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Merrill Alumni and Adjuncts Honored by MDDCA

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Philip Merrill College of Journalism alumni and adjuncts were strongly represented in this year’s Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association’s Editorial Contest. The press association announced the winners of its editorial contest March 27.

The MDDC press release reports:

“These winners represent the best work of member publications in Maryland, Delaware and DC.  Publications are divided into six categories, based on circulation, and entries are judged, in most cases, by a sister press association.  This year, judges from the Texas Press Association evaluated our entries… The judges were very impressed with the caliber of writing in the contest and the competition was stiff!  We received 1,994 entries from 63 member publications.”

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Merrill Alumni: The College of Journalism is Always Open To You

RafaelBy Rafael Lorente
Associate Dean & Master’s Program Director

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The 2014-15 school year here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism has so far seen exciting curricular initiatives, inspiring student accomplishments and planning for the 25th anniversary celebration of one of our signature programs.

And that’s before spring has even had a chance to brighten up the University of Maryland’s ever-changing campus.

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Dr. Chinoy was honored last December by the Merrill College. Seen here with wife Gail and daughter Molly.

In January, Professor Ira Chinoy, who served as associate dean after the loss of Penny Fuchs in 2012, returned to the faculty. Ira will continue to teach, write and develop the Future of Information Alliance, a transdisciplinary research group that has brought together every college at the University, the Newseum, Google and a number of other partners.

The College owes a great thank you to Ira for his work as associate dean the last two years. I am honored that Dean Lucy Dalglish has chosen me to succeed him. Read More »

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Merrill Alumna Sarah Sexton ’14 Named Fulbright Fellow

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Sarah Sexton ’14 (LinkedIn)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism alumna Sarah Sexton ’14 has been named a Fulbright Fellow.  Sexton, who also minored in Germanic Studies and was a member of the University Honors Program at Maryland, will be teaching English in Germany during the 2015-2016 school year.

“Sarah Sexton will bring energy, enthusiasm and intellect to the Fulbright program,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “We are so pleased that she has been selected. We’re very proud of her.”

The letter sent to Dean Dalglish by the National Scholarship Office said:

In 2013 Sarah completed an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and in 2012 she was a teaching assistant at the Frankfurt International School in Wiesbaden. Most recently Sarah interned at the White House.

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Merrill College Students Shine As SPJ Mark of Excellence Award Winners

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Award winners all – the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and ViewFinder class, as well as the independent Diamondback Newspaper brought home 13 winners and 18 finalists today during the Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award luncheon in Knight Hall. No other school in Region 2 had more winners or finalists. The awards were announced as part of the SPJ Region 2 Conference being hosted by the Merrill College (Twitter: #2015SPJ2).

Winners will be entered into the national SPJ Mark of Excellence awards contest.

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NPPA Short Course: Real World Advice Makes Better Journalists

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FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Press Photographers Association Northern Short Course (NSC) was more than inspiring. Speakers sat in the front of long rooms with rows of journalists in front of them. Everyone is listening attentively. And everyone is taking notes. Videos are playing in one room while two doors down, still photographs are projected onto the screen. The workshops featured journalists who spoke from real world experience; they weren’t lecturing us on theories, they were giving us real world advice to make us better journalists.

Some of the pieces caused me to tear up including Scott Strazzante’s Common Ground and a video by John Kirtley. The work I saw at the NSC reminded me why I want to enter the world of journalism in the first place. I want to tell stories in a way that causes people to think and react. I believe many of the sessions I attended taught me lessons that can also be used in writing. As a multiplatform student, I was hesitant about not having broadcast experience, but I realized many of the things NSC speakers emphasized can be used across all mediums. NSC reignited the spark inside me to pursue photojournalism.

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NPPA Workshop: “Give Us a Week and We’ll Change Your Life.”

Merrill College students at the NPPA Video News Workshop.

Merrill Students who attended the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma included (Left to Right) Brandi Vincent, Brianna Hurwitz, Alanna Delfino, Brett Hall and Taylor Cairns.

By Alanna Delfino ’15

NORMAN, Ok. – Imagine having a job for multiple years. Throughout the course of your career, you develop skills, but also some bad habits along the way. Now, think about what it would be like to have your memory erased, forcing you to work starting from scratch. Insane. Am I right? That is the exact point of the National Press Photographer’s Association’s News Video Workshop (held earlier this month) in Norman, Oklahoma.

“Give us a week and we’ll change your life.”

These are the words that were promised to each of the participants attending the 55th NV workshop. It’s a week designed to squash old habits and start a life of storytelling with a clean palette. So, did this video workshop change my life? Yes, and it was epic.

I have been planning for this trip for over a year. When I was a junior, taking 262 with Instructor Bethany Swain, I remember asking her, “How did you get so good?” She said that when she went to this workshop in college. After that, I knew I just had to go. In 2013, I helped launch our UMD NPPA student chapter and have been planning for this trip ever since.  Read More »

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Merrill Students Work to Help Free Imprisoned Journalists

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By Carolyn Lasky
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COLLEGE PARK, MD (March 25, 2015) – Press Uncuffed, a campaign started by University of Maryland journalism students to raise money to free imprisoned journalists by selling bracelets bearing their names, today launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding effort. The funds will enable the students to manufacture and package the bracelets prior to making them available for sale on World Press Freedom Day, which is May 3, 2015.

The students and their professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, created Press Uncuffed to support the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that advocates for journalists in danger. Last fall, Priest assigned each of her students an imprisoned journalist to profile for the semester. The students developed a better understanding of the journalists’ experience and wanted to do more to help release them. The idea of creating and selling bracelets was born out of this experience.

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Merrill Ph.D.s Present with Impact at AEJMC / Journalism History Conference

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.00.39 AMCOLLEGE PARK, Md. -Six Merrill College Ph.D. students presented papers this past Saturday in New York City during the 2015 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference. The papers were class research projects for Dr. Mark Feldstein’s Seminar in Mass Media History course last fall.

The conference was sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

See the Storify about the conference.

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Steiner Named Editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Professor Linda Steiner has been named the incoming editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs. An academic journal published by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Monographs is a quarterly journal that presents in-depth, long-form research on specific topics within journalism and mass communication. Steiner will be taking over for current editor Paul Martin Lester of Cal State Fresno.

Deadline recently asked Dr. Steiner about the journal and her vision for it going forward.

1) J&C Monographs seems to have a unique goal to publish very long articles with a broad overview. Can you talk about that?

Monographs does occupy a very distinct niche among journals, including journals in journalism/communication/media studies, because it publishes long (70 pages) articles. I’m personally a fan of long-form journalism (I’ve been a New Yorker reader since I was a child) and I love long novels. Meanwhile, for me, even a 6000 word scholarly article seems really short. (I only recently learned that TLDR means “Too Long, Didn’t Read.” But for me, the relevant problem would be TSDR.) So, I am very excited by the opportunity to recruit, choose, and edit in-depth monographs that can be both in-depth and broad in scope. Indeed, that will be a requirement.

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Povich Center Honors Robert Klemko as Rising Star

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Robert Klemko ’10 of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback is the 2015 “Rising Star” award winner to be presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at a luncheon, April 2, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

James Brown, this year’s Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award winner, will also be honored as will two “All-Star Students” Aaron Kasinitz and Rhiannon Walker.

The Povich Center created the “Rising Star” award to honor a young alum who is progressing and succeeding in the sports journalism field. Klemko will be the first recipient of the award.
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