Earlier this week, the University of Maryland Health Center confirmed cases of viral meningitis and viral syndromes on campus. Since this discovery, the Health Center has been tracking these cases carefully in close collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and the State Health Department.
The word “meningitis” often strikes fear, however I hope the following information will help alleviate some of that anxiety. We have already initiated vigilant procedures to address and contain the virus, and have reached out to populations who are most at risk, including those living with and in very close contact with those who have the infection.
We have discovered that the cases have now gone beyond the initially affected cluster of persons, so we are sharing this information more broadly with the campus community to ensure that we all take the necessary protective measures to keep the virus contained.
It is vital to note that the current infection we are dealing with is viral, not bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis is not as dangerous as the bacterial form. In addition, the standard meningitis vaccine, though essential, does not protect against this current infection. The currently available meningitis vaccine protects against certain bacterial forms of the infection.
Irvin thanks Kickstarter supporters through Facebook posts.
Journalism Alum Launches Kickstarter for “Blood, Sweat, and Beer”
by Karen Shih ’09
For the past 15 months, Alexis Irvin ’09 and her boyfriend, Chip Hiden, immersed themselves in the yeasty aromas and hoppy flavors of the booming craft beer industry. But all the documentary filmmakers were bingeing on was research on what it takes to create those unique brews.
The ales and lagers and casks, they expected. A prolonged legal battle and a “post-apocalyptic” town with trees growing through the roofs of abandoned houses, they didn’t.
“Blood, Sweat, and Beer” tells the stories of two breweries in Maryland and Pennsylvania as they struggle to get off the ground during their first year. To finalize the film, which is 90 percent complete, Irvin, a journalism graduate, and Hiden, a history graduate from Washington College, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000. With just a week and a half left to go, the project still needs about $6,000 to be fully funded.
“It’s been challenging and stressful, but pretty fun,” Irvin says. “We’ve thrived working together in this more entrepreneurial, creative setting. That’s why we were attracted to these startup stories.”
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish will moderate an open forum Oct. 28 on campus that will look at “Ebola – Behind the Fear.”
The forum – free and open to the public – runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the McKeldin Library Special Events Room.
Topics and speakers include:
What is Ebola? – Gretchen De Silva, PhD, MPH, UMD School of Public Health, Public Health Science program
Communicating the Risk – Linda Aldoory, PhD, Director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, UMD School of Public Health
The Ethics of Infections – Susan Dwyer, PhD, UMD Department of Philosophy
The Local Impact of Ebola – Dr. David McBride (Director, University Health Center and Chair, UMD Campus Infectious Disease Planning Group)
Sponsors include: The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Environmental Safety, the Office of International Affairs, the School of Public Health, and the University Health Center.
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A Washington Post photo of then-Editor Ben Bradlee.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – American journalism lost an icon Oct. 21 when former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee died at age 93. Bradlee is best known for his tenacious and fearless oversight of the Post’s investigation of Watergate during the Nixon era.
A number of current Merrill College faculty members who worked at the Post remember him fondly.
“I had the good fortune of working for Ben Bradlee for more than 20 years when he was the Executive Editor of the Washington Post and I was his Sports Editor,” said George Solomon, who is now the director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Merrill College.
“I tell everyone his greatest asset as an editor and leader was his ability to make your day special with a five-minute conversation at the start of a day. He inspired, cajoled, supported and in many cases hired a great group of journalists because he knew what made us tick and how to best do a difficult job. He knew a story, how to get a story and the importance of supporting his editors and reporters. If you were to ask me — and so many others who worked at The Washington Post – what was the highlight of your career, the answer would be simple: Working with and knowing Ben Bradlee.”
Bradlee attended the grand opening of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in November, 2011. Here he poses with members of the Povich family.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s annual Career Day is set for Monday, Oct. 20. All events take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. A series of workshops are once again being planned as well.
Light refreshments will be available. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of resumes. This is a great event to find internships as well.
The Career Fair runs from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., while workshops start at 2 p.m.
NOTE: “VICE” is sponsoring a pre-Career Fair information session with its Executive Producer B.J. Levin and several Merrill alumni – 11:30-12:30 Knight Hall 3202 (The Gene Roberts Room).
Who is attending?
The Merrill College chapter of the National Press Photographers Association will be there to shoot career photos.
National Association of Black Journalists will be there to talk about their programs and mentoring.
The Radio Television Digital News Association will be there to talk about its programs and mentoring.
The University Career Center will be there to talk about how to sharpen your career presence.
NOTE: We’ve asked Karen (MJ ’04) to write a short narrative about how she came to write her new book, The Malaria Project. The book takes on fresh relevance given the on-going Ebola crisis. You can read more about her book in this article published on Newser and in a piece she wrote for Time Magazine.
