The Capital News Service routinely works with other capstone programs in Knight Hall to produce professional-quality investigative reports ranging from sea change in Maryland to a study of sex trafficking in the state. You’ll find a complete list of the special projects produced and distributed by CNS on their website.

The articles below represent stories written about those special projects and posted to the Merrill College website.


 

  • November 7, 2016

    CNS Sets Election Night Coverage

    Fearless journalism covering the election from the U.S. and England. COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 7) – Merrill College’s student-powered news service – Capital News Service (CNS) – is ready for Election Day 2016. All five news bureaus  – in Annapolis, Washington, D.C. and College Park – are participating in the most ambitious coverage plans in CNS history, ...

  • October 31, 2016

    Capital News Service Blankets the Conventions

    By James R. Carroll Washington Bureau Chief Capital News Service COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Oct. 31) – For reporters who cover politics and public affairs, the political conventions are coveted assignments, rare opportunities to witness and write about the spectacle of a national party gathering. Unfortunately, a lot of reporters don’t get the chance to experience a convention. But Capital News ...

  • October 4, 2016

    “Discharging Trouble” Looks at Maryland Nursing Homes

    In Maryland, uneven oversight of nursing homes allows some patients to slip through the cracks. UPDATE: Dec. 21, 2016: Maryland’s attorney general takes action against nursing home operator Neiswanger Management Services (NMS).  Attorney General Brian Frosh files suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court alleging NMS kicked out residents to increase Medicare payments. NMS denies any wrongdoing. See ...

  • September 20, 2016

    “Brothel Next Door” Project Best in Nation

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 29) – The second annual Society of Professional Journalists’ MOEy award, “The best of the best in collegiate journalism,” goes to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service and its in-depth “The Brothel Next Door” project about human sex trafficking in Maryland. The award was announced Monday night during the ...

  • July 18, 2016

    International Team of CNS Reporters from Three Leading Journalism Schools Covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

    Fearless Journalism On Display in Cleveland and Philadelphia COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the fifth consecutive presidential election, the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service is reporting from the national political conventions. This time, the CNS convention crew includes journalists from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, as well as Penn State University in Pennsylvania. “Since its ...

  • May 12, 2016

    Wikid GRRLs Project Grows Its Success Thanks to FIA Seed Grant Program

    By Stine Eckert Assistant Professor Department of Communication Wayne State University Republished with permission from the FIA website. Merrill College Note: Wikid GRRLs was born from the idea that girls can do great things if they are given the proper tools and training. In this case, then-Merrill College Ph.D. student Stine Eckert conceived of a program to train girls online ...

  • May 3, 2016

    World Press Freedom Day: Knight Chair Priest and MJ Grad Ali on WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – World Press Freedom Day brought Knight Chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Dana Priest to Washington, D.C. and  WAMU-FM’s Diane Rehm Show this morning. Talking with host Lisa Desjardins, Priest was joined on the phone by former student Idrees Ali – who is currently National Security and Foreign Policy Correspondent at ...

  • February 19, 2016

    Press Uncuffed Campaign Celebrates Release of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian

    By Kelsey BaRoss RoseComm New York Rezaian Becomes Seventh Featured Journalist Freed While Six Remain COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Press Uncuffed, a campaign to help free imprisoned journalists throughout the world by selling bracelets bearing their names, today celebrates the release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and the six other journalists freed since the campaign began 10 ...

  • February 17, 2016

    A Capital News Service / Kaiser Health Investigation: Baltimore – In Poor Health

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Why is Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the city’s poorest residents – from getting sick? The question is central to a new investigation by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s student-powered news service, the Capital News Service, in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, a ...

  • September 24, 2015

    Capital News Service Covers the Pope’s U.S. Visit

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. – From Washington, D.C. to New York City and Philadelphia, Merrill College’s student-powered Capital News Service has the historic visit of Pope Francis covered. You can follow their coverage on the cnsmaryland website as well as on Twitter (@cnsmd) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarylandCNS). “This is a tremendous challenge for our students given that the ...