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New Report Reveals Unequal Access to Local News in New Jersey

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Study by Rutgers University’s Media + the Public Interest Initiative reveals troubling gaps in news coverage Do low income communities get less news? New research from Rutgers University suggests that they do. And it’s not just less — a review … Continue reading

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Creating a New Model of Technology Support for Community Journalism

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns

When we set out to invest in creative experiences in journalism sustainability and community engagement we promised we’d share everything we are learning. We wanted to be sure to document what worked but also, just as importantly, what didn’t work. … Continue reading

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A Bold Step Toward Community-Driven Journalism in New Jersey

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

“In an age of participatory media, news demands participation. Or to quote Benjamin Barber, ‘People are apathetic because they are powerless, not powerless because they are apathetic.’ For people to pay attention to an important story, it’s possible that we … Continue reading

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Declaration of Dependence

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar & Josh Stearns @grdodgemedia | @jcstearns

Communities and news organizations working together will transform local journalism. Here’s how. The long-term sustainability of local news depends on deepening journalists’ engagement with communities. Through shifts in technology, economics and newsroom processes, the public has become increasingly central to … Continue reading

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Quality Journalism in the Digital Age

Posted on by Chris Daggett, Dodge President & CEO

Rolling Stone’s historic failure to verify their reporting on campus rape at the University of Virginia hits on perhaps the most important question facing journalists and journalism today: How do we understand, measure and support quality journalism in the digital … Continue reading

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Three Local News Lab Journalists Recognized for Dedication to Community

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Every day we get to work with amazing local journalists from the New Jersey and New York area who are taking risks, experimenting with fresh ideas and helping share what they are learning with others. These journalists are deeply committed … Continue reading

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Media, Millennials and Making News That Matters

Posted on by Josh Stearns

Comparing the findings of two youth media studies a decade apart and what they tell us about reporting with and for our communities. Local news sites — especially online only digitally native newsrooms — should be investing deeply building relationships and serving younger news … Continue reading

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Building Journalism With Community, Not For It

Posted on by Josh Stearns

At the end of last year Kristin Hare of the Poynter Institute was collecting tech resolutions for 2015 and asked for mine. Here is what I wrote: In 2015 I want to help more journalists build with their communities, not just for their … Continue reading

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Two Years of Cooperative Media in New Jersey

Posted on by Debbie Galant, Associate Director, Center for Cooperative Media

It started with a simple premise: News organizations, working together, might be able to achieve some useful economies. It’s the same impulse that led to the creation of the Associated Press during the Mexican-American War in 1846. Only in this … Continue reading

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Support Watchdog Reporting in New Brunswick

Posted on by Josh Stearns

Local, hard-hitting watchdog journalism is alive and kicking in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The team behind New Brunswick Today is taking on some of the area’s most important stories, covering city corruption, making government more transparent, and giving diverse communities across the … Continue reading

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Putting Community Information Needs and Civic Participation at the Heart of Disaster Recovery

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Seaside Heights NJ devastation after Hurricane Sandy | AP Photo Julio Cortez There is nothing quite like a major natural disaster to reveal huge gaps in a community’s information needs and infrastructure. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in late … Continue reading

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Thanks for answering the #GivingTuesday call!

Posted on by Meghan Jambor

A giant, Jersey-sized THANK YOU to everyone who answered our #GivingTuesday call to support New Jersey nonprofits on this global day of giving! Hundreds of you have visited www.JerseyGiveBackGuide.org and invested more than $8,000 in the 22 superstar nonprofits whose work improves … Continue reading

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The Citizens Campaign City Storytellers: Changing the City Narrative

Posted on by Heather Taylor, The Citizens Campaign

For several years The Citizens Campaign has been building a broad network of citizen journalists to fill the void in local news coverage left by retreating legacy media. Gone are the days of fully staffed city bureaus with in-depth coverage … Continue reading

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On Watching Citizenfour

Posted on by Debbie Galant, Center for Cooperative Media

  A few weeks ago, when I heard about Ben Bradlee’s death, I stopped what I was doing and immediately screened All the President’s Men to relive the glory that was Watergate. As amazing as that experience was, it was nothing compared … Continue reading

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