Capital News Service operates five bureaus: Annapolis, Washington, College Park Studio C Data Lab, College Park Studio C Audience Engagement and College Park Studio B Broadcast.  All five bureaus are directed by a professional journalist and educator and operated as working, professional newsrooms.

Annapolis Bureau

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.47.20 PMBureau Director: Karen Denny
48 Maryland Ave., Suite 301
Annapolis, Md. 21401

Located blocks from the Statehouse, the CNS Annapolis bureau has more reporters dedicated to covering Maryland politics and policy than any other news organization in Maryland.  Bureau Director Karen Denny, a Merrill alumna (M.A. and B.A.) and former McClatchy-Tribune editor in Washington, D.C., can be reached at kdenny12@umd.edu or 410-626-1008. Masters students and undergrads work as multimedia reporters.  The bureau operates Tuesday – Friday.  Masters students work all four days and earn six credits.  Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week, three credits) or full-time (four days a week, six credits).

Annapolis Bureau Multimedia Reporter Duties

  • Each student covers a beat on a core CNS topic and provides deadline-driven, continuous coverage of issues on that beat. Students also cover a legislative delegation.
  • Students develop enterprise, investigative and data-driven computer-assisted reporting (CAR) stories on their beat.
  • Students tell stories using text, audio, video, photos, audio slideshows, interactive graphics, maps, data visualization and other multimedia methods.
  • Students make extensive use of social media as part of their reporting and storytelling.
  • Students engage in basic Web production (code their text stories and multimedia elements and upload them to the CNS Web site, write SEO friendly headlines and promote their stories on social media channels).
  • Students rotate (at the discretion of the bureau chiefs) through the Studio C bureau to assist with advanced Web production, audience engagement, social media production, and to obtain advanced instruction in multimedia production.
  • Students will cooperate with students in other bureaus on individual assignments as directed by the bureau chiefs.

Washington, D.C. Bureau

DSC_0143Bureau Director: James Carroll
301-314-1930:   James Carroll
301-314-1931:   CNS Bureau

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Concourse Level
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
PO Box 112
Washington, DC 20004
Download this PDF Map Showing the Bureau’s Location

Now located in the Ronald Reagan Building near the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the CNS Washington bureau has more reporters dedicated to covering the federal government’s impact on Maryland than any other news organization in the state. Bureau Director James Carroll comes to Merrill College after a long career as an an award-winning Washington, D.C. correspondent, most recently as bureau chief for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Masters students and undergrads work as multimedia reporters.  The bureau operates Tuesday – Friday.  Masters students work all four days and earn six credits.  Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week, three credits) or full-time (four days a week, six credits).

Washington Bureau Multimedia Reporter Duties

  • Each student covers a beat on a core CNS topic and provides deadline-driven, continuous coverage of issues on that beat. Students also cover a member of Congress from Maryland.
  • Students develop enterprise, investigative and data-driven computer-assisted reporting (CAR) stories on their beat.
  • Students tell stories using text, audio, video, photos, audio slideshows, interactive graphics, maps, data visualization and other multimedia methods.
  • Students make extensive use of social media as part of their reporting and storytelling.
  • Students engage in basic Web production (code their text stories and multimedia elements and upload them to the CNS website, write SEO friendly headlines and promote their stories on social media channels).
  • Students rotate (at the discretion of the bureau chiefs) through the Studio C bureau to assist with advanced Web production, audience engagement, social media production, and to obtain advanced instruction in multimedia production.
  • Students will cooperate with students in other bureaus on individual assignments as directed by the bureau chiefs.

Data Lab (College Park Studio C: Data Journalism, Data Visualization, Graphics, Web Development)

Studio CBureau Director: Sean Mussenden
301-405-2530

Located on the third floor of Knight Hall, Studio C is the digital nerve center of the CNS operation.  Students in the Data Lab develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination website and help test innovative new ideas to advance the practice of journalism.  Bureau Director Sean Mussenden, a former statehouse and Washington correspondent, multimedia journalist and Web editor for the Orlando Sentinel and Media General News Service, can be reached at 301-405-2530 or smussend@umd.edu.

The bureau operates Tuesday – Friday.  Masters students work all four days and earn six credits.  Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week, three credits) or full-time (four days a week, six credits).

Studio C Data Lab Duties

  • Students will acquire and analyze data to find stories, and tell those stories using data visualizations, graphics, motion graphics and other formats.
  • Students will work independently and as part of teams to conceptualize and build data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and special web projects.
  • Students will work with reporters in other bureaus to build interactive elements and special web presentations for projects.
  • Students will conceptualize and test new features for the Capital News Service website, CNSMaryland.org.
  • Students will serve as frontline editors and producers of the CNS website, working with bureau chiefs to determine positioning of stories uploaded to Merrill site and analyzing Web metrics and overseeing CNS social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).

College Park Studio C Social Journalism and Audience Engagement

DSC_0094Bureau Director: Brooke Auxier
301-405-8805

Located on the third floor of Knight Hall, Studio C’s social media and audience engagement bureau is the social hub for the CNS operation. Students in this new bureau will work primarily as social journalists, social media editors, social graphics editors and social media strategists. Brooke Auxier, a current PhD student, and former social media strategist and social journalist for various media companies and content marketing agencies, can be reached at 301-405-8805 or bauxier@umd.edu.

The bureau operates Tuesday – Friday. Masters students work all four days and earn six credits. Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week, three credits) or full-time (four days a week, six credits).

Studio C Audience Engagement Duties

  • Students will be responsible for the CNS social media accounts. They will write compelling, engaging social media copy, along with creating social videos and graphics.
  • Students will work to grow the CNS online community through social media engagement.
  • Students will craft digital content, using social media to uncover stories, come up with new ideas and find sources.
  • Students will have a strong understanding of social media and website analytics and will use that data to better guide future content decisions and social media campaigns.

College Park Studio B (Broadcast)

Bureau Director: Sue Kopen Katcef
301-405-7526
UMTV/Tawes Hall

Located in the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center in Tawes Hall, Studio B houses the broadcast arm of Capital News Service.  Students produce video packages (Watch on YouTube) for our student-produced nightly news program, Maryland Newsline, which airs on the Web and UMTV, where it is broadcast to more than 400,000 households in suburban Washington.  They also help produce Web video, text and multimedia packages.  Director Sue Kopen Katcef, a former reporter and anchor for WBAL Radio, WJZ-TV and Maryland Public Television, can be reached at 301-405-7526 or susiekk@aol.com.

Masters students and undergrads work as broadcast/multimedia reporters.  The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday.  Masters and undergrads work all four days.

Studio B Broadcast/Multimedia Reporter Duties

  • Students will cover a beat on a core CNS topic and produce breaking news, investigative and enterprise video packages for the Web and Maryland Newsline, a nightly student-produced newscast.
  • Students will serve in a variety of behind-the-scenes and on-air roles to help produce Maryland Newsline.
  • Students will do basic Web production (uploading their video packages to the CNS Web site; writing text versions and SEO friendly headlines of their Web packages).
  • Students will make extensive use of social media as part of their reporting and storytelling.
  • Students will rotate through the Studio C bureau (at the discretion of the bureau chiefs) to assist with advanced Web production and to develop multimedia components to accompany their video stories.
  • Students will cooperate with students in other bureaus on individual assignments as directed by the bureau chiefs.