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How collaborative journalism sets newsrooms up for remote employees

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Live results: Track who’s winning in New Jersey with NJ Spotlight’s election map

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017  | 

It’s Election Day, and New Jersey voters have been hitting the polls since 6 a.m. to choose the next governor of the Garden State, along with state legislators and two ballot questions. We’ll be updating this page live, starting after the polls close at 8 p.m., as we work with NJ Spotlight to feed its live election results map.

We’ll also be livestreaming from inside the News Lab at the new School of Communication and Media building at Montclair State University, where all of the university’s campus media properties will be working together to put on a two-hour live simulcast in conjunction with a handful of Center partners and NJ News Commons members.

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Center for Cooperative Media announces six winners in collaborative reporting project open call

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017  | 

InvestigateWest, Kansas City PBS, NJ Pen, Quartz, Texas Tribune and USA Today Network selected for collaborative reporting project grants

When the Center for Cooperative Media first put out the call to fund collaborative reporting projects in May, we anticipated a couple dozen submissions. So we were thrilled to receive more than 70 proposals from news organizations of all shapes and sizes across the country, all pitching meaningful and important stories.

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Here are the 21 new hyperlocal and ethnic media outlets in NJ that will join Voting Block

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017  | 

New Jersey’s gubernatorial election is right around the corner, and there’s a lot riding on it. Because this is such a critical election, we’re proud to support Voting Block, a collaborative reporting effort focused on examining the governor’s race through the lens of local communities across the state.

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Voting Block expands, launches statewide citizen engagement campaign; sign up to host a ‘Political Potluck’

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017  | 

Last month we announced the launch of Voting Block, a collaborative reporting initiative to cover New Jersey’s upcoming gubernatorial election through the lens of neighborhoods across the state.

Voting Block started with four initial reporting partners –WNYC, WHYY, NJ Spotlight and The Record – and is being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and New America Media. The first stories have been rich; we’ve learned about residents and their concerns in Paulsboro, Westwood, Long Valley and West Orange. We plan to follow them throughout the summer and fall leading into Election Day, with a focus on their thoughts on the governor’s race.

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Coming Soon: A new high-tech home for the School of Communication and Media

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017  | 

When it opens this fall, the new state-of-the-art home for the School of Communication and Media will be the most technologically advanced broadcast and media production facility at any university in the nation. The new building embodies Montclair State University’s commitment to providing future media and communication professionals with the leading-edge training and skills they need for career success.

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Common New Jersey media law questions answered in ‘News Law FAQ’ booklet; here’s how to order one

Monday Jul 10, 2017  | 

Two years ago, the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law launched the News Law Project, which was intended to help answer common media-related questions under New Jersey law.

The News Law Project solicited questions from journalists in the Garden State and worked with Rutgers Law School students to answer them. The project was lead by Professor Ellen P. Goodman and funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

A list of frequently asked questions was created from the students’ research and published online. The FAQ includes answers to questions such as “Am I responsible as the “author” when I edit website comments?,” and “Do I have to worry about privacy when I post videos of people online?.”

To make these important and helpful FAQs available to as many New Jersey journalists as possible, the Center for Cooperative Media, in partnership with Goodman, designed and printed booklets of the FAQs. The booklets, about 40 pages in length, are available to be distributed to journalists across the state.

Fill out the form below to request booklets to be mailed to you.

You can also:

And if you’re a New Jersey journalist with other legal questions, be sure to check out the Center’s legal resources web page.

Questions? Email Stefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative Media, at

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit

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More than 70 proposals submitted for collaborative reporting project funding in first open call

Friday Jun 30, 2017  | 

Winners to be announced in early August

When we closed the application window today in our first open call for funding to support collaborative reporting projects, we were thrilled with the result — an amazing 72 proposals.

Proposals came in from all over the U.S., from radio and television stations, newspapers, hyperlocal digital outlets, nonprofits, universities and independent journalists. We had quite a few international inquiries as well.

The Center for Cooperative Media intends to provide six grants of up to $7,000 each to fund meaningful, impactful journalism as a result of this open call. This support is made possible thanks to generous funding from Rita Allen Foundation and Democracy Fund.

Our goal is to notify grant winners by the end of the month and announce them publicly during the first week of August.

The judges for the open call include Heather Bryant, a John S. Knight Fellow studying collaborative journalism at Stanford University; Jon Funabiki, professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and executive director of Renaissance Journalism; Scott Klein, deputy managing editor at ProPublica; Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, chief content officer at WFAE; and Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab.

Thanks to everyone who helped us spread the word far and wide for this effort. We appreciate your support.

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Local news publishers in New Jersey learn WordPress tips and tricks at training session

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017  | 

As many site owners and indie publishers will tell you, paying money to a developer to do things that you aren’t trained to do yourself can end up costing you a lot of money.

“It’s just like going into an auto repair shop to get your used card fixed,” instructor Martin Halo told a room full of local publishers and reporters on Tuesday during a WordPress training event hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. “At the very least,” Halo continued, “you should have some understanding of the basics, otherwise you’re much more likely to get ripped off.”

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USC journalism students Cristina Galvan, left, and Almond Li worked on stories for Alexa in the “Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms” class. Photo by Alan Middlesteadt via MediaShift.
Local publishers should pay attention to the rise of smart speakers

Monday Jun 26, 2017  | 

This post was originally published on June 15, 2017 via the NJ Mobile News Lab.

Over the next six months, so-called “smart speakers” like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are expected to reach an estimated 36 million active users, according to a study by eMarketer. Meanwhile, Apple recently announced plans to introduce its own smart speaker, “which comes in the form of a bulbous appliance rather awkwardly called the HomePod,” writes Nicholas Quah.

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Open call for collaborative reporting projects expanded as Democracy Fund matches Rita Allen Foundation support

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017  | 

Apply today; deadline is June 30

One of the things I was most proud to announce at the Collaborative Journalism Summit in early May was the launch of a fund to support collaborative reporting projects. We announced the launch of that funding with an open call for projects — we planned to award three grants of $7,000 each — thanks to support from the Rita Allen Foundation.

Now, I’m thrilled to say we’ve doubled the fund!

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