We are very pleased that you are bringing your group to J–Day at the University of Maryland. This email is intended to tell you everything you need to know to have a great day at Maryland – and the weather forecast is looking pretty good – 65 degrees and sunny. The program for the day is attached so you and your students can prepare.
For those arriving by car, the Union Garage on Union Lane (to the left of Stamp looking at the front of the building) is available. Parking is available there for a flat fee of $15 for the day or at any UMD public parking garage. Park, take note of the number of your spot, then pay at the machine by the entrance off of Union Lane using that space number.
Those arriving at the College Park Station on the Metro line can ride any University of Maryland shuttle to campus free. They are available to groups coming for on-campus events. At the end of J-Day, you can catch a shuttle back to the Metro just slightly downhill from Stamp at the shuttle stop. Look for a shuttle indicating it is heading to the Metro station.
Arrival and Opening Ceremony:
The event opens at the Memorial Chapel on Regents Drive promptly at 8:50 a.m.. If you enter campus from Route 1, go to the circle by the big “M” and turn to the left out of the circle. The Memorial Chapel will be on your right. There will be a registration table near the entrance. Society of Professional Journalists volunteers should be out front to assist you.
The keynote speech will be presented by Margaret Talev. Ms. Talev is a senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News and a CNN political analyst. She currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Encourage your students to research her. There will be a question and answer period. Encourage your students to pre-plan questions for her.
We will run a Swap Shop from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. to allow students to share their work with students from other schools. Tell your students to bring copies of their newspaper, magazine or yearbook to show off. If they have extra copies, they can distribute them – or they can just show them to one another. Broadcasting students can share their work via their phones. An MDCSPA Board member will be there to get things going.
The keynote speech will be presented by Margaret Talev. Ms. Talev is a senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News and a CNN political analyst. She currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Encourage your students to research her. There will be a question and answer period. Encourage your students to pre-plan questions for her. You can find an archive of her work for Bloomberg at: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AQfZOQCc930/margaret-talev . You can find her videos on C-Span at: https://www.c-span.org/person/?margarettalev .
Also at the Opening Ceremony, we’ll acknowledge every school at J-Day. Prep your kids to shout and cheer when your school’s name is called.
After the Opening Ceremony
After the Opening Ceremony, Society of Professional Journalists will lead students up to the buildings we are using for concurrent sessions at the top of the hill. To get there, exit the Memorial Chapel and head to the left down Regents Drive. When you get to the wide open McKeldin Mall, walk up the hill. Pass the McKeldin Library. At the top of the hill, you will find the five buildings where sessions will be held for J-Day.
We will be using Knight Hall, Tawes, P. Mitchell Art-Sociology, Architecture, and Van Munching Hall. The five buildings all sit in a line along the parking lots and Mowatt Lane. Encourage your students to move around, going from class to class like a real college student.
Your students should have plenty of choices in every area of journalism. I am attaching a PDF of the program for this year’s event to this email. You’ll find a a map of these buildings the program or visit the UMD Campus Map at https://maps.umd.edu/map/ . Encourage your kids to move between the buildings to get a taste of the real college experience. We have arranged for Society of Professional Journalist student volunteers to be in the area to help direct students to the various locations.
If a student goes to a session and finds it over full, they can feel free to go late to another. No one will mind.
Tours of Knight Hall, the Capital News Service broadcast facility, and the Diamondback student newspaper office and WMUC student radio will also be available during the three concurrent sessions. Tours will leave from the lobby in Knight Hall.
Students will eat lunch at the Stamp Student Union food court. There is a large selection of restaurants there. You can find a list of available restaurants at http://www.mdcspa.org/j-day-2017/lunch-and-tours/ .
Teachers who have pre-purchased a boxed lunch will meet in Knight Hall Room 3202. If you didn’t pre-order a lunch but would like to pick something up and join us, you will be more than welcome.
• This year, we are ending the event at 2:10 p.m. since many teachers need to get their kids back to school by a certain time. If you need to leave early – don’t worry. The speakers for the 1:10 p.m. sessions have been told some students may have to get up and leave to meet their groups. The presenters will not think they are being rude.
• If any student needs non-emergency assistance, they can call the Knight Hall desk at 301-405-2399. The number is in the program.
• Free wifi will be available. Access information will be in the program. Students can win a prize by tweeting their experience at J-Day.
• Some groups are bringing payment for the event with them. That’s fine. The MDCSPA Board members at the registration table will be able to take your payment.
If anything else comes up, I’ll let you know and you can always email me. We look forward to seeing you and your students at Maryland on Friday for an exciting day of Journalism at Maryland.