The Philip Merrill College of Journalism hosts and supports a number of signature centers and organizations in Knight Hall.
The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
The Howard Center is a multidisciplinary, graduate-level program focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. The Howard Center’s students work with news organizations across the country to report stories of national or international importance to the public. The Howard Center, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, honors the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and a pioneering news reporter.
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism serves Philip Merrill College of Journalism students and professional journalists, as well as the university and greater community through its panels, workshops and support of the college’s academic offerings as well as research and analysis. The Center serves as a launching pad for University of Maryland students to learn, actively participate in and develop the journalistic skills they need to meet the challenges of new media that face the next generation of sports journalists.
International Center for Media and the Public Agenda
The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda was established by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in summer of 2006. ICMPA aims to create on campus a central place for media and public policy teaching and research. ICMPA takes as its focus the study of global media and public policy; its projects investigate media’s roles and responsibilities in public consideration of political issues. ICMPA research and other projects extend the College of Journalism’s teaching and research mission. ICMPA is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy.
College Park Scholars: Media, Self and Society
Media, Self and Society gives students the opportunity to engage in media-related active learning and to analyze the role various forms of media play in family life, politics, the economy and other elements of society.
National Organizations Housed in Knight Hall
National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.