‘Best of Semester’ award winners Spring 2012

Note: Thanks to Nick DiMarco, who wrote the post below after hosting our end-of-the-semester MCOM 407 awards. –Dr. S

Rochelle Werner

Congratulations to the winners of the third  MCOM 407 Best In Show contest!

Speaking on behalf of our guest judges Towson Patch editor Tyler Waldman and author Deborah Rudacille, we agreed that all of the students reported some amazing projects.

We were most impressed by grad student Rochelle Werner who we believe (no pun intended) showcased the best overall project, exploring Baltimore’s “Believe” campaign and what it meant to the city. Werner examined all aspects of the campaign from its beginning aims to improve neighborhoods and urge drug users to seek treatment, to its challenges and successes on initiative’s 10th anniversary.

I can’t speak for my fellow judges, but I always wondered what “Believe” meant to the city, and now thanks to Werner’s reporting, and keen use of multimedia, I can say I am well-versed in this topic.

It is for this reason that we give Rochelle the best overall prize.


Meagan Hendrickson

The students voted Meagan Hendrickson a winner for best reporting. Hendrickson’s project Latinos and the Baltimore Justice System provided clear context of the struggles Baltimore’s “booming” Hispanic population faces, focusing on upcoming 14th anniversary of Felix Guevara. Guevara is “a Spanish-speaking immigrant, [who] was robbed of more than $300 by Baltimore police officer Dorian Martin on a freezing December night in 1998,” Hendrickson wrote.

The judges found that Hendrickson showed great effort in interviewing officer Rosa Ramirez, a Hispanic liaison in the Baltimore Police Department, and compiling a straight forward news story about an executive order issued by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.



Brittany Leigh

Brittany Leigh took home honors in best multimedia for her project The Real Wire. Just looking at the homepage of Leigh’s site, readers are immediately grabbed by a striking banner image created by Leigh. Leigh’s expertise in data visualization will serve her well in whichever area of mass communication she lands, but the judges were most impressed by an audio interview with Wire actress Charmaine Rose.




Keaira Brooks

Keaira Brooks’s Flickr page caught the attention of most student voters who named her best photographer. Brooks’s project Historic St. Mary’s City focuses on what Brooks believes is an “under-served” community. Click through Brooks’s photos, readers are taken on a journey of the beauty that lies in St. Mary’s City.

Congratulations to all of the winners! I hope to see you all again next year.


Nick DiMarco, editor, Lutherville-Timonium Patch and MCOM 407 alumni