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Main Fall Commencement Features Alumna Yang, Merrill Journalist Hughes as Speakers

wrc_eunyangCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will be doubly proud Dec. 20 – when Journalism alumna Eun Yang (right) of NBC4 in Washington, D.C. and Senior Journalism Major Kelsey Hughes take center stage during the University of Maryland’s main commencement exercises.

The university officially announced today that Yang – a 1995  journalism major – would be the main fall commencement speaker. Hughes will be the student speaker.

Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish told the Diamondback newspaper that choosing an alumna of the journalism school ” reaffirms the profession’s significance,” adding,  “It proves that journalism is relevant to everyone in society. Most importantly, what this says is that contrary to popular belief, journalism is far from dead. All you have to do to figure that out is to walk into Knight Hall.”

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Yaros, Chadha Honored as “Outstanding Professors”

RonCOLLEGE PARK, MD. – Two Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members were honored this semester as “Outstanding Professors” by Maryland student-athletes.  Professor Kalyani Chadha and Associate Professor Ron Yaros were nominated as part of the Maryland Academic Services’ (Athletics) “Most Valuable Professor (M.V.P.) program. This is the third year faculty and staff have been honored by Athletics and Maryland’s student-athletes.

Yaros was nominated by men’s soccer player Suli Dainkeh as an outstanding professor and was recognized at halftime of the Maryland vs. Hartwick soccer game  on Oct. 28.

In a letter to Yaros, Chris Uchacz – academic support and career development director (ASCDU) – wrote “As a member of our University faculty and staff, you play a key role in the academic successes of our student athletes and we want to recognize you for your efforts.”

KalyaniChadha was nominated by a member of the Maryland Field Hockey Team as her favorite professor and was honored during halftime of the team’s  game Oct. 29 vs. American University.

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Merrill Student-run “Left Bench” Sports Blog Wins Baltimore Sun Mobbie Award


By Michael Stern

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Left Bench has won the 2014 Baltimore Sun “Mobbie” Award for the Best College/ Amateur Sports Blog.

The Left Bank blog co-Founders Kofie Yeboah, Justin Meyer, and Michael Stern.

The Left Bench blog co-Founders (L-R) Kofie Yeboah, Justin Meyer, and Michael Stern.

The Left Bench is a student run sports blog that began in November 2013. Co-founders Kofie Yeboah, Justin Meyer and Michael Stern started the blog to get more experience writing, but it has expanded its staff and coverage over the past year.

The Left Bench now has a staff of 16 Maryland students (most from the Merrill College) who write on a weekly basis. The site covers both pro and college sports, but it specializes in its coverage of University of Maryland athletics and area high school recruits.

The Mobbie Awards are a competition that the Baltimore Sun runs for area blogs. The Left Bench was nominated for both the Best College Sports Blog, which it won, and for the Best Pro Sports Blog, where it came in second. The awards show last night featured bloggers from all over the state of Maryland who were nominated in categories such as Best Food Blog, Best Entertainment Blog, and Best City Blog. 18 awards were given out last night at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

The Left Bench is very honored to have been named the Best College/Amateur Sports Blog by the Baltimore Sun. After only a year, it has gone from a site that a few students wrote columns on when they were bored, to an award winning sports publication. Thank you to all who voted. It means a lot. Stay tuned for more big things from The Left Bench soon.

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Terp Magazine Story Features Merrill Alumna Karen Masterson

Mosquito_illustration_V2The Malaria Manhattan Project

By Liam Farrell

The investigation started with a mislabeled box.

Karen Masterson M.A. ’04 was at the National Archives in College Park, expecting to review records on World War II blood plasma studies by the famous chemist Linus Pauling. An experienced reporter, she had recently finished her master’s in journalism and was doing an assignment for an extra course on navigating the labyrinthine system of the archives.

She was handed the wrong box. Frustrated by the mix-up, she randomly pulled a file from it and scanned a letter inside.

Author and Terp Karen Masterson

Author and Terp Karen Masterson

“I literally turned cold,” she said in an interview. “I couldn’t believe what I was reading.”

The Dec. 6, 1943, U.S. government letter to the Massachusetts surgeon general outlined a frightful research scenario: Mental and end-stage syphilis patients would be infected with malaria so researchers could test new drugs critical to the war effort.

That letter propelled Masterson into research that produced her new book, “The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure,” which tells the story of the soldiers, scientists and researchers who embarked on a frenetic—and, by today’s standards, ethically questionable—quest to stop the ravages of one of the most difficult diseases on earth.

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UMTV Live Events in November and December


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – UMTV, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism cable TV station, has a number of live broadcasts on tap for November and December. As more events unfold, we’ll update this list to reflect the new events.


  • NOTE – last minute change – we will only be able to stream to the Riggs Alumni Center. 2014 Durbin Lecture featuring Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.

    Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Gildenhorn Recital Hall, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israeli Studies at the University of Maryland.

  • The 9th Annual Shirley Povich Sports Symposium. Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland. Sponsored by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
  • Clark Hall Ground Breaking Ceremony, Friday Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, visitor parking lot adjacent to the Kim Engineering Building.

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Shirley Povich Symposium To Address Racism & Sports


Photos from the event can be found on Flickr.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Michael Wilbon, ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and columnist and Scott Van Pelt, SportsCenter anchor and ESPN radio host headline the ninth annual Shirley Povich Symposium on Nov. 11.

“Racism & Sports: How Far Have We Really Come?” starts at 7 p.m. in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Admission is free.

