THE PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM (JOUR)1100 Knight Hall, 301-405-2399
Dean: Lucy Dalglish
Associate Dean(s): Ira Chinoy, Olive Reid
Assistant Dean(s): Emily Hartz, Anne Martens
Professors: L. Dalglish (Dean and Prof), M. Feldstein (Richard Eaton Chair), K. Klose (Prof), S. Moeller (Prof and Dir. International Center for Media and the Public Agenda), S. Oates (Prof and Sr. Scholar), C. Rogers (Prof Of Practice), G. Solomon (Prof Of Practice and Dir. Povich Center for Sports Journalism), L. Steiner, C. Stepp
Associate Professors: I. Chinoy (Associate Prof and Associate Dean), C. Hanson, E. Zanot
Assistant Professors: K. Chadha (Asst Prof and Dir. Media, Self & Society, CP Scholars), R. Yaros
Lecturers: C. Clayton, J. Drizin (Dir. Journalism Center on Children and Families), A. Flynn (Dir. CNS Washington Bureau, Lecturer), C. Harvey (Dir. Internships and Career Development, Lecturer), D. Huffman (Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer), S. Katcef, R. Lorente (Dir. CNS Annapolis Bureau), S. Mussenden (Dir. CNS College Park Bureau, Lecturer), D. Nelson (Senior Lecturer), R. Rieder (Editor and Sr. VP American Journalism Review, Lecturer), B. Swain
Professors Emeriti: M. Beasley, J. Franklin, D. Gomery, E. Roberts
Visiting Faculty: S. Banisky (Abell Prof in Baltimore Journalism), K. Blackistone (Povich Chair in Sports Journalism), L. Walker (Visiting Prof in Digital Innovation)
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares students for careers in newspapers, magazines, TV news, newsletters and online journalism outlets. The undergraduate journalism program culminates in a B.A. degree in journalism.
The college is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Students learn in college programs such as Capital News Service, a daily wire service in
Students majoring in journalism take approximately one-third (42 credits) of their total coursework in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Journalism courses are designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the tools and concepts they will need to perform as top-flight professional communicators.
The remaining two-thirds (80 credits) of undergraduate coursework consists of a variety of other subjects such as history, economics, government, sociology and psychology. This exposure acquaints students with fundamental problems and issues they will encounter in their careers. Within these credits, journalism students must choose a "Concentration" (a core of advanced work in a substantive field) to establish competency in a specialized area of knowledge they will be able to use as professionals.
About the College
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is widely considered one of the best journalism programs in the nation, blending a mix of prize-winning journalists, communication scholars and nationally recognized professional programs. The school's mission is simple: to produce the best possible journalists for leading newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and online news outlets. Recent graduates are editors, reporters and producers at The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, Los Angeles Times, CNN, America Online and many of the nation's other top news organizations.
Located less than 10 miles from the news capital of Washington, students participate in internships during the academic year at The Washington Post, The (Baltimore) Sun, CNN, and a wide array of Washington news bureaus. In the summer, students intern at top news organizations around the country. Broadcast news students produce and anchor a 30-minute nightly news show that reaches more than 400,000 households in suburban Washington on the College-operated UMTV station, and multi-platform students work on Maryland Newsline, a political and public policy Web-based news magazine. Advanced students enroll in Capital News Service, an intensive full-time reporting program in
College Mission Statement
The College seeks to be the nation's preeminent professional school in its field, a model for others in its integration of scholarly work and professional practice. As we enter a new century, it aspires to lead in the uses and study of new technologies to improve understanding and performance in our fields. Its mission is to educate university students at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral level within a liberal arts context, preparing them for careers in journalism, and scholarly work and teaching in these fields; to elevate the standards of professional practice; and to advance the quality of public life through knowledge of public issues, including those related to the role in a democratic society.
Program Learning Outcomes
Special Advantages and Facilities
The Merrill College is home to many unique programs and opportunities available to undergraduate students:
Top-Notch Faculty: The
Access to Centers of Journalism Study: The
Technology for the "Real World": Students use the same technologies used by professional journalists and media specialists. From the latest in non-linear editing systems, to updated technologies for digital art and pagination, every undergraduate will have access to the hardware and software used by professionals in television and radio production, visual journalism, online news and media communication.
