The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, launched in 2019, gives University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students the opportunity to work with news organizations across the country to report stories of national or international importance to the public. The award-winning, multidisciplinary program is focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. Data journalism and collaboration are hallmarks of the center’s approach. The Howard Center is generously funded by $6 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation. It honors Roy W. Howard, one of journalism’s key pioneers. He became president of the United Press when he was 29 and 10 years later was named chairman of the board of Scripps Howard.