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Center for Cooperative Media awards $5,800 in immigration reporting grants

Friday Sep 09, 2016  |  0 comments

In February, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University teamed up with NJ Spotlight and raised more than $31,000 to fund reporting on immigration issues in New Jersey.

NJ Spotlight is using its share of the money raised to pay for a year-long deep-dive into the issues and policies affecting immigrant communities in New Jersey: their struggles and achievements, and the impact immigrants and their families have on education, healthcare, jobs, housing and more in the state.

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Center for Cooperative Media to award $8,500 in immigration reporting grants; apply now

Thursday Jun 02, 2016  |  0 comments

Earlier this year, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University teamed up with NJ Spotlight to raise more than $31,000 to support reporting on immigration issues in New Jersey.

NJ Spotlight, an independent news organization focused on politics and public policy issues, will use its share of the money raised to produce a series of in-depth reports on the issues and policies that affect immigrant communities in New Jersey: their struggles, achievements, and the impact that immigrants and their families have in critical areas like education, healthcare, jobs, housing and more.

Meanwhile, the Center for Cooperative Media will distribute up to $8,500 in grant funding to pay for reporting on immigration issues in New Jersey, with an eye specifically toward supporting ethnic and community media organizations. We’re looking for personal stories about what it’s like to be an immigrant in New Jersey, as well as reporting on immigration issues affecting local ethnic communities.

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We’re launching another collaborative reporting project. Join us.

Tuesday Mar 29, 2016  |  0 comments

I spent a sizable chunk of 2015 helping to coordinate Dirty Little Secrets, the Center for Cooperative Media’s first statewide collaborative reporting project. The experience taught me a lot.

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In the Shadow of Liberty: A Year-Long Study of Immigration in NJ

Tuesday Feb 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Does New Jersey live up to Lady Liberty’s ideals?

New Jersey has historically opened itself to newcomers. After all, the Statue of Liberty stands on the New Jersey side of the harbor. With almost 2 million foreign-born residents, the only states with more immigrants per capita are California and New York.

Yet what makes New Jersey truly different is the diversity of our immigrant population.

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e350 Video: Legal and Immigration Segment, DUI Tips (via Inside Out)

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Immigration Profile: Kamila Kolodynska

Wednesday Apr 02, 2014  |  0 comments

Kamila Kolodynska, 22, was born in Szprotawa, Poland. She lives in Leszno Gorne, Poland until she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. Her family immigrated to New Jersey to seek medical help for her older sister who has neurofibromatosis. Kamila lives in Clifton and attends Montclair State. She hopes to continue her studies in political science in the United States and to one day work in the immigration field to help others navigate the system.

This video was produced for The Immigration Project by Justin Guerrier, in association with documentary marker Beth Toni Kruvant, Guerrier graduated from Montclair State in May 2013 with a degree in Filmmaking and currently works for Brookdale Television as a production technician. He also works as a freelance producer, camera operator, sound mixer and editor.

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Sandy Rebuild’s Invisible Victims

Monday Dec 02, 2013  |  0 comments

Sandy Poses Special Problems for Immigrant Day Laborers Aiding Recovery Effort (via NJSpotlight)

“After Sandy, I went to work with a contractor doing a basement cleanup,” recalled Marcelo, a day laborer from Brazil who’s been living in the U.S. for the past seven years but didn’t want to give his last name because he’s not authorized…

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NJ Spotlight: ‘DREAM Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013  |  1 comment

‘Dream Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise (via NJSpotlight)

Credit: Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen Gov. Chris Christie did something few Republicans have been able to do in recent years when he sailed to re-election earlier this month: He won a majority of the state’s Latino vote. Exit polls conducted by…

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Seeking Refuge Is Anything But Easy For Bangladeshi Refugee

Thursday Nov 21, 2013  |  0 comments

Seeking Asylum Is Anything But Easy for Bangladeshi Refugee (via Paterson Times)

Holding up a black-and-white election poster of father, since slain, Ibrahim Momin feels the same fate could be in store for him if the U.S. fails to grant him political asylum. Photo: Beverly Peterson. By J.M. RAHMAN, PATERSON TIMES Since 2009, when…

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NJ Senate Approves Tuition Equality for Undocumented Immigrants

Monday Nov 18, 2013  |  0 comments

N.J. Senate approves bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants (via

TRENTON — A bill to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who grew up in New Jersey is continuing its progress towards Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The state Senate today voted 25 to 12 to approve the controversial measure, which would…

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Jersey City Touts ‘First in State’ Immigrant Affairs Department

Thursday Nov 07, 2013  |  0 comments

Jersey City touts ‘first in state’ immigrant affairs department (via

Tucked away inside a first-floor office in Jersey City City Hall is a new city department that Mayor Steve Fulop says is the first in the state to explicitly cater to immigrants. Dubbed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the division is staffed by…

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