Welcome to Maryland and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism!

Families of journalism majors - our open house is for you from 5:30 pm - 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 12. Meet our faculty, take tours and enjoy some light refreshments.


Merrill College Welcomes New Humphrey Fellows

From Albania to Congo, Mexico to South Korea, we're excited to welcome our new class of 12 Humphrey Fellows.


Welcome Freshmen!

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism welcomes our incoming freshmen class to Knight Hall and the University of Maryland. Go Terps!


Welcome Freshmen!

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism welcomes our incoming freshmen class to Knight Hall and the University of Maryland. Go Terps!


Maryland Is Now A Member of the B1G 10!

Dean Lucy Dalglish talks about the BIG 10 and its impact on the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in a UMD video:


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Dean Lucy Dalglish:
Journalism is a Great Career Path

Photo by John Consoli

As we welcome our new and returning students for the upcoming school year, I’d like to talk about what makes Journalism an excellent major, no matter what career you might enter:

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

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. 


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."

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

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.


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.