Shining a light on the most vulnerable in our society. Speaking truth to power. Exploring the intersection of race, culture and sports. Providing the news and analysis citizens require to live in contemporary society. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism stands at the forefront of journalism education. Through tried and true investigative journalism, the use of innovative storytelling tools and national and international partnerships that put students in front of newsmakers and citizens alike, the college is a leader in the fight for free expression and transparency worldwide. The Fearless Ideas Campaign will provide the resources to help us continue to do this important work and respond to challenges and opportunities as they arise.
Scholarships and Faculty Support
Scholarships and Fellowships
We have many more applicants (at both the undergraduate and master's level) with financial need than current Merrill College resources can meet. All of this is taking place against an increasingly competitive recruiting environment. As a result, we will focus on endowing scholarship and fellowship opportunities throughout the campaign.
Endowed Professorships and Chairs
Named professorships and chairs confer visibility and prestige on the selected faculty and the college; expand resources that help our faculty soar to or stay at the forefront of their fields; and enable the university to recognize extraordinary research and teaching. We will double our number of endowed professorships to four through this campaign, and establish a newly endowed chair.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will raise funds for upgrading the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center and the college’s news labs.
Programs and Initiatives
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will raise funds for programs and initiatives, including:
Leveraging Merrill’s collective expertise, the college will devise curriculum, enhance its teaching, increase its research and form partnerships to lead the national conversation on media literacy.
Capital News Service
Expanding the College’s highly successful Capital News Service, which provides important news and information through digital and broadcast reporting.
Developing a suite of new courses focused on preparing students and professional journalists to cover global security issues including international free expression, cybersecurity, government secrecy and the workings of the nation’s intelligence agencies.
Create an Innovation Fund for faculty and students to cover seed expenses and travel costs for special reporting projects.
Expanding the already sterling national reputation of the college’s sports journalism program.