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UMD’s Student-Powered News Service Launches Partnership with Associated Press

January 27, 2017

Dave Ottalini 301-405-1321

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland announced today that the Capital News Service (CNS), the 26-year-old, student-powered and professionally edited news service of UMD’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will contribute news stories to The Associated Press.

With bureaus in Washington, Annapolis and College Park, CNS delivers public affairs news about Maryland via partner news organizations, a destination website, a nightly on-air television newscast and affiliated social media channels. CNS routinely wins awards from major journalism organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and others.

“Since its earliest days, CNS has strived to provide the kind of unbiased and accurate news that is the hallmark of The Associated Press,” said Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Merrill College. “Distributing CNS through the AP is another indication of the professionalism of our student journalists.”

“This collaboration with CNS will give more quality content to AP’s customers in Maryland even as it furthers the students’ experience,” said Ravi Nessman, AP’s interim South Region Editor.

 The AP, founded in 1846, is the essential global news network, with teams in more than 260 locations in over 100 countries. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

 Under the new partnership, the AP will move select stories produced by Capital News Service to its global clients. Already, CNS stories have appeared on the websites of news organizations across the country.