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Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 14) –  Come Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan your day at marylandday.umd.edu

Merrill College Events:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Explore the Possibilities of a Journalism Degree
1208 – Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Gather information about the journalism major and hear from current students. College representatives are available to answer questions about undergraduate programs.





11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Knight Hall / UMTV Tour
1st Floor, Knight Hall
Every hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Merrill College students offer tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. Learn about the graduate and undergraduate study of journalism.



Snapchat 101 During Maryland Day in Knight Hall at 11 a.m.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Snapchat 101
1208 Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Snapchat is more than just face swaps and filters. Bethany Swain, a former CNN photojournalist who now teaches at the Merrill College, explains what the popular app is all about and shares tips you can use today.




Life in the Anchor Seat.


11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Life in the Anchor Seat
UMTV – Tawes Hall Basement
Ever wonder what it’s like to deliver the nightly news? Come have an interactive experience in the anchor’s chair in the Eaton Broadcast Center at UMTV.




Clips App from Apple will be demoed on Maryland Day in Knight Hall.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Make a Mobile Family Album
1208 Knight Hall
Don’t just post or share photos. Use “Clips” – a  free iPhone app to quickly combine photos, video and text in a fun mobile album. Join mobile journalism Professor Ronald Yaros for this 15-minute hands-on session.



1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Merrill Alumni Meet, Greet and Eat
3202 – Roberts Room, Knight Hall
#MerrillMade alumni are welcome to reconnect with fellow alums and favorite professors and meet the college’s dean, Lucy Dalglish. The reception includes a 2 p.m. panel discussion of alumni experts and current students discussing the complex and changing world of sports media, hosted by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

Alumni panel includes: Alexa ’07 (MLB.com and 120Sports.com) and Peter ’02 Rosenberg (of Hot 97 and 98.7 ESPN) and Rob Carlin ’95 (of NBC Sports). Student panel members include the founders of The Left Bench – Justin Meyers ’17, Michael Stern ’17 and Kofi Yeboah ’17).  Please RSVP to Kayla Newton for this event.

All Day

The World of Journalism
McKeldin Mall: Philip Merrill College of Journalism Tent
Learn about undergraduate and graduate journalism majors from current students.

Meet Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish from 11 a.m. to noon. Merrill alumna and NBC4 news anchor Eun Yang ’95 greets guests in the afternoon.

Merrill College Featured In New University “Fearless Ideas” Video

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The newest PSA promoting the “Fearless Ideas” campaign of the University of Maryland makes good use of the resources of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The video, from University Video on campus, begins in a Knight Hall classroom with lecturer Chris Harvey teaching a class. Sociology major Rhys Hall is in the class and takes viewers through the PSA discussing how the university is “transforming the student experience.” One of the highlights is Merrill student Hayley Fixler’16 – who is interning at NBC News in Washington, D.C. this semester.


New Merrill College Website Just the Start of an Exciting Year

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish by student Aiyah Sibay.

Dean Dalglish by Aiyah Sibay.

by Dean Lucy Dalglish

Welcome to Philip Merrill College of Journalism  –  and to the college’s new website.

Exciting things are happening every day in Knight Hall, and we’re delighted that our new web site will allow us to showcase the achievements of our faculty, students and staff. The site also allows us to better serve prospective students, our spectacularly successful alumni and those interested in supporting the teaching and research that goes on within this beautiful building.

A new cohort of undergraduate and graduate students will arrive in late August, and they are going to be busy keeping up with the action.  The incoming freshman class is one of our most accomplished and diverse ever.  Nearly 60 percent of them are from out-of-state, a number than affirms Merrill’s outstanding national reputation.

In the coming year, here is some of what you can expect:

  • Capital News Service, one of the nation’s oldest student-produced news services, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of programs and celebrations. A kick-off party at the National Press Club in June drew more than 70 CNS alumni and former bureau chiefs.
  • The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism is celebrating its 10th anniversary this school year, and will bring outstanding sports journalists and athletes together for a series of symposia and panel discussions throughout the year.
  • The CNS Washington Bureau will move to upgraded quarters in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. The new newsroom comes with a 65-seat classroom, which will allow the college for the first time to host events and continuing education classes and seminars for mid-career journalists in Washington.
  • Work will begin in the fall to upgrade the broadcast equipment in Tawes Hall so that our students can learn to work in HD.
  • Our students continue to amaze me with their digital skills. The work they are doing in data crunching and data visualization is leading directly to terrific jobs.
  • More than 50 outstanding journalists from around the world will visit Merrill College classes and participate in programs and lectures throughout the year.
  • A team from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication will visit in February to evaluate the college’s request to be re-accredited. This once-every-six-years event consumes an incredible amount of time and energy, but the evaluation from these outside journalism educators helps us improve our program.And there’s so much more.This year’s senior class members were freshmen when I became dean three years ago. Watching them learn and grow into tomorrow’s creative, thoughtful, capable, ethical journalists has been one of the greatest joys of my life.Special things go on in Knight Hall every day, and I encourage you to stop by and see it for yourself.

Fall Semester Holds Promise For Merrill Journalists

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The first day of classes are finally underway in Knight Hall and the University of Maryland! Many of our journalism students were up early, as their first classes in news reporting and broadcast studio and field production began at 8 A.M. Merrill’s graduate program is also underway. For example, our new Ph.D. cohort met with Professor Kalyani Chada for their “Theories of Journalism and Public Communication” class.

Merrill Journalists who will be part of our four student-powered Capital News Service (CNS) bureaus met in Washington, D.C. for their fall libel briefing. Thanks to the Bloomberg Washington D.C. Bureau for hosting the event.

Some changes are coming to Knight Hall this fall – albeit temporarily. A new exhibit wall is going up in the Gaylord Resource Center this week. Once complete, it will feature the work of renowned photojournalist David “CHIM” Seymour who helped start the Magnum photo agency. The exhibit is made possible thanks to the generosity of Computer Science Professor Ben Shneiderman. And finally, it’s great to see the “Off the Record” Cafe has reopened!

Have some first day photos to share? Send them to Dave Ottalini – dottalin@umd.edu. We’ll add more photos as they come in.



Maryland Day a Success in Knight Hall


Knight Hall was awash in visitors during Maryland Day. Many came to do their own weathercast courtesy of WUSA*9 TV in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of WUSA)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland Day 2013 brought more than 100,000 visitors (a record!) to the University of Maryland campus this past weekend.

Many visitors enjoyed coming to Knight Hall, where they were able to perform their own weathercast courtesy of WUSA*9, hear a discussion about the changing world of sports media, meet other alumni members and find out what it takes to be a journalism major at Maryland.

Maryland Day Journalism Events By The Numbers:

* Approximately 65 student volunteers;

* Some 400 people passed through the line to do their own weathercast with WUSA*9;

* Approximately 65 Merrill alumni attended a special reception for them on Maryland Day;

*300 Merrill water bottles plus 100 Maryland Day bags were given away as prizes at the Merrill College tent on McKeldin Mall.   Approximately 500 people visited the Journalism tent all together.

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