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Content sharing is the future of public service journalism, and NJ Spotlight is already ahead of the game

Thursday Jun 09, 2016  |  0 comments

New Jersey voters took to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state’s  primary election. As the results trickled in, NJ Spotlight reporters worked well into the night to make sure the spreadsheets for their live election map were accurate and up to date.  

And not only was that election map featured prominently on NJ Spotlight’s website, but it was also embedded in nine other independent local news sites across the state – free of charge.

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Reboot: The Return of Peer-to-Peer Sessions

Thursday Mar 31, 2016  |  2 comments

It’s been a long time since we last held a peer-to-peer group session for NJ news entrepreneurs. We used to hold monthly meetings at Montclair State and via Zoom Conference where we’d bring together independent publishers and news entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges they faced. The goal was to get people in the same room to exchange best practices and hopefully find solutions that just don’t show up in a Google search.

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Cleaning Up New Jersey’s Toxic Sites

Wednesday Mar 30, 2016  |  2 comments

What’s being done to clean up contamination across New Jersey? And how are residents being affected?

Please join us for a discussion about the lingering impacts of New Jersey’s toxic legacy, inspired by reporting from Dirty Little Secrets, a collaborative series from news organizations across New Jersey.

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Thinking It Through: Using design thinking to connect with your community

Wednesday Mar 16, 2016  |  0 comments

This week, the students of the CUNY Social Journalism program descended upon the Sheraton Times Square Hotel to host a day-long innovation challenge using design thinking at NYC16, the College Media Association’s Spring National Media Convention.

The challenge was pretty straightforward: Use design thinking to come up with ideas to improve the media experience of women on college campuses.

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We’re creating a FAQ!

Tuesday Mar 15, 2016  |  1 comment

Attention curious people!

Do you have a question about the ins and outs of publishing and media? Is there some skill or piece of information that you’ve always wanted to know, but you can’t seem to find the answer on Google? Use our new Hearken module below to ask us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. We might even turn your question into a video tutorial.

We’re looking for questions about legal issues, graphics, audio and video software, editing techniques, ethics, publishing guidelines, reporting tips, OPRA requests, and more. Whatever it is, there’s an answer out there somewhere and we’re offering to help you find it. If something has you stumped or confused, just let us know and we’ll investigate it.

Once we start receiving questions, we’ll begin the process of finding the answers. Questions that come up a lot will eventually be turned into video tutorials, training sessions, and workshops. The answers will be displayed on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that we’ll be adding to our homepage in the near future, along with a list of additional resources and helpful tools to make sure you find the answers you’re looking for.

So without further adieu, ask us anything!

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Introducing Dirty Little Secrets: Investigating New Jersey’s Toxic Legacy

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015  |  1 comment


You don’t have to go any further than late-night monologues to know New Jersey’s reputation as a toxic dump. We came by that reputation honestly. As an early leader in industry and manufacturing — much of it in the chemical sector — New Jersey provided a good standard of living for workers and has become one of the richest states in the union.

But not without a cost: Acres upon acres of toxic waste.

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Adaptive AC

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NJ Family

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The Amboy Guardian

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