Howard Center students conducting interviews in Baltimore.

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Learn from the best. Become one of the best.

Practice real-world journalism from day one, with guidance from our all-star, experienced faculty. All at one of the nation's top public universities, on the doorstep of the journalism capital of the world.

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Undergraduate enrollment confirmation deadline for Fall 2021
July 2
Multimedia graduate certificate program application deadline for domestic students
Feb. 4
Master's program application deadline for Fall 2022
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Merrill College has been ranked a top-10 journalism school by multiple services
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Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards won or directed by current faculty and staff
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Maximum number of students per skills class at Merrill College

Why Merrill?

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares you for the real world. Our students report from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis and College Park through our Capital News Service. They investigate issues of national importance at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and learn to look beyond the box score at the The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Data reporting is weaved through every inch of our curriculum and practiced in our signature programs. Our graduates are hired and desired by the top news outlets in the country.

There are a few standout journalism colleges in the country. But Merrill is the only one standing in the media capital of the world, which serves as its laboratory.

Kevin Blackistone
Kevin Blackistone Professor of the Practice
Howard Center
Howard Center

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism allows students to work with news organizations and universities across the country to report stories of national and international importance.

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Alumnus Daniel Oyefusi signs the Povich Center wall.
Povich Center

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism prepares students to be innovators and leaders in all facets of sports media. Its experiential curriculum and public programs elevate and amplify discussion of race, gender, politics and the world.

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Capital News Service College Park Bureau
Capital News Service

Overseen by professional journalists, Capital News Service is the University of Maryland’s student-powered news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and College Park.

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NABJ
National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ, headquartered in Knight Hall, is an organization of journalists, students and media professionals providing quality programs and services to, and advocating on behalf of, Black journalists.

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Knight Hall
More Centers and Organizations

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism hosts and supports a number of signature centers and organizations in Knight Hall, a state-of-the-art facility just a few miles from Washington, D.C.

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Master's Cohort 2019
Cutting-Edge Research

The college's faculty and graduate students are active researchers, serving the public and the profession by producing rigorous scholarly work that seeks to improve journalism.

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#MerrillMade Alumni

Portrait of Connie Chung

Connie Chung

Former TV Anchor/Correspondent, CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC
Portrait of Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor In Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Portrait of Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt

Anchor, ESPN SportsCenter
Portrait of Maria Douglas Reeve

Maria Douglas Reeve

Managing Editor, Houston Chronicle
Portrait of Sara Murray

Sara Murray

Political Correspondent, CNN
Portrait of Robert Klemko

Robert Klemko

Reporter, The Washington Post

News

  • Merrill's Vanessa Nichols-Holmes Wins UMD OMSE Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Staff Member

    COLLEGE PARK -- Vanessa Nichols-Holmes, the assistant dean for business operations at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Staff Member by the UMD Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education.

  • Sports Writing in the Pandemic

    This essay was an assignment in Mark Hyman's Sports and Society course Working as a sports journalist is difficult enough. What about when you’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic? Almost impossible. So, how am I, a sports journalist, succeeding amidst the coronavirus pandemic? Hard work and persistence.

  • Merrill's Capital News Service Launches Maryland COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

    COLLEGE PARK -- Capital News Service, the nonprofit, student-powered news organization run by the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, on Thursday launched a website to help Marylanders navigate the sometimes-confusing process of getting vaccinated for the coronavirus.

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