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Welcome to the SPJ Region 2 Conference hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Professionals: Supercharge Your Media Skills
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a popular Saturday-only program that will supercharge your multimedia skills with practical hands-on learning. Two classes each semester to finish in one year or take one per semester over two years. Apply now for Fall, 2015 classes.
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The latest Maryland political and policy news from Merrill student reporters in our Annapolis, Washington and College Park news bureaus.
Student Journalism Projects
A state audit in 2013 found Baltimore's liquor board was mismanaged and inefficient -- an agency that enforced laws inconsistently, did inspections sporadically and kept documents not online but in paper folders. But the legislature last spring passed a law forcing reform. With two new commissioners, the board is requiring license owners to follow the rules. This is a look at the Baltimore liquor board and some of the issues that it is dealing with.
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" 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.
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.
A Capital News Service multimedia investigation: The Washington, D.C., NFL team is not the only one facing questions about using the name Redskins. High schools across the country are debating whether to continue using the controversial mascot.
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.