The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers faculty and Ph.D. students with a wide range of expertise for your stories. Call or email Dave Ottalini at 301-405-1321 to find the right expert for your story.


Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein is interviewed by Al Jazeera Television.

Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein is interviewed by Al Jazeera.

Media Expertise includes:

Freedom of the Press and Constitutional Law;
Journalism and Politics
The Future of Journalism;
Drones and Privacy;
Journalism Education;
Journalism Ethics;
Investigative Journalism;
National Security/CyberSecurity and Journalism;
Journalism and Big Data
Multimedia and Multiplatform Journalism;
Social Media;
A Wide Range of Sports Issues and Sports Journalism;
Journalism History;
Internet Freedom and Policy;
Local and National/International Media;

Dean Lucy Dalglish is a world-renowned expert on issues related to the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press and can also talk about trends in journalism, etc..

Our Merrill College faculty Expert page is a great place to start.
Our Ph.D. cohort pages offers information and research interests by our doctoral students.
Our Ph.D. Graduate Faculty page focuses on research expertise.

Professor Piotr Kosicki, UMD History.

University of Maryland History Professor Piotr Kosicki in Studio A at UMTV.

Skype, Audio and Flash Studio for Live or Live-to-Tape Interviews

  • All our professors and most of our classrooms have computers with cameras for Skype Interviews – our main Skype address is merrill.collegeumd though many of our professors have their own – ask when contacting our faculty experts.
  • The University of Maryland’s ISDN line is currently not operational. We are working on an alternative.
  • UMTV’s Studio A in Tawes Hall offers a “flash studio” for live or live-to-tape interviews with UMD faculty. We now have connectivity to Verizon’s AVOC (Audio-Video Operations Center) Switch in Washington, D.C. via Comcast. We are only able to feed an SD signal at this time.
  • Please call 301-405-1321 for availability. UMTV costs are about $300 but can vary so please ask.  Stations/Networks are responsible for connectivity costs with Verizon at AVOC.

Circuit Information at AVOC:
36TBGS102801
Source Port 677

Tawes Studio A
IFB:       301-405-9915 (We usually ask that you dial in to us.)
House:  301-405-6259

Please understand that our journalism professors may not always be available at the times you require. They are teaching classes, attending conferences and other events or may even be on sabbatical. Call Senior Communications Manager Dave Ottalini (301-405-1321) as your first point of contact and we’ll do everything we can to get you in touch with the faculty member you are looking for. We may be able to offer you alternatives as well.

University Communications can help get you in contact with other faculty around campus. UMD Experts Database.


CNS Square Logo 378x350Capital News Service Contact Information

CNS is our student-powered (and award-winning) news service with bureaus in Annapolis, Washington, D.C. and College Park. CNS focuses on stories of interest to Maryland residents but have impact in the DMV and beyond.

Stories are distributed to a number of local media and via the Associated Press and McClatchy News Service in the U.S. and abroad.

Interested in becoming an affiliate? Let us know.

CNS is celebrated its 25th Anniversary during the 2015-2016 school year!

Capital News Service
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
cnsmaryland.org
Broadcast: 301-405-7526
Multimedia: 301-405-2530
Annapolis Bureau: 410-626-1008
DC Bureau: 202-628-1677


NOTE: If you are a film production company interested in using Knight Hall (or anyplace on the University of Maryland campus) for a location shoot, you must contact University Communications at 301-405-4621. You can also check out the “Filming on Campus” guidelines on the UMDRightNow website.


UMTVUMTV: Live, Taped Remotes, Productions and Studio Space

If you are looking for studio space, UMTV, the Merrill College cable TV station, offers production facilities. UMTV can also produce live or taped events. For more information and costs please contact:

Bill Parker
UMTV
0121 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7111
Phone: 301-405-6649

UMTV can be watched on campus channel 38 or 78. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties.


Campus Experts
If you are looking for University of Maryland faculty experts outside the Merrill College of Journalism, please contact University Communications at 301-405-4621.

Public Safety
Please contact Campus Police for any crime-related stories:

Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas
301-405-3555


Dave OttaliniFor interviews with Merrill College faculty or Ph.D. students, we ask that you contact:

Dave Ottalini
Senior Communications Manager
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
301-405-1321 (W)
301-385-0907 (C)
dottalin@umd.edu