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Merrill College Multimedia Journalism Program Takes Careers To New Heights

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Working journalists – and communicators in all professions – face major challenges today to keep their skills current. That’s why the Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a Saturday-only four-course graduate program aimed at moving careers into overdrive.  Skills learned in class can often be applied at work the following week.

Multimedia Lecturer and Director of Assessments Christine Harvey oversees the Graduate Certificate Program of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism. She says the program is tailored to provide the tools working professionals need now to succeed. “There are two courses each semester,” she says. “They blend practical training in video, audio, photography, blogging, and interactive Web publishing with the critical application of editorial, ethical and legal principles in digital media.” She adds there is also a strong emphasis on mobile and entrepreneurial journalism.

Note: You can start in the Fall or Spring.

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News Engagement Day A Success: Make News. Make History

Photo by Christian Jenkins.

Photo by Christian Jenkins.

Updated October 7, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It’s time to engage with the news – to make it a national priority once again. That’s the hope of the AEJMC – the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

On October 7, the University of Maryland joined schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. to take part in “News Engagement Day” activities as a way to encourage everyone to “read, watch, like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to, or comment on news.”

The program at UMD was a collaborative effort between the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the Department of Communication (ARHU).

 


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The Diamondback is also conducting a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VKJTPMK

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Merrill College Welcomes New Humphrey Fellows

HuphreyFellowsBy Lily Ciric Hoffmann
Deputy Director, Lecturer
Hubert H. Humphrey Program

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Hailing from Albania to Thailand, 12 mid-career media professionals from 11 countries are spending the academic year at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Merrill College faculty and staff and the State Department and the Institute of International Education (IIE) officials welcomed the 22nd generation of Humphrey Fellows to the University of Maryland.

The Fellows arrived in mid-August and are enrolled and actively participating in classes in Journalism, Communication, Public Affairs, Government and Politics and Telecommunications departments. They’re honing their skills in multimedia, reporting, investigative journalism, media leadership strategies, media regulations and communication strategies in the government sector.

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Salzburg Academy Experience: A Better Me, A Better World

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 4.42.41 PMBy Tong Wu ’16
Junior Broadcast Journalism Major

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change is a study abroad program on media literacy and engaged global citizenship. This summer, I participated in this media academy together with students from 22 countries, discussing the role and the power of media in global change and working on real media projects. I could say my three-week academy time in Schloss Leopoldskron was a life-changing experience. I went to the academy with an unclear idea of the power of media.  I left with a firm belief that media could really change the world.

This year in the academy, students worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on five main project topics: corruption, poverty reduction, sustainability, human rights and climate change. Six students were also selected to work as a multimedia team, producing two 5-minute video stories that present the substance of the academy experience: what could media change and how?

I was selected to be a member of that multimedia team, working with students from the U.S., India, Mexico and Kenya, and two famous media educators and producers Sanjeev Chatterjee and Rhys Daunic. Sanjeev and Rhys worked with us as our mentors, guiding us through difficulties and providing helpful suggestions. My job was conducting interviews, making graphics for videos and shooting video b-roll.

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Moeller Leads Storytelling and Report Writing Seminar in Kyrgyzstan

Updated Oct. 14, 2014

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Professor Susan Moeller traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this past week, to lead a United Nations (@UNDP) “Innovation For Development Storytelling and Report-Writing for Change” seminar. A UN release says, “During the seminar, representatives of international organizations, NGOs and the media will discuss ways to present information, reports and data in the field of development through storytelling.”

Professor Moeller is shown here in one of the storytelling sessions.. She told those attending “Whatever it is, you can do it.”

Watch a video of the seminar:

Learn more at UNDP: undp.org/innovation or via hashtags #inno4dev #KGsty

Some of Prof. Moeller’s Tweets during the event:
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Robert “Woody” Woodruff Successfully Defends Dissertation

DSC_0504COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Robert “Woody” Woodruff successfully defended his dissertation today in Knight Hall. His project was entitled: “Foretelling the Everyday: Early Modern English Almanacs Prepare a Public for News.”

