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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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

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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 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.

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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

Executive Editor, Houston Chronicle
Portrait of Sara Murray

Sara Murray

Political Correspondent, CNN
Portrait of Robert Klemko

Robert Klemko

Reporter, The Washington Post

News

  • Houston Chronicle's Maria Douglas Reeve '92, Student Alana Caesar To Speak At Commencement

    COLLEGE PARK (5/6/20) — Alumna Maria Douglas Reeve, the Houston Chronicle’s Managing Editor/Content, and graduating senior Vivian Alana Caesar will be the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Spring 2020 commencement speakers. Reeve earned her master’s degree in journalism at UMD in 1992 before building a career as a newsroom leader at the Chronicle, Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • Professor Emerita Maurine Beasley Named AEJMC History Division's First Senior Scholar

    COLLEGE PARK (5/11/20) — The History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication recently named Maurine Beasley, a Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the first winner of the division’s Senior Scholar Award.

  • Climate Change Collaboration From Howard Center, CNS, NPR Wins Fourth Major Professional Award

    COLLEGE PARK (4/27/20) — The climate change collaboration from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, NPR and Capital News Service has been named the recipient of the prestigious Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling, the 

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