Capital News Service Bureaus

Capital News Service operates four bureaus: Annapolis, Washington, College Park Studio C (online) and College Park Studio B (broadcast).  All four bureaus are directed by a professional journalist and educator and operated as working, professional newsrooms.

Annapolis Bureau

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 301-775-8483. Masters students and undergrads work as multimedia reporters.  The bureau operates Tuesday – Friday.  Masters students work all four days.  Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week) or full-time (four days a week). 

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 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 Bureau 

Located in the National Press Building between the White House and the 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 Rafael Lorente, a former Washington correspondent for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, can be reached at rlorente@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.  Undergrads have the option of working part-time (two days a week) or full-time (four days a week). 

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 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.

College Park Studio C  (Online Hub)

Located on the third floor of Knight Hall, Studio C (formerly called the online bureau) is the digital nerve center of the CNS operation.  Students in this bureau develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination Web site 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.

Masters students and undergrads work as Web developers/designers and Web producers.  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 Duties

  • 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 B (Broadcast)

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.