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Storify Tells the Tale of Merrill College’s Emmy Awards

IMG_0378COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A number of Merrill College of Journalism students can now say they are Emmy Award winners! A number of students involved with both Capital News Service and the ViewFinder capstone reporting class were honored Saturday night, June 14 at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.

We’ve created a Storify to detail it all. Thanks to Bethany Swain, Sue Kopen Katcef and many of our students for providing material via Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

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Dads as Journalists: Keeping the Focus on Family

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.04.09 PMCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Can you be a journalist and a dad at the same time? If you talk to some of our Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty, adjuncts and staff, the answer is clear. Journalism is a great job but being a dad is more important. Family is more important.

We asked for some anecdotes for Father’s Day from our Merrill College dads – how did they juggle being a parent and being a working journalist?

(We’ll add more at the top as we get them)

Lecturer Josh Davidsburg

I may not be a dad yet, but my father spent his career as a television reporter, working for NBC network, WMAR, Maryland Public television and others. As a kid, I would spend my days off school following him from story to story. As the tourists were leaving Ocean City to escape hurricanes, my family would be shuttling in for an impromptu vacation, staying in the hotel while my dad did his storm live shots. He taught me to be a fair and honest reporter and was always able to put things in perspective when I complained about newsroom politics. Of course, it helped Mom was understanding when he would leave us during a snowstorm. But we could always turn on the TV to see Dad: standing in a snowdrift somewhere, more miserable than even us. Being a journalist father is a tough balance, but I hope one day I can be one-tenth of the inspiration to my kids that my father is for me.

This aired on WMAR in the 80s (my dad wrote & reported it & I voiced it):

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Quine Honored by SPJ as Distinguished Service Award Winner


2014 Distinguished Service Award Winner Frank Quine with rising Merrill Junior Emily Schweich, a SPJ 2014 scholarship winner. Photo by Lori Schweich.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Frank Quine – the retired assistant dean for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism – was honored Tuesday, June 10 by the DC Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as their 2014 Distinguished Service Award Winner.

Quine spent 24 years at Merrill – as development director, assistant dean and vice president of the American Journalism Review. He retired in 2010, but then came out of retirement last fall for six months at the request of Dean Lucy Dalglish, to help the College while the search for a new development officer took place.

Quine’s remarks at the SPJ National Press Club event were personal and even a bit introspective. They are reprinted here with his permission. Former AJR Editor Rem Rieder introduced Frank.

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Merrill Sophomore Lauren Bork Jumping Her Way to Brazil

Sophomore Journalism Major Lauren Bork puts passion into her jumping. Photo by Ward Horner.

Sophomore Journalism Major Lauren Bork puts passion into her jumping. Photo by Ward Horner.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Journalism Major Lauren Bork is going to the World Cup. But not as a soccer player. Instead, it all has to do with jumping – as in jumping with a jump rope.

A new TERP Magazine article by Karen Shih (published online) features Bork, whose “Joy of Jumping” will take her to Manaus in the Amazon, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro this summer in part to entertain World Cup fans.

Shih writes that Bork started jump roping competitively at age 8, following her older sister to practice with the Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump rope team based in Howard County, Md. At the U.S. National Jump Rope Championships last year, she won a gold in double Dutch singles freestyle and a silver for her pairs routine and placed fifth for her individual singles freestyle routine (see video).

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2013-2014 Humphrey Fellows Graduate

DSC_0552By Lily Ciric Hoffmann

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – It was a day of celebration and reflection during the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship graduation ceremony  on Friday, May 16 at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. This event marks the 21st   anniversary of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland.

Program Director Serap Rada welcomed College of Journalism faculty and staff, State Department and Institute for International Education (IIE) officials, host families and friends of the program and highlighted the achievements of each of the Fellows.

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Eyes of History Awards Gala: Expect the Unexpected


Merrill College Lecturer Bethany Swain with student award winner Alanna Delfino ’15 and White House News Photographer’s Association President Ron Sachs.

