COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The world is mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela – who died yesterday (DEC. 5, 2013) in South Africa following a long illness. Merrill College Visiting Professor Kevin Blackistone (Povich Center for Sports Journalism) covered Mandela’s visit to the U.S. in 1990 and spent three weeks in South Africa for the World Cup in 2010.
He is a regular guest on “The Sports Reporters with Andy Pollin” on ESPN Sportstalk 570 in Washington, D.C. and spoke at length today (Dec. 6, 2013) about Mandela:
We’ve also created a Storify about Mandela’s visit to the University of Maryland in November, 2001 – just two month’s after 9/11.
Merrill College Ph.D. student Amy Wu in Shenzhen, China.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – China offers a wealth of stories for reporters, foreign correspondents and freelancers. China advanced quickly after becoming a member of the World Trade Organization and hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics. Americans might be surprised to learn that big and medium sized cities have no shortage of Starbucks, McDonalds and even Walmarts.
Here are my top 10 tips on how to not only survive but thrive when reporting in China:
1. Visas: If you aren’t based in China as a foreign correspondent and are going in as a freelancer you will need a visa. The best and fastest way to get a visa is at the CTS (China Travel Service) in Hong Kong, which is the safest and easiest entry into China. Request a multiple entry or double entry.
Tip on visas: As a freelance journalist, do not put down journalist under “occupation.” Instead use researcher, educator, tutor etc.
2. Money: Bring cash and have the money changed into RMB. A lot of places don’t take credit cards, but to be safe, bring at least one major credit card.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland will be spending every minute of Dec. 11 raising scholarship funds for students. The 24 Hours of Giving event is a great opportunity to support UMD and our students here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. This is the first time the University of Maryland has sponsored an event like this, and the entire campus community is getting behind it.
UMTV – the Merrill College’s cable TV station, will be supporting the effort with a TerpVision Festival throughout the day. TerpVision tells stories of impact and inspiration on the UMD campus, region and world. The program is hosted by Merrill Alumna Bonnie Bernstein ’92.
UMTV is on campus channel 38. 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.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The award-winning American Journalism Review is back in an all-digital format. Published by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the new student-driven AJR will now focus on media innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Journalism has entered a new era, and so has AJR,” said Lucy Dalglish, Publisher of AJR and Dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “The online-only version of AJR will offer more frequent news, context and commentary and provide a platform for dialogue about the enormous changes transforming the news industry.”
The revamped website is available now in an “alpha version” at ajr.org to get reader feedback.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Capital News Service Online Bureau Chief Sean Mussenden will head for Arizona State University this January, a member of a small group of 12 faculty from around the U.S. attending the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. The fellowship is designed for those “interested in introducing entrepreneurial concepts and practices into their teaching of journalism.”
Mussenden says, “To sustain high quality news coverage, it’s more important than ever that journalists – and journalism students – think like entrepreneurs. I’m excited to return from the immersive experience in Arizona with ideas to introduce more entrepreneurial thinking into our curriculum.”
The five-day institute will immerse participants in the concepts and practice of entrepreneurship. Held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix, it will be led by Dan Gillmor, author of “Mediactive” and an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship. Gillmor will be joined by entrepreneurs, investors and Cronkite faculty.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Special Collections (Media and Mass Communication), University Libraries recently hosted former Group W and NBC Reporter Sid Davis. His presentation on Monday, November 18 followed his coverage of the Kennedy assassination 50 years earlier, as well as an overview of his career.
We’ve created a Storify timeline of his visit, including a bonus WMUC radio report of news about the assassination and a video by freshman journalism major Michelle Chavez.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill Journalists Marlena Chertock and Justine McDaniel have been selected to the prestigious News21 program. The summer fellowship runs for 10 weeks from mid-May to late June at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Tempe, AZ. The topic for next year’s program will be gun ownership and gun legislation.
“The News21 program has been an important launch pad for several of our graduates. I’m sure Marlena and Justine will do a fine job representing their classmates at Merrill College when they travel to Arizona over the summer,” says Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Special Collections in Mass Media & Culture at the University of Maryland (Hornbake Library) has issued its “finding guide” for its Kennedy Assassination research materials. The nation is marking the 50th Anniversary of the tragic event on Friday, November 22.
For Merrill and other journalists researching the assassination, the MMC “finding guide” is a rich (and growing) list of materials available to students and researchers interested in learning more about how media covered and commemorated the event.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – When the Columbia Journalism Review asked its readers this summer “What is Journalism For?” for its September cover story, (then incoming) freshman broadcast journalism major Michelle Chavez answered the call. Her thoughtful commentary was highlighted by the magazine – along with commentaries by the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
Chavez is a scholarship recipient from the Maryland-DC Press Association and is also in the College Park Scholars Media, Self and Society program overseen by Merrill Professor Kalyani Chadha. Read More »
Lily Ciric Hoffmann is the new part-time lecturer for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows program at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lily Ciric Hoffmann is coming to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism as a part-time lecturer for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows program. She will be joining Director Serap Rada later this month in Knight Hall.
“Lily will be a great addition to our Humphrey family,” says Rada. “She is familiar with the program having been a host family and mentor to Fellows in Arizona. She brings valuable journalistic and cultural skills to the job. We look forward to welcoming her to the Merrill College and Humphrey Fellows program.”
Hoffmann has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For the past nine years, she has worked as a multimedia producer, Web designer, social media editor, adjunct online lecturer at ASU and multi-media consultant in Phoenix. From 2007-2009, she worked as a web producer for the East Valley Tribune in Tempe, AZ, where she produced numerous multimedia packages, including several for the “Reasonable Doubt” investigation that won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2009 for an investigation of civil rights abuses by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
A native of Belgrade, she has been an active volunteer for ASU’s Humphrey Fellows program.