Capital News Service has offices and news teams in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington and College Park. All bureaus and news teams are directed by a professional journalist and educator. Students are treated as members of a working, professional newsroom.

Annapolis Bureau

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.47.20 PMBureau Director: Karen Denny (kdenny12@umd.edu or 410-626-1008)

Located blocks from the Maryland State House, 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.

Master’s students and undergrads work as multimedia reporters.  The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday in the fall and spring semesters.

Washington Bureau

DSC_0143Bureau Director: James Carroll (carrollj@umd.edu or 301-314-1930)
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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 correspondent, most recently as bureau chief for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Master’s students and undergrads work as multimedia reporters. The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday during the fall and spring semesters.

College Park Studio C: Data Lab

Studio CBureau Director: Sean Mussenden (smussend@umd.edu or 301-405-2530)

Located on the third floor of Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus, 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 is a former statehouse and Washington correspondent, multimedia journalist and Web editor for the Orlando Sentinel and Media General News Service.

The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday.

College Park Studio C: Social Journalism, Audience Engagement

DSC_0094Bureau Director: Brooke Auxier (bauxier@umd.edu or 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. Director Brooke Auxier is a current Ph.D. student, and former social media strategist and social journalist for various media companies and content marketing agencies.

The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday.

College Park Studio C: Investigative Journalism

Located on the third floor of Knight Hall, Studio C’s investigative journalism bureau is dedicated to deeply reported, data-driven projects that focus on the human impact of decision-making in Washington and explore the political, social, environmental and financial cost of government policies in communities across the nation.

The bureau launched in January 2018 with a $90,000 seed grant from the Park Foundation and other support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Maryland.

Faculty members leading the investigative unit include Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Nelson and Dana Priest; Tom Bettag, the award-winning former executive producer of ABC News’ “Nightline” and the Discovery Channel; Sandra Banisky, the former deputy managing editor of The Baltimore Sun; and CNS data editor Sean Mussenden, a former Washington correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel.

College Park Studio B: Broadcast

Bureau Director: Sue Kopen Katcef (susiekk@aol.com or 301-405-7526)
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Located in the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center in Tawes Hall on the University of Maryland Campus, Studio B houses the broadcast arm of Capital News Service. Students produce video packages 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 is a former reporter and anchor for WBAL Radio, WJZ-TV and Maryland Public Television.

Master’s students and undergrads work as broadcast/multimedia reporters. The bureau operates Tuesday-Friday.