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

Friday Jul 21, 2017  |  0 comments

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

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  |  0 comments

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

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  |  0 comments

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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  |  0 comments

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  |  0 comments

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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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Local Beat: CRDA raises dozens of staffers’ salaries after job cuts

Friday Jun 09, 2017  |  0 comments

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CRDA RAISES DOZENS OF STAFFERS’ SALARIES AFTER JOB CUTS
The New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has awarded pay increases to nearly a third of its employees just months after it cut several jobs earlier this year citing budget constraints. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says the CRDA gave raises to 29 employees, in some cases raising salaries by tens of thousands of dollars.

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Local Beat: How to strengthen local news? New Brunswick offers ideas

Friday Jun 02, 2017  |  0 comments

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HOW TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL NEWS? NEW BRUNSWICK OFFERS IDEAS
Roughly two dozen journalists, academics, residents, and activists gathered at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information this week for a brainstorming session to come up with ideas for how to improve local journalism. Jack Murtha of TAP into New Brunswick was at the event, hosted by Free Press, and provides a breakdown of the most popular proposed solutions.

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Local Beat: Icahn flipped Taj for Atlantic City’s Chelsea Hotel

Friday May 26, 2017  |  0 comments

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ICHAN FLIPS TAJ FOR ATLANTIC CITY’S CHELSEA HOTEL
Well-known billionaire and real estate investor Carl Ichan acquired the mortgage for Atlantic City’s Chelsea Hotel last week, less than three months after selling the Taj Mahal casino. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 looks into what happened to the Chelsea and why it closed nearly 10 years to the day before it was purchased by Ichan.

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Local Beat: Ex-Bayonne City Hall worker calls for Davis to resign over sexting allegations

Friday May 19, 2017  |  0 comments

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EX-BAYONNE CITY HALL WORKER CALLS FOR DAVIS TO RESIGN OVER SEXTING ALLEGATIONS
A former employee at the Bayonne City Hall went public with her sexting allegations against Mayor Jimmy Davis at last night’s city council meeting. John Heinis of Hudson County View says Stacy Percella, a former deputy registrar of vital statistics at City Hall who was fired in December, was also critical of the fact that Mayor Davis had gone as far as to hire a public relations firm to try and quell the controversy.

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Local Beat: Mapping New Jersey immigration by school district

Friday May 12, 2017  |  0 comments

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MAPPING NEW JERSEY IMMIGRATION BY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Elinor Comlay of Route 40 teamed up with Collen O’Dea of NJ Spotlight to create this interactive map of immigration in New Jersey at the school-district level. The map shows that more immigrant children are attending New Jersey schools, and they increasingly live in the state’s urban areas.

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Local Beat: Newark City Hall computers hacked with ransomware

Friday Apr 28, 2017  |  0 comments

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NEWARK CITY HALL COMPUTERS HACKED WITH RANSOMWARE
City of Newark computers have been infected with ransomware, software that seizes the target’s computer and holds the data hostage until a payment is delivered. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the hacker responsible for the attack is demanding payment of 24 bitcoin – about $30,000 – in ransom money.

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