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Celebrate Spring 2013 Commencement
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism congratulates our 144 undergraduate and graduate students on their graduation.
Povich Center Website Launches
Merrill's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism has a new website! Visit PovichCenter.org to learn more about Merrill's sports journalism program, find sports career resources, get information on upcoming events with leading sports journalists at Merrill and read the center's take on important sports media issues.
New Merrill College Donor Wall Unveiled
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism honors its donors with a beautiful new Donor Wall in Knight Hall.
Merrill Certificate in Multimedia Journalism
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a graduate certificate in multimedia journalism, aimed at giving working journalists and communication professionals the skills they need to compete in today’s fast-changing media markets.
Capital News Service Teams with VCU to Create Regional News Service
Merrill's award-winning, student-powered news organization, Capital News Service, is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University's Capital News Service to create a regional news service for Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.
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.
Student Journalism Projects
An April, 2013 report from the Capital News Service shows that despite reports from the Washington Redskins organization, there is a growing controversy over the use of "Redskins" at the 62 high schools in the U.S. still using the name as their mascot. The online multimedia report details the controversy going on in many communities across the U.S. about the use of the name "Redskins."
Reporters in Merrill's Baltimore Urban Affairs and Carnegie reporting seminars published a detailed report on how families just above the poverty line struggle to make ends meet in Maryland. The project was published in partnership with Merrill's Capital News Service and the Baltimore Sun. Funding for this reporting project was provided by the Carnegie Foundation and the Abell Foundation.
Student journalists at the University of Maryland and other universities around the country examined the fractured system for keeping food safe in the United States. At Merrill, the project was directed by Deborah Nelson, a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter, Sandy Banisky, former deputy managing editor at the Baltimore Sun, and Sean Mussenden, director of the college’s Capital News Service advanced multimedia bureau.
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. The most recent project looked at Baltimore's juvenile justice system.
How successful is Maryland's health system at treating the mentally disabled? What are police doing to prepare themselves to respond to those in crisis? And how well do the media cover those with disabilities? Those are some of the questions a team of Merrill students asked while reporting a project on the national push toward deinstitutionalization. The health multimedia reporting project was launched with support from Kaiser Health News and the college's Capital News Service advanced reporting program.