Journalism is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). See the Admissions section in chapter 1 for general LEP admission policies.
Freshman Admission and the 45-Credit Review
First-time entering freshmen will gain admission to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism directly from high school on an available basis. Early application is encouraged. Freshmen admitted to the program will have access to the necessary advising through their initial semesters to help them determine if Journalism is an appropriate area for their interests and abilities. Academic and career advising is provided to journalism students throughout their academic career by qualified academic counselors and the College's faculty.
Freshmen who are admitted directly to Journalism will be subject to a performance review by the time they have completed 45 credits. To meet the provisions of the review, these students must complete: (1) The two, first-year Fundamental Studies courses: ENGL 101 and mathematics; (2) at least nine credits of Distributive Studies coursework, (3) JOUR 201 with a grade of C- or higher (JOUR 181, ENGL 101 AND JOUR 200 are prerequisites for JOUR 201); and (4) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students must prove grammar skills competency through attainment of a minimum of a C- in JOUR 181 or an 80 or higher on the grammar competency exam offered in JOUR 181. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to continue in the LEP and will be required to select another major. In addition freshmen are expected to complete JOUR 200 by the end of their first year.
These requirements apply to new transfer students to the University as well as on-campus students.
Note: No more than 12 transfer credits of communications courses from an accredited journalism program may be approved by the College to be applied toward the degree. Transfer students who wish to receive credit for JOUR 201 based on work done in a non-accredited journalism program must pass a proficiency exam.
In order to be admitted to Journalism, transfer students will be required to meet the following set of gateway requirements: (1) The two, first-year Fundamental Studies courses: ENGL 101 and mathematics; (2) at least nine credits of Distributive Studies coursework, (3) JOUR 201 with a grade of C- or higher (JOUR 181, ENGL 101 and JOUR 200 are prerequisites for JOUR 201); and (4) attainment of a 2.8 GPA for all college-level work attempted.
Students who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to Journalism at the freshman or transfer level, and believe they have extenuating or special circumstances that should be considered, may appeal in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The student will be notified in writing of the appeal decision.
Students admitted to Journalism as freshmen that do not pass the 45-credit review but believe they have special circumstances that should be considered, may appeal directly to the College.
For further information, contact The College's Student Services office at 301-405-2399.
Requirements for the Major
Effective for students matriculating Fall 2012 or later. (Student matriculating before Fall 2012 should contact an advisor about requirements).
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism stipulates that 57 of the total credits must be taken in upper-level courses (courses numbered 300-499).
Required courses for all journalism majors, whether primary or secondary major:
I. Journalism requirements outside the College
Students must complete the following liberal arts coursework complementing the university's general education requirements. For the university's general education requirements, consult the General Education program in the current Undergraduate Catalog.
II. Journalism course requirements:
SPECIALIZATIONS (15 credits)
Placement in Courses
Enrollment in JOUR 201 requires proof of grammar competency through the attainment of at least a C- in JOUR 181 or a score of 80 or higher on the grammar diagnostic exam, completion of ENGL 101 with at least a C- and completion of JOUR 200 with at least a C-.
The Office of Student Services provides academic advising to journalism majors on an appointment basis. It is located at 1100 Knight Hall. The phone number is 301-405-2399.
CPS in Media, Self and Society Director: Dr. Kalyani Chadha
Co-sponsored by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the Media, Self and Society Program is one of the living/learning programs offered by the College Park Scholars Program. This two-year program for incoming freshmen is designed to give students the opportunity to undertake a critical examination of media organizations, institutions and practices as well as gain practical experience through involvement in a media-related activity of their choice. For more information, see the College Park Scholars Program section in this catalog.
Although no departmental honors program currently exists within the College, academically outstanding students are recognized through Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism academic honor society.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The college sponsors student chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. These organizations provide students with opportunities to practice skills, establish social relationships with other students both on and off campus, and meet and work with professionals in the field.
The College is committed to enrolling the most qualified students, regardless of ability to pay. Toward that end, the College through donor-sponsored awards gives approximately $100,000 annually in scholarships to undergraduates. Additionally, the University awards scholarships and financial aid including low-interest loans, grants and work-study opportunities.
