Hello Friend,

As a member of the University of Maryland Journalism alumni community, you value high-quality journalism no matter what career or calling you have chosen.

What a year we’ve had in 2016! Philip Merrill College of Journalism students are winning award after award for meaningful, breakthrough stories.

Please take a moment or two to check out this “Best of 2016” cross-section of award-winning “Fearless Journalism” from current and former Merrill College students.

  • Breaking: CNS Investigation of nursing home abuses leads Maryland’s attorney general to file a lawsuit against a Hyattsville nursing home company alleging that the company routinely abandoned elderly patients to take advantage of Medicare reimbursements. Read more here.
  • The Brothel Next Door” project from our student-powered Capital News Service about human sex trafficking in Maryland. Winner of The National Society of Professional Journalists’ MOEy Best in Show award at its Mark of Excellence ceremony in September.
  • Troops Deploy Game Ball” by ViewFinder’s Ricky Lasser ’16 and Karen Tang ’16, which won the national Broadcast Education Association’s “Best in Show” student sports competition in April.

Merrill students are also creating their own media enterprises. A great example is The Left Bench sports blog. Your alma mater is preparing students who are already making their mark on journalism excellence, more so than ever in recent memory. We need your help to continue building the finest and most acclaimed journalism college anywhere, right here in the national capital area. Please click on the button below to make your year-end 2016 gift. Also, please contact our Assistant Dean, Katie Aune, at kaune@umd.edu if you would like to visit us at Knight Hall or have questions about making a gift to your alma mater, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

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Thank you,






John J. Seng ’79
Board of Visitors & Fearless Ideas Campaign Chair
Philip Merrill College of Journalism