The Philip Merrill College of Journalism embraces the following professional values and competencies set forth by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. All graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, and receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relations to mass communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, advocacy, fairness and diversity;
  • Think critically, creatively and independently;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes;
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work;

In addition, graduating master’s students should be able to contribute to knowledge appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.