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

Summer 2022 program: Apply here. Deadline April 15, 2022.

Fall 2022 program: Enroll in AS-189 A, AS-189 B, or their crosslisted sections in English.


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 Mentor:

Cory Dawson (he/him)

UVM Alum and Vermont native Cory Dawson leads the Community News Service and acts as Executive Editor and faculty mentor. Cory is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s master’s in journalism program and has worked in local and national journalism throughout his career with positions at The Vermont Cynic, The Burlington Free Press, the Associated Press,, NBC News, and the Student Press Law Center. Get in touch with Cory via email.

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 Cory Dawson, Editor of the Community News Service.


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."

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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!