Maryland Day 2014

Fearless. Family Friendly. Fun. Join the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and celebrate the University of Maryland during #marylandday April 26! 10-4 rain or shine. 450+ free events across campus. Merrill College Events Link.

Remember the Past, Look at the Future of Sports Journalism

Join a distinguished panel of sports experts on #marylandday as they discuss the complex and changing world of sports media. Eaton Theater - Knight Hall - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free!


Look in the ViewFinder on #marylandday

Come enjoy some of the best work our Merrill Journalists have to offer during our ViewFinder Festival. Eaton Theater - Knight Hall - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free!


Got a Smart Device? Become a Prize-Winning Mobile Journalist

Win an iPod Touch and other prizes just by learning how to become a mobile journalist on #marylandday. Herbblock Room - Knight Hall - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Source Latest from Merrill's Students, Faculty, Programs and Centers

Dean Lucy Dalglish: Welcome!

Photo by John Consoli

April is upon us as we race to the end of the semester. Graduation is right around the corner!

First of all - Maryland Day is Saturday, April 26 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Merrill College is planning a record number of events  that should offer a lot of fearless fun and learning for our visitors. We look forward to seeing you!

I’ve spent a little more than a year now as your Dean and I’m still amazed at how quickly the semesters fly by. We are proud of our full-time and adjunct faculty, our students and staff. And then there are our amazing graduates, who continue to find wonderful jobs, and our alumni who are making the Merrill College an everyday name everywhere they go.

The Merrill College is also thankful for the support of our alumni and especially our Board of Visitors, whose vision and insight helps drive us into the future.

I am thrilled to welcome our newest faculty members:

- Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Priest will become our third Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism. She will continue a focus on national intelligent issues that are increasingly important in our digital age.

- Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos - who will help us jumpstart our efforts to establish a computational journalism program in the Merrill college.

The new online edition of the American Journalism Review ( - with its focus on journalism entrepreneurship and innovation - is already having an impact on our rapidly changing industry. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of our faculty Co-Editors, Sean Mussenden and Leslie Walker; News Editor Lisa Rossi, Video Editor Bethany Swain, Web Designer Sean Henderson and Editorial Interns Lyle Kendrick and Mary Clare Fischer.

The Capital News Service continues to make a name for itself across the state and nation. Our Multimedia Bureau produced a collaborative investigation with our Baltimore Urban Affairs class on a new natural gas export facility that has become quite controversial.

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism has offered some great programs this spring and has announced a new week-long summer program for high school students. Don’t miss the new student-driven series “Still No Cheering in the Pressbox” that highlights many of the top sports writers of the 21st Century. And congratulations to Director George Solomon, who was named to the DC Sports Hall of Fame in late January.  

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Faculty in the News

Senior Lecturer Deborah Nelson appointed Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism starting in August, 2014 by Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh. Nelson teaches courses on investigative reporting, media law and non-fiction war literature.

Assistant Professor Ron Yaros appointed associate professor starting in August, 2014 by University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh. Yaros was also featured in a Campus Technology article - "From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom."

George Solomon

Povich Sports Director George Solomon will be inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame this April during a Nationals game vs. the San Diego Padres. Before coming to Maryland, Solomon was the long-time Assistant Managing Editor/Sports  at The Washington  Post.  He and the Povich Center were also featured in a February, 2014 Baltimore Sun article - "Athletics -It's Not All Fun and Games."

Dr. Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton chair of broadcast journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, recently traveled to Russia to lecture on investigative reporting on social issues for television news.  

Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha has been selected as a 2013-2014 Faculty Lilly Fellow by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Professor and Senior Scholar Sarah Oates publishes a new book - "Revolution Stalled - The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere." Read more on the Oxford University Press website.


Breaking News from Capital News Service

The latest Maryland political and policy news from Merrill student reporters in our Annapolis, Washington and College Park news bureaus.

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Student Journalism Projects

Marylanders Brace for New Natural Gas Export Facility

A Capital News Service multimedia investigation of a proposed LNG export terminal at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay. The current facility was designed to handle imports of natural gas. But the US is now the worlds largest producer of natural gas and is looking to create facilities to export the energy resource. The plan to export gas has raised questions across the state about whether the plant will be a boon for the economy or cause significant damage to the environment.

The Stallions: Baltimore’s Forgotten Champions

The Capital News Service produces a multimedia oral history of a Canadian Football League team that only lasted two years in Baltimore. The Stallions came to town after the Colts betrayed its fans - in 1984 - leaving for Indianapolis in the middle of a snowy night. And though little remembered, the team had an impact - winning a Grey Cup championship and helping to pave the way for the return of the NFL and the Ravens 12 years later.

Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting Projects

Students in the college's Urban Affairs Reporting class use Baltimore as a laboratory to cover issues of importance to cities.  The class is taught by Sandy Banisky, Merrill's Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism, a former deputy managing editor of The (Baltimore) Sun. Their most recent project was a look at Baltimore's public transit woes. Read the story on the CNS website.


Student journalists from the University of Maryland and other universities around the country annually take part in the News21: Carnegie-Knight Initiative program - based at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - to deeply investigate an issue of import. Past investigations have looked at voter rights, food and transportation safety and most recently, post 9/11 veterans. The multiplatform stories are widely carried by media. The News21 project for 2014 is to look at gun issues around the U.S.

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