Speakers, Presenters and Panels

Rear view of Knight Center, home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Rear view of Knight Center, home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Speakers, presenters and panelists scheduled for J-Day 2017:

Patrick Basler, editor of the Diamondback’s Diversions section and a junior broadcast major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

 Kathryn Bayliss, yearbook representative, Walsworth Yearbooks

Evan Berkowitz, design editor of The Diamondback and a senior at the Merrill College of Journalism

Mary Boyle, publication editor, AARP

Alison Burns, doctoral student at Merrill College of Journalism, freelance TV news producer and former Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group

Michelle Davis, senior writer and social media strategist for Education Week Market Brief and senior writer for Education Week Digital Directions

Tim Ford, regional yearbook representative, Balfour

Jon Forsythe, director of editorial video for McClatchy and a graduate of the University of Maryland College of Journalism

Daryl James, director of strategic communications, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and former high school journalism teacher

Quinn Kelley, community coordinator, The Baltimore Sun, and a 2014 graduate of Merrill College

John Kelly, daily columnist for Metro section, The Washington Post

Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement at the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Sue Kopen Katcef, Merrill College professor of broadcast journalism and faculty adviser, Society for Professional Journalists chapter

Jen Massey, yearbook representative, Jostens

Beth Mechum, assistant director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, University of Maryland

Ulysses Muñoz videographer, Baltimore Sun, and a 2015 graduate of the Merrill College of Journalism

David Oliver, associate editor for social media at U.S. News & World Report and a 2014 graduate of the Merrill College of Journalism

Tony Richards, photographer-videographer with the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business

Amy Scott, Baltimore-based education correspondent for Marketplace, the daily public radio program

Tyler Weyant, deputy production director for POLITICO Pro and a 2013 graduate of Merrill College

Student Panels:

Sports Journalism Panel:

  • Megan Smedley ’18, WMUC sports station director and producer/editor, The Left Bench
  • Alex Flum ’18, play-by-play announcer, Big Ten to Go and WMUC sports and executive producer, The Left Bench
  • MacKaiya Cherry ’20, broadcaster, WMUC sports radio and beat reporter, The Left Bench
  • Kyle Melnick ’18, associate reporter for WashingtonNationals.com, and sports editor, The Diamondback


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