COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Adjunct Professor Jamie McIntyre has just about done it all as a broadcast journalist. From his early days as a WTOP radio reporter in Washington, D.C. to CNN Pentagon Correspondent, NPR anchor and now back to the Pentagon for Al Jazeera America. He’s been an entrepreneur as well – maintaining his own military blog and consulting for news organizations seeking expertise in national security issues.
His reputation as a tough reporter with an easy-going style even got him into a book, Dragon Fire, by former Defense Secretary William Cohen. He described his fictional “CNN reporter” as “a first-rate journalist, who played it straight with the news, but never cut [the defense secretary] any slack.”
Sunday, McIntyre will graduate with his Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is the college’s commencement speaker as well. Next spring, he’ll return to something else he loves to do – teach. A popular adjunct professor in Knight Hall for many years, McIntyre teaches multimedia journalism. And there’s one more thing – he’s known for his sense of humor. Jamie was named “DC’s Funniest Reporter” in 2010 at a charity stand-up comedy competition at the National Press Club.
Student Speaker Dennis Ting
Dennis Ting is a broadcast journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. During his time at Maryland, he served as WMUC radio’s sports director and was a reporter with the Capital News Service TV bureau. He is a freelancer at Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, Md., and has interned at CNN and NBC Washington. He spent a semester in London, enjoys puns, steno pads and, of course, telling stories.
Ting said he was surprised to have been chosen as the student speaker: “I’m graduating a semester early, so most of my classmates that I’ve spent the most time with are all graduating in the spring, but I’m very honored to have been selected by my peers to speak at commencement.”
A graduate of Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Ting started with very little knowledge about journalism but it didn’t take long to figure it all out. “I had no idea what a lead was coming in or what a VO/SOT was, he said. “My teachers and peers have all been incredibly important in my journey with teaching me how to be a journalist, and more importantly, with giving me confidence in my reporting. Without the support from everyone at Maryland, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
In preparing for his speech, Ting said, “The biggest thing that I want to do is express my gratitude towards everybody. It takes a village to raise a child, and I really think that every single person that I’ve met at the Merrill College has played an important role in getting us to commencement. I would also like to pass on some advice that I’ve gotten and found to be useful, and I’d like my message to really be able to touch people.”
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism commencement exercise starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 in the Kay Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The program will be taped for later playback on UMTV and posted to YouTube.