Sources for Incoming Students
Baltimore Sun Diversity in Journalism Scholarship - Established by the Times Mirror Foundation, this non-renewable award is granted to an incoming freshman with high academic achievement in high school and wide-ranging cultural and economic background, who resides in the Baltimore Sun's circulation area.
Frank R. Cormier White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship - Established in 1991 by the White House Correspondents' Association, this award was renamed in 1994 to honor the memory of Frank R. Cormier, who for two decades exemplified the best qualities of White House correspondents with a blend of gentleness, humor and professionalism that endeared him to the readers of his dispatches for The Associated Press. This renewable scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from Washington, D.C. or Prince George's County, Maryland on the basis of financial need.
William Randolph Hearst Scholarships - Established in honor of William Randolph Hearst's 82nd birthday, these are among the college's first scholarships. A limited number of non-renewable awards are granted to outstanding Maryland high school students admitted to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
William C. Huffman Scholarship - This fund was established by Diana L. Huffman, the Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer at Merrill College, in honor of her father, Dr. William C. Huffman (1910-1988), and his commitment to education and philanthropy. This renewable scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who are in good academic standing and remain so throughout the term of the award, demonstrate financial need, and are residents of Washington, DC or Prince George's County, Maryland. Students are eligible to re-apply for the award in subsequent years as long as they still qualify for the award criteria.
Sources for Current Students
Fred I., Edna O. and Fred J. Archibald Scholarship
Paul Berg Diamondback Scholarship
Bonnie Bernstein '92 Journalism Scholarship
John Story Cleghorn and Nona Reese Cleghorn Scholarships
Reese Cleghorn Excellence in Journalism Scholarships
J. Theodore Crown, Sr. and Joseph T. Crown, Jr. Scholarship
Ralph Crosby Journalism Excellence Award
Entravision Communications Broadcast Journalism Scholarship
Marjorie Ferguson-Benjamin Holman Scholarship
Carol Horner Journalism Scholarship
K. Christopher Houston '85 Scholarship
Jay Jackson Scholarship
Tom Kunkel Journalism Excellence Scholarship
Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Scholarship
Frank Quine and Mary Ellen Doran-Quine Journalism Scholarship
Stanley E. Rubenstein Memorial Journalism Scholarship
Joseph R. Slevin Award
Washington Examiner Journalism Scholarship
Richard W. Worthington Journalism Scholarship
Sources for Current Students Traveling Abroad
Hiebert Journalism International Travel Award
Gene Roberts Award
For more information, and eligibility requirements, visit www.merrill.umd.edu/undergraduate/scholarships
The National Scholarships Office is committed to helping students of the University of Maryland identify, apply for, and win national scholarships and fellowships in their pursuit of higher education. We also help students find research opportunities in their fields of study.
Awards and Recognition
Julie Galvan Outstanding Campus Member Award - The Society of Professional Journalists chapter selects one graduate in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.
Supervised internships are essential. Chris Harvey is the Director of the Journalism Internship Program, 1100A
Professional Experience Opportunities
Capital News Service
Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization run by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. For two decades, we have provided deeply reported, award-winning coverage of issues of import to Marylanders.
With bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington run by professional journalists, we deliver news in multiple multimedia formats via partner news organizations, a destination Web site, a nightly on-air television newscast and affiliated social media channels (including Twitter and Facebook). We provide breaking news coverage, in-depth investigative and enterprise journalism, and serve as a laboratory for students to test and develop innovative new methods of reporting and telling stories.
For students interested in broadcast news, opportunities to gain experience with cable news programs are presented within the curriculum and by volunteering at the campus television station, UMTV.
Student-Run Campus Media Outlets
Students can gain broadcast news and sports reporting experience through the campus radio station, WMUC. There are numerous student-run publications on campus. These include, The Diamondback, an independent daily newspaper that appears in print and online. The Diamondback is one of the most-read campus dailies in the nation. Among the many campus publications there are literary magazines and newspapers of interest to special populations. These include the Eclipse, Black Explosion, The PublicAsian, Mitzpeh and Unwind! magazine.