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Merrill Ph.D. Students Prepare for NY Journalism Conference

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Merrill College Ph.D. students on a field trip last fall for Dr. Mark Feldstein’s “Seminar in Mass Media History” class.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ph.D. students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will have a major presence at a journalism history conference in New York City next month.

Six Merrill students had papers accepted for presentation during the “2015 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference,” scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at New York University. The papers were class research projects for Dr. Mark Feldstein’s Seminar in Mass Media History course last fall.

The students and their paper topics are below: Read More »

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Merrill Journalists Take Top WHNPA Awards

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The White House News Photographers Association released its list of professional and student winners for the 2015 “Eyes of History” contest Sunday. Merrill College students were winners and runners-up in two major categories – Sports and “Package with reporter narration.” Adjunct Professor Chris Schlemon of ITN Channel 4 News also won a WHNPA award as Editor of the Year.

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Category Name Story Slug
Sports Winner Tim Drummond ViewFinder: Paralympic Recovery
Sports Runner Up Alanna Delfino Little Miss Oriole
Package with reporter narration Winner Raecine Williams We’re Still Here
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Runner-Up Joyce Koh Art Home With Deeper Roots

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Student Alexandra Givan Wins T. Howard Foundation Scholarship

Alexandra Givan (NCTA)From a T. Howard Foundation Release

SILVER SPRING, Md.  -Merrill Journalist Alexandra Givan’16 is one of ten recipients of a T. Howard Foundation (THF) 2014-2015 Scott Weiss Scholarship. The annual merit-based award is granted to eligible alumni of the T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program. Last year, Givan was a Communications and Public Affairs intern at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Givan is a broadcast journalism major here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is currently a digital intern at NBCUniversal.

The purpose of the Scott Weiss Scholarship, now in its 16th year, is to provide T. Howard alumni with financial assistance for their academic and career pursuits, including college tuition, textbooks and/or expenses related to professional development, such as conferences and workshops that help prepare recipients for a career in the media industry.

“Awarding the Scott Weiss Scholarship is another way that the T. Howard Foundation demonstrates its commitment and support of our alumni,” said Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO. “We are proud to invest in our students’ future success in the media industry.”

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Journalism Is a Great Major

Danielle Lama ' 11 who is now working for WDRB News in Louisville as a reporter says,  "The Philip Merrill College of Journalism gave me the experience needed to land a job after graduation. Thanks to that great foundation, I've been able to work my way into a top 50 TV market within three years and continue to develop my skills as a reporter."

Danielle Lama’11 who is now working for WDRB News in Louisville as a reporter says, “The Philip Merrill College of Journalism gave me the experience needed to land a job after graduation. Thanks to that great foundation, I’ve been able to work my way into a top 50 TV market within three years and continue to develop my skills as a reporter.”

By Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish

Journalism is an excellent major for many career paths. Just take a look at our new page listing the jobs our graduates are getting! Below you’ll find some answers to questions parents and potential students ask us as they consider coming to Maryland and majoring in journalism:

1) Are there still jobs for journalism majors these days?

Absolutely. When I graduated from journalism school, most students launched their careers at a local broadcast station or newspaper. Those jobs still exist, particularly for students with ultra-sharp web skills. But increasingly, graduates are creating their own journalism-related jobs. But we tend to forget that journalism schools provide outstanding preparation for a host of occupations. Today’s young journalists are outstanding writers, adept researchers, skilled photographers,  creative web designers and discerning truth detectors.  These attributes prepare them for careers in journalism, law, public relations, government affairs and any other occupation that requires strategic thinkers. I found that my journalism degree was the perfect preparation for law school. Read More »

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Best Tips for Covering Winter Weather

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CNN live on the National Mall in an undated photo. Courtesy of Ron Helm.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – News organizations – and their reporters, producers and crewmembers – know what it takes to cover major weather events like this week’s “Juno” storm. But as a Merrill Journalist who has never covered a major event like this, the question is – what does it take? “What do I need to know to be prepared both mentally and physically – so I can cover this story for our readers or viewers?”

The good news here is that you have access to the experiences of many seasoned professionals, who have covered these kinds of weather events many times. Deadline tapped into that expertise to help our students understand what it really takes to cover bad winter weather events that include major nor’easters like we had this week.

Thanks to former colleagues from CNN who contributed to this story!

  • Be flexible: often predictions fall short. It’s painful to set up staff coverage for a big event that falls short, but don’t force reporter after reporter to stand on perfectly clear streets and say ‘look, nothing happened.- Stephanie Stickley
  • Bring your own food and water. It’s never certain you’ll get a break and even if you do, shops will be closed or swamped. Also, be prepared to “hold it.” Bathroom breaks and public bathrooms are hard to come by! – Heather Murphy Gerdes
  • Be completely honest with your producers back at the station. If there is nothing of interest really at your location, don’t just make stuff up. Your viewers will know you are tap dancing out there. Go find a good spot, downed trees, or power lines, or horrific traffic pileups, something to actually point to in your live shots. – Clint Deloatch

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Merrill Journalists Win Prestigious MDDC Press Association Summer Internships

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five Philip Merrill College of Journalism students have won Reese Cleghorn Summer Internships from the Maryland – Delaware – DC Press Association (MDDC). Only six internships – and three alternates are named each January for the prestigious internships, named after long-time UMD Journalism Dean Reese Cleghorn. All internships are paid and students are assigned to newspapers who are members of the MDDC Press Association.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants. They’ll attend a day-long internship orientation session at Knight Hall on May 28.

