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The Center for Cooperative Media is teaming up with NJ Spotlight to host a night of pizza and politics on election night 2014! Together, we’re going to build and maintain a live election map as the results come in on election night – and we’re going to pay our volunteers in pizza!

This is an opportunity for students, faculty, hyperlocal publishers, freelancers, and pretty much any journalist without a newsroom to come together and report on the elections results as they’re released. Our open newsroom will allow you to work and interact with journalists, publishers, and folks of all different backgrounds and experiences who share your enthusiasm for the news. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

The event is open to the public, so anyone is welcome to drop by to see what we’re up to. But we do need a group of committed people who can promise to stick around until all the votes are counted. If that sounds like you, send an email to Debbie Galant and let her know that you’re interested in participating!

We’ll be setting up shop in Schmitt Hall, Room 311 at Montclair State University from 8:00 pm until the last vote is counted!

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By JOSH STEARNS

I’ve got a slightly different format for the Local Fix this week, but we will still start with one good idea:

One Good Idea: Be State Smart. The nonpartisan National Priorities Project released a new tool this week to help journalists (and anybody else) track federal spending down to the state level, including how federal dollars are used in your state from salaries to public assistance programs. There is also data on what businesses in your state are paying in federal taxes. This will be a great tool research on budget issues and contextualizing federal spending for local communities.

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Krystal Knapp (left) of Planet Princeton and NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman (right).

By DEBBIE GALANT

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

Story updated 3:45 pm to correct an error on Knapp’s comment approval process.

The big local story in New Jersey this week, as everybody knows by now, came from Krystal Knapp over at Planet Princeton, who outed NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman for violating a self-imposed quarantine after a cameraman on her reporting team came down with Ebola while they were covering the epidemic in Liberia. The story was so big it got picked up by everyone from Gawker to the New York Times and Knapp’s traffic spiked to 40,000 page views on Monday. That’s the epitome of success for a hyperlocal publisher. But, we wanted to know, what is it really like when you’re the one whose story goes viral?

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Jane Elizabeth of Sunlight Foundation teaches political fact checking

This story has been updated with video of the event.

Kathy Kiely, managing editor of the Sunlight Foundation, stepped in front of the room of New Jersey investigative and political reporters and began with the familiar laugh line, “I’m from Washington and I’m here to help you.”

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Simulcast

By DEBBIE GALANT

Maestro David Dworkin, conductor and father of Conductorcise, an exercise program that asks participants to imagine they are leading a symphony orchestra, will be the guest at a special simulcast broadcast from Montclair State University on Thursday.

in the studioDworkin will be featured on Super Aging Today, an internet radio show created by Adriane Berg and Stuart Bochner, publishers of SuperAging NJ, a site geared toward Baby Boomers, older adults and caregivers living in Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. The show with Dworkin will air this Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. (more…)

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news, starting with one good idea… 

One Good Idea: Emoji the News. Both Boston.com and Bill Penn recently “translated” their state’s governor debates with emojis and had good user feedback and engagement. Could emoji’s be an on-ramp to other coverage and give users a chance for real-time feedback?

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Podcast Art NJ News Commons

TAPintoLogoJoining us in our studio today is Mike Shapiro, founder and publisher of The Alternative Press, which has branded itself lately as “TAP into,” and thinks it may just have the answer to scaling local news. We’re also joined by Elizabeth Clee and Susan Bonnell, co-owners of TAP into Clark.

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By JOE AMDITIS

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

THE OTHER FOOTBALL SCANDALS IN NJ
Jaws are dropping across NJ and the country at the lurid details from Sayreville revealed yesterday, but Sayreville doesn’t have a monopoly on local football scandals. In Lakewood, a pack of gridiron stars have been charged with a series of armed robberies. And in Toms River, a parent was arrested Sunday for a tackling a youth football coach who decided to cancel that team’s season. The coach has now been suspended by the league for the tone he used in lecturing 13- and 14-year-olds in the lecture that preceded the fight. Also from Shore News Network: a story on an interesting footnote in Toms River football history from 1968.

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By JOE AMDITIS

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

WANT A STATE SONG? HOW ABOUT 350 OF THEM?
State legislators are finally batting around the possibility of designating a state song — or five — for NJ. A brand new arts news site in New Jersey, NJ Arts, can do them 345 better. Have they considered, for example, Thelonious Monk’s “Hackensack”? Ok, maybe an instrumental isn’t the best choice. But former Star-Ledger arts editor Jay Lustig is offering up one Jersey-themed song a day for 350 days, in honor of New Jersey’s 350’s birthday.

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By JOE AMDITIS

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Frank Cahill, main writer and chief editor of Parsippany Focus, an online newspaper serving the Parsippany-Troy Hills community.

In a victory for press freedom and online journalism in New Jersey, a Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of Frank Cahill, the chief writer and editor of his local online newspaper, Parsippany Focus. The ruling affirms that Cahill and the Focus are protected under New Jersey’s Shield Law.

Shield laws are meant to protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources, and New Jersey’s Shield Law is often heralded as one of the strongest in the country. With the advent of the Internet, however, some people claimed that the lines between journalism and personal blogging had become blurred; that there was an inherent different between print and online journalism – and that’s where Frank Cahill and Parsippany Focus come in.

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