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 by CNS student journalists that shows two people fighting for their lives as a store on Ellicott City’s iconic Main Street fills with rushing water from the flooding Tiber River.

The CNS field producing team, led by Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag and including students Lauren Anikis, Hannah Borison, Conor Hollingsworth and Chiamaka Ofulue, worked with NewsHour correspondent John Yang to tell the story. Students did the shooting and editing.

Students in several capstone courses at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism descended on Ellicott City this semester to report and tell stories about the destruction caused by the floods and the radical changes elected officials are considering to reduce the risk of future flooding.

CNS’ “Maryland Newsline,” a three-times-a-week television news broadcast led by broadcast bureau director Sue Kopen Katcef, aired live from Ellicott City early this month.

NewsBIN, an innovative video storytelling course led by lecturer Josh Davidsburg, published a 360 video showing how the most recent flood — in May this year — affected residents.

It’s the second time this year the NewsHour aired journalism produced by CNS students.

In May, Yang worked with students to show how the opposite choices made by two brothers wrongfully convicted of the same murder in Chicago dramatically changed their lives.

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Alexander A. Pyles