COLLEGE PARK (3/9/18) — The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism raised nearly $50,000 on the university’s Giving Day Wednesday, blowing past its previous record in the annual event.

The college received donations from students, alumni, faculty, staff and others who care deeply about student journalists and Merrill College’s ability to train them.

Gifts came from 255 donors — beating the college’s previous best of 232 — and totaled $48,675, eclipsing last year’s total of $32,215.

“Such support means the world to Merrill College and its students,” Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “Journalism’s importance to democracy cannot be overstated, and these donations help us ensure our students are prepared to practice it professionally.”

Merrill College, one of the university’s smaller units, finished seventh out of the 23 colleges and departments that competed for matching funds.

Students helped raise the money — by practicing journalism.

Video stories reported, shot and edited by Merrill College students in lecturer Bethany Swain‘s News Videography course were shared on college social media channels throughout the day, showcasing the good work being done by students here. A selection of those stories appear below. More are on the college Facebook and Twitter pages.

More than $1.2 million was raised university-wide on Giving Day.

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Alexander A. Pyles