Maryland winners and newspapers where they will intern include:

Talia Richman
The Baltimore Sun

Ellie Silverman
Annapolis Capital

Marissa Horn
The Frederick News-Post

Jordan Branch
The Gazette

Jon Banister
Carroll County Times

The sixth scholarship goes to:

Jacob Bogage
University of Missouri
The Daily Record

 

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A True Journalism Icon: Terp Dave McConnell ’59 Celebrates 50 Years with WTOP

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This photo is from the 1959 Terrapin Yearbook.

By Megan Cloherty

Reprinted with the permission of WTOP Radio.

NOTE: Dave McConnell graduated from the University of Maryland in 1959 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in History. He was a loyal member of WMUC – serving as News Director his senior year, and was a copy editor for the Diamondback. He may not have been a journalism major, but we consider him an honorary alumnus here in Knight Hall!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today his steady, resonant voice is synonymous with political reporting for Washington listeners, but 50 years ago this week Dave McConnell made his debut on WTOP Radio.

On Jan. 18, 1965, “I Dream of Jeannie” was on TV; “The Sound of Music” was in theaters, and The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” topped the charts. It was also the day McConnell started reporting for what was then 1500 AM.

McConnell is celebrating five decades reporting for Washington’s Top News, most of it spent as the Capitol Hill correspondent, where he remains the lone full-time Congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the United States.

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Tips for Covering Difficult Elected Officials

Frederick News-Post Reporter Bethany Rodgers (from Facebook)

Frederick News-Post Reporter Bethany Rodgers ’08 (from Facebook)

Editor’s Note: Merrill Journalists can learn a great lesson on standing your ground as a reporter from UMD Journalism Alumna Bethany Rodgers ’08 . In early January, Rodgers, a reporter for the Frederick News-Post, was criticized by Frederick City Council Member Kirby Delauter on Facebook for what he said was the “unauthorized use” of his name in the paper.

Rodgers pointed out in a response that she didn’t need to get the permission of an elected official for a news story. The News-Post published a great headline, and the story caused a firestorm on social media, in the Washington Post and other media. It even became a segment on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. Ultimately, Delauter issued an apology.

We asked Bethany to write some tips for us on how to deal with “difficult elected officials.”

By Bethany Rodgers

1) Know your rights better than they do. This is always important, but it’s especially crucial when you’re covering challenging public officials. They’re not necessarily going to recognize your rights, so you’ll probably have to fight for them. You’ll have the upper hand if you can point to the laws that protect you and allow you to do your work.

2) Do your reporting by the book. When officials stop returning your calls and start avoiding you, it can become difficult to represent their side of the story in your articles. Work even harder to make sure your stories are balanced. And keep reaching out to them, even if they don’t appreciate it.
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Merrill Journalists Get First Taste of Covering the General Assembly for CNS

Aisha Mbowe (far right) with fellow CNS reporters (l-r) Marcel Warfield, Brandie Peterson, Nicole Fierro and Brandi Vincent in Annapolis. They were just part of the CNS contingent covering the opening of the General Assembly.

Aisha Mbowe (far right) with fellow CNS reporters (l-r) Marcel Warfield, Brandie Peterson, Nicole Fierro and Brandi Vincent in Annapolis. They were just part of the Capital News Service contingent covering the opening of the General Assembly.
Photo by CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef.

By Aisha Mbowe

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The opening of the Maryland General Assembly Jan. 14 marked my first experience with covering local politicians. This was the first time in a long time that Maryland has elected a Republican governor and both the Senate and House of Delegates were welcoming new members. When we first discussed how the atmosphere at the Maryland state house was going to be on this day, I was extremely nervous, but by the end of it all,  it was one of the best experiences I have had so far as a journalism student.

We were divided up into teams to cover various aspects of the opening and my job was to get footage of the delegates with their families and visitors as they arrived in the hallway between the senate and house chambers. It was pretty empty when we first arrived but as the hours went by it became very crowded as the delegates were getting ready to go into the chambers. This was my first time being around lawmakers as a member of the press and my day took an even more exciting turn when Governor-elect Larry Hogan came in with outgoing Lt. Governor Larry Brown.

All members of the press who were in the room rushed towards both men to get their perfect shot and ask questions. My fellow CNSers and I were right in the middle of the action.  It was really hard trying to get a good shot of Hogan while there were fifteen other people trying to do the same thing but it was worth every minute of being in the midst of it all. A few of my peers were able to get interviews from Hogan and Brown where they were stationed which was also exciting. I am definitely looking forward to a semester of opportunities like this and learning and experiencing political reporting and reporting with CNS overall.

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Associate Professor Deborah Nelson and Reuters Team Take 3rd Place IRE Award

- From an IRE News Release

Assistant Professor Deborah Nelson.

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Deborah Nelson.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism Deborah Nelson and a team of reporters from Reuters have won a third place Philip Meyer Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors. The award is given to reporters using the best social science research methods. Nelson – along with Reuter’s reporters Ryan McNeill and Duff Wilson – won for their series “Water’s Edge, The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels,” that “exposed that government at all levels remains unable or unwilling to address the problem of rising sea levels while continuing to incentivize growth in those areas most at risk.”

First place was awarded to “The Medicare Advantage Money Grab,” by Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, and Chris Zubak-Skees of The Center for Public Integrity. The project revealed nearly $70 billion in “improper” Medicare payments to health plans from 2008 through 2013. The investigation exposed how federal officials missed multiple opportunities to corral overcharges and other billing errors.

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