The dissertation committee members included:

  • Professor Emerita, Maurine Beasley, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Assistant Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Associate Professor, Ira Chinoy, Journalism
  • Associate. Professor Emeritus, John Newhagen, Journalism
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Sabrina Baron, History
  • Professor and Chair Philip Soergel, History – Dean’s Representative

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PALS Program Kickoff Includes ViewFinder Presentation

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Photos courtesy of Bethany Swain.

FREDERICK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s PALS (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability) Program with the City of Frederick kicked off last night with help from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Frederick is the second largest city in the state. Twenty eight courses (two from the Merrill College), drawn from 9 programs across the College Park campus will focus over 50,000 student hours on helping build a more sustainable community.

Merrill Journalist Alexander Glass spoke to the group about the plans Bethany Swain’s Advanced Storytelling Class (ViewFinder) has for the PALS program. Other speakers included Provost Mary Anne Rankin, PALS Program Director Uri Avin, Gerrit Knaap, the executive director of the UMD National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Frederick Mayor Randy McClement and other city officials.

The ViewFinder class will be creating in-depth video stories around Frederick, drilling down on some of the fascinating PALS projects undertaken by Maryland students.

Swain said, “My Advanced Video Storytelling class has already started filming their stories and even did a site survey today (Wednesday) for where we hope to anchor the show.”
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Merrill Alumna Alex Moe Moves to Capitol Hill for NBC News

AlexMoeAdapted from information provided by Alex Moe.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College Alumna Alex Moe (’10) was recently promoted to serve as a Capitol Hill producer for NBC News. She will be covering the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

For the past two years, Moe was a producer at the network based in New York covering the Northeast and Midwest regions. There she was responsible for providing editorial guidance in the field when covering breaking news – such as the Boston Marathon bombing and shooting at Newtown — as well as pitching and editing stories for Nightly News with Brian Williams and the Today Show.

Moe is a graduate of the University of Maryland with bachelor degrees from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in both broadcast journalism and government and politics. She is a Maryland native who loves traveling, cooking and, of course, the Terps!
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MABJ Panel Tackles Domestic Violence and the NFL

MABJ Moderator - Senior Broadcast Major moderator is Rhiannon Walker Introduces the panelists.

MABJ Moderator and Senior Broadcast Major Rhiannon Walker Introduces the Panelists.

Article by Jessie Karangu, junior broadcast major

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The intersection of domestic violence, sports and journalism launched a lively discussion at Tuesday night’s MABJ panel held in a packed Eaton Theater.

The University of Maryland’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists convened the summit to dissect the media’s influence on the saga of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, and how a violent elevator video led to his release from the Ravens and turned into a national conversation about domestic violence, the NFL, crime and punishment.

Tuesday night’s panel featured NFL writer David Steele of Sporting News, domestic violence survivor Rebecca Hinton who is a speaker bureau volunteer with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), Managing Editor Mary Byrne of USA Today  Sports and former NFL player Wally Williams of CBS Baltimore.

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Terp Magazine: For “Seinfeld” Writer, a Novel Life

pmehlman_author_small_finalby Lauren Brown

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - As a writer on “Seinfeld,” Peter Mehlman ’77 came up with “yada, yada,” “spongeworthy,” “shrinkage” and “double-dipping.” They’re all part of the lexicon now, tied to the everyday absurdities and annoyances that the sitcom milked for laughs for nine seasons.

But on the subject of his four years at Maryland, Mehlman sheds the comic persona. He’s positively mushy.

“There’s a Paul Simon song with the line, “These are the days of miracle and wonder,” and that was what it was like for me at the University of Maryland,” says Mehlman, author of the new novel “It Won’t Always Be This Great.” “From the first morning—I was there alone and I went to breakfast and I had hash browns for the first time—it never stopped being eye-opening and wonderful.”

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