Joining Wilbon and Van Pelt are Kevin Blackistone, Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn, Kara Lawson, 12-year WNBA veteran and basketball analyst and Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and former University of Maryland professor.

NOTE: Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich, was scheduled to moderate but became ill and was replaced by Povich Center Director George Solomon and Dean Lucy Dalglish.

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Merrill College Set to Welcome High School Journalists to “We The Media” Conference

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Originally Published Sept. 15, 2014
Updated to reflect one shadow event with CNS Broadcast Bureau vs. two.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association are coming to Washington, D.C. this November for their Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Thousands of high school students interested in journalism and their adult teachers will be involved in more than 250 sessions, contests, media tours and more.  The conference will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is looking forward to the November 5-9 event and will be actively engaged on a number of fronts:

  • Dean Lucy Dalglish will be speaking on Friday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Her topic: Legal rights and responsibilities of student-journalists. She says, “Journalists have an enormous amount of power. Accurate, thorough stories can do great good. But mistakes can seriously harm people. Learn how to minimize your chances of making mistakes that can hurt the people you’re writing about (and build your reputation as a first-rate journalist).” JEA’s Carol Lange introduces Dean Dalglish in her “We the Media” series for JEA members by saying that Dalglish “began her leadership in journalism as editor of her 6th grade newspaper – the Lake Agassiz Hotline, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She went on to be the co-editor of her junior high and senior high newspapers. In her final year of high school, she was named the North Dakota Outstanding High School Journalism Student by the Northern Interscholastic Press Association.”
  • The Merrill College will bus a group of students to Knight Hall for a half-day session that includes an information panel, tours and lunch before heading back to Washington, D.C.
  • Shadow Sessions: Students attending the conference will have the opportunity to shadow our CNS bureaus in Washington, D.C. (9-noon on Thursday, Nov. 6) and in College Park. (Wednesday Nov. 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
  • The Merrill College of Journalism will  staff a table in the Exhibition Hall to talk with students and their advisers.
  • American Journalism Review Editor Lisa Rossi will take part in a “Break with the Pro” program on Friday, Nov. 7. for two sessions talking about magazine editing.

The official website for the conference is

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CNS Finalizes Election Night Coverage


We’ve posted election night photos on Flickr:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – From Annapolis to Washington, D.C and College Park, the student-powered Capital News Service has big plans for Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

Voters in Maryland are going to the polls to vote on everything from a new governor, constitutional amendments, as well as city and county issues. Nationwide, the big question is whether the GOP will finally be able to take over the Senate and elect more Republicans on the House side.

Capital News Service Reporter Danny Kerry talked with voters as they left the Maryland polling station.

Capital News Service Reporter Danny Kerry talked with voters in Annapolis as they left their Maryland polling station. Photo by Dani Shae Thompson.

CNS plans to cover all the major races and initiatives in Maryland and will be reporting national results as well.

In College Park, the CNS Broadcast Bureau will be busy all night. Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef said, “We’ll be doing our regular 6:30 show (on UMTV) then doing 15 minute updates, tops and bottoms of the hour (starting at 8 p.m.) until 11p when we’ll wrap with a 30 minute update.”

Former Maryland State Senator Cathy Riley (who is now an instructor with the UMD School of Public Policy) will serve as the election night analyst during newscasts.

Student reporters will be stationed at:

Brown headquarters:  Riggs Alumni Center
Hogan headquarters:  Westin Hotel in Annapolis
CNS D.C. Bureau (national updates)

UMTV Master Control will be turned into a local update center as well.

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Merrill Journalist Interns at START Center

Merrill Journalist Lauren Sagi is interning for the START Center on campus.  Photo by Rachael Romano.

Merrill Journalist Lauren Sagl is interning for the START Center on campus. Photo by Rachael Romano.

Lauren Sagl is accepted into START’s terrorism research internship program.

By Rachael Romano

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lauren Sagl, a student from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism is working alongside leading experts to conduct terrorism research at START – The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. A Center of Excellence for the Department of Homeland Security,  START is a selective program at the University of Maryland that chooses students who excel in their given field.

Interns actively participate in terrorism research projects, gaining practical experience in many different areas of study while networking with START researchers at more than 50 academic institutions worldwide. Students also have the chance to network with the best and brightest among their peers from 16 universities ranging from Columbia in New York City to the University of California in Los Angeles. This year START saw a 25 percent increase in the number of applicants compared to last year.
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University Health Center Issues Tips on Dealing with Viral Meningitis


University Health CenterMaryland Dept. of Public Health (PDF)
Diamondback Story
Meningitis FAQ
Washington Post: As Many as 19 Students Contracted Viral Meningitis

Dear Campus Community,

Earlier this week, the University of Maryland Health Center confirmed cases of viral meningitis and viral syndromes on campus. Since this discovery, the Health Center has been tracking these cases carefully in close collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and the State Health Department.

The word “meningitis” often strikes fear, however I hope the following information will help alleviate some of that anxiety. We have already initiated vigilant procedures to address and contain the virus, and have reached out to populations who are most at risk, including those living with and in very close contact with those who have the infection.

We have discovered that the cases have now gone beyond the initially affected cluster of persons, so we are sharing this information more broadly with the campus community to ensure that we all take the necessary protective measures to keep the virus contained.

It is vital to note that the current infection we are dealing with is viral, not bacterial meningitis.  Viral meningitis is not as dangerous as the bacterial form.  In addition, the standard meningitis vaccine, though essential, does not protect against this current infection. The currently available meningitis vaccine protects against certain bacterial forms of the infection.

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