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

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.

Meanwhile, at the Center for Cooperative Media, we’re using our share of the funding to give $5,800 to nine journalists and news organizations across the state to pay for in-depth reporting on immigration issues in New Jersey.

We asked journalists to apply for the funding earlier this summer, and grantees were selected by a team of representatives from NJ Spotlight, New America Media, and the Center for Cooperative Media.

The winners of these reporting grants and the topics they will cover include:

  • Brian Lorio ($500, Freelancer): Mexican-American community garden in Pulaski Park.
  • Jacque Howard (Trenton365 Show, $750): Investigating the immigration process, step-by-step.
  • Tiziana Rinaldi (Freelancer, $750): Immigrant “brain waste” (highly-skilled immigrants working low-skill jobs).
  • Elinor Comlay (Route 40 News, $750): Mexican and Central American students from elementary to high school.
  • Mary Barr Mann (The Village Green, $750): Creole and Haitian communities in South Orange and Maplewood.
  • Rong Xiaoqing (Sing Tao Daily, $500): Chinese communities and business in places like Edison and Jersey City.
  • Orhan Akkurt (Zaman Amerika, $800): How will the next president (Clinton or Trump) affect Turkish communities in N.J.?
  • Laureen Delance (The Citizen’s Campaign, $500): Haitian, Filipino, Portuguese communities, and Italian communities in Orange, N.J.
  • Matt Skoufalos (NJ Pen, $500): Notario fraud in Latino communities, specifically in Camden and the surrounding area.

All of the grantees have also agreed to collaborate with NJ Spotlight to create multimedia stories that include video as well as written words.

The work produced as a result of this project will be featured on the project homepage at and at

Congratulations to our grant recipients!

Want to know more about the “In the Shadow of Liberty” or more about collaborative reporting projects in New Jersey? Contact Joe Amditis, associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media, at 

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