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Founded in 1990, Capital News Service is a nonprofit, student-powered news organization run by the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. With offices and news teams in College Park, Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, our teaching hospital-style newsrooms are managed by full-time faculty members with distinguished careers as professional journalists.

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.

We deliver news in multiple formats via partner news organizations, a destination website, a nightly on-air television newscast and affiliated social media channels. We provide breaking news coverage, in-depth investigative and enterprise journalism, visual storytelling opportunities and serve as a laboratory for students to test and develop innovative methods of reporting and storytelling.

When combined with affiliated courses, CNS has as many as 100 student journalists per semester at its disposal. CNS reporters have covered nine national political conventions, a terrorism trial at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the Super Bowl and the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington and New York.

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.


008be99“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, 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 Baltimore Sun, 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.