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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Phillip Merrill College of Journalism Students Continue Excellent Work

The Prince George's County, Maryland, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is the largest and busiest combination, volunteer and paid, Departments in the Country.  Annually we respond to over 142,000 calls for service each year from 45 stations protecting 500 square miles and over 900,000 residents. 

The University of Maryland - College Park is located in Prince George's County.  Located on campus is the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.  The College website describes the Journalism school as:

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is one of the world’s leading journalism schools, with a distinguished faculty dedicated to enhancing the news industry and training the next generation of journalists in a state-of-the-art facility near the nation’s capital.
Merrill College educates students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels within a liberal arts context, preparing them for careers in journalism, media, research, teaching and related fields.  Merrill’s curriculum is one of the few in the nation focused solely on journalism – both broadcast and multiplatform – and its world-class faculty members have won numerous Pulitzer prizes and Emmy awards and conducted important media research.
Merrill’s journalism programs enroll about 550 undergraduates and about 100 graduate students. The school also offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Multimedia Journalism with weekend classes. The college is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
The Fire/EMS Departments Press Information Office is often contacted by Merrill students and staff of Capital News Service (CNS) asking for information, interviews and assistance in producing their assignments.  We have assisted countless students in their coursework and enjoy hearing from graduates that are now employed with news agencies around the national capital region.  The CNS often cover breaking news and other stories involving the Fire/EMS Department and I find their work to be of excellent quality.

I was recently contacted by Kristine Auble,  a Junior Broadcast Journalism major at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.  She explained she was working on a project, explained what she needed and provided a deadline.  Her request was to interview one of our medics and we set her up on a ride-along with one of our EMS supervisors.  She spent a Saturday afternoon with Paramedic Captain Roland Berg as he conducted his tour of duty on the Northern side of the County.

Below is the video she provided to use for review, as I had requested, and I wanted to share it with everyone.  I have found the work of Auble and all Phillip Merrill students to be of excellent quality and professionalism.  I look forward to continue working with Merrill students and providing whatever assistance they may need.

Congratulations Kristine on your product.  Keep up the good work, I wish the best for your remaining time in College and future career.



Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson/Public Information Officer
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
240-508-7930
Twitter - @PGFDPIO

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