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.


 

  • May 9, 2019

    Capital News Service Investigates Extreme Cold in Baltimore

    COLLEGE PARK (5/9/19) — The University of Maryland Capital News Service on Thursday published its yearlong investigation into the effects of extreme cold on Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents. The project, “Bitter Cold: Climate Change, Public Health and Baltimore,” critically examines how climate change and public policy have made the winter months extremely dangerous for residents who ...

  • April 26, 2019

    Students’ Ellicott City Documentary Airs on Maryland Public TV

    COLLEGE PARK (4/26/19) — A University of Maryland Capital News Service documentary about the future of Ellicott City, Maryland, after two historic floods aired on Maryland Public Television Thursday night. The documentary, produced by Philip Merrill College of Journalism students led by faculty member Tom Bettag, explores the fallout from two thousand-year floods in 22 months ...

  • January 2, 2019

    Newest ‘Trading Away Justice’ Stories Examine Plea Deals, Role of A.I. in Bail Decisions

    COLLEGE PARK (1/2/19) — The latest stories in a national investigative journalism project led by the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism have been published by the college’s Capital News Service. “Trading Away Justice,” an ongoing investigation led by CNS student journalists and faculty members in partnership with Injustice Watch, the PBS NewsHour, the University ...

  • December 12, 2018

    PBS NewsHour Airs CNS Ellicott City Project

    COLLEGE PARK (12/12/18) — The PBS NewsHour on Wednesday aired part of a semester-long University of Maryland Capital News Service reporting project that takes a look at the future of historic mill town Ellicott City, Maryland — victimized by a pair of savage floods since 2016. The news feature, “Saving A City,” includes terrifying security camera footage obtained ...

  • October 29, 2018

    Nursing Home Operator Investigated by Capital News Service Settles Lawsuit

    COLLEGE PARK (10/29/18) — A nursing home operator investigated by the University of Maryland Capital News Service in 2016 will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. “Discharging Trouble,” published in September 2016 by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s nonprofit news service, told the stories of nursing home patients who were left at the ...

  • July 20, 2018

    Povich Center Coverage of Friendship Games: The ‘Miracle’ of Sports

    By Julia Karron, Chloe Pavlech, and Joe Malandruccolo For The Povich Center July 20, 2018 EILAT, ISRAEL — At the closing ceremony of the 13th annual Friendship Games, college-aged basketball players from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lithuania and Germany sat on the sand of the Red Sea and watched a slideshow of photos and videos taken during the tournament. Interspersed ...

  • July 20, 2018

    Povich Center at Friendship Games: Student-run Irish team enjoys ride

    By Julia Karron For the Povich Center EILAT, ISRAEL — The Ireland team has looked like a familiar guest at the 13th annual Friendship Games. Its players joined peers aboard a cruise last Saturday night on the Red Sea. Afterward, when the teams retreated to their hotel, the Ireland players were right in the middle of things ...

  • June 21, 2018

    Merrill College Students Covering Friendship Games in Israel

    Diplomacy meets basketball at 2018 Friendship Games By Julia Karron and Chloe Pavlech For the Povich Center June 21, 2018 EILAT, ISRAEL — In 2005, after seeing generations of children from neighboring countries and cultures grow up amid conflict, Ed Peskowitz and Arie Rosenzweig tried a novel approach to diplomacy – a basketball tournament. It would seem counterintuitive that more ...

  • May 31, 2018

    Capital News Service Partners with Injustice Watch, PBS NewsHour To Investigate Plea Deals

    COLLEGE PARK (5/31/18) — The University of Maryland Capital News Service, in partnership with Injustice Watch and the PBS NewsHour, has published the first stories in an investigation that shows why some people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit — and how that decision affects their lives. “Trading Away Justice” is an ongoing national ...

  • May 4, 2018

    Capital News Service Project Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

    COLLEGE PARK (5/4/18) — A team of University of Maryland Capital News Service student journalists spent more than a year analyzing millions of medical records and conducting dozens of interviews with Baltimore health officials, community leaders and residents to show how housing conditions contribute to illness in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Their work was ...