Deadline: Apply Now for Capital News Service

Don't miss your chance to take a Capital News Service capstone in Spring 2015.  Applications are due Oct. 22. Celebrating our 25th year of offering students our real newsroom experience -- for academic credit -- at the Merrill College.  Bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington. Apply now.

 

Still No Cheering Series Features Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan has been deemed the "quintessential American sportswriter" by peers like Tony Kornheiser, and has covered Boston sports, most notably the Celtics, for the Boston Globe for more than 44 years before retiring in 2012.

 

Master's Program

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism's MJ program is recognized as one of the best in the nation. We're now accepting applications for classes starting summer, 2014 and fall, 2015.

It's Time To Upgrade Your Skills!

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a popular Saturday-only program that will supercharge your multimedia skills with practical hands-on learning. Two classes each semester to finish in one year or take one per semester over two years. Apply now for Spring, 2015 classes!

 

FIA Seed Grant Application Deadline: Nov. 10

When can a problem become an opportunity? When you become part of a new Seed Grant competition from the Future of Information Alliance. Merrill College students and faculty have won seed grants in the past. Why not you?

 

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

Dean Lucy Dalglish:
Journalism is a Great Career Path

Photo by John Consoli

What makes Journalism an excellent major, no matter what career you might enter? Here are some thoughts:

1) Are there still jobs for journalism majors these days?

Absolutely. When I graduated from journalism school, most students launched their careers at a local broadcast station or newspaper. Those jobs still exist, particularly for students with ultra-sharp web skills. But increasingly, graduates are creating their own journalism-related jobs. But we tend to forget that journalism schools provide outstanding preparation for a host of occupations. Today's young journalists are outstanding writers, adept researchers, skilled photographers,  creative web designers and discerning truth detectors.  These attributes prepare them for careers in journalism, law, public relations, government affairs and any other occupation that requires strategic thinkers. I found that my journalism degree was the perfect preparation for law school.

2) Beyond basic skills courses, what journalism electives are more likely to prepare graduates for a good job?

Any of Merrill College's capstone courses provide great content training. We have some fabulous capstones. But I've noticed that jobs are out there for business journalists.  I'm probably biased, but I took many business courses in college and found them to be incredibly useful when I covered a whole host of stories. In addition, employers want reporters who can manipulate and visualize data, use databases in their reporting, and conducts high-quality investigations. And our graduates who have taken sports journalism courses are finding terrific jobs working for print and online publications, broadcast enterprises, and athletic teams and conferences.

3) What is the value of an internship these days?

I can't imagine going out to find a journalism job without a high-quality internship under my belt. At Merrill College, our graduates often have three or four internships in newsrooms ranging from NBC News, the Washington Post and USA Today to the Frederick News Post and WBAL-TV.  Our incredible location inside the Washington Beltway allows us access to journalists and newsrooms from the news capital of the world.

Faculty in the News

Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos wins a Knight Prototype grant. The grant will be used to fund the development of a data-driven interactive tool that can help surface high quality comments on online news sites.

Associate Professor Susan Moeller named a 2014-5 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow. Fellows this school year will focus on the theme: "Taking on the Large Enrollment Class." They will "address challenges and opportunities in teaching large enrollment courses and help to define these courses as uniquely important for student success."

Associate Professor Deborah Nelson co-authors a year-long report for Reuters about the crisis caused by sea level change due to global climate change. "Water's Edge" looks at the "slow motion disaster gnawing at America's shores."

Professor and Senior Scholar Sarah Oates, who also oversees the Merrill College Ph.D. program, named an ADVANCE Professor by the University of Maryland. The program aims to lead AAU/Big 10 research universities in women’s representation, retention, satisfaction, professional growth, and positive work environment.

George Solomon

Povich Sports Director George Solomon was inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame April 27 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."

Professor Linda Steiner is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Media & Gender, which offers a comprehensive examination of media and gender studies in 59 chapters. 

 
 

Associate Professor Ron Yaros is featured in a Campus Technology article - "From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom."

 

Dr. Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton chair of broadcast journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, featured on WNEW Radio talking about the Washington Post's new publisher.  
 

 

 

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

All In: Maryland's Big Bet on Gambling

The State of Maryland depends on gambling to pay its bills. Lottery and casino dollars make up the fourth biggest source of revenue in the state budget. Players dream of hitting it big, while Annapolis and casino companies are cashing in. Merrill College students from four Capstone classes and CNS collaborated on this project. They followed the money through data analysis, street reporting and video storytelling to document who’s winning -  and who’s losing.
 

The Invisible Injury: Concussions in Teen Sports

"The Invisible Injury: Concussions in Teen Sports" was reported and produced in spring 2014 by a health reporting capstone class at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The project, led by faculty member and editor Chris Harvey, takes a deep look at the impact of head injuries on our most vulnerable athletes -- and examines the steps school districts are taking to safeguard them. The project benefitted from input by editors at Kaiser Health News in Washington, D.C. Follow updates about concussions on social media: #concussions on Twitter, "Teens and Sports Concussions" on Pinterest.

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.

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.

News21

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 a look at gun issues around the U.S. and is now online.

See more student work.