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The Multimedia Crew, UMD's College Park Campus, Spring 2011

The bureau chief:

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About Us has info on all the news bureau staffs.

In August 2000, Chris Harvey left her job as managing editor at American Journalism Review to rejoin the faculty, focusing attention on the multimedia curriculum. She and her students launched Maryland Newsline in January 2001, as the converged site for all the Capital News Service news bureaus. She's worked as a professional journalist since 1980, including as an associate editor at washingtonpost.com in Arlington, Va., in the late '90s, and as managing editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 project at the university in the summers of 2009 and 2010. She served as director of the college's print news bureaus in Annapolis and Washington in the 1990s and was a statehouse and congressional reporter for The Washington Times before that.


The graduate students:

Maite Fernandez

Maite Fernandez, 26, is a multimedia graduate student finishing up the program at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, she is bilingual in Spanish and English. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from ORT University, Montevideo. In Uruguay she worked for a magazine publisher, collaborated doing research for a nonfiction book and worked as a full-time reporter for El Observador, a national newspaper. Once in the U.S. she covered the visit of Uruguay’s president to Washington for El Observador and served as a contributing writer for the Prince George’s County Sentinel. She can be reached at maite.fern@gmail.com.

Alexander Pyles

Alexander Pyles, 23, earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2009. He has worked or interned for The Baltimore Sun, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal and Patch.com. He’ll cover Prince George’s County government and Maryland transportation as a multimedia reporter, producer and editor at Maryland Newsline. He can be reached at aapyles@umd.edu.

Madhu Rajaraman

Madhu Rajaraman, 23, will be covering health and the environment as a multimedia reporter and producer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Rutgers University, with a double major in English and psychology.  She has worked as a freelance reporter for the Sayreville (N.J.) Progress newspaper and the Prince George’s Sentinel, and as an intern for Cambridge University Press in New York, the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the American Journalism Review. This summer, she will work as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow to help report and produce an investigative project on food safety in the United States. She can be reached at madhu.rajaraman@gmail.com.

Alexandra Wilding

Alexandra Wilding, 26, is a master’s candidate in multimedia journalism. For the past four years, she taught high school English and coordinated a college-access program in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most recently, she interned at NPR for “Weekend Edition.” At NPR, she also wrote and produced stories for “Intern Edition.” She has also interned for “Maryland Morning,” at Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR. As a reporter she has covered topics such as education, technology, politics and urban affairs. She has written for “The Baltimore Guide” and “The Baltimore Brew.” She will be working as a multimedia reporter, producer and editor for covering education and technology. She can be reached at wilding.alexandra@gmail.com.

The undergraduate:
Collin Berglund Collin Berglund, 21, is an undergraduate journalism and government and politics double major at the University of Maryland. He has worked for numerous publications at the University of Maryland and served as editor in chief of "The Munch" in 2010. He also interned in the interactive media department of the National Education Association and the offices of Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). He can be reached at cberglund89@gmail.com.

Photos by Maryland Newsline's Maite Fernandez, Alexander Pyles, Madhu Rajaraman and Alexandra Wilding.

Copyright 2011 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

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