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Journalism Is a Great Major

Danielle Lama'11 who is now working for WDRB News in Louisville as a reporter says, "The Philip Merrill College of Journalism gave me the experience needed to land a job after graduation. Thanks to that great foundation, I've been able to work my way into a top 50 TV market within three years and continue to develop my skills as a reporter."

Danielle Lama’11 who is now working for WDRB News in Louisville as a reporter says, “The Philip Merrill College of Journalism gave me the experience needed to land a job after graduation. Thanks to that great foundation, I’ve been able to work my way into a top 50 TV market within three years and continue to develop my skills as a reporter.”

By Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish

Journalism is an excellent major for many career paths. Just take a look at our new page listing the jobs our graduates are getting! Below you’ll find some answers to questions parents and potential students ask us as they consider coming to Maryland and majoring in journalism:

1) Are there still jobs for journalism majors these days?

Absolutely. When I graduated from journalism school, most students launched their careers at a local broadcast station or newspaper. Those jobs still exist, particularly for students with ultra-sharp web skills. But increasingly, graduates are creating their own journalism-related jobs. But we tend to forget that journalism schools provide outstanding preparation for a host of occupations. Today’s young journalists are outstanding writers, adept researchers, skilled photographers,  creative web designers and discerning truth detectors.  These attributes prepare them for careers in journalism, law, public relations, government affairs and any other occupation that requires strategic thinkers. I found that my journalism degree was the perfect preparation for law school.

2) Beyond basic skills courses, what journalism electives are more likely to prepare graduates for a good job?

Any of Merrill College’s capstone courses provide great content training. We have some fabulous capstones. But I’ve noticed that jobs are out there for business journalists.  I’m probably biased, but I took many business courses in college and found them to be incredibly useful when I covered a whole host of stories. In addition, employers want reporters who can manipulate and visualize data, use databases in their reporting, and conducts high-quality investigations. And our graduates who have taken sports journalism courses are finding terrific jobs working for print and online publications, broadcast enterprises, and athletic teams and conferences.

3) What is the value of an internship these days?

I can’t imagine going out to find a journalism job without a high-quality internship under my belt. At Merrill College, our graduates often have three or four internships in newsrooms ranging from NBC News, the Washington Post and USA Today to the Frederick News Post and WBAL-TV.  Our incredible location inside the Washington Beltway allows us access to journalists and newsrooms from the news capital of the world.

Looking for more information about majoring in Journalism? Take a look at our Merrill College website that has specific information about the major, how to apply and more. Or you can call us at 301-405-2399

Merrill Journalists Win Prestigious MDDC Press Association Summer Internships


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five Philip Merrill College of Journalism students have won Reese Cleghorn Summer Internships from the Maryland – Delaware – DC Press Association (MDDC). Only six internships – and three alternates are named each January for the prestigious internships, named after long-time UMD Journalism Dean Reese Cleghorn. All internships are paid and students are assigned to newspapers who are members of the MDDC Press Association.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants. They’ll attend a day-long internship orientation session at Knight Hall on May 28.

Maryland winners and newspapers where they will intern include:

Talia Richman
The Baltimore Sun

Ellie Silverman
Annapolis Capital

Marissa Horn
The Frederick News-Post

Jordan Branch
The Gazette

Jon Banister
Carroll County Times

The sixth scholarship goes to:

Jacob Bogage
University of Missouri
The Daily Record


A True Journalism Icon: Terp Dave McConnell ’59 Celebrates 50 Years with WTOP


This photo is from the 1959 Terrapin Yearbook.

By Megan Cloherty

Reprinted with the permission of WTOP Radio.

NOTE: Dave McConnell graduated from the University of Maryland in 1959 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in History. He was a loyal member of WMUC – serving as News Director his senior year, and was a copy editor for the Diamondback. He may not have been a journalism major, but we consider him an honorary alumnus here in Knight Hall!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today his steady, resonant voice is synonymous with political reporting for Washington listeners, but 50 years ago this week Dave McConnell made his debut on WTOP Radio.

On Jan. 18, 1965, “I Dream of Jeannie” was on TV; “The Sound of Music” was in theaters, and The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” topped the charts. It was also the day McConnell started reporting for what was then 1500 AM.

McConnell is celebrating five decades reporting for Washington’s Top News, most of it spent as the Capitol Hill correspondent, where he remains the lone full-time Congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the United States.

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Storify Recaps Journalism Study Abroad Trip to Slovakia and Hungary

StudyAbroadStudentsCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – 12 University of Maryland journalism students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism traveled to Slovakia and Hungary Jan. 2- 16. Led by Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism Sandy Banisky, the students studied the state of journalism in those two post-Soviet societies.

This is the second year Merrill College students have traveled to Eastern Europe to study just how much journalism is changing in the Eastern Bloc.

We are using Storify to help tell the tale of their discoveries and adventures as our students use Instagram, Twitter and a blog to highlight their trip – follow along!

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McIntyre, Ting Headline Merrill College Commencement Program

JamieMcIntyreWatch the Philip Merrill College of Journalism Commencement Exercise on YouTube.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Adjunct Professor Jamie McIntyre has just about done it all as a broadcast journalist. From his early days as a WTOP radio reporter in Washington, D.C. to CNN Pentagon Correspondent, NPR anchor and now back to the Pentagon for Al Jazeera America. He’s been an entrepreneur as well – maintaining his own military blog and consulting for news organizations seeking expertise in national security issues.

His reputation as a tough reporter with an easy-going style even got him into a book, Dragon Fire, by former Defense Secretary William Cohen. He described his fictional “CNN reporter” as “a first-rate journalist, who played it straight with the news, but never cut [the defense secretary] any slack.”

Sunday, McIntyre will graduate with his Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is the college’s commencement speaker as well. Next spring, he’ll return to something else he loves to do – teach. A popular adjunct professor in Knight Hall for many years, McIntyre teaches multimedia journalism. And there’s one more thing – he’s known for his sense of humor. Jamie was named “DC’s Funniest Reporter” in 2010 at a charity stand-up comedy competition at the National Press Club.

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