By Alanna Delfino ’15
WHNPA Student Video Contest Winner:
Best Narrated Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House News Photographer Association’s “Eyes of History” awards gala (May 10, 2014) was nothing short of great company, inspiring stories and expensive, mouth watering food. I never imagined I would accept an award onstage in front of the best photojournalists in the country as an undergraduate student. Thankfully, I didn’t trip.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in journalism, it’s to always expect the unexpected. Beforehand, I naively envisioned a quick night; maybe a nice dinner and small celebration with friends all dressed up in fancy attire. In reality, I got to see powerful storytelling and watch memorable speeches from the year’s best visual journalists. Oh yeah, there was a fun dance party, too!

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Merrill Student Nicholas Munson A BTN LiveB1G Winner

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism senior Nicholas Munson is one of five inaugural winners of the BTN LiveBIG Solutions Journalism Award.

Munson, a broadcast journalism major, won for his Capital News Service story entitled, “Fresh, Locally Grown Food the Goal of New University Initiative.”

“Nick, time and again this spring semester, has proven to be a terrific reporter and story-teller for our Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau,” Said CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef. “He has shown initiative and creativity in all of the video stories that he has produced and that certainly goes for his package on the University’s farming sustainability project.”
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Dr. Stine Eckert Defends Dissertation

DSC_0493 2COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Ph.D. candidate Stine Eckert successfully defended her dissertation Thursday, May 15 in Knight Hall.  Dr. Eckert’s  project was entitled: “Digital Rooms of Their Own: Women’s Voices Online about Women’s, Family and Maternal Politics in Four Western Democracies.”

The dissertation committee members included:

  • Professor, Linda Steiner, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Asst. Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism – Co-Chair
  • Professor, Sarah Oates, Journalism
  • Assoc. Professor, Ira Chinoy, Journalism
  • Asst. Professor, Sahar Khamis, Communication
  • Assoc. Professor, Ashwini Tambe, Women’s Studies – Dean’s Representative

Dr. Eckert has accepted a position at Wayne State University where she will be an assistant professor of broadcast journalism in the Department of Communication starting this fall.

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Koliska Named All-S.T.A.R Fellow for 2014-2015 School Year

Michael Koliska

Michael Koliska is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Ph.D. student Michael Koliska will be one of sixteen University of Maryland Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellows for the upcoming academic year.

UMD has approximately 4000 graduate students serving the campus as teaching, administrative or research assistants. Graduate School Dean Charles Caramello, in a letter to Koliska, said, “The Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships support and honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants.”

Koliska is a journalist who started his Ph.D. studies in Knight Hall in 2010 after working as an editor for China Radio International in Beijing. The Merrill College nominated him for the fellowship – which carries with it a $10,000 stipend and will allow him to continue his assistantship and scholarly research.”

“I appreciate the confidence shown in my work by the Merrill College and the University of Maryland,” said Koliska. “The All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship comes at just the right time to provide funds for the experiments I’ll be conducting for my dissertation.”

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UMTV Announces Spring Commencement Broadcast Plans

DSC_0342COLLEGE PARK, Md. – UMTV – the Philip Merrill College of Journalism cable TV station – will broadcast two University of Maryland commencement exercises live on May 22:

  • Main Commencement from the Comcast Center at 10 a.m.
  • The Merrill College of Journalism Commencement from the Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 4:00 p.m.

“We are working to create more opportunities to highlight UMTV and its ability to provide a wide range of programming to the University of Maryland and its faculty, staff, alumni and fans,” said Merrill College Senior Communications Manager Dave Ottalini.

UMTV has broadcast the university’s main commencement exercise live for many years, and provided production crews to other units on campus as well for their commencement events. In December, 2013, UMTV put together the TV production for four commencement exercises out of Cole Field House and broadcast all four events live while taping for later broadcast Journalism’s ceremony.

Streaming First

In a first, the University of Maryland will stream the main commencement ceremony on its YouTube channel. Since UMTV is also streaming live, the ceremony will be available via the cable channel’s stream as well.

Please check UMDRightNow for plans by the university to stream other school/college commencement exercises.

Broadcast Information

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.

Anyone can access the streamed programming of UMTV – just go to


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