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Four Merrill College Students: Two Hockey Projects

In the past year, four students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism undertook two projects related to hockey for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.


It's Time To Upgrade Your 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 in January for Fall, 2015 classes.


Master's Program

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism's MJ program is recognized as one of the best in the nation. We're now accepting applications for classes starting summer, 2014 and fall, 2015.

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Dean Lucy Dalglish:
Scholarship Day 2014

Dear Merrill Alums, Friends, and Supporters;

All that I can say is thank you - for showing that a small college has a lot of support and for understanding the importance of scholarship money for our students with financial need. In competition with all other colleges on campus, we:

  • received $16,690 in donations from individuals like you!
  • won two timed challenges (most donors between 3-4pm and 9-10pm), totaling an extra $2,000.
  • placed second overall in participation, with 203 donors, totaling an extra $7,000.

Our grand total for the day was $25,690 - a 261% increase over our total from last year's Scholarship Day. This money will be given directly to students.

Last year, four students were able to return to school following winter break with money raised on Scholarship Day. We look forward to sharing with you the impact of the gift you made yesterday - truly an investment in our Merrill journalists.

Thank you,
Dean Lucy Dalglish

Faculty in the News

Associate Professor Ron Yaros is recognized by Maryland Academic Services as an outstanding professor at the University of Maryland as part of the Men's Soccer team's "Most Valuable Professor" (M.V.P.) program. 

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.

Associate 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."

Associate Professor Deborah Nelson co-authors a year-long report for Reuters about the crisis caused by sea level change due to global climate change. "Water's Edge" looks at the "slow motion disaster gnawing at America's shores."

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.

George Solomon

Povich Sports Director George Solomon was inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame April 27 during a Nationals game vs. the San Diego Padres. Before coming to Maryland, Solomon was the long-time Assistant Managing Editor/Sports at The Washington Post.  He and the Povich Center were also featured in a February, 2014 Baltimore Sun article - "Athletics -It's Not All Fun and Games."

Professor Linda Steiner is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Media & Gender, which offers a comprehensive examination of media and gender studies in 59 chapters. 


Dr. Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton chair of broadcast journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, featured on WNEW Radio talking about the Washington Post's new publisher.  



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Student Journalism Projects

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.

Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting Projects

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 most recent project was a look at Baltimore's public transit woes. Read the story on the CNS website.

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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