COLLEGE PARK, Md. – What does Fearless Journalism mean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism? We’ve given that a lot of thought – and we think that for our potential – and current – Merrill journalists, there’s a lot to say about what we will teach you and ultimately, how you will practice as a working journalist going into the future. Never has there been a time that required more from journalists. The training you will receive here – everything from investigative journalism to sports – will make a difference. It will make you a fearless journalist.
Here’s what Fearless Journalism means:
- The relentless search for what is true and meaningful;
- The willingness to question conventional wisdom;
- The courage to ask tough but fair questions;
- The ability to set our own news agenda, and not follow that of others;
- The perseverance to not give up when there are those who would deter you from pursuing a story;
- The spirit to experiment with various modes of storytelling on many platforms;
- The independence to hold the powerful accountable;
- The wisdom to give voice to the powerless;
- The vision to shape the agenda.
(Thanks to Jay Kernis ’74 and Chris Frates ’00)
Watch our new Fearless Journalism video that explains all the great classes, tools, experiences – in and out of class – that you’ll have here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism:
Thanks to Ralph Crosby ’46 , John Seng ’79, David Butler (Butler Films) and Alanna Delfino ’14 for making this video possible.