Our professors and students from undergraduate to Ph.D. engage in a high level of collaborative work. For example, in the past three years (2012-2015), academic staff and doctoral students have produced 27 collaborative articles for refereed journals, book chapters, refereed paper presentations, professional reports, and other outlets. But there’s much more:
- ADVANCE Seed Grants
Merrill professors are investigators for two seed grants projects funded by the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence for 2015-6. Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha and Professor Linda Steiner are working with Assistant Professor Jessica Vitak at UMD’s iSchool on a project entitled “Misogyny Online: Forms, Implications and Consequences.” Prof. Sarah Oates is working with Prof. Wendy Moe at the Smith School of Business on a project entitled “Building a Voter Intelligence Dashboard: Applying Social Media Brand Metrics to Political Campaigns.”
- Future of Information Alliance
FIA seed grants are, by their nature, collaborative. Merrill College has won three FIA grants that include:
- 2012-2013: The Citizen Journalist’s Toolkit: A Friendly Guide for Making the Local, Global
- 2012-2013: Wikid GRRLs – Teaching Girls Online Skills for Knowledge Creation
- 2013-2014: Research Impact Quotient (Research IQ): Designing a Dashboard to Track How Grant Funding Translates into Knowledge
- 2014-2015: Revisiting Segregation through Computational History: the case of the WWII Japanese American Tule Lake Segregation Center
- Professor Sarah Oates worked with researchers at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) on a project to study the role of Internet search in election campaigns in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Europe. The research was funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council under its Google Data Analytics Social Science Research program.
- Assistant Professor Ron Yaros received a $105,000 seed grant in July, 2015 with three other UMD colleges to teach high school students in three Prince George’s County Schools about climate change. See their Sciencebeat website for more information.
- Faculty are involved with collaborations across the University of Maryland campus. Assistant Professor and computational journalist Nick Diakopoulos, for example, holds an affiliate appointment with Maryland’s iSchool and Professor Susan Moeller is an affiliated faculty member with the School of Public Policy.
- Salzburg Academy: During the summer, students and faculty from the Merrill College join graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from around the world in Salzburg, Austria for the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Led by Professor Susan Moeller, the unique three week program has a focus on media literacy and engaged global citizenship.
- Capital News Service and Virginia Commonwealth University: In the fall of 2013, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and Virginia Commonwealth University‘s Capital News Service debuted a collaborative, regional news service bringing together several dozen reporters across multiple platforms in bureaus in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore Urban Reporting Class and the Baltimore Sun.
- Kaiser Health Reporting Class in collaboration with the Kaiser Health Foundation.
- Capital News Service and Media Organizations: A number of newspapers, radio and TV stations are all subscribers to the CNS news feed. Student-generated news reporting can be found in print, online, and broadcast throughout the Washington, D.C. region.
- Capital News Service collaborates with a number of Merrill College classes (and in some cases with other organizations) on deeply investigated stories. Most recently the collaboration produced The Brothel Next Door – which looks at human trafficking in the state of Maryland. The project was supported in part by a seed grant from the MPowering the State Initiative, and also by The Abell Foundation and The Baltimore Sun.
- Merrill students and organizations have reached out to local schools and non-profits to collaborate and mentor. This can include an after-school newspaper class or working with a D.C. non profit to mentor and train high school students. Several faculty members have worked with local schools as part of their “Career Day” activities.