A Letter from the Editor:
Thanks for finding
your way to Maryland Newsline.
The site launched the week of Jan. 30, 2001, as an effort by the
University of Maryland College of Journalism to provide students
hands-on opportunities to learn about multimedia reporting, writing, editing and Web
The site boasts news and features on politics and public
policy in Maryland and showcases work from our college's advanced wire service, TV and multimedia news operations. We hope this synergy between the news bureaus will prepare our students for today's
newsrooms, which increasingly call on professionals to report or edit for more than one platform.
The online newsmagazine is staffed in spring 2011 by undergraduate and
graduate students. Working in the new-media lab in Knight Hall on the College Park, Md.,
campus, the students will focus on reporting, writing and Web-producing multimedia stories about Maryland that combine original text, photos, audio, video and social media in their storytelling. They will use their news judgment to update the home page and
create interactive quizzes and polls, graphics and map mashups for our special reports on major issues.
The site is also stocked with stories reported and written by Capital News Service students who
semester honing their beat reporting skills in Washington and Annapolis. These students are increasingly adding multimedia to their storytelling.
And we post the
newscasts and some Web-only stories produced by our advanced TV students, who will report and produce packages from the capitals. Their
work airs on the campus cable television station, UMTV.
Students in all four of our news bureaus participate in a site blog, send you updates on Twitter and YouTube and write smart
Web headlines for stories. And students in each bureau will contribute to The Bay Beat, a site focused on environmental reporting and the Chesapeake Bay.
All four news operations are run and edited by
full-time instructor/editors with
long careers as professional journalists. We take accuracy and fairness
seriously and closely supervise our students.
We expect to update the Web site
at least four times a week during the spring semester, which runs from
January through late April.
This site builds on the early work of former Associate Dean Christopher Callahan and
former broadcast instructor Chet Rhodes, who in spring 1998 co-taught the college's first online journalism
lab. Their students built Maryland Newsnet, which Maryland Newsline replaced in 2001.
If you have any questions, suggestions or gripes about this site, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also e-mail the other bureau chiefs with questions or story suggestions,
or call us on the phone numbers listed in the staff box to the right:
Thanks for looking us over and for being patient with our occasional mistakes,
which we will quickly correct!
multimedia bureau director, UMD Philip Merrill College of Journalism
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