Philip Merrill College of Journalism undergraduates work toward a a bachelor of arts in journalism. The program is flexible and allows students to experiment and specialize.
- Merrill College draws on the resources and rich talent pool of the Washington-Baltimore region to give students a practical and theory-based education.
- No skills course has more than 20 students, ensuring one-on-one attention from some of the top journalists and scholars in the country.
- All students majoring in journalism take courses covering the basics of news photography, videography, audio recording and editing, Web production and digital storytelling.
- Our unique location helps students gain experience in the field through professional internships with leading national and regional media organizations, including USA Today, National Geographic, The Undefeated, SiriusXM Radio and CBS News.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is your launchpad to the future as a broadcast journalist. Merrill College leads the way not only by upholding the highest ideals of journalism, but by embracing the latest tools.
- Our Merrill journalists are fearless and entrepreneurial – they learn by doing in the best media markets out there – producing newscasts, researching and reporting longer form investigative reports, covering political conventions, coding websites, embracing social media and mobile journalism.
- We encourage freshmen to volunteer at UMTV for hands-on experience.
- We are integrating 360 video training into many of our classes so students can learn a new way to tell stories.
I could tell you all about Philip Merrill’s well-rounded, hands-on curriculum, or the required internships, or the robust coursework, because all of these things provided me with a solid foundation upon which I can now build my career. But that curriculum, those internships, and that coursework isn’t what got me to where I am. It was the people at Philip Merrill who did. It was professors and staff who pushed me to be better, to work harder, to be thorough, to challenge my assumptions and to stand up for what is right. And it was the students – who were, and continue to be, supportive, encouraging and inspirational. Those people are what made all the difference to my career. Those people are what made all the difference to me. I could have only found them at Philip Merrill – and I am so glad that I did.
Specialty courses are offered in public affairs reporting, sports reporting, science, health and business reporting, and war coverage.
- Broadcast journalism students study and learn at our college-operated cable television station, UMTV. The broadcast program is led by Emmy award-winning Professor Mark Feldstein, a former on-air investigative correspondent at CNN and ABC News who is the college’s Richard Eaton Chair in Broadcast Journalism.
- Students begin their broadcast education from their first semester at the Merrill College, volunteering as crew members for programs produced under the guidance of renowned broadcast faculty members, including award-winning broadcast journalist Sue Kopen-Katcef – who oversees the CNS Broadcast Bureau.
- In addition to hands-on volunteer experience, students are given the opportunity to supplement required journalism courses with broadcast electives instructing them on producing television and radio news shows and documentary programs.
Students are required to add to their classroom and newsroom education with internships in the field among the many broadcast organizations in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas (and beyond).
- You’ll learn the basics of reporting, as well as finding sources and working a beat. You won’t simply learn how to find public records, you’ll go out and do it. But you’ll also learn the critical skills required for success in today’s rapidly changing professional news environment.
- You’ll learn to build Web pages, create graphics and report and interact with audiences using social media.
- Core classes cover a wide range of concepts and skills, including reporting, news writing, ethics and media law, journalism history and the business of news.
- You can layer in courses to make the program more meaningful to you: taking sports journalism with former Washington Post Sports Editor George Solomon and ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone; investigative and public affairs reporting and media research with Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Nelson, Dana Priest and Ira Chinoy.
Choose capstone classes and internships that will help you land your desired job – in print and digital newsrooms, magazines, communications companies and classrooms.
SHIRLEY POVICH CENTER FOR SPORTS JOURNALISM
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a wide variety of sports courses that provide students an opportunity to learn about sports coverage in the modern era.
- You will gain hands-on experience covering teams at the University of Maryland, as well as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
- The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism provides the focus with Director George Solomon (former Washington Post sports editor and member of the D.C. Hall of Fame), visiting professor Kevin Blackistone (ESPN and the Washington Post) and adjunct professors drawn from sports professionals in the region.
The college offers a number of sports-related courses covering sports reporting, sports broadcasting and today’s sports media.
- The Povich Center offers a wide range of learning opportunities with panel discussions, student workshops and even a summer camp.
- Assistance is also provided to find internships with professional sports organizations in the region and nationally.
- There are additional opportunities to cover sports with Capital News Service, the Diamondback student newspaper, the student-run WMUC radio and the Maryland Athletic Department’s TerpsTV. The BIG10 Network also provides opportunities for our students to learn by doing.
- Our students have created a number of program opportunities to hone their sports (and news) journalism skills including The Left Bench, Stories Beneath and Shell, The Diamondback Newspaper, WMUC Radio, the Maryland Baseball Network and Pulsefeedz.