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Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Parent institution
University of Maryland, College Park
DeanLucy Dalglish
Location, ,
United States

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is a journalism school located at the University of Maryland, College Park. The college was founded in 1947[1] and was named after newspaper editor Philip Merrill in 2001.[2] The school has about 550 undergraduates and 70 graduate students enrolled.

The school awards B.A., M.A., M.J. and Ph.D. degrees in journalism. Undergraduates can focus on broadcast or multi-platform journalism.

A Washington Post recruiter has said the college is one of the nation's best journalism schools.[3]

The university's student newspaper, The Diamondback, is not affiliated with the school. However, the school provides opportunities for students to publish work with the Capital News Service (Maryland),[4] a wire service serving print, broadcast and online media in the Washington, D.C. region and Maryland Newsline, a live half-hour three-day-per-week news broadcast (during the fall and spring semesters) that reaches more than 500,000 households in the greater Washington metropolitan area. The newscast is now streamed via YouTube in HD.[5]

The three college-sponsored student news outlets—the nightly television show, online news magazine, and weekly radio show—have all been named the best in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists in the last few years.[citation needed]

The school is home to the National Association of Black Journalists, the largest organization of journalists of color in the U.S. From 1987 to 2015, the university published the American Journalism Review, a magazine covering print, television, radio and online media; in 2013 AJR became an online-only publication, and in 2015, the college announced that it was terminating the journal.[6][7]


The school's faculty has won a combined 17 Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards. The Pulitzer Prize winners include Knight Chair Dana Priest (The Washington Post), Jon Franklin (The Baltimore Sun), Ira Chinoy (The Washington Post) and Deborah Nelson (The Seattle Times). Marty Kaiser, who led the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to three Pulitzer Prizes while editor there from 1997 to 2015, is the first managing editor of the college's student-powered Capital News Service. Kathy Best, who led the Seattle Times staff to two Pulitzer Prizes as executive editor and managing editor for digital news, is the director of Merrill's award-winning Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

Emmy Award winners include Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein, Associate Professor Ron Yaros and Lecturer Tom Bettag. Other notable faculty members: Mark Hyman, a veteran journalist, professor, author and lawyer who directs The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism as the college's inaugural George Solomon Chair in Sports Journalism; and ESPN's Around the Horn panelist and Washington Post columnist Kevin Blackistone.[8]


The school was formerly housed in the Journalism building located next to McKeldin Library; the building was the smallest on campus to be home to a college. Most of the broadcast facilities, including the Maryland Newsline studio, are located in nearby Tawes Hall.

The college moved into a new journalism building, the John S. and James L. Knight Hall, on January 4, 2010.


See also


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  2. ^ "About Merrill". University of Maryland. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  3. ^ Perl, Peter (2006-05-24). "Ask The Post". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  4. ^ "CNS Maryland | Philip Merrill College of Journalism". Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  5. ^ "Maryland Newsline | Capital News Service's Daily Newscast". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  6. ^ Bhatia, Gurman (2015-07-31). "American Journalism Review to cease publication". Poynter. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  7. ^ Balakrishnan, Anita (2015-08-03). "'American Journalism Review' ends online publishing". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  8. ^ "Faculty Directory". Philip Merrill College of Journalism. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  9. ^ "UMD Alum Connie Chung to Speak During President Loh's Inauguration Week". University of Maryland. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  10. ^ "Giuliana's Bio". E! News. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  11. ^ "Terpvision". University of Maryland. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  12. ^ Heroism Project | 1970s | Woodward & Bernstein. (1972-06-17). Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  13. ^ "POLITICO, ABC7/WJLA-TV, NewsChannel 8 Honored with Walter Cronkite Award for 2012 Election Coverage - POLITICO Press Release". 2013-03-06. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09.
  14. ^ "Christine Delargy". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  15. ^ "Jerardi, Lapides, Norwood are Hall of Famers". The Tipoff. 51 (2). January 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
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