logo

COLLEGE PARK (2/16/18) — Students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism have won a pair of awards in a regional professional photojournalism contest.

Strength and Shame: Inside Maryland’s Opioid Epidemic,” a ViewFinder documentary story led by lecturer Bethany Swain and produced by students Henrietta Biayemi, Hannah Burton, Karen Castillo, Jojo Dominick, Danté Evans, Ryan Eskalis, Mya Green, Mackenzie Happe, Emily Kallmyer, Hannah Klarner, Josh Loock, Gabriela Martinez, Emily Olsen, Susann Shin and Alexandra Simon, placed third in the Team Multimedia category in the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest.

In the “Longform Multimedia” category, ViewFinder student Henrietta Biayemi earned honorable mention for “Fostering New Lives,” a standalone feature on the heroin epidemic in Anne Arundel County that focuses on a family that adopted three boys afflicted by heroin abuse.

Students competed against professional journalists in both categories. Various category winners came from publications such as The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Hartford Courant.

The student projects were guided by Swain, a Merrill College faculty member and former award-winning CNN photojournalist.

Award winners will be recognized at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia, on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony comes at the end of three full days of Northern Short Course workshops.

The Northern Short Course in Photojournalism was founded in 1981 by the directors of regions 1, 2 and 3 of the National Press Photographers Association. The educational program is run in conjunction with NPPA.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321

Best of Festival Award Among a Half-Dozen BEA Wins for Merrill College Students

Merrill College students on the ViewFinder visual storytelling team won a Best of Festival award from the Broadcast Education Association. (Photo by Bethany Swain)

COLLEGE PARK (2/9/18) — A project by the ViewFinder visual storytelling team won a Best of Festival award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, one of a half-dozen projects produced by students at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism that won awards in the competition.

Winners were announced this week. Prizes will be awarded in April during BEA’s convention and festival in Las Vegas.

“Strength and Shame: Inside Maryland’s Opioid Epidemic,” a yearlong project by lecturer Bethany Swain‘s ViewFinder visual storytelling team, won Best of Festival in the film and video category. The documentary was distributed through the college’s Capital News Service and aired on Maryland Public Television.

The project was among 283 festival winners selected from 1,540 entries sent by more than 175 colleges and universities.

The following projects by Merrill College students were winners:

Strength and Shame: Inside Maryland’s Opioid Epidemic
ViewFinder – Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
Best of Festival / Film and Video

The Value of a Smile
ViewFinder – Fall 2017
Award of Excellence / Short Form Video (Documentary)

Going Home
Pearl Mak and Tina Vo
1st place / Television Feature Reporting

Opioid Crisis Spring 2017
ViewFinder – Spring 2017 team
3rd place / Television News Magazine

Area artist turns a shining hobby into an artful lifestyle
Julianne Maxwell, Capital News Service
Award of Excellence / Television Feature Reporting

Olympic curling dream is a family affair for one Howard county resident
Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, Capital News Service
3rd Place / TV Sports Story/Feature

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321