Tag Archives: Free Press

Civic Info Bill would create fund to spark local journalism projects

Posted on by Meghan Jambor, Dodge Foundation

What would happen if you had the chance to reinvent local reporting? A bill was introduced in the state Legislature earlier this month that would create a fund to promote local journalism projects, the kind imagined by residents at community … Continue reading

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Free Press: Race, the Media, and Politics in the Trump Era

Posted on by James L. Thompson, Free Press

  One of the most important roles news outlets have is their power to convene. They can bring together community members and those in positions of power, and provide a space for thoughtful conversation while asking necessary, but uncomfortable, questions. … Continue reading

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Local News Lab: Reimagining How We Get Community News in New Jersey

Posted on by Chris Satullo

Imagine you were given an assignment. Here it is: Two weeks before Christmas, gather the major legacy and new media players in your state for a brainstorming meeting that will take up the better part of their day. Just to … Continue reading

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Free Press: How Community Media Can Fill Local News Gaps

Posted on by Fiona Morgan, Free Press

A key takeaway from the Alliance for Community Media’s recent conference in Boston: Community media can and must help fill the gaps in local news coverage that are growing across the country thanks to rampant consolidation and newsroom cutbacks. Community … Continue reading

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Free Press: During Election Season, We Need News That Puts People First

Posted on by Fiona Morgan, Free Press

In every community, there are people who care about the place they live in and work to make it better, and people who despair over their prospects for the future. There are people who run the show and people who … Continue reading

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Free Press: The Journalism a Changing Morristown Needs

Posted on by Mike Rispoli and Fiona Morgan, Free Press

    As Free Press’ News Voices: New Jersey project looks toward its second year, we’re excited to bring our experiment in community-based news engagement to Morristown. On June 1, we’ll host a free public forum that will explore ways … Continue reading

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Free Press: How an Organizing Mindset Can Serve Newsrooms

Posted on by Mike Rispoli, Free Press

  Newsrooms are experimenting with different ways of engaging their audiences — and over the last few months Free Press has been on the ground figuring out the best ways to connect Garden State journalists and residents via our News … Continue reading

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Free Press: A Divided Community Comes Together at News Voices’ Asbury Park Event

Posted on by Dodge

While Asbury Park often feels like a city divided, there was an incredible spirit of unity at the high school Wednesday night as residents and journalists came together to find ways to forge a strong future for the community. Over … Continue reading

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Jersey Give Back Guide: Free Press

Posted on by Dodge

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, we are highlighting each of the organizations featured in the Jersey Give-Back Guide, an online giving gadget that takes the guesswork out of year-end giving.  Free Press Connect: Website: freepress.net and NewsVoices.org Twitter: @freepress Facebook: Free … Continue reading

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Better Together – Brain Trusts and Collaboration

Posted on by Kacy O'Brien, Creative New Jersey

At Creative New Jersey, we’re always in awe of the depth and breadth of the brain trusts in action during meetings of cross-sector, collaborative people (like Dodge’s Imagine Great Things gathering!). At the intersection of diverse perspectives, imagination, and collaboration … 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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