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Knight Hall


The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, headquartered in Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus, is spread across two adjacent buildings.

Interested in seeing what our budding journalists do on a daily basis? Schedule a personalized tour of our facilities. You will experience our college, studios and more. All visitors on campus are expected to abide by the University of Maryland campus health and safety guidelines. Please review these guidelines before coming to campus.

Knight Hall

Knight Hall atrium
Knight Hall atrium

John S. & James L. Knight Hall (7765 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742) became Merrill College's home on April 21, 2010. The $30 million, 53,400-square-foot building combines high-tech classrooms, multimedia labs, a 24-hour “News Bubble” for student use, a cafe, a newsroom and studio (Studio C), two podcast studios and more. We are proud to be the home of the National Association of Black Journalists and a bureau of The Associated Press.

Knight Hall is located at the corner of Campus Drive and Lot 1 on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The building is a short walk from the Stamp Student Union, the Union Lane Garage and the campus shuttle hub.

Knight Hall is a sustainable building, designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standard. Knight Hall was the first building on the University of Maryland campus designed to meet that standard. 

  • All rainwater from roof goes into a cistern for water savings/irrigation and reduction/controlling runoff.
  • Glass - huge expanses of glass in the building promotes natural light, which reduces need for artificial lighting.
  • Windows are thermal/reflective and energy efficient.
  • Low-flow or dual-flush toilets.
  • Native/low water landscaping.
  • Bike racks & public transportation - Purple Line will go right past our building.
  • Ceiling panels contain high-recycled content while providing acoustics.
  • Curtainwall system with high-performing low-E glazing and sunshades.
  • Sustainably-harvested wood panels. Recycled building materials.
  • Durable terrazzo flooring with recycled aggregate.
  • Energy efficient fixtures & ballasts.
  • All paints & finishes have low VOC content.
  • Office lights have times and motion sensors to turn off when no one is around.
  • Building uses locally-sourced materials vs. imported.
  • Large grass expanse vs. parking lot.
  • Flat panel TV sets are on timers to save energy.

Tawes Hall

Studio A
Studio A

UMTV (Merrill College’s cable television station) and the student-staffed Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau are housed next door, in Tawes Hall.

UMTV has two broadcast-quality studios along with edit suites and audio booths, including a podcast studio. UMTV also offers live studio interview capabilities for broadcast radio and TV stations. Broadcast facilities are available to rent as well for interviews or other TV programming.

The Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau is based out of UMTV in Studio A. During the semester, student-produced newscasts are broadcast on cable in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and streamed in HD on YouTube.


Parking for visitors before 4 p.m. is available at meters in front of Cole Field House or the Union Lane or Stadium Drive parking garages. You can also try the Parkmobile App (information follows). Rates vary per hour, but average $3 per hour at most garages. After 4 p.m., visitors are welcome to park in the adjacent Lot 1 without a permit, following posted restrictions.

Parkmobile’s mobile payment system allows motorists to pay for parking through an app on their mobile phone, eliminating the need to carry change, predict their length of stay, and continually feed the meter.

To use the Parkmobile system, customers can register for free at or download the mobile app. Once registered, they can use the mobile app, the internet or a toll-free number to pay for parking. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. They can also select the option to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session.

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