Who we are

The California News Service (CNS) aims to fill the void created by the demise of California newspapers, while providing experience and training to aspiring reporters.

The California News Service operates from the UCDC Center under the direction of Marc Sandalow, former Washington Bureau Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle and currently director of the UC Merced Washington program.

Susan Rasky, former congressional correspondent for the New York Times and currently a professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will provide direction from California.

How it works

The newsroom is staffed by student interns. Working closely with Sandalow in Washington, students will write stories on matters of particular interest to California, from immigration to gay marriage to National Parks.

Interns are given wide flexibility to write about topics of personal interest. Finished stories are distributed to newspapers or other news outlets free of charge so long as they credit the writer and the CNS Our stories have appeared in over 30 papers including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego North County Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Stockton Record and the LA Daily News.

In addition, some students may conduct taped interviews for broadcast on California radio stations.

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