It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the nationally ranked Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The 2016-2017 academic year is well underway and I am delighted to have our students and faculty back in Knight Hall.
There is a lot of information on our website, so I thought I would provide a short cut of sorts that will lead you to some of our most exciting current news and activities. (I encourage you to also explore on your own.)
The several links that I am embedding highlight how much our location – just miles from the White House – transforms our students’ experience. Students who choose Merrill College know they will have access to an innovative, constantly evolving curriculum, stellar full-time faculty, and an adjunct faculty made up of outstanding working journalists.
Merrill College students work hard, and take advantage of having the best of both worlds – a small college experience inside a flagship research university. They know their teachers and fellow students. They are engaged in the life of the College. Most of our students participate in student chapters of professional journalism associations. Most take advantage of 2-3 internships during their time in the College.
Nearly every week, special guests (alumni and friends of the College) visit campus.
- The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism holds regular panel discussions – the most recent a conversation about Colin Kaepernick;
- Dana Priest’s class on press freedom has featured a number of international journalists including Khadija Ismayilova who video skyped from house arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan, Reeyot Alemu, recently released imprisoned journalist from Ethiopia and Andy Carvin who is well known for his social media coverage of the so-called Arab Spring;
- Tom Bettag’s class on election coverage is giving students the chance to cover “Those who Cover the Candidates” and talk to leading press critics around the country and;
- Leslie Walker’s Business of News regularly features Merrill College alums to share their perspectives on changes in the industry.
Other larger events taking place before winter break include the November 16 Shirley Povich Symposium focusing on the Future of Sports and TV. On December 6, the College will host award winning broadcast journalist Ted Koppel and retired General Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency, for a conversation about Koppel’s recently released book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared.” The discussion will be moderated by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Merrill College Knight Chair Dana Priest.
I am enormously humbled and proud to lead the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and to be a part of our accomplished and inspiring network of alumni and friends.
If you are a high school student or parent of a college bound student, a potential graduate, or simply a working journalist interested in learning new skills, I enthusiastically invite you to visit Knight Hall.