A national resource for colleges and universities that provide student reporting to local news outlets.

Our Story

In 2019, UVM launched the Community News Service, a student-powered partnership between the University and community newspapers across the state. CNS matches student reporters with professional editors to provide critical reporting to trusted sources of local news. Since then, CNS has been both a newsroom and a laboratory for experimentation in creative ways to address the challenges facing local news. The extraordinary potential for growth and demand from other regions inspired the creation of the Center for Community News, an effort to document and meet the urgent needs of other schools around the U.S. that are working to be part of the local news solution.

Pictured: Richard Watts, Director (left) with Jocelyn Rockhold, Graduate Research Assistant (center) and Research Director Hannah Kirkpatrick (right) at the 2023 AEJMC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Meet our Team

Meet our Advisory Board

Our Vision


The Center for Community News partners and consults with newsrooms (print/broadcast/online), universities, and industry leaders in the fields of journalism, media and information. CCN’s growing list of collaborators includes:

The Center for Community News is housed at the University of Vermont. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We are supported by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the UVM College of Arts & Sciences, and individual donors.