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 noon on Monday, March 11.

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 fall 2019 semester. Apply now.

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

    • JOUR325 or JOUR367: Full-time Capital News Service Bureau. Students work four days a week in a Capital News Service bureau in Washington, Annapolis or College Park.
    • JOUR353 or JOUR355 or JOUR357: Part-time Capital News Service Bureau. Students work two days a week in a Capital News Service bureau in Washington, Annapolis or College Park.
    • JOUR327: Urban Affairs Reporting. Students are immersed in coverage of issues affecting cities, working on a semester-long multiplatform reporting project that is based in Baltimore.
    • JOUR328F: National Security Reporting. Students will investigate illegal hacking (and possible disinformation) against significant Maryland targets, including critical infrastructure, government entities and large public and private institutions.
    • JOUR362: Broadcast News Producing. Students work as producers overseeing the Capital News Service’s 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 radio program.
    • 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.

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