The Diamondback

Student Organizations

Merrill College students get involved with journalism the moment they step on campus through student-run media and student chapters of professional organizations.

Student Media

The Diamondback

The independent, student-run newspaper for the University of Maryland. Students have the opportunity to write for a variety of sections, including Sports, Opinion, Diversions and News, ranging from this university’s campus to Prince George’s County. Content is published daily. Note: Check out the Diamondback General Assignment meetings. These are great for students looking to complete their 320 outside published clips requirement as a freelancer. Meetings are on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the production room across from the DBK offices on the third floor of the South Campus Dining Hall. Contact General Assignment Manager Talia Dennis (2019-2020) for more information.

Telephone: 301-314-8200
Twitter: @thedbk

The Left Bench

A student-run sports media organization covering all University of Maryland sports at every home game, various away games and through feature stories. The publication offers hands-on broadcast, videography and on-camera experience, as well as anchoring and production experience with their biweekly studio show, The Left Bench TV.

Twitter/Instagram: @theleftbench

Unwind Magazine

An entertainment-news magazine for the University of Maryland.


The Writers Bloc

The University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House magazine, focusing on literary arts. The magazine is updated weekly online.


WMUC Radio

University of Maryland’s student-run radio station, featuring music, entertainment segments and news packages produced by students.


Her Campus

An online magazine for college women covering, style, beauty, health, love and more. Her Campus has more than 300 campus chapters located in nine countries.

Twitter: @HerCampusUMD


An independent, online student publication focusing on the Jewish community.


Terrapin Yearbook

The official yearbook of the University of Maryland.

Phone: (301) 314-8400

Student Groups

Capital News Service (volunteer)

Students from across campus can volunteer to help produce the student broadcasts of the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau. To volunteer, email

Mel Coffee is the director of the CNS Broadcast Bureau.

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, the organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet age. Their Code of Ethics stands for the highest integrity in visual storytelling. Their 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. Their ongoing education initiatives seek to equip 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.

The NPPA offers 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.

Facebook Page:
Twitter: @umdnppa
Faculty Sponsor: Bethany Swain

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 Dec. 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:
Twitter: @mabjumd

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

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.

NAHJ’s Goals:

  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.

Faculty Sponsor: Rafael Lorente

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 – takes part in local outreach efforts, participates in training sessions and field trips. The chapter also has access to scholarships, and takes part in regional and national conventions and contests. SPJ augments the students' experience and journalism education through its work as the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership organization for journalists.

Facebook Page:
Twitter: @UMDSPJ
Faculty Sponsor: Josh Davidsburg

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 were approved on 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: Mark Hyman 

Association 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 sportswriting, 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.

Twitter: @AWSMMaryland
Faculty Sponsor: Kaitlyn Wilson

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