A great way to get involved at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism is by joining a student group or volunteering to work with the Capital News Service. There are a great number of other opportunities to “commit journalism” including The Diamondback student newspaper and WMUC radio, The Left Bench sports blog, and many other organizations.

NEW CNS LogoVolunteer to work with the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau

Students from across campus can volunteer to help produce the student broadcasts of the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau. The newscasts are broadcast live Tuesday – Thursday each semester in Studio B at UMTV in Tawes Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

To volunteer please contact students:

Becca King, Barrett Goldberg, Jake Britton

Sue Kopen Katcef is the CNS Broadcast Bureau Director.

150914_UMD NPPA_06NPPA – National Press Photographers Association

The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels, our organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet age. Our Code of Ethics stands for the highest integrity in visual storytelling. Our advocacy efforts put NPPA in the center of today’s thorniest issues of journalists’ rights to do their work — and to earn a living from their craft. Our ongoing education initiatives seek to equip our members and prepare the emerging generation of visual journalists in the face of an ever-changing media landscape. In light of these challenges, the work of NPPA has never been more vital than it is today.

We offer visual journalism students invaluable advice on scholarships and online education seminars, tips on entering the job market after college, and the opportunity to be mentored by successful professionals in our field.

2016-2017 Officers

President: Ryan Eskalis
Vice President: Susann Shin
Treasurer: Alexandra Simon
Secretary: Carly Kempler
Social Media Manager: Danté Evans
Outreach Liason: Nicole Altmark

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UMDNPPA
Twitter: @umdnppa
Student Chapter Contacts: Ryan Eskalis, Susann Shin and Alexandra Simon.
Faculty Sponsor: Bethany Swain

10649661_375608135925421_4893730104803706091_nMABJ – Maryland Association of Black Journalists

The MABJ is the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. Many of NABJ’s members also belong to one of the professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.

NABJ is committed to the following:

  • Strengthening ties among black journalists;
  • Sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists;
  • Expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training;
  • Increasing the number of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs;
  • Fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements by black journalists, and outstanding achievement in the media industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large;
  • Working with high schools and colleges to identify and encourage black students to become journalists, and to diversify faculties and related curriculum; and
  • Providing informational and training services to the general public.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mabjumd
Twitter: @mabjumd

MABJ leaders 2016-17

Co-presidents: Breana Bacon and Austyn Ross
Vice president: Michelle Sloan
Secretary and NABJ Relations Chair: Chelsea Jones
PR and Social Media Chair: Kofie Yeboah
Alumni Outreach and Community Service Chair: Lamar Johnson
Faculty Sponsor: Cassandra Clayton

NANAHJ-LogoHJ – National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The newest student chapter in Knight Hall, the NAHJ was approved in September, 2015.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

NAHJ has approximately 1,500 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators.


  1. To organized and provide support for Hispanic Journalists.
  2. To encourage and support the study and practices of journalism and communications by Hispanics.
  3. To promote accurate and fair treatment of Hispanics by the news media.
  4. To further employment opportunities and career development for Hispanics in the news media.
  5. To foster greater understanding of the unique cultural identity, interests and concerns of Hispanic Journalists.
  • 2016-2017 Student Contact:

Faculty Sponsor: Rafael Lorente

11149328_830503676984649_8973764932377772521_nSPJ – Society of Professional Journalists

For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. The Maryland student chapter holds monthly meetings – many times with guest journalists – take part in local outreach efforts,  participate in training sessions and field trips. They also have access to scholarships, and take part in regional and national conventions and contests. SPJ augments our student’s experience and journalism education through its work as the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership organization for journalists.

2017-2018 School Year Officers:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/umdspj
Twitter: @UMDSPJ
Faculty Sponsor:  Sue Kopen Katcef

DSC_0694APSE – Associated Press Sports Editors

APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) is a national organization that strives to improve professional standards for sports departments of professional news organizations and to recognize professional excellence among its membership. The University of Maryland and Virginia Tech were the first two student APSE chapters – both applications approved June 25, 2014. APSE works with student chapters to increase student participation in regional and national meetings and to bring APSE representation to campuses. APSE offers an internship and job bank and awards student scholarships.

Faculty Sponsor: George Solomon – Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 1.22.31 PMAssociation for Women in Sports Media

AWSM is a volunteer-managed, 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1987 as a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, and public and media relations. AWSM works to promote and increase diversity in sports media through our internship/scholarship program, as well as through mentoring links and career-enhancement initiatives.

  • 2017-2018 Co-presidents: Meagan Smedney & Danielle Stein

Faculty Sponsor: Beth Mechum – Coordinator, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.