Merrill College offers a number of capstone experiences that help our students gain additional hands-on journalism experience with a specific focus including:

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  • The broadcast bureau of CNS is based out of the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center in Tawes Hall¬† – a short walk from Knight Hall. CNS students cover stories professional reporters cover under deadline. Their regular newscast – “Maryland Newsline” is broadcast three days each week on UMTV. Packaged stories are posted online and made available to affiliates throughout the state.
  • The CNS multimedia news bureaus are located in Annapolis, College Park and Washington D.C. (in the Ronald Reagan Building near the White House). Under guidance from their bureau directors, students apply what they’ve learned by writing and editing news stories in multimedia formats for a student-operated Web news site as well as for professional news outlets across the Washington region. Clients publishing Capital News Service stories include 15 daily newspapers in Maryland and D.C. (including The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun), as well as more than two dozen weekly newspapers and several broadcast outlets.
  • CNS has a cooperative agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond that sees stories from the respective student news bureaus distributed throughout the region.

Other capstone experiences:

  • Merrill College is just one of a few journalism schools worldwide that offer a full sequence of investigative reporting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Capstone courses include Knight Chair and Pulitzer prize winner Dana Priest’s course focused on national security and investigative reporting by Associate Professor Deborah Nelson – also a Pulitzer winner.
  • A number of broadcast courses ranging from mobile journalism (Assistant Professor Ron Yaros) to long form broadcast journalism with multi Emmy award-winner and Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein.
  • ViewFinder long form storytelling class with former CNN videojournalist Bethany Swain.
  • Capstones are also offered in partnership with Washington and Baltimore-area media organizations, such as the Kaiser Health News (Lecturer Chris Harvey) and the The Baltimore Sun (Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism Sandy Banisky.)
  • Many of these classes work together on major investigations like Sea Change in Baltimore and Sex Trafficking in the State of Maryland.
  • See the full list of classes that fulfill the capstone requirements of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.