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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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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.

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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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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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#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


  • Howard Center's 'Printing Hate' Project Wins SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Collaborative Journalism

    COLLEGE PARK – “Printing Hate,” the University of Maryland Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s unprecedented exploration of the racist past of white-owned newspapers, won the 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Collaborative Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. It marks the third consecutive year the Howard Center won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Collaborative Journalism. 

  • Scripps Howard Foundation Announces Summer 2022 Class of Roy W. Howard Fellows

    CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation is continuing its commitment to emerging investigative journalists through its newest class of Roy W. Howard fellows.   Four investigative journalists were selected to participate in the yearlong fellowship. They will work closely with reporters and editorial leaders in their assigned newsrooms.  

  • Meet the 2022-23 Howard Center for Investigative Journalism Fellows

    Here are the bios for the terrific group of 14 Howard Center for Investigative Journalism fellows at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Our existing fellows — Marianeli De Leon, Emmett Gartner, Destiny Herbers, Victoria Ifatusin, Tatyana Monnay, Greg Morton and Eve Sampson — are joined by Torrence Banks, Fatema Hosseini, Stephen Neukam, Stephanie Quinn, Sarah Siock and Abby Wallace.

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