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Howard Center students conducting interviews in Baltimore.

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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.

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Merrill College is ranked a top-10 journalism school by multiple services
19
Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards won or directed by current faculty and staff
18
Maximum number of students per skills class at Merrill College
July 31
Master's in Data Journalism application deadline for Fall 2023
Nov. 1
Undergraduate Early Action application deadline for Fall 2024
Dec. 1
Master's program Early Consideration application deadline for Fall 2024

Why Merrill?

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.

Kevin Blackistone
Kevin Blackistone Professor of the Practice
Howard Center

Howard Center

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.

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Alumnus Daniel Oyefusi signs the Povich Center wall.

Povich Center

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.

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Capital News Service College Park Bureau

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.

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NABJ

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.

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Knight Hall

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.

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Master's Cohort 2019

Cutting-Edge Research

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.

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Truly one of the great journalism schools.

Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward Legendary Washington Post Reporter

#MerrillMade Alumni

Portrait of Connie Chung

Connie Chung

Former TV Anchor/Correspondent, CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC
Portrait of Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor In Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Portrait of Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt

Anchor, ESPN SportsCenter
Portrait of Maria Douglas Reeve

Maria Douglas Reeve

VP-Editor for Content Initiatives, Hearst Texas
Portrait of Sara Murray

Sara Murray

Political Correspondent, CNN
Portrait of Robert Klemko

Robert Klemko

Reporter, The Washington Post

News

  • Meet the 2023-24 Howard Center for Investigative Journalism Fellows

    Here are the bios for the terrific group of 13 Howard Center for Investigative Journalism fellows at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Our existing fellows — Torrence Banks, Fatema Hosseini, Greg Morton, Stephanie Quinn, Sarah Siock and Abby Wallace — are joined by Sapna Bansil, Aidan Hughes, Mennatala Ibrahim, Cait Kelley, Adriana Navarro, April Quevedo and Caley Fox Shannon.

  • Merrill College Knight Chair Dana Priest Honored as SPJ Fellow of the Society

    The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Dana Priest, the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, as one of this year’s Fellows of the Society. This is the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism.

  • JOB OPENING: Part-time Collaboration Manager, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

    The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is committed to expanding journalism collaborations within the university, with other universities — particularly with HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions and other schools teaching underserved communities — and with professional partners. In addition, we want to explore collaborations with international news partners.

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