COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Media coverage of the University of Maryland’s massive data breach has been widespread. Storify is a great way to show how the story of the data breach broke, who covered it, and what members of the University of Maryland community can do to protect themselves. As a Merrill Journalist, the exercise is a good way to look at the use of interactive social media to help tell a story. This Storify will continue to be updated as the story warrants.
“We are trying to keep up with the changes set by inflation and advancement in technology. The College has recently purchased new electronic equipment. It is expensive, but we need the equipment to maintain a competitive program. We are better off than most schools in the country. That is why our enrollment went up this year by 100.” -Dean Benjamin Holman College of Journalism 1981 Terrapin Yearbook
A Black History Month Feature about the Merrill College’s first African American Professor and Dean
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Benjamin (Ben) Holman believed in journalism’s power to improve society. A gentleman with a big, booming voice, he was an African American trailblazer, mentor and peacemaker. His work had impact and his time at what is now the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism laid the groundwork for the long-term success of the college and its students.
Tom Kunkel was dean of the Merrill College when Holman died in 2007 at the age of 76. He said, “Over the years, I can’t tell you how many former students made a point of telling me how influential Ben Holman was to them, not only in terms of their careers but their lives. He was not only respected but was much loved.”
Early Career in Print and TV
Ben Holman’s career began as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News in 1952 after graduation from the University of Kansas. He was the first African American to succeed as a reporter for a mainstream Chicago newspaper. Ten years later, he made the transition to television – first as a commentator and reporter for Chicago’s WBBM-TV and later as a correspondent and editor for CBS News in New York.
Emeritus Professor of Journalism Douglas Gomery serves as the Resident Scholar for Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture (University Libraries) at Maryland and knew Ben Holman for more than two decades. Upon Holman’s retirement in 2004, Gomery wrote, “When TV news was lilly white, Ben added face and voice of a man of color. Much too modest to ever boast about it and never able to express his feelings on paper, I heard many a tale of his working in Chicago to make visible a vast population of that city. We should honor his presence in the history of television.”
By 1968 Holman had moved to NBC News in Washington, serving as a correspondent and producer. The next year, then-President Richard Nixon appointed him assistant attorney general in charge of the community relations service office at the Justice Department, where he served for the next eight years. Not content to sit in an office, Holman traveled the country meeting with blacks and whites to mediate disputes. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. sought out his opinions.
New Merrill College Assistant Dean for External Relations Lele LeVay Ashworth.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lele LeVay Ashworth has been appointed to the position of assistant dean, external relations of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Ashworth has been working as the interim associate director of leadership gifts for University Relations at the University of Maryland since late last summer.
Prior to coming to Maryland, she was the director of advancement at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and Georgetown Day School where she managed the advancement programs of those institutions. Ashworth has worked at the University Pennsylvania, University of Oregon and University of Connecticut as well.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Students and faculty from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism continue their winning ways with an announcement this week from the Broadcast Education Association. The BEA’s annual Festival of Media Arts gives awards to college students and professionals in a number of categories from audio to longform video. Among the highlights: Josh Birch ’13 won a Best of Show award for a sports feature on Maryland Bike Safety while a student team in Lecturer and Photojournalist Bethany Swain’s Advanced Storytelling class won first place for their ViewFinder piece called “Overcoming Obstacles” in the Student Video Competition. These submissions all come from the 2012-2013 school year.
Student Sports Competition
Best of Festival: Josh Birch, University of Maryland; Maryland Bike Safety (TV Sports / Story / Feature)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Faculty and students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism took home a number of awards this past weekend – as the White House News Photographers Association announced its 2014 WHNPA ‘The Eyes of History™’ contest winners. The judging was done at the National Geographic in Washington, D.C.
In the professional division, Lecturer and Photojournalist Bethany Swain won second place in the News Feature Video Editing category for her natural sound piece that detailed WTOP Radio’s traffic center. The piece was done for American Journalism Review:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A special education section of the Baltimore Sun prominently featured two faculty members of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism this weekend:
Associate Professor Ron Yaros
In an article titled “Digital Pioneers – Professors take new approaches in the great debate for technology in the classroom contributing writer Casey Boyer writes about the ground-breaking research of Assistant Professor Ron Yaros:
In Yaros’ unique method of teaching, he uses the “flipped” model combining face-to-face meetings with virtual assignments completed on the students’ time outside of the classroom. He says, ‘I want them to utilize blogs and Twitter and multimedia outside of class to complete assignments related to my class so when we get together, it’s not me in the front lecturing with slides. It’s me having them show their information and discuss it.
Abigail Jaffe, a senior Communications major studying Public Relations at UM has taken two of Yaros’ classes. Jaffe recalls, We download the lecture on our iPads, which he controls because we sign in with a pin. He is controlling the screens. He doesn’t think the traditional method is really a good way to engage students. He thinks we might as well work with it instead of against.
Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director George Solomon
In a second article in the education section entitled “Athletics – It’s Not All Fun and Games,” contributing writer Linda L. Esterson focuses in part on the Merrill College’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Director George Solomon told her:
We felt sports were becoming more and more to the culture of society as well as to sports fans,” says Solomon, as to why he helped found the center along with the Povich family, which includes television personality Maury Povich and his siblings, to honor Shirley Povich, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 98. “Teaching students good journalism, lessons of sport and how it matters to the culture. “We wanted to keep his name alive and maintain the standards he set as a journalist.” This includes the “rights and wrongs of sports journalism,” he notes.
Senior journalism major Zainab Mudallal became interested in sports after taking a class with Solomon. She told the Sun, It’s been a great opportunity and I encourage other people to get involved, even if they are just slightly interested in sports, she says. It’s a great experience that can open up a lot of doors.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Longreads, a widely read news aggregator of the best in narrative journalism has named the Capital News Service’s (CNS) “Baltimore’s Forgotten Champions” oral history as the No. 1 college Longread of the week. The Longreads headline says it all: “How to Do Oral History the Right Way: Remembering the Baltimore Stallions, Our College Pick.”
CNS Multimedia Bureau Director Sean Mussenden oversaw the oral history project, which looks at the brief two year stay of the expansion Canadian Football League team. The Stallions came to Baltimore after the Colts ignominiously left the city in 1984 for Indianapolis.
(Then) producer Dave Ottalini and reporter Skip Loescher cover one of many nor’easters for CNN Newsource in New England. Date unknown.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Over the years working for CNN and CNN Newsource (the affiliate service of CNN), I covered a lot of weather-related stories. Hurricane Hugo was one of the worst. But every nor’easter was a challenge simply because you and your crew had to be out in the cold for hours and hours. We learned a few things along the way about how to be prepared. So as you prepare for your own journalism career, here are some suggestions (in no particular order) for those times your assignment desk says get out there and show us what the cold weather is all about:
Victoria Sulerzyski ’86 is the new chief of staff at the Maryland Judiciary.
Press Release from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs – Maryland Courts
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named Victoria Z. Sulerzyski as her chief of staff. Sulerzyski, who had been with the law firm of Ober|Kaler in Baltimore, began her new duties with the Maryland Judiciary Jan. 13.
As chief of staff, Sulerzyski reports directly to Chief Judge Barbera and will manage the daily operations of the chief judge’s chambers, including supervising staff, handling communications, inquiries, and scheduling, providing research, reviewing reports, advising, and, as directed, communicating on the chief judge’s behalf. The chief judge is the head of Maryland’s judicial branch and is responsible for the administration of the state court system, overseeing a budget of $468 million with nearly 300 judges and about 4,000 employees.
Major UMD Study Uses Pinterest to Evaluate the Photo Coverage of Super Bowl XLVII and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Only half of the photographs of championship games published by major sports media picture the “games” themselves, according to a new study of the coverage of the 2013 Super Bowl and the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball championship.
Across the Super Bowl coverage, for instance, the SportPix study showed that Beyoncé received more photographic attention than any other single personality – more than the coaches, quarterbacks or other players. Beyoncé’s performance attracted immense coverage for an event that only lasted 14 minutes.
SportPix, a new study from the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, evaluated 3274 photographs published by 16 major American sports and news outlets as they covered Super Bowl XLVII and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final.
“The SportPix study makes clear that news outlets have decided that fans are equally interested in seeing the sidebar events to a big game, as the play action itself,” says ICMPA director and study leader Susan Moeller.