Launched in 1994, VCU’s Capital News Service [MASC 475], a three-credit service-learning course at the Robertson School in the College of Humanities and Sciences, sends VCU journalism students to cover the General Assembly and other political and government news in Richmond for newspapers, TV stations, news sites and other media outlets across Virginia.
Today, Capital News Service provides coverage to roughly 90 news outlets throughout the state.
Media outlets that don’t have the resources to send a reporter to Richmond on a daily basis receive coverage of Virginia state government news. For students, they get the opportunity to cover major news stories coming out of the legislature, while gaining real-world work experience and clips that can help them land a job in journalism after graduation.
“The goal of the program is two-fold: To provide citizens of Virginia with the information they need to make good decisions about who to vote for and how their state government is operating. And then, of course, the secondary goal is to help student journalists get a toehold in the profession and develop a portfolio,” said Jeff South, director of the Capital News Service and associate professor of journalism in the Robertson School.
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