About the Murrow News Service
The Murrow News Service was created to provide students with experience in producing professional news stories, as well as to provide information to the public and media outlets. The Murrow News Service operates a bureau in Olympia, Wash., which is staffed year-round by students from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
Founded in 2011, the Murrow News Service has produced stories for local, regional and national media outlets including The Spokesman-Review, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, MSNBC.com (now NBCnews.com), PBS.org, KOMO.com, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, The Tri-City Herald, Vancouver Columbian, Crosscut.com, and numerous others. This year, students from the Murrow News Service won first place in online news reporting, in-depth reporting, and sports reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10.
Murrow News Service content is developed in the journalism classes taught by Benjamin Shors, a clinical assistant professor. He selects the best material and edits it for the professional market.
To become a media partner or submit your story idea for posting and distribution, contact Ben Shors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Murrow News Service/Olympia is a year-round academic program that pairs Washington State University students aspiring to multi-platform news reporting careers with professional news organizations. Olympia-based students from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication have filed more than 200 separate state government news reports from the state capital that have been published by daily newspapers.
The program has operated continuously for four straight semesters in 2011 and 2012 and will continue into the spring 2013 semester with gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Washington State Legislature’s biennial budget session. Murrow reporters attend the governor’s briefings and have access to floors of the state Senate and the state House of Representatives. The bureau is also suitably located for year-round coverage of state government agencies, the Washington State Supreme Court, and news coverage in the greater South Sound area.
Students receive a minimum stipend of $250 per week from the sponsoring news organization and earn up to 12 academic credits from the Murrow College for a semester internship with the Olympia program. Each student completes a visit to the sponsoring news organization main office before beginning the semester in Olympia. Once in Olympia, they are advised daily by Larry Ganders, an Olympia-based employee of the college with more than 30 years experience in news reporting and state government. But each student ultimately reports to the editors of their news organization. Bureau office space including interview conference rooms are provided by The Olympian newspaper and TVW.
To become a sponsoring news organization or get more information on the Olympia bureau, contact Larry Ganders, email@example.com.