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Denny Named CNS Annapolis Bureau Chief

KarenDenny mugshot 2COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former McClatchy-Tribune Editor Karen Denny will be the new Capital News Service Annapolis bureau chief. CNS is the Philip Merrill College of Journalism student-powered news organization with bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington, D.C.

In making the announcement, Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “We are happy to welcome Karen Denny to our full-time faculty. Not only is she a Merrill College graduate and a part-time instructor here for many years, she is a  top-notch editor with an outstanding record at one of the nation’s leading wire services. We’re excited that she will bring those skills to the Capital News Service..”

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Merrill College History: The Humphrey House’s Journalism Connection

Humphrey House on Adelphi Road

The Humphrey House in an undated photo from the UMD Facilities Management website.

By Frank Quine

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – So how did a small and nondescript 1950s brick rambler on Adelphi Road become the epicenter of a national watchdog journalism magazine, a national journalism center devoted to at-risk children, a $2 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Association of Black Journalists?

It all began in 1993. The highly regarded national magazine American Journalism Review, published monthly by the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, operated from a commercial office high-rise on Route 1 in College Park. AJR sought to reduce its rental expenses and also seek a closer affiliation with the university. Journalism Dean Reese Cleghorn learned of a vacant house on Adelphi Road, near the university golf course, that had been a gift to Maryland in 1991 by the Hugh R. Humphrey family. University records don’t contain background on the Humphreys or why the home was donated, but it naturally became known as The Humphrey House. In time, it was referred to as just The House.

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TERP Magazine Features Q & A With Knight Chair Dana Priest


PH_STAFFCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s TERP Magazine has published an online Q & A with new Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism Dana Priest. “A Career Spent Uncovering Secrets” by Liam Farrell looks at Priest’s long career in journalism – when she realized working as a journalist was the career path she wanted to take, the art of investigative reporting, and her book “Top Secret America.”

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Dr. Klive Oh Defends Dissertation

DSC_0033COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Ph.D. candidate Klive Oh successfully defended his dissertation Wednesday, June 25 in Knight Hall.  Dr. Oh’s  dissertation was entitled: “What’s in a ‘like’? Influence of news audience engagement on the deliberation of public opinion in the digital public sphere.”

The dissertation committee members included:

  • Professor, Linda Steiner, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Assoc. Professor, Ron Yaros, Journalism
  • Asst. Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Asst. Professor, Sahar Khamis, Communication
  • Assoc. Professor, Xiaoli Nan, Communication – Dean’s Representative

Dr. Oh has accepted a position at William Paterson University in New Jersey starting this fall.

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TERP Magazine Features Alumna Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson of NPR

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson ’85

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Spring, 2014 edition of TERP Magazine offers a look inside the life of NPR reporter Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson ’85. Author Liam Ferrell writes in “Witness to History” that, “From writing about sludge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to covering protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, journalist Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson ’85 has witnessed the gamut of human experience.”

Nelson originally wanted to become a doctor but an introductory journalism class at Maryland changed her mind and a trip to Haiti in 1994 bolstered her interest in foreign affairs. By 2006, she was working for NPR when she opened the Kabul, Afghanistan bureau for the network. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she is currently based in Berlin. She met her husband, Eric ’87 while both were working for the Diamondback. They have a 24 year old son.

Read the full story online on the TERP website.

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Merrill College iBooks Provide Wellness Guide, Help for Incoming Freshmen

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the first time ever, students at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism have produced two iBooks* for the iPad that incorporates everything they’ve learned about mobile journalism into digital books with impact. Both iBooks were collected and assembled by students in Merrill Associate Professor Ronald Yaros’ two “Mobile Journalism” courses.

DSC_0075Shell Shock! Being A Savvy Terp Who Survives and Thrives at the University of Maryland

This free iBook is filled with valuable tips for incoming freshman, new transfers and international students at the University of Maryland.  Additional information is available from the companion web site at Download Shell Shock! on your iPad.

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First UNITY Fellowship Goes to Merrill College Graduate Balakit

Melanie Balakit '14 is the first-ever UNITY Fellow.

Melanie Balakit ’14 is the first-ever UNITY Fellow.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Melanie Balakit ’14 has won the first-ever UNITY Reporting Fellowship. “This is a rare opportunity for a college student to develop immersive multimedia and reporting skills from all over the country. The fellowship is designed to simulate convergence journalism, technology and cross-cultural communications,” said Roberto Quinones, Executive Director of UNITY.

As the UNITY fellow, Balakit will cover five journalism conventions this summer, with travel and hotel accommodations provided.  Conventions include the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

“We’re very pleased that Merrill College graduate Melanie Balakit is UNITY’s first fellow,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “She is a wonderful representative of our undergraduate program and we know she will do us proud covering these conventions.”

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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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