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Supercharge Your Journalism Career
Your Journalism Career. Your Way. We will give you the multiplatform and broadcast skills for the 21st Century. Bring your questions to our open house on December 13. We'll have answers.
Washington Post's Ann Hornaday Visits UMD
Free event! Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the McKeldin Special Events Room (McK 6137).
ADVANCE Distinguished Women Scholars Seminar Series: Pippa Norris
Come hear Harvard's world-renowned lecturer Pippa Norris as she talks electoral integrity in the Roberts Room, Knight Hall Monday Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.
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.
Student Journalism Projects
Sea levels are rising worldwide, but they’re rising two to three times faster in the Chesapeake Bay. A new semester-long investigative project coordinated by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service (CNS) shows that sea level rise is putting major coastal areas of the state of Maryland at risk – including some of the state’s most iconic places — Fells Point in Baltimore, Harriet Tubman’s birthplace, and Fort McHenry, home of the national anthem.
An April, 2013 report from the Capital News Service shows that despite reports from the Washington Redskins organization, there is a growing controversy over the use of "Redskins" at the 62 high schools in the U.S. still using the name as their mascot. The online multimedia report details the controversy going on in many communities across the U.S. about the use of the name "Redskins."
Reporters in Merrill's Baltimore Urban Affairs and Carnegie reporting seminars published a detailed report on how families just above the poverty line struggle to make ends meet in Maryland. The project was published in partnership with Merrill's Capital News Service and the Baltimore Sun. Funding for this reporting project was provided by the Carnegie Foundation and the Abell Foundation.
Student journalists at the University of Maryland and other universities around the country examined the fractured system for keeping food safe in the United States. At Merrill, the project was directed by Deborah Nelson, a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter, Sandy Banisky, former deputy managing editor at the Baltimore Sun, and Sean Mussenden, director of the college’s Capital News Service advanced multimedia bureau.
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 2013 project was part of the collaborative Sea Change investigation above. In 2012, students looked at Baltimore's Locust Point - A Changing Waterfront.
How successful is Maryland's health system at treating the mentally disabled? What are police doing to prepare themselves to respond to those in crisis? And how well do the media cover those with disabilities? Those are some of the questions a team of Merrill students asked while reporting a project on the national push toward deinstitutionalization. The health multimedia reporting project was launched with support from Kaiser Health News and the college's Capital News Service advanced reporting program.