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Schweich Wins NPPF TV News Scholarship

629283– Adapted from an NPPF Press Release:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill Journalist Emily Schweich is the winner of the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) TV News Scholarship. Schweich – a junior broadcast major – is one of seven college students selected by the NPPF to receive the $2,000 scholarships. “I’m very honored and excited to be recognized by this prestigious organization,” said Schweich.

Currently the president of the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter, Schweich also works as a multimedia reporter for The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s independent daily student newspaper.  She has had a love for storytelling from an early age. She says her ultimate goal is to “become a news anchor and give a voice to the voiceless through journalism, focusing special attention to issues impacting women, such as gender-based violence and poverty and fair treatment in the workplace.”

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Ph.D. Candidate Saranaz Barforoush Named Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Assistant

Saranaz Non Serious photoCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College Ph.D. candidate Saranaz Barforoush has been named the University of Maryland’s Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Assistant.

In a letter to Barforoush, Graduate School Dean Charles Caramello said the new award was established this school year “to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year.”

“Merrill has become my home away from home,” said Barforoush.  “I have been honored to work with world class educators. The college has given me the opportunity to teach , which I love, and the ability to focus my research on issues that matter to me.”

Barforoush was honored this past week during the Fellowship and Awards Celebration in the Stamp Student Union.

About Saranaz Barforoush

Saranaz Barforoush earned her M.S. degree from Southern Illinois University in 2011, where she wrote a thesis on the news production of Persian television channels broadcast from Britain and the United States. During her studies at SIU she also worked as a PR officer for SIUE’s School of Business and its Emergency Operation Center. She completed an M.A. degree in Cultural Studies and Media from the University of Tehran in 2008, where she studied the social effects in Iranian popular cinema before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution. After gaining her BA in journalism from Allameh Tabatabai University she worked as a journalist and translator for a number of high profile Iranian newspapers and weekly magazines. In addition to her journalism experience, she has worked as a PR manager for well-known IT organizations and news publications in Iran. Her research interests include: international journalism, diasporic media production and use, conflict coverage in the media, and freedom of the press.

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Ph.D. Student Justin Hudson Named All-S.T.A.R. Fellow

1a4756bCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Ph.D. student Justin Hudson has been awarded one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships for academic year 2015-16.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my work both in front of the classroom and as a researcher,” said Hudson. “As a graduate student, finances are never far from one’s mind. The All-S.T.A.R Fellowship allows me to focus on my upcoming dissertation and gives me the flexibility to travel for research, present at conferences, and job interviews.”

Approximately 4,000 UMD graduate students serve the campus as teaching, administrative, or research assistants. The Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships support and honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants.   This Graduate School supplemental fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend.

About Justin Hudson

Justin Hudson graduated with an M.A. in education from the University of California-Berkeley in 2009.  He earned his B.A. from Rice University in 2008, where he majored in history. At Rice, he was a sportswriter for the Rice Thresher and worked as a sport marketing intern for Rice’s athletic department. He continued his work in sports communications at Berkeley, where he interned for the athletic media relations office.

Since graduating from Berkeley, he has been a copy editing intern at Bleacher Report and currently works as a writer for LA Focus, a monthly newspaper in his hometown of Los Angeles. He entered the Merrill College Ph.D. program in 2011. His research interests include examining historic and contemporary media representations of African American male athletes, as well as broader issues dealing with sports, media, and society, media history, media and race, and media literacy.

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Overly Named Knight-Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow


The Washington Post’s Steven Overly ’10 is a 2015-2016 Knight-Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow. Photo: LinkedIn.

Adapted from a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism release.

NEW YORK, NY – The Washington Post’s Steven Overly – a 2010 graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism – has been named a 2015-2016 Knight-Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Overly  is a national reporter for the Post. He writes about federal technology and energy policy. Previously, he covered the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the Washington metropolitan area. While attending Maryland, Overly was editor-in-chief of The Diamondback and spent his summers interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the St. Petersburg Times in Tampa.

In an email to Overly, Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote her congratulations, adding, “You will make all Terps very proud.”

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El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Myriam Marquez Headlines Merrill Commencement

Myriam-MarquezCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Myriam Marquez, executive editor of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald newspaper, will be the commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism on May 22.

Marquez graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983.

“Myriam Marquez is one of Merrill College’s most distinguished alums,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Since her graduation, she has distinguished herself as an award-winning reporter, an incisive editorial and commentary writer, and a newsroom leader. Our students have much to learn from her.”

For her part, Marquez says she is looking forward to speaking to the Merrill graduating class:

“These graduates are at the top of their game, taught by some of the best journalists in the country for a new millennium of journalism in a nation that’s growing ever more diverse. The industry has changed immensely from the time of my graduation, and these new journalists will be key to our success in telling crucial stories in innovative ways that grab audiences on digital, television or print. I’m excited by the possibilities.”

