News From the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

CNS Investigation Finds “Human Trafficking is Prolific” in Maryland

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My hope from these stories is that readers realize that people, largely women, are being trafficked right where they live, work and or play.

– CNS Reporter Courtney Mabeus

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – When Maryland state officials failed to follow through on their promises three years ago to collect and share evidence about human trafficking from “every part of government,” Merrill College’s Capital News Service (CNS) decided to do its own examination of the problem. Student reporters pored over thousands of pages of police records, prosecution data and court files. The investigation found widespread evidence of human trafficking but few convictions.

The deeply-reported project is called “The Brothel Next Door: Human Trafficking in Maryland.”

“This story revealed something important about the DMV area and our nation in general,” said CNS reporter Katie Secret. “Human trafficking is prolific – and not in the ‘conventional’ forms that many citizens previously believed it to be. Trafficking has taken a more sinister form through deception and false trust, one of the many reasons our government and authorities are unable to quantify and adequately tackle the trafficking problem.” Read More »

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Merrill Sweeps Student Emmy Awards

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) just announced the results of its 2015 Emmy awards competition. Student entries from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism won in 9 of the 12 possible categories (there were no awards in some categories).

Sara DignanNATAS also announced that Merrill College junior broadcast major  Sara Dignan (right) is the sole winner of this year’s Betty Endicott Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $5000.

The Emmy awards dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Check the NATAS website for more information about the event including tickets. 

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Solomon: The A.P. and Robo Journalism’s Potential Impact on Game Stories

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 2.07.14 PMPovich Sports Center Director George Solomon issued his end of the semester report this week that offered an insightful look at the rise of robo-journalism that could well impact sports journalists.

The original piece was published on the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism website.

By George Solomon

The same week I started reading Bill Littlefield’s first-rate anthology of the work of the late sportswriter W.C. Heinz, I saw an item noting the impending use of some automated game stories by the Associated Press.

Over the years, A.P staffers, in my opinion, had for the most part mastered the art of covering a game by actually informing readers of which team won the game, the score of the game and how the game was won.

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Koliska Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

DSC_0041COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Dr. Michael Koliska successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Koliska’s  dissertation was titled, “Transparency and Trust in Journalism: An Examination of Values, Practices, and Effects” and included an analysis of some 27 interviews across a wide spectrum of journalists.

The dissertation committee included:

  • Professor , Linda Steiner, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Professor, Sarah Oates, Journalism
  • Asst. Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Assoc. Professor, Rosellina Ferraro, Marketing
  • Professor, Jeffrey Lucas, Sociology – Dean’s Representative

Koliska has already secured a tenure track assistant professorship at Auburn University’s School of Communication and Journalism.

More about Michael Koliska

Michael Koliska worked as radio reporter for the last 10 years in Germany, the US and China. He has a MA degree in Sociology and English from Magdeburg’s Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany, where he worked for a private radio station, a local newspaper and then Germany’s largest broadcast network. He then joined an NPR affiliate in Illinois as news anchor/reporter while pursuing a MS in Journalism at the University of Illinois. His latest assignment was as editor for China Radio International in Beijing, China.


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WHNPA “Eyes on History” Provides Glimpse Into the World of Professional Photojournalism


Members of the Merrill College Viewfinder team pose with winner Tim Drummond ’15 at the Eyes on History Awards Dinner. Photo by Bethany Swain.

By: Alexandra Simon’17
UMD NPPA Treasurer

The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) held its annual “Eyes of History” Gala Saturday, May 16 at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony and dinner honored WHNPA members and military photographers for their work from the past year.

I, along with several other Merrill College students and UMD National Press Photographers Association members, volunteered at the event and were invited to stay for the awards ceremony. That night the student “Eyes of History” contest also honored the best in student visual journalism including Tim Drummond, UMD Class of 2015. He won for a piece he created for ViewFinder (and also broadcast on Capital News Service’s Maryland Newsline program) during the fall semester. (See the full list of Merrill College winners below.)

