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Local Beat: Anatomy of a South Jersey high school racial harassment incident

Thursday Aug 11, 2016  |  0 comments

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

ANATOMY OF A HIGH SCHOOL BIAS INCIDENT IN HADDON TOWNSHIP
Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen breaks down a recent racial harassment incident at Haddon Township High School. The school district agrees that the incident occurred, but the victim says the district missed a meaningful opportunity to address her classmate with the necessary counseling.

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Local Beat: Citing discrimination and slurs, Caldwell police officer to sue borough

Thursday Aug 04, 2016  |  0 comments

CITING DISCRIMINATION AND ETHNIC SLURS, CALDWELL OFFICER TO SUE BOROUGH AND POLICE CHIEF
Caldwell Police Lt. Michael Geary filed an official notice of intent to sue the Borough of Caldwell and Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno for creating a hostile work environment rife with discrimination and top-down retaliation. Danielle Santola of TAP into West Essex says Geary is the first and only Asian-American officer hired to the Caldwell Police Department, but had never personally filed a formal complaint due to a fear of retaliation.

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New Jersey ethnic media covers the DNC in Philadelphia

Friday Jul 29, 2016  |  0 comments

In partnership with multiethnic news agency New America Media, the Center for Cooperative Media has been working to support ethnic and community media outlets in New Jersey. This week, New America Media mentored a handful of ethnic media journalists at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, including representatives from Reporte Hispano, The Asian Journal, Sing Tao Daily, and GlocallyNewark.com.

Below is a roundup of some of those journalists’ work. Note that some links direct back to the outlet’s native-language website.

REPORTE HISPANO COVERS LATINO DELEGATES AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Reporters for Reporte Hispano, New Jersey’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, met with delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to discuss the diversity of the New Jersey delegation, as well as the DNC’s platform for 2016.

CLINTON’S HISTORIC NOMINATION ENERGIZED FIL-AM DEMOCRATS
Christina Oriel of the Asian Journal spoke to Filipino-Americans on the floor of the Democratic National Convention to get their reactions to some of the speeches compared to what was heard last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Organizers say they are focused on increasing voter registration and turnout among Filipino-Americans as the November election approaches.

ASIAN AMERICANS RESPOND TO DNC EMAIL CONTROVERSY
A batch of hacked emails released just before the Democratic National Convention showed efforts to rally the party behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while Sen. Bernie Sanders was still in the race, and led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. The Sing Tao Daily talked to several Asian-American delegates to get their opinions on the email controversy.

ASIAN AMERICANS, GROWING IN NUMBERS, SHOW CLOUT AT DNC
The power of the Asian-American vote in the U.S. and how it will affect this fall’s general election was the topic during a gathering of Asian American Pacific and Islander Vote leaders and Democratic delegates during the DNC. New America Media covered the discussion, noting that Asian Americans can be the swing votes now in several states.

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Local Beat: The Funtown Pier in Seaside Park will not be rebuilt

Thursday Jul 28, 2016  |  0 comments

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

THE FUNTOWN PIER IN SEASIDE PARK WILL NOT BE REBUILT
The iconic Funtown Pier in Seaside Park, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, will not be rebuilt. Daniel Nee of Shorebeat says the only way the pier could be economically viable is if the Seaside planning board allowed owner William Major to build thrill rides up to 300 feet high, three times the legal limit.

COLLINGSWOOD TOWN FORUM DIVES INTO POLICE INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE ISSUES
Members of the Collingswood borough police, schools, government, and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office met with residents to discuss why the local school district was involving the police department in every student discipline issue during the last few weeks of the school year. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says there was no single event that caused the policy change, but instead a number of distinct events.

BOATS SAVE 1.3 MILLION GALLONS OF SEWAGE AROUND BARNEGAT BAY
Government-sponsored pumpout boats have offloaded 1.3 million gallons of raw sewage from 64,868 boats in the Barnegat Bay over the last 10 years. Judy Smestad-Nunn of Micromedia Publications says the Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor became federally designated no-discharge zones in 2003, which makes it illegal to dump raw or untreated waste within three miles of the coast.

LIVINGSTON STUDENTS URGE BOARD OF ED TO ADOPT TECH REFORMS
The Livingston school district will begin to implement A controversial 1:1 technology initiative in August. Danielle Santola and Joe Denoon of TAP into Livingston say the initiative mandates the use of district-provided Microsoft Surface devices and bans the use of personal laptops. A group of rising seniors at Livingston High School are calling for reforms to the policy.

MAPPING NEW JERSEY ANCESTRIES: 1 IN 5 RESIDENTS ARE IMMIGRANTS
New Jersey ranks third in the nation when it comes to the number of foreign-born residents, and nearly one in every five New Jersey residents is an immigrant. Anthony Ewing of EthnicNJ.com has used the latest U.S. Census data to create and update a series of interactive maps that show the ancestries and migration patterns of immigrants and ethnic groups in the Garden State.

SUSTAIN LOCAL CONFERENCE SET FOR OCT. 6-7 AT MONTCLAIR STATE
Mark your calendars: The Center for Cooperative Media will host a national conference this fall diving in to issues surrounding local journalism sustainability. Sustain Local will be held Oct. 6-7at Montclair State University. Click here for more info and use the form at the bottom to send us ideas about topics, workshops, panels, or speakers you’d like to see at the conference.

JOB ALERT: CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL-LOCAL EFFORT
The Center for Cooperative Media is launching an exciting one-year pilot project to facilitate collaboration between local New Jersey and national news organizations – and is seeking a manager to lead the effort. The year-long project will be funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Democracy Fund. More information and how to apply here.

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Local Beat: Thumbelina’s Secret Architect, Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail

Thursday Jul 21, 2016  |  0 comments

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

THUMBELINA’S SECRET ARCHITECT, CREATING FAIRY HOUSES ON A NEW JERSEY TRAIL
Montclair State’s own Tara George explores the intricate fairy houses that started appearing on parts of the Rahway Trail in the woods of the South Mountain Reservation about five years ago. George is an associate professor at the School of Communication and Media.

COULD THE NEXT FERGUSON, BALTIMORE OR BATON ROUGE HAPPEN HERE?
Police killings of unarmed black men have made national headlines, and their deaths have been broadcast across our news feeds and our televisions. Angela Jacobs of MercerMe looks at police relations in Mercer County and examines how local police and residents are responding to the crisis.

IS THIS ROSELLE PARK PAY-TO-PLAY ORDINANCE A PAPER TIGER?
Saul Qersdyn of Roselle Park News looks into a local pay-to-play ordinance in Roselle Park that would have removed restrictions on municipal contracts with people and businesses that make political donations to local government officials or candidates.

ASBURY PARK’S ‘REBIRTH’ MEANS MORE THAN A DESTINATION FOR NEW YORKERS
The New York Times has declared Asbury Park to be officially “reborn,” and has given the shore town the nickname “Brooklyn on the beach.” But Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger says Asbury Park is “more than just a destination for the glitterati.”

MOVING DOWN THE SHORE, DOWN TO BUSINESS
More and more Verona residents have been moving their families and their businesses down the shore. Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ follows one local business owner as she sets up shop and makes her new home in Spring Lake.

A BELOVED CHAPEL RISES FOUR YEARS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY DESTRUCTION
St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-sea at Ortley Beach is going through a revival nearly four years after it was swept out to sea during Hurricane Sandy. Lois Rogers of Micromedia Publications says the chapel has received an outpouring of support from scores of people across multiple generations, but the reconstruction effort won’t be cheap.

BOOMBOXES ARE BACK, BUT THEY’RE BANNED ON THE SEASIDE HEIGHTS BEACH
The Seaside Heights borough council voted in favor of a 60-day trial ban of “amplified music” on the beach. Daniel Nee of Shorebeat says the ban is a response to several complaints the council received over people setting up DJ speakers and playing loud music with profane language.

SALES ACADEMY APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 25; ONLY A COUPLE SPOTS REMAIN!
The deadline to apply for the Sales Academy‬ has been pushed back to July 25, 2016. The date of the two-day intensive workshop has also been changed. The Sales Academy will now be held on August 17-18, 2016. Spaces are limited, so click here to learn more and apply today!

SALES WEBINAR: TACTICS FOR RECRUITING AND HIRING SALESPEOPLE
Join Eleanor Cippel for a free sales webinar. Learn tactics for recruiting and hiring sales people on July 27. Click the link to register and learn more.

SUSTAIN LOCAL CONFERENCE SET FOR OCT. 6-7 AT MONTCLAIR STATE
Mark your calendars: The Center for Cooperative Media will host a national conference this fall diving in to issues surrounding local journalism sustainability. Sustain Local will be held Oct. 6-7at Montclair State University. Click here for more info and use the form at the bottom to send us ideas about topics, workshops, panels, or speakers you’d like to see at the conference.

JOB ALERT: CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL-LOCAL EFFORT
The Center for Cooperative Media is launching an exciting one-year pilot project to facilitate collaboration between local New Jersey and national news organizations – and is seeking a manager to lead the effort. The year-long project will be funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Democracy Fund. More information and how to apply here.

Want more? Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Local Beat: What is Pokémon Go-ing on in South Jersey?

Thursday Jul 14, 2016  |  0 comments

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

WHAT IS POKÉMON GO-ING ON IN SOUTH JERSEY?
Pokemon Go is on track to surpass Twitter in terms of daily active users and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen talks to parents and kids to find out how they’re using it to explore their communities, and takes a closer look at some of the case studies, business opportunities, data possibilities and security issues surrounding the latest digital gaming craze.

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Local Beat: Collingswood schools, prosecutor ‘take ownership’ in controversy, refine discipline roles

Thursday Jul 07, 2016  |  0 comments

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COLLINGSWOOD SCHOOLS, PROSECUTOR ‘TAKE OWNERSHIP’ IN CONTROVERSY, REFINE DISCIPLINE ROLES
The uproar appears to be calming down in Collingswood over a so-called directive from the prosecutor’s office to refer the discipline of schoolchildren to local police, now that all parties involved have met, NJ Pen reports. A joint letter issued by local law enforcement, local government, the school district and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office clarifies that school officials will internally handle discipline issues except for criminal matters. The entire affair has been dubbed a “miscommunication.”

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Local Beat: Ratings Agency Warns Stockton Over Debt for AC Development

Thursday Jun 23, 2016  |  0 comments

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RATINGS AGENCY WARNS STOCKTON OVER DEBT FOR AC DEVELOPMENT
The debt ratings agency Fitch Ratings says Stockton University may find itself in a “weakened financial position” after it issued new debt to build a parking garage and residence hall in Atlantic City. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says Stockton is borrowing $70 million to pay for the development, and another $211 million to refund outstanding debts and finance projects at its Galloway campus.

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Local Beat: Beloved New Brunswick Pub to Change Hands

Thursday Jun 09, 2016  |  0 comments

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NEW BRUNSWICK INSTITUTION, TUMULTY’S, TO CHANGE HANDS
New Brunswick Today editor Charlie Kratovil is usually busy sniffing out political scandal, but this week he shows his colors as a Hub City bro. Kratovil reports that Tumulty’s Pub, a local institution which challenges customers to figure out how to eat the massive $17.95 Death by Burger, is changing hands. Here is the hard-nosed Kratovil at his most wistful: “Despite relocating to new buildings twice during its lengthy run, Tumulty’s remained one of the few spaces in a rapidly-changing area that did not seem to change much at all from year to year.” Okay, he doesn’t really do wistful. A little political scandal also sneaks into the story – involving the closure of a nearby parking deck

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Local Beat: Farmingdale Mourns Passing of Longtime Mayor

Thursday Mar 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

FARMINGDALE MOURNS PASSING OF LONGTIME MAYOR
The borough of Farmingdale, NJ is mourning the loss of Mayor John P. “Jay” Morgan, who died earlier this week after serving his community for 13 years. The Howell Times says Morgan had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

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Local Beat: The Montclarion Takes Home Newspaper Contest Wins

Thursday Mar 24, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

THE MONTCLARION TAKES HOME NEWSPAPER CONTEST WINS
Montclair State’s campus newspaper, The Montclarion, took home three awards from the 2015-2016 NJ Collegiate Newspaper Contest. The competition is hosted by the New Jersey Press Foundation in order to reward exceptional media from student newspapers in the state.

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