The Vision

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is shaping the future of news and media. As the top journalism school in the Washington, D.C. region and a global leader in journalism education, the College is committed to promoting a strong and independent free press.

  • Through its faculty and curriculum, the Merrill College champions the fundamental journalistic values of accuracy, accountability, and fairness, and is a trailblazer in using digital and multimedia technologies in dynamic storytelling.
  • It prepares its undergraduate students for success in today’s exciting and innovative journalism landscape and gives its graduate students the skills and confidence to rise to the top of today’s demanding news and media-dependent professions.

The Mission
The college educates students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels within a liberal arts context, preparing them for careers in journalism and related fields, as well as careers in academic research and teaching.

  • The College works to elevate professional and ethical standards of practice, as well as advocates for increased public knowledge and involvement in democratic processes through dissemination of news.
  • The mission of the College is to improve the production, delivery, and access to news, as well as to enhance the understanding of journalism’s political, cultural, and social roles in the United States and around the globe.

Our undergraduate mission is an uncompromising dedication to the principles of the journalism profession, with training in evolving types of news gathering and delivery.

Our professional master’s program provides a post-graduate education to those with a host of undergraduate degrees seeking to enter the field and intensive specialized training for mid-career journalists with a particular focus on investigative, sports, security, and computational journalism.

Why Merrill

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