Marquez’s husband,  Tony Pipitone, also graduated from Merrill College in 1983. He is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter for WTVJ-TV in Miami. They have two sons. Read More »

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Cheng, Schapitl Win Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Scholarships

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WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 -Five aspiring journalists attending the University of Maryland and other Washington, D.C.-area universities have been selected as Sigma Delta Chi Scholarship recipients for the 2015-16 academic year by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDX/DC).

The SDX/DC scholarships, in the amount of $3,000 each, are funded through ongoing support of members of the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, support from the Kiplinger Foundation and the Gridiron Club and Foundation and individual gifts to SDX/DC from journalism education advocates.

The 2015-16 SDX/DC Scholars from Maryland are Brittany Cheng ’17 (left) and Lexie Schapitl ’17 (right) (Photos: Twitter, LinkedIn).

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Press Uncuffed Wins $5000 Do Good Challenge Prize


University President Dr. Wallace Loh, Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and Knight Chair Dana Priest pose with student members of the the Press Uncuffed project (with presenter Kristen Craft, center) during Tuesday’s Do Good Challenge finals. The team won $5000 to help jailed journalists. Photo: Jay Westcott.

shell-logo_0COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Press Uncuffed, the Merrill College project to raise funds supporting jailed journalists, has won a $5000 first place “Venture Track” Do Good Challenge prize.

The finals were held at the Riggs Alumni Center on campus Tuesday evening. The Do Good Challenge is sponsored by Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

The student-developed Press Uncuffed initiative came into being during Knight Chair Dana Priest’s National Security and Press Freedom Reporting class over the 2014-2015 school year.

Their plan was to raise awareness about imprisoned journalists around the world and fight for their release.

The students partnered with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) –  a nonprofit that works to promote free press worldwide – as well as the grassroots group Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

Working with in-kind donations from a number of media companies, Press Uncuffed created an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $31,000. The funds are being used to produce clear Lucite (c) bracelets (for transparency) with (initially) the names of nine jailed journalists.

Dr. Loh Wearing Press Uncuffed Bracelet

University President Loh wears a Press Uncuffed bracelet as Knight Chair Dana Priest looks on. Photo: Jay Westcott.

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White House Correspondent’s Dinner: “I Needed to Pinch Myself”

Editor’s Note: Merrill Journalist Naomi Harris ’17, was honored (with other scholars winners) Saturday night (April 25) during the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner as the winner of the $17,000 Frank Cormier scholarship. Naomi says she hopes to become a foreign correspondent some day and is interested in producing documentaries focused on international issues of women and equality.

We asked her to write a brief narrative about her experience:

By Naomi Harris ’17

Naomi Harris with the Obamas.

Naomi with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner April 25.

In a room full of long gowns, crisp tuxedos and big smiles, it did not come as a shock that I needed to pinch myself. I never thought accepting such a gracious scholarship from the White House Correspondent’s Association would lead me to a ballroom with celebrities, politicians and journalists for the 2015 dinner.

But this past Saturday I had the great opportunity of introducing myself to some incredible people and meeting the Obamas. The night was full of laughter and a rare but pleasant atmosphere shared between the administration and the press. Christi Parsons, the president of the association, reminded all of us it is incredibly important to maintain access in order to inform the public as much as possible about the current news of the White House.

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Dean Dalglish Named “Fellow of the Society” by the Society of Professional Journalists

– Adapted from an SPJ News Release

LucyDalglish_08142012_1008INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish and Media and First Amendment Lawyer Mickey H. Osterreicher as Fellows of the Society. It is the highest professional honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession.

Lucy Dalglish was recognized nationally by the National Press Foundation in 2012 with the Kiplinger Award and was honored in 1995 by the Society of Professional Journalists with the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the organization.

Dalglish became the Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2012. Prior to this she made substantial contributions to the profession through a broad range of career opportunities.

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Mobile Journalism Students Set for Maryland Day Coverage


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College students  from two of Associate Professor Ron Yaros’ mobile journalism classes will be covering Maryland Day this year. 25 undergraduate and graduate students will be fanning out across campus to cover some of the 400+ events planned for the popular and family-friendly open house. You can see a slide show of photos taken by last year’s students.

In anticipation of the annual event, Yaros said, “For the first time, 14 students spent the past two weeks producing mobile stories, which ‘preview’ selected events to be featured at this year’s Maryland Day! This adds more richness to the event.”

Mobile Story Examples

Merrill Journalist Becky Kaminsky investigated how the new Maryland Dairy ice cream shop in the Stamp Student Union is doing – and what it will be offering on Maryland Day:

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