As a NPPA student leader and broadcast journalism student, I enjoyed the chance to see the work these journalists created. It was a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of professional photojournalism while interacting with leaders in the industry.


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Guyana’s New President a Humphrey Fellows First

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Guyana’s David Granger is the first Humphrey Fellow to become head of state. Photo:

The new president of Guyana – David Arthur Granger – is the first Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow to become his nation’s head of state.

Granger came to the U.S. – and the University of Maryland’s Journalism school – twenty years ago for the one-year program that was started by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program at UMD is funded by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

“In the program’s 22 years at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the vast majority of our Humphrey Fellows have gone on to senior leadership positions in their home countries, but none has risen as high as President Granger,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.  “We wish him and the Guyanese people the very best.”

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Blackistone To Write Sports Commentaries for the Washington Post

From a Washington Post News Release:

Announcement from Matt Vita, sports editor:

Kevin_large copyWe are very excited to announce that Kevin Blackistone, a veteran journalist and educator, will be writing regular commentary for the Sports section on topics ranging from our local sports teams to the relationship between sports and major social issues. He’ll also be a contributor to Post TV.

Kevin has a long and distinguished career in journalism and is currently a commentator for ESPN and a regular panelist on ESPN’s popular weekday show, “Around the Horn.” He’s worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe and Dallas Morning News, where he covered national and regional economics for the business section before being named a sports columnist.

In addition to his television work for ESPN, Kevin also has written in the digital arena, for AOL Fanhouse, the Daily tablet and the He’s the author of a 2009 memoir of former NFL player Everson Wall’s decision to become an organ donor for longtime teammate Ron Springs and he has published numerous academic papers on sports topics, many of which have focused on the lives of black athletes.

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Schweich Wins CAPBA Scholarship

629283COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rising senior Emily Schweich has been awarded a $2500 Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association scholarship.

She will receive the scholarship check during the CAPBA annual convention in Ocean City June 5-7.  The presentation will be made at the AP awards dinner that Saturday.

A past president of the SPJ student chapter at the Merrill College and Diamondback multimedia reporter, Schweich is interning this summer at the NBC DC Bureau this summer. A long-time Capital News Service volunteer, she will go in front of the camera this fall as part of Sue Kopen Katcef’s CNS Broadcast Bureau at UMTV.

Emily has had a love for storytelling from an early age. She says her ultimate goal is to “become a news anchor and give a voice to the voiceless through journalism, focusing special attention to issues impacting women, such as gender-based violence and poverty and fair treatment in the workplace.”

Read her bio.

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Merrill College, Diamondback National SPJ “Mark of Excellence” Winners

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Society of Professional Journalists national 2014 “Mark of Excellence” awards are out with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the Diamondback student newspaper taking honors in a number of categories.

In a message to the Merrill College community, Dean Lucy Dalglish commended the Capital News Service (CNS), Viewfinder and Diamondback students for their outstanding work.

National Mark of Excellence Award winners are chosen from the category winners in each of SPJ’s 12 regions, and the awards are judged by journalism professionals with at least three years of experience. See the Merrill College news story about our regional winners.

SPJ will recognize first-place national winners at the Student Union event during Excellence in Journalism 2015 in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18-20.
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Broadcast Journalism Major Mia Simon Student Commencement Speaker

MiaStudent Tong Wu contributed to this story.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Student speaker Mia Simon has just one word for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism: “family.” She told Merrill Journalist Tong Wu the college nurtured and supported her to be the person who she is today. “For me it is very self-fulfilling by knowing that, when I graduate I still have plenty of people to reach out to when I have questions,” she said.

Simon majored in broadcast journalism with a minor in leadership studies.  She held internships at Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Company. After working for the BBC in New York City last summer, she helped to jump-start the BBC Campus program and was offered a writing position with the Travel Section of for the duration of her senior year. On campus, she has worked for WMUC Sports Radio, Unwind Magazine, Capital News Service and Stories Beneath the Shell, which she co-founded with five other journalism seniors. Aside from journalism, she has been actively involved with the Alternative Breaks program, and was a member of the College Park Scholars’ Media, Self and Society cohort.

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