By Karen Masterson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In his course, Mining the National Archives, Professor Ira Chinoy had students, as an exercise, try to find something that was potentially newsworthy in the archives at College Park. As graduate students, we were expected to competently research a topic and figure out an interesting question that historical records could answer. I was interested in Linus Pauling and asked:
What did he do during World War II (because so much was known about him post-war)? With help from an archivist, I navigated NARA’s room full of reference guides–looking at one guide after another, trying to track down Pauling and the contracts he got through CalTech to do war-related research. This took days of fumbling. Finally I had what I needed: numbers for the right record group, entry, shelf and box that held Pauling’s letters relating to a specific contract he held. Read More »
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – High Hopes, a documentary on legalizing medical marijuana shot and edited by the University of Maryland Spring 2014 long-form documentary film class (Cassandra Clayton), tells a story of hope and relief that varies widely from state to state, depending on varying legal status and restrictions.
Merrill Journalists Jaime Cantor, Paige Hymson ’14, Briah Stokes and Jarrett Adams ’14 – center the story in Washington, DC, but also interview patients in New Jersey and Maryland. “High Hopes” is one of 12 films to be featured at the Decade of Docs Film Festival.
The weekend long festival presents documentaries about Washington, DC, going beyond the politics and monuments, and into the communities, cultures and lives that make up the city.
“High Hopes” is screening October 19th at 6 pm at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington DC).
With great sadness, I announce that the Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014.
Formerly the Casey Journalism Center, JCCF was founded 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which recognized the crucial role of the news media in shining a spotlight on the lives of children and families in the U.S. The foundation launched the center at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, a school renown for public affairs journalism.
For the past two decades, JCCF has helped inspire, support, spread and reward excellent reporting on kids. We’ve trained and assisted hundreds of journalists in every kind of media in every part of the the U.S.
JCCF’s funding will run out at the end of this year. The College has concluded that this Center is not sustainable in the current economic climate. Indeed, these are very challenging times in the worlds of journalism and education. Read More »
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – 1,200 patients served. $1.5 million in care delivered. 1,800 volunteers. Two Philip Merrill College of Journalism classes. The massive free dental clinic (The Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival) held at the XFINITY (Comcast) Center on campus Sept. 5 and 6, 2014 was life changing in many ways. For Julie Drizin’s JOUR328A class – Journalism about Children, Youth, and Families and the JOUR368V – Advanced Storytelling Class taught by Bethany Swain and Scott Rensberger, it was an early opportunity to test journalistic skills and cover a major regional story – on campus.
Drizin was actually approached last May by Stephen Thomas, who directs the Maryland Center for Health Equity (School of Public Health), and asked how the Philip Merrill College of Journalism could get involved with the Mission of Mercy event he was helping to produce. Several other schools on campus, and the professional schools in Baltimore were already involved. Even though the event would happen very early in the semester, Drizin decided to make it the first assignment for her students. She also was able to get Bethany Swain and Scott Rensberger’s Advanced Storytelling Class involved.
The summer was spent preparing for the event, including the development of a coverage schedule and Swain brought her students in early for training as well as pairing new students with professionals or other recent graduates so that they would get the best possible video. Drizin spoke to that class to help them prepare. For her own class, she talked about story ideas while encouraging them to find their own. She also brought in Dr. Thomas to talk about the festival before it opened.
With preparations set, both classes were ready for the two day event.
Students from the Advanced Storytelling Class fanned out across the XFINITY Center’s basketball floor to record the sights and sounds of the massive event for their first ViewFinder program – called “A Free Smile.” In an email, Swain wrote, “The 14-minute production includes seven stories produced during the Mission of Mercy dental clinic… The event happened before our first class of the semester, but that didn’t stop the team from telling these compelling stories.”
Merrill Journalist Bradleigh Chance anchors ViewFinder’s coverage of the 2-day event including the extensive set-up, the volunteers donating their time and various skills, the underserved population who waited to be treated, and the painful procedures that they underwent.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Professor Susan Moeller has been named a 2014 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow. Formerly known as the Lilly Fellows, Faculty Fellows this school year will, according to Undergraduate Studies, “address challenges and opportunities in teaching large enrollment courses and help to define these courses as uniquely important for student success – all with an eye toward improving what we do well and sharing new ideas and success with colleagues.”
Undergraduate Studies Dean Donna Hamilton says that large enrollment courses are among the first courses new students take at UMD. “To the extent that these courses introduce students to college level work, they also ideally model what we expect of students.” This program will be led by Ann Smith, Assistant Dean, and Lisa Kiely, Assistant Dean, in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Their work will include collaboration with Associate Provost Ben Bederson and the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), along with consideration of how learning analytics may support teaching and learning.