I cannot thank the faculty and staff at the University of Maryland enough for their hospitality at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

Knight Hall on the campus of the University of Maryland on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

As we begin our ambition plans at the University of Florida to expand our news operations, we sought out Knight Hall at UMD as a prime example of how the workflow should be structured.

Their building was stunning and their students were equally impressive. Trying to teach the future of journalism at a time when the professionals are still trying to answer the same questions as the students may seem impossible, but at UMD, they have used their facilities and resources to their advantage to give their students a taste of the real world before they leave campus.

Students work in the 24/7 "News Bubble," on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

From the garage band lab, where students can learn in a collaborative setting, to the 24/7 news bubble, where, at anytime, students can use the facilities to master their craft.

Students work in the main entranceway to Knight Hall on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

UMD has created a very open and transparent college that allows students to work both collaboratively and focus individually - something that is very difficult to achieve while designing a workspace.

I am truly grateful for the warm welcome I have received at UMD and cannot wait to invite them to our new facilities at UF.

My Best,

- Steve

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