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We’re creating a FAQ!

Tuesday Mar 15, 2016  |  1 comment

Attention curious people!

Do you have a question about the ins and outs of publishing and media? Is there some skill or piece of information that you’ve always wanted to know, but you can’t seem to find the answer on Google? Use our new Hearken module below to ask us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. We might even turn your question into a video tutorial.

We’re looking for questions about legal issues, graphics, audio and video software, editing techniques, ethics, publishing guidelines, reporting tips, OPRA requests, and more. Whatever it is, there’s an answer out there somewhere and we’re offering to help you find it. If something has you stumped or confused, just let us know and we’ll investigate it.

Once we start receiving questions, we’ll begin the process of finding the answers. Questions that come up a lot will eventually be turned into video tutorials, training sessions, and workshops. The answers will be displayed on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that we’ll be adding to our homepage in the near future, along with a list of additional resources and helpful tools to make sure you find the answers you’re looking for.

So without further adieu, ask us anything!

Jane Elizabeth of Sunlight Foundation teaches political fact checking
How to Follow the 3rd and Other Pro Tips on NJ Political Reporting

Thursday Oct 16, 2014  |  0 comments

This story has been updated with video of the event.

Kathy Kiely, managing editor of the Sunlight Foundation, stepped in front of the room of New Jersey investigative and political reporters and began with the familiar laugh line, “I’m from Washington and I’m here to help you.”

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Training for News Entrepreneurs

Thursday Aug 28, 2014  |  0 comments

On July 9, 2014, we hosted a training session for news entrepreneurs at Montclair State University. The all-day session included talks from entrepreneurial journalists, marketing strategists, ad sales representatives, and other professionals from throughout the news ecosystem.

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How to Start a News Site

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014  |  0 comments

Dozens of potential independent news publishers descended upon the Multimedia Newswoom at Montclair State University on March 11, 2014 for a day of training on “How to Start a News Site.” The event was the first of many in the NJ News Commons’ latest round of Grow and Strengthen, a project aimed at seeding and incubating local news sites across New Jersey.

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Video from the Open Data NJ Summit

Tuesday Jun 03, 2014  |  0 comments

Three videos from the Open Data NJ conference, held at Montclair State University on May 15, 2014, are now up and running for those who were unable to attend the conference in person — or who want to watch it again.

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Measuring the Impact of Your News Site

Thursday Feb 20, 2014  |  0 comments

How do we measure how we’re doing as news organizations? In unique visitors, page views — or whether the crooks we write about go to jail?

On January 24, NJ News Commons hosted a session at the Princeton Public Library featuring Dick Tofel, president of ProPublica. Tofel explained to a rapt audience how news organizations can measure the impact of their reporting, using anecdotes from his own experience leading a national investigative news site. Watch the video here: