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Dean Lucy Dalglish:
Journalism is a Great Career Path

Photo by John Consoli

What makes Journalism an excellent major, no matter what career you might enter? Here are some thoughts:

1) Are there still jobs for journalism majors these days?

Absolutely. When I graduated from journalism school, most students launched their careers at a local broadcast station or newspaper. Those jobs still exist, particularly for students with ultra-sharp web skills. But increasingly, graduates are creating their own journalism-related jobs. But we tend to forget that journalism schools provide outstanding preparation for a host of occupations. Today's young journalists are outstanding writers, adept researchers, skilled photographers,  creative web designers and discerning truth detectors.  These attributes prepare them for careers in journalism, law, public relations, government affairs and any other occupation that requires strategic thinkers. I found that my journalism degree was the perfect preparation for law school.

2) Beyond basic skills courses, what journalism electives are more likely to prepare graduates for a good job?

Any of Merrill College's capstone courses provide great content training. We have some fabulous capstones. But I've noticed that jobs are out there for business journalists.  I'm probably biased, but I took many business courses in college and found them to be incredibly useful when I covered a whole host of stories. In addition, employers want reporters who can manipulate and visualize data, use databases in their reporting, and conducts high-quality investigations. And our graduates who have taken sports journalism courses are finding terrific jobs working for print and online publications, broadcast enterprises, and athletic teams and conferences.

3) What is the value of an internship these days?

I can't imagine going out to find a journalism job without a high-quality internship under my belt. At Merrill College, our graduates often have three or four internships in newsrooms ranging from NBC News, the Washington Post and USA Today to the Frederick News Post and WBAL-TV.  Our incredible location inside the Washington Beltway allows us access to journalists and newsrooms from the news capital of the world.

Faculty in the News

Associate Professor Deborah Nelson - The CJR report about the Rolling Stone /UVA Rape story brought media to Professor Nelson - including WTOP Radio, WUSA9 News, Poynter and ABC Radio.

Knight Chair Dana Priest and her students lead efforts to help jailed journalists through their "Press Uncuffed" project to raise $30,000.


Professor Linda Steiner is the incoming editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs, a journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Photo Journalist and Lecturer Bethany Swain honored as “Most Valuable Professor” by students Chloe Pavlech (WBB) and Karen Tang (Gymnastics).


Dr. Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton Chair of Broadcast Journalism, appears on the RT network talking about President Richard Nixon's war on journalists. Feldstein is the author of "Poisoning the Press."

Associate Professor Ron Yaros recently taught an online course "Hand-Held Devices in Class: Distractors or Aids? for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. 

Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos wins a Knight Prototype grant. The grant will be used to fund the development of a data-driven interactive tool that can help surface high quality comments on online news sites.

Professor Susan Moeller named a 2014-5 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow. Fellows this school year will focus on the theme: "Taking on the Large Enrollment Class." They will "address challenges and opportunities in teaching large enrollment courses and help to define these courses as uniquely important for student success."

Professor and Senior Scholar Sarah Oates, who also oversees the Merrill College Ph.D. program, named an ADVANCE Professor by the University of Maryland. The program aims to lead AAU/Big 10 research universities in women’s representation, retention, satisfaction, professional growth, and positive work environment.


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Student Journalism Projects

Baltimore's Liquor Board Moves Forward

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.

All In: Maryland's Big Bet on Gambling

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

"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.

Marylanders Brace for New Natural Gas Export Facility

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.

The Other Redskins

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.

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