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Annapolis Bureau Chief, Capital News Service

Title:                           Annapolis Bureau Chief, Capital News Service

Application Due:      April 8, 2013, for best consideration.  Open until filled.


Founded in 1947, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism has approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 50 faculty and staff. Merrill is located just 10 miles from the White House and was chosen as one of 12 top journalism schools that took part in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight Initiative.   

Position Summary:

The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism seeks a chief for the Annapolis bureau of Capital News Service. Reporters, editors and educators with experience teaching, editing or mentoring student journalists or young reporters are encouraged to apply.  This is a nine-month, non-tenure track renewable lecturer position to start in the fall of 2013. The successful candidate will be responsible for Capital News Service’s Annapolis bureau. Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization run by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. For two decades, it has provided deeply reported, award-winning coverage of issues of importance to Marylanders. The students in Capital News Service come from Merrill’s undergraduate and master’s programs and work in Annapolis, Washington and College Park, MD.  The successful candidate must have rock-solid reporting and writing skills, as well as top-notch news judgment. Students under the direction of this faculty member, and in collaboration with other faculty members, produce news on a variety of platforms and in real time for a destination website, and for several dozen clients throughout Maryland, Washington, Delaware and Virginia. Those clients include The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, local broadcast stations and their websites, and several national news outlets. The students’ work often appears in outlets across the country and in other parts of the world, as well.

Students under the direction of this editor, and other editors, will:

  • Produce deadline and enterprise text stories.
  • Use social media to report and distribute stories.
  • Shoot and edit video, audio and photos; produce audio and photo-only slideshows.
  • Use computer-assisted reporting techniques to tell deeply reported stories. 
  • Create basic data visualizations to go with stories (charts, maps, graphics).
  • Live blog and live tweet.

Minimum Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree. A minimum of eight years of experience as a reporter, editor or journalism educator covering local, state or national news. Experience as a multi-media reporter and/or editor. Experience in basic computer-assisted reporting techniques.

Preferences: A master’s degree in journalism. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please visit  For best consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references, writing sample(s), and (in a supplemental document) links to multi-media work you have produced or edited by April 8, 2013.