Learn from the best. Become one of the best.
Practice innovative real-world journalism from day one, with guidance from our all-star, Pulitzer- and Peabody-winning faculty. All at one of the nation's top public universities, on the doorstep of the journalism capital of the world.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares you for the real world. Our students report from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis and College Park through our Capital News Service. They investigate issues of national importance at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and learn to look beyond the box score at The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Data reporting is weaved through every inch of our curriculum and practiced in our signature programs. Our graduates are hired and desired by the top news outlets in the country.
There are a few standout journalism colleges in the country. But Merrill is the only one standing in the media capital of the world, which serves as its laboratory.
The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism allows students to work with news organizations and universities across the country to report stories of national and international importance.
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism prepares students to be innovators and leaders in all facets of sports media. Its experiential curriculum and public programs elevate and amplify discussion of race, gender, politics and the world.
Capital News Service
Overseen by professional journalists, Capital News Service is the University of Maryland’s student-powered news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and College Park.
National Association of Black Journalists
NABJ, headquartered in Knight Hall, is an organization of journalists, students and media professionals providing quality programs and services to, and advocating on behalf of, Black journalists.
More Centers and Organizations
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism hosts and supports a number of signature centers and organizations in Knight Hall, a state-of-the-art facility just a few miles from Washington, D.C.
The college's faculty and graduate students are active researchers, serving the public and the profession by producing rigorous scholarly work that seeks to improve journalism.
Truly one of the great journalism schools.
COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism has selected its 2024 Hall of Fame class, featuring five outstanding alumnae who have built accomplished careers in journalism and related fields, and faculty honoree Dr. Lee Thornton.
COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism has launched a data and artificial intelligence storytelling pathway as part of its Master of Journalism program.
Merrill's Povich, Howard Centers Publish Latest Project, ‘Youth Tackle Football: Balancing Risks and Rewards Depends on Race and Place’
COLLEGE PARK — Youth participation in tackle football has been declining for years as medical studies have linked the sport with brain injury and long-term behavioral issues.
March 13, 2024
You're invited to the inaugural Maria Ressa Prizes for Courage in Journalism, a new annual celebration central to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's press freedom mission. View Event Details for Inaugural Maria Ressa Prizes for Courage in Journalism
April 4, 2024
Join Merrill College's alums, faculty, staff and friends for a joyous celebration as we induct the third Hall of Fame class. You will have the opportunity to hear from this year's recipients during a short program, which will be followed by a reception. View Event Details for Third Annual Merrill College Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration