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News Roundup: NJ Transit train crash kills 1, injures 108 at Hoboken Station

Friday Sep 30, 2016  |  0 comments

A New Jersey Transit train blew through a concrete-and-steel bumper at the Hoboken train station on Thursday before coming to a screeching halt inside the station’s waiting room. One woman was killed and 108 others were injured. NJ.com says Jersey City Medical Center is treating 51 patients, three of which are in critical condition and another 11 are in serious condition. 

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Local Fix: Sustainable Startups, News and Terror, and the Business of Podcasting

Friday Sep 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news.  But first, we always begin with one good idea…

One Good Idea: Get Out the Vote
USA Today announced that it is working with its network of 100 local Gannett papers to launch “a national voter registration and civic engagement initiative.” It’s the first time in the company’s history it is investing in this sort of project, but it is not alone. BuzzFeed, Univision and NBC have all launched voter participation campaigns this year. Andy Yost of USA Today told Politico: “We felt there’s a responsibility for us not only to inform our readers but also equip them with information to participate in democracy, which is so critically important.”

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Local Beat: Just a couple of working sniffs

Thursday Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

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

RED BANK: JUST A COUPLE OF WORKING SNIFFS
Solving the mystery of elevated bacteria in the Navesink River is a dog of a task. That’s why officials decided to bring in some four-legged detectives of their own to get the job done. John Ward of Red Bank Green says two dogs have been trained to bark when they smell a specific type of fecal coliform near the waterfront in Red Bank and Fair Haven.

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Local Beat: Chris Christie’s next move may harm South Jersey for a generation

Thursday Sep 08, 2016  |  0 comments

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

CHRIS CHRISTIE’S NEXT MOVE MAY HARM SOUTH JERSEY FOR A GENERATION
Joseph Russell of South Jerseyist has some strong words for the state’s top official after Gov. Chris Christie announced that he plans to end the longstanding income-tax reciprocity agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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The Springsteen Factor: How stories about The Boss impact a Jersey arts site

Thursday Sep 01, 2016  |  0 comments

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

THE SPRINGSTEEN FACTOR: HOW STORIES ABOUT THE BOSS IMPACT A LOCAL JERSEY ARTS SITE
Jay Lustig of NJArts.net writes about Bruce Springsteen a lot. So much so, in fact, that more than half of the 30 top-performing stories on his website are about The Boss. But Springsteen stories aren’t just about recognizing contributions to New Jersey’s musical legacy, they’re also about economics.

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Local Beat: Why all the administrative churn in the South Orange-Maplewood district?

Thursday Aug 25, 2016  |  0 comments

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

WHY ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHURN IN THE SOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD DISTRICT?
Eleven administrators in the South Orange-Maplewood School District are set to retire or resign at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, so Mary Barr Mann of The Village Green put together a list and reached out to many of the departing administrators to find out why.

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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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