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Local Beat: Voting Block continues as neighbors meet for political potlucks

Friday Oct 20, 2017  | 

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

VOTING BLOCK CONTINUES AS NEIGHBORS MEET FOR POLITICAL POTLUCKS
Three more partners in the ongoing Voting Block collaborative reporting series published stories this week. NJ Pen profiled neighbors on E. Stiles and Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. Montclair Local hosted a political potluck with residents in Montclair’s Cloverhill Place neighborhood. And Village Green hosted their own potluck with the residents of Elmwood Avenue in Maplewood. Check out their stories below, and visit votingblocknj.com to read the rest of the series.

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Local Beat: In Maplewood, path to better community relations begins its long, difficult journey

Friday Oct 13, 2017  | 

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IN MAPLEWOOD, PATH TO BETTER COMMUNITY RELATIONS BEGINS ITS LONG, DIFFICULT JOURNEY
Village Green continues to follow the fall-out from the police audio and video released this summer that captured police herding a group of teens out of town and punching and kicking one handcuffed teen. This week, Mary Mann reports that community members want a halt to police/student mentoring programs.

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Local Beat: Livingston Board of Education weighs random drug testing at high school

Friday Oct 06, 2017  | 

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LIVINGSTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WEIGHS RANDOM DRUG TESTING AT HIGH SCHOOL
The Livingston Board of Education is exploring random drug testing at Livingston High School as a deterrence measure, but the move is receiving push-back from some in the community, Danielle Santola of TAPinto Livingston reports. Principals from the BOE were invited to the township council meeting to answer questions and address concerns about the measure, which is under consideration in other districts across the state as well.

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Local Beat: Voting Block partners talk election issues with NJ voters

Friday Sep 22, 2017  | 

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VOTING BLOCK PARTNERS TALK ELECTION ISSUES WITH NEW JERSEY VOTERS
Reporters and local news partners involved with the ongoing collaborative reporting project known as Voting Block published some of their first stories this week. Each reporting partner was tasked with profiling a particular neighborhood or “block” within their respective communities to get a better understanding of the most important issues facing the state as we prepare to elect a new governor in November.

  • Mark Bonamo of TAPinto Newark focused on Halsey Street in Newark, where many voters are concerned about the spectre of gentrification and development.
  • Donny Levit of Village Green covered a well-trafficked stretch of Elmwood Avenue between Prospect Street and several blocks past Boyden Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey.
  • Jeff Schwachter of SNJ Today asked a group of voters in Vineland, New Jersey to lay out the issues that they feel should be at the top of the new governor’s priority list.
  • Daniel Nee of Shorebeat visited Hurricane Sandy’s “ground zero” in Ortley Beach where he spoke with voters to find out what they expect from the new governor when it comes to the ongoing Sandy recovery efforts.
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Local Beat: Mayor Baraka hires Bridgegate defense lawyer Michael Critchley

Friday Sep 15, 2017  | 

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MAYOR BARAKA HIRES BRIDGEGATE DEFENSE LAWYER MICHAEL CRITCHLEY 
Newark mayor Ras Baraka has hired Michael Critchley, one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state who represented Bridget Anne Kelly in the Bridgegate trial, to defend him in a civil suit brought by the city’s former attorney. Elana Knopp of TAP into Newark says the high-profile attorney will defend Baraka in a discrimination and retaliation suit brought against him by Willie Parker and three co-defendants in June.

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Local Beat: Families silent after plea deal in Creato case

Friday Aug 25, 2017  | 

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FAMILIES SILENT AFTER PLEA DEAL IN CREATO CASE
After a lengthy investigation, a formal indictment, and a 10-day trial that failed to reach a consensus verdict, David “DJ” Creato, Jr. of Haddon Township pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated manslaughter in the death of his three-year-old son, Brendan. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says Creato will face a minimum of eight-and-a-half years in prison if his plea deal is upheld at his sentencing hearing on Sept. 29.

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Local Beat: Want to stop fake news? Check your own assumptions first

Friday Jul 21, 2017  | 

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WANT TO STOP FAKE NEWS? CHECK YOUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS FIRST
Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen sat down with University of Pennsylvania reference librarian Samantha Kirk, who offered tips to help readers weed out the junk from the volume of information they encounter. Kirk says the problem of misinformation is not a new one, and the solution starts with people reflecting on their own biases and media consumption habits.

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Local Beat: Judge rules Rahway must release police video

Friday Jul 14, 2017  | 

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JUDGE RULES RAHWAY MUST RELEASE POLICE VIDEO
A Union County Superior Court judge has ruled that city officials in Rahway must release body camera footage of a police response to the mayor’s recent car crashes. Mark Hrywna of Rahway Rising says Judge Robert Mega ordered the city to release the videos within seven days after the order is signed.

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Local Beat: Millburn parents angry, dismayed at blackface incident in elementary school

Friday Jun 23, 2017  | 

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MILLBURN PARENTS ANGRY, DISMAYED AY BLACKFACE INCIDENT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Parents and community members are outraged over what they perceive as a tepid response by administration officials to a blackface incident at an annual historical festival at a Millburn elementary school. Jaleh Teymourian of Village Green says a fifth-grade girl appeared at the school’s annual Wax Museum event dressed as Martin Luther King, Jr., complete with black makeup on her face.

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NJ Mobile News Lab: Smart speakers, instant articles, mobile ads, Snapchat, and more

Thursday Jun 22, 2017  | 

The following is from the June 2017 edition of the monthly mobile newsletter from the NJ Mobile News Lab. Read more at mobilenewslab.com.

Local publishers should pay attention to the rise of smart speakers

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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Why are publishers abandoning Facebook Instant Articles?

Faster loading times not enough to prevent big players from leaving

Instant Articles were marketed as a publishing game-changer when Facebook first made them available to a select group of major publishers back in 2015. A year later, publishers of all sizes were given access to the new format. Instant Articles promised faster load times, which would reduce the number of users that jumped ship and moved on to the next story when yours took too long to load…

Local publishers should take care in interpreting big mobile advertising data

Nearly every survey, study, and market research report that comes out essentially says the same thing: mobile advertising is big and getting bigger. But the data from Street Fight’s recent Local Merchant Report 2017 seems to tell a different story – fewer than a quarter of local small businesses using mobile marketing regularly and, as shown in the report, they were not giving it a high ranking for effectiveness…

Snapchat for old people: Social media isn’t always about you

Tim Cigelske looks at various social media platforms, specifically Snapchat, and attempts to dispel some long-standing myths and concerns about all the new social tools and platforms that appear to multiply with each passing month. Don’t understand or “get” Snapchat and Snapchat culture? Don’t worry, Cigelske says there’s a good chance that it just wasn’t built for you…



Bots, AI, and messaging apps

Revenue and sustainability

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Social tools and platforms

Design and development

Research and reports

Commentary and more

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Local Beat: Morristown High removes Trump satire from school art show

Friday Jun 16, 2017  | 

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MORRISTOWN HIGH REMOVES TRUMP SATIRE FROM SCHOOL ART SHOW
Officials at Morristown High School removed junior Liam Shea’s five-foot artwork display from the annual MHS Arts & Design Show. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says the artwork depicted a “porcine President Trump clutching a snarling pussycat.”

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