The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a number of capstone experiences that give our undergraduate students focused, hands-on journalism experience. Completion of a capstone is a Merrill College graduation requirement.

To enroll in a capstone course, students must fill out the college’s common capstone application by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17.

In each capstone course, students work with faculty and classmates to produce original journalism that may be distributed through the college’s Capital News Service.

Merrill College capstone faculty members will review applicants and inform students of their placement prior to the start of registration for the spring 2019 semester. Apply now.

The following courses* are being offered in spring 2019 and satisfy the capstone requirement:

  • JOUR325: Full-time Capital News Service Bureau. Students work in a Capital News Service bureau. In Washington and Annapolis, students are reporters. In College Park, students work as either data and graphics editors, web designers, bot developers or audience engagement editors.
  • JOUR328F: National Security Reporting: Investigating Russian Disinformation. Students will help produce a multimedia package on the role of the US-based Russian media Sputnik and RT, on Russia’s crackdown on domestic and foreign reporters. A small team will accompany the professor to Moscow during spring break. We are looking for data journalists, videographers, social media experts and reporters. Knowledge of Russian is a bonus.
  • JOUR328R: Business Reporting. Students will take a close look at President Trump’s trade war with China and the new trade restrictions with Mexico and Canada– and the impact those new policies are having on Maryland cities and towns. The new policies affect industries from farming to manufacturing. But are the policies doing more to help or hurt? We may also profile some counties or towns across the state that have been adversely affected over the years from “unfair” trade practices with China and Mexico and what those places are doing now to revive their economies. Students should be prepared to travel to a different part of the state for reporting.
  • JOUR353: Part-time Capital News Service Bureau. Students work as reporters in Capital News Service bureaus in Washington, Annapolis or College Park. They focus on multimedia and nontraditional storytelling, investigative journalism or field producing. The investigative bureau will be working with the AP national investigative team and collaborating on a special project examining the criminal justice system’s treatment of the mentally ill.
  • JOUR355: Part-time Capital News Service Bureau. Students work as Capital News Service data and graphics editors, web designers, bot developers or audience engagement editors in College Park.
  • JOUR357: Part-time Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau. Students work as broadcast reporters for Capital News Services’s live nightly newscast, “Maryland Newsline.”
  • JOUR362: Broadcast News Producing. Students work as producers overseeing the Capital News Service’s lively nightly newscast, “Maryland Newsline.”
  • JOUR364: Radio Broadcasting. Students receive hands-on training in applying what they have learned about news reporting to the preparation of stories for, and the production of, a weekly radio program.
  • JOUR367: Full-time Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau. Students work as broadcast reporters for Capital News Service’s live nightly newscast, “Maryland Newsline.”
  • JOUR368K: NewsBIN: Video Innovation. Students will explore the intersection between social media, documentary filmmaking and broadcast by creating new and innovative ways to “broadcast” news to an audience. The class will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and give students the opportunity to produce innovative web documentaries; immersive, 360 video; original, serial vlogs; and live streaming.
  • JOUR368V: ViewFinder: Advanced Video Storytelling. Students will learn advanced storytelling, shooting and editing techniques for multi-platform video, using character-driven, natural sound packages to produce in-depth projects on a common theme. Opportunities include creating documentaries, anchoring, managing social media, making motion graphics, shooting photos and taking on other leadership roles as required by the team’s direction and goals.

*For more information on courses, visit the common capstone application.