Capital News Service

of the Michigan State University School of Journalism

History of CNS

Experience is the key word in journalism, and MSU’s Capital News Service is one of the best places to get it. What began as an experimental program in the MSU School of Journalism has evolved into one of the school’s most innovative and challenging programs, providing both invaluable experience for students and a unique service to Michigan’s newspapers. CNS was launched in the fall of 1981 under the supervision of Dick Milliman, president of the Milliman Newspaper Group. CNS bears the mark of his interest in state government and politics. After Milliman’s pioneering work, the coordinating job was assumed by Bill Coté, a member of the Booth Newspapers State Capitol Bureau for 15 years. Coté joined the full-time faculty of the School of Journalism in 1986, after receiving a doctorate in American Studies.


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About CNS

CNS reporters cover state government — issues and personalities.

Covering stories of meaning to their member papers, they come in contact with the important newsmakers of the day, from the Supreme Court justices and the governor to members of the Legislature and the people who run the state government departments, to lobbyists and public-interest organizations.

Then they also talk with “real people” — the individual citizens and businesses in communities to get their reactions to what’s happening in Lansing.

In addition to weekly news stories, CNS students write in-depth articles on issues facing state government and their impact on taxpayers.
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