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Journalists often wait years for a chance to report from the nation’s capital, but as a student at Maryland, you’ll get to do it every day. Hone your skills at one of the nation’s premier journalism programs with a top-notch faculty and a curriculum deeply grounded in the fundamentals of journalism and fast-evolving areas such as mobile journalism and digital news.
The school’s location helps students gain experience in the field through professional internships with leading national and regional media organizations, including USA Today, National Geographic, SiriusXM Radio and CBS News. Students are able to take classes with newspaper greats like Pulitzer Prize winners Ira Chinoy and Deborah Nelson, as well as ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone and former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon. Professional journalists come in every semester as adjunct professors, giving students first-hand knowledge of what’s happening in the field.
All students pursuing a degree at the Merrill College gain a strong foundation in reporting and news writing. You'll study and practice the basics of reporting the who, what, where and when, as well as finding sources and working a beat. You'll learn to report across multiple media platforms as you explore the different requirements of producing stories for print, video, mobile and digital platforms. Above all you'll learn the critical skills required for success in today's rapidly changing professional news environment. No skills course has more than 20 students, ensuring one-on-one attention from some of the top journalists in the country.
The College draws on the resources and rich talent pool of the Washington-Baltimore area to give students a practical and theory-based education. You won’t simply learn how to find public records, you’ll go out and do it. Classes cover a wide range of concepts and skills, including reporting, news writing, ethics and media law, feature writing, sports journalism, graphics, photo journalism, computer-assisted reporting, advanced interactive storytelling and the business of news.
All students majoring in journalism take at least two courses in multimedia journalism covering the basics of news photography, video shooting and editing, audio recording and editing, Web production, digital storytelling and interactive graphics. In their senior year, undergraduates also take a capstone course that requires students to work in teams to report and produce news across traditional and digital platforms.
One popular capstone is the Capital News Service multimedia news bureau program run by faculty who worked years as professional journalists. Students work in college-operated news bureaus in Annapolis, College Park and Washington (in the National Press Building near the White House.) Under guidance from their editors, 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.
Other capstone experiences are offered in partnership with Washington and Baltimore-area media organizations, such as Kaiser Health News, AOL's Patch.com and The Baltimore Sun.