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McIntyre, Ting Headline Merrill College Commencement Program

JamieMcIntyreCOLLEGE 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 HeadshotDennis 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.

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Linthicum Named CNS DC Bureau Chief

Tom Linthicum will be the new CNS D.C. bureau chief starting in the spring, 2015 semester.

Tom Linthicum will be the new CNS D.C. bureau chief starting in the spring, 2015 semester.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Longtime journalist, teacher and entrepreneur Tom Linthicum will be the new Capital News Service Washington, D.C. bureau chief starting with the Spring, 2015 semester. A media consultant with his own company, Linthicum spent six years (2006-2012) as executive editor/vice president of The Daily Record, Baltimore’s daily business and legal newspaper. His lengthy career at the Baltimore Sun began as a reporter in 1974 and ended as director of employment and organization development.

In making the announcement, Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “We are delighted to welcome veteran editor Tom Linthicum to Capital News Service.  He has taught at Merrill College as an adjunct lecturer for many years, but we are lucky that he is willing to expand his role.”

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Scholarship Day Boosts Merrill College Student Scholarships

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It took an amazing team to make a difference on Scholarship Day 2014. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and family all joined together for 24 hours to help the Philip Merrill College of Journalism raise more than $24,000 Dec. 10 – money sorely needed to help students with financial needs – students who could not stay in school otherwise.

DSC_0291“All that I can say is thank you – for showing that a small college has a lot of support and for understanding the importance of scholarship money for our students,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish in a note to everyone who supported the effort.

She added, “This money will be given directly to students. Last year, four students were able to return to school following winter break with money raised on Scholarship Day. We look forward to sharing with you the impact of the gift you made yesterday – truly an investment in our Merrill journalists.”

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Merrill College Team Wins FIA Seed Grant

WebCOLLEGE PARK, Md.  – A team from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism is one of four winners in the third annual Future of Information Alliance (FIA)-Deutsch Foundation Seed Grant Competition. The five member Merrill College team included journalism student Karen Mawdsley ’15. Merrill Associate Professor Nick Diakopoulos was one of two faculty mentors for the proposed project titled “Revisiting Segregation through Computational History: the case of the WWII Japanese American Tule Lake Segregation Center.”

“This FIA grant is a fantastic opportunity to explore how journalistic methods in computational and data journalism might be applied to an historical archive of national importance,” said Diakopoulos.  “It will allow the College of Journalism to work with the College of Information Studies to explore an archive on the Japanese-American concentration camp at Tule Lake in a way that unlocks that archive for the broader public, and provides a model for how to handle sensitive historical data while still exposing interesting stories.”

Other team members include graduate students Drew Barker, Jamers Howland, Emily Keithley and Liz Tobey – all from the College of Information Studies (better known as the iSchool). Joining Diakopoulos as a faculty sponsor is Professor Richard Marciano from the iSchool.

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Merrill Ph.D. Student Wins New International Fellowship

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Tanya Lokot, a third-year Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has received one of the first prize fellowships from ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation for its new “Trajectories of Change – Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences” program.

Lokot, who is writing a dissertation on “Augmented Dissent: How Citizens Use Social Media and the Internet in a Protest (A Case Study of the Ukraine Euromaidan Protests of 2013-14), has been awarded the fellowship through summer 2016.  She will use the fellowship funding to conduct further fieldwork in her native country of Ukraine as well as complete the writing of her dissertation.

“Tanya is doing ground-breaking work in the area of information communication technology and public protest,” said Dr. Sarah Oates, Lokot’s advisor and head of doctoral studies at Merrill. “Not only is she developing a new model of augmented dissent to explain how publics interact with technology in protest situations, she is an important voice in her own country’s struggle with the Russian invasion.”

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UMTV Highlights Scholarship Day With Maryland Programming

DSC_0342COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Scholarship Day is “24 Hours of Giving” to help our students with financial need. Throughout Scholarship Day – Dec. 10 –  UMTV will be offering Maryland-centric programming to honor all our alumni, family and friends to say “Thank You”for your support.

UMTV is the University of Maryland cable TV station that is operated by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Senior Communications Manager Dave Ottalini said, “UMTV will be offering some great programs including a ViewFinder Film Festival and many of the 14 TerpVision programs going back several years.”

ViewFinder is a production of the Merrill College’s Advanced Storytelling class and offers some really wonderful stories told from the viewpoint of those being interviewed. TerpVision is produced by University Marketing and Communications and offers stories that highlight all the great things going on at the University of Maryland.

UMTV is on campus channel 38 or 78. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties. Live streaming 24-7: http://merrill.umd.edu/about/umtv/umtvlive.

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Scholarship Day 2014: Making A Difference For Merrill College Students

JournalismCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Graduating senior Kelsey Hughes knows the impact a scholarship can have. The Journalism major – who will be the student speaker at main commencement Dec. 20 – said, “I was incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship, because I know it means someone has invested in my future.”

Scholarships help ensure bright futures for many of our students at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland is putting the focus on scholarships for 24 hours – on #ScholarshipDayUMD – December 10.

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Merrill Journalist Brett Hall Wins RTDNA Presidents Scholarship

DSC_0016COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Journalism Major Brett Hall has been named the winner of a $1000 Presidents Scholarship from the Radio TV Digital News Association. The award – one of two – is given in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan.

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“Getting the call that I had won the RTDNA presidents scholarship may have been one of the most gratifying calls I’ve received,” Hall said. “Gratifying in the sense that I had applied for the scholarship three years in a row and… I guess this is what they mean when they say the third time is the charm. I am blessed to have found two things that I enjoy… journalism and broadcasting. RTDNA believes strongly in these two things and I can’t think of a better award for a broadcast journalism senior.”
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Lorente Named New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

RafaelCOLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Capital News Service Washington Bureau Chief Rafael Lorente has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, effective in January.

Lorente has taught at Merrill College on either a full-time or part-time basis since 2001. In addition to serving as a Bureau Chief for Capital News Service, Lorente has directed the college’s master’s program since 2013.  “Rafael has demonstrated creativity in course design and scheduling, compassionate but exacting teaching skills, and an ability to roll with the punches,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish. “I know he will build on the respect and admiration he has already earned from his colleagues and students at Merrill College.”

Lorente will continue to direct the master’s program and teach the introductory course for the summer master’s cohort.

Lorente replaces Associate Professor Ira Chinoy, who stepped into the position upon the sudden death of former interim associate dean Penny Fuchs in 2012.   “I truly cannot say often enough how grateful I am for the way Ira jumped into the associate dean’s job after the death of Penny Fuchs and wrestled it to the ground,” said Dean Dalglish.  “Working closely with him over the past five semesters has been a joy.”

Chinoy will be on sabbatical during the upcoming spring semester and will return to teaching in Knight Hall next fall.

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Merrill Journalists Cover Ferguson Protests in Washington, D.C.

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Ferguson protesters in Washington, D.C. Nov. 24.                  Photo by Joyce Koh

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Three Merrill College students headed down to Washington, D.C. Nov. 24 to cover protests against the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. As Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef said, ” There is no substitute for real world experience when it comes to preparing young journalists.” Undergraduates Jatara McGee and Joyce Koh and Master’s student Idrees Ali found themselves in the middle of an experience they will not soon forget.

We created a Storify that does a great job of detailing how the CNS coverage played out – and includes a packaged story at the end from that evening’s protest, as well as a packaged story covering a protest here on the University of Maryland campus.

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