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Merrill College Takes Manhattan!

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is coming to the Big Apple for the first #NYCMerrillMeetup! The October 7 event at the offices of (1500 Broadway) will feature Dean Lucy Dalglish and our new John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism Dana Priest. Questions? Contact Katy Beth Cassell by email or call 301-405-6251. (A complete schedule of events is coming).

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Ice Bucket Challenge Sparks Student Creativity


Merrill Journalist Alanna Delfino works the camera for Bethany Swain’s video.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College faculty member Bethany Swain knows something about ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her father-in-law, Ed Swain, died of ALS in 2004. With the challenge that took the nation by “ice bucket storm” this summer, she saw an opportunity to do something special – and get her students involved.

So she issued a challenge.

A challenge to not only accept the ice bucket and make a donation, but also shoot a professional-quality video of the event as well. “I want to see my students produce videos up to the production standards that this subject deserves,” she says in a blog post on

There was more. Swain said for every produced #IceBucketChallenge inspired video that tags @bethanysstories and #ALSforED on Twitter, she would donate $25.00 to the ALS Foundation up to $400.

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Dr. Jackie Incollingo Defends Dissertation

Dr. Jackie Incollingo with husband Mark.

Dr. Jackie Incollingo with husband Mark.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Dr. Jackie Incollingo successfully defended her dissertation on Tuesday, August 26 in Knight Hall. The title of her dissertation was “User Engagement with the Mobile News Content of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

Members of the Dissertation Committee included:

  • Professor , Linda Steiner, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Professor, Sarah Oates, Journalism
  • Assoc. Professor, Ron Yaros, Journalism
  • Asst. Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Professor, George Ritzer, Sociology
  • Professor, Samir Khuller, Computer Science – Dean’s Representative

Incollingo served as the Annapolis Bureau Director for Capital News Service during the 2013-2014 school year and starting today, is a tenure-track professor teaching journalism at Rider University in Lawrence, NJ.



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Merrill College Participates in PALS Courses Focusing on Frederick, Md.

ALP_OutlineAdapted From a UMDRightNow Release

Contact: Maggie Haslam

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In a bold, campus-wide community engagement initiative, the University of Maryland’s new Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) will debut 28 courses geared toward galvanizing sustainable growth in Frederick, Maryland for the 2014-15 academic year.

The university created a PALS Advisory Group (PAG) in early 2014 to discuss how to set up and frame the program. Later, PAG reviewed the proposed courses as well as how to implement and evaluate the program. Merrill College’s Associate Dean Ira Chinoy was on the 15 member committee.

The course list includes two offerings from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism:

  • Feature Writing – JOUR371
    (Adjunct) Faculty: Marlene Cimons

    Feature writing gives journalists the opportunity to be creative, convey a compelling narrative, or chronicle an unfolding story. This project enlists the creativity of UMD’s journalism students to report on some of the PALS projects and tell the story of the University’s partnership with the City.
  • Advanced Video Storytelling – JOUR368v/688v
    Faculty: Bethany Swain

    Journalism students will create in-depth video stories around Frederick. These stories highlight sustainability through character-driven pieces, representing a variety of voices and perspectives on their chosen topic.

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Students Marissa Parra and Alanna Delfino Named WUSA Summer Media Editors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – WUSA9 is thrilled to welcome two top University of Maryland broadcast journalism majors, Alanna Delfino and Marissa Parra, as media editors with both our News and Sports departments.

This unique five week full time work opportunity was created to help WUSA9 during an intensification of its news coverage and comprehensive sports reporting of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens spring training football camps during the month of August.

WUSA9’s Media Editing Supervisor and adjunct Professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism  – Albert Calogero – recommended these two outstanding students and General Manager Mark Burdett, also a former Terp, and News Director Fred D’Ambrosi were happy to make this great opportunity possible for both Alanna and Marissa. Read More »

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Merrill Journalist Brett Hall Named to SPJ National Board as Interim Student Member

Brett Hall

Updated August 28, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill Journalist Brett Hall ’15 has been selected by the SPJ national board to fill the remaining time left by the departure of one of their elected student representatives.

Hall will be participating in the meeting of the Board of Directors that takes place at the start of this year’s Excellence In Journalism Conference in Nashville September 4-6.

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Merrill College Faculty & Grad Students Head for AEJMC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Faculty and Ph.D. students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism head for Montreal  next week for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. The organization is the premier nonprofit representing academics in the journalism and communications fields.

The AEJMC Conference runs from August 6 – 9 at the the Le Centre Sheraton.

Merrill College faculty and students who will be presenting or who be part of panel discussions include:

Wednesday, August 6

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. : Dean Lucy Dalglish, panelist, Federal Shield Law

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. : Ph.D. student Michael Koliska and Professor Kalyani Chadha discuss their paper – “The Transparency Norm in German Newsrooms” (International Division).


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Journalism Center Offers New Resources For Covering Sex Trafficking of Minors

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sex trafficking stories seem to be in the news virtually every day. But it can be a tough subject for media to cover. For instance, while newsroom style books and media law guides may offer guidance on when to use words like “accused,” arrest” and “indict” – that many might consider loaded – tips on language for sex trafficking are less clear.

Now, the Journalism Center on Children and Families (JCCF) has unveiled a package of resources to help reporters do a better job of covering sex trafficking of minors.

Recently, we asked JCCF Director Julie Drizin about the new resource package, why it was created, and how reporters can get the most out of it..

1) What made the JCCF decide to start gathering resources for reporters to help them cover sex trafficking stories?

Last year, the McCormick Foundation sponsored a specialized reporting institute (SRI) on covering sex trafficking. I asked JCCF Program and Editorial Coordinator Mina Dixon to apply to attend and she was accepted. We agreed that she would work on creating content for our website on the topic for release some time in 2014.
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New Timeline Details Merrill College of Journalism History

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  A new historic timeline details the history of journalism at the University of Maryland.

Journalism did not become a stand-alone department until after World War II and its own college until 1972, but courses were taught off and on beginning in 1919. Even Curley Byrd – the iconic Terp who went from student to football coach and finally president of the university got in on the act. In 1918 – before the first classes were taught – he was listed in the student yearbook (The Reveille) as a “Professor of Rural Journalism and Coach.”

The Dipity timeline is a “living document” and material will continue to be added to it as possible over time.

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Merrill Doctoral Student Trains St. Maarten Government Staff in Social Media Skills

St. Martin Social Media Workshop

Graduates of the St. Maarten Social Media and Citizen Engagement Workshop show off their certificates of completion. Lokot is in the back row, fifth from the left.   Photo courtesy of the St. Martin News Network.

By Tetyana Lokot

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College doctoral student Tetyana Lokot  developed and taught a workshop on social media and citizen engagement for the government communicators of the island of St. Maarten (Netherlands) July 10.

The workshop – titled “Social Media and Citizens’ Participation: What is Your Strategy?” – was funded by Netherlands Antilles development agency USONA and organized by the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten.

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