Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization run by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Celebrating its 25th anniversary during the 2015-2016 school year, CNS provides deeply reported, award-winning coverage of issues that are important to Marylanders. CNS “Inspires Maryland Pride” by providing coverage of the state few can offer.
With bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington run by professional journalists, CNS delivers news in multiple multimedia formats via partner news organizations, a destination Web site, a nightly on-air television newscast on UMTV and affiliated social media channels (including Twitter and Facebook). CNS provides 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.
In the fall of 2013, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service debuted a collaborative, regional news service bringing together several dozen reporters across multiple platforms in bureaus in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
“Working as a multimedia journalist as part of the Capital News Service program was by far the best experience I could have hoped for in college. Shooting, writing, editing, pitching stories – these are all skills I use every day in my job and I know that foundation started at Maryland.” – Alex Moe ’10, NBC News Capitol Hill Producer.
By providing a true newsroom experience to our students, the Capital News Service sends them into the job market with real-world skills and the ability to shape the future of journalism. Only Merrill’s most motivated students are accepted into the Capital News Service program, and they go on to land internships and jobs at the nation’s finest news organizations: The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Associated Press, Politico, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, ProPublica, National Geographic, NBC News, The Dallas Morning News, the Washington City Paper, Washingtonian magazine, Money magazine, the Wall Street Journal and many more.