Mission and Vision


Within ten years, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will become one of the best journalism schools in the world. It will lead the media revolution to adapt to sweeping technological change while remaining dedicated to the fundamental ideals of accuracy, strong storytelling and ethical practices, blending the sum into a nimble, multi-platform approach to journalism. Taking advantage of its location, the school will become a leader in addressing challenges and threats facing the field in the United States, and will become an international leader in addressing media skills and literacy on a global scale.


The Merrill College educates students at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels within a liberal arts context, preparing them for careers in journalism as well as careers in academic research and teaching. It works to elevate professional and ethical standards of practice, and advocates for increased public knowledge and involvement in democratic processes through dissemination of news. The mission of the College is to improve the production, delivery and access to news, and to enhance the understanding of journalism's political, cultural and social roles in the United States and around the globe.