Journalism and reporting experiences for students

The Community News Service is a student-powered partnership with local community papers and media outlets. We are a professionally-edited reporting service that pairs student reporters with outlets to provide community content at no cost. Go to to see our latest stories

With a focus on hyper-local and local news, the project has two primary goals:

  • To educate and engage students in journalism and build citizenship skills
  • To provide local content to community newspapers

Enroll in AS-189 A for the Community News Service experience! This section is run by Carolyn Shapiro, veteran Vermont reporter.

Enroll in AS-189 B if you have particular interest in podcasting or broadcast journalism. This section is run by Brittany Patterson of Vermont Public (formerly known as VPR). 

(Both sections are also crosslisted with ENGS 192)


The Student Experience:

Students in the program... 

Meet our current team


Community Impact:

Students in the program provide local and hyperlocal news content (print, audio and video) to local community papers in Vermont at no cost, helping to eliminate news deserts in our state. Run by experienced journalists and editors, the Community News Service matches talented student reporters with the needs of media platforms across Vermont

We also coordinate the web pages and electronic newsletters for the Hinesburg Record, Waterbury Roundabout, Winooski News.  

Read our stories

Our Community partners


Faculty Mentors:

Carolyn Shapiro (she/her)

Carolyn Shapiro is a freelance writer based in Burlington. She has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, EatingWell, FedTech,, and Seven Days. Email:

Brittany Patterson (she/her)

Brittany Patterson is a News Editor for Vermont Public Radio. She has taught audio and video news writing at West Virginia University. 

Credit information

The Community News Service counts as internship credit under course numbers AS 189 or ENGS 192. AS 189 will count as elective internship credit. If you are minoring in Reporting & Documentary Storytelling, this course counts as your required internship.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Carolyn Shapiro, Brittany Patterson, or Justin Trombly, CNS editors. 


Project 14

In this project, we implement 14 sustainable civic infrastructure projects, one in each county of Vermont. 

"Civic infrastructure can be understood as the processes and practices that build trust in communities and bind us to one another — and it requires local news and information sources. Healthy democracies require reliable sources of local information and government accountability (as this pandemic has demonstrated). A strong civic infrastructure can produce measurable returns for the well-being of Vermonters and our communities."

Learn more

Thank you to our generous donors...

AARP, UVM College of Arts & Sciences, UVM Office of Engagement, Gannett Foundation, Lintilhac Foundation, ISNE, Windham Foundation, Scripps-Howard, Pomerleau Real Estate, National Life, Vermont Electric Co-op, ...and the many UVM alumni and friends who so generously support our students

115 students have participated in the Community News Service to date!