Local News Isn’t Just Weird and Wacky

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. This week we’re pushing the hashtag #40best to collect examples of excellent in local news.

Not everyone gets the importance and seriousness of local news coverage.

Social media favorite Buzzfeed is running a piece called 40 Reasons Local News is the Best News — a fun collection of weird and wacky local news.

While we appreciate Buzzfeed’s upbeat headline, we know that local news outlets in and outside New Jersey are producing excellent journalism — not just nut job stories.

Therefore, NJ News Commons is throwing down the gauntlet: If you are a local journalist/publisher and want to nominate actual examples of local news excellence, use the hashtag #40best to highlight your real news coverage on social media.

Here are some examples of good local news reporting:

Cynthia Cumming of TAP is keeping an eye on West Orange. First, she’s running a story about hundreds of police, fire, and state troopers gathering for the Essex County Valor awards where two West Orange police officers were recognized. Next, she’s covering local election campaigns. Finally, TAP has the story of the West Orange HS wind ensemble performing at a gala at Rutgers University.
The Green Brook in North Plainfield about to crest on April 30, 2014. Credit: Nathan Rudy/TAP

The Green Brook in North Plainfield about to crest on April 30, 2014. Credit: Nathan Rudy/TAP

On North Plainfield and Green Brook TAP, Nathan Rudy provided a series of articles covering the heaving rains and floods following last week’s rain storms — from weather forecasts to flood warnings to flood updates and information about safety and shelters, and, finally, pictures of the floods.

Cliffview Pilot has the story of 40 dogs rescued from an animal hospital in Bergen County that “resembled a dungeon.” On MyVeronaNJ.com, Virginia Citrano reports on how one student brought the sport of fencing to town.
Alex Klysa, Verona's fencing team. Credit: Virginia Citrano/MyVeronaNJ.com

Alex Klysa, Verona’s fencing team. Credit: Virginia Citrano/MyVeronaNJ.com

New Brunswick Today has been following the Rutgers commencement speaker fiasco, but alsoprofiling a local artist, covering a daytime shootout, following a car accident that injured three children, and reporting on the coming closure of a local supermarket.

If you want to read more excellent local news, scroll down for our full roundup and more stories from Blogfinger (Ocean Grove), Jersey City Independent and Westfield TAP.

Our full roundup:

Spring Officially Arrives in Jersey City With the Return of Groove On Grove Jersey City Independent
Mamarama: Outside The Sandbox — Searching for Preschool Options in Jersey CityJersey City Independent
Westfield Community Shows Public Act of Solidarity with Teachers Negotiating Pay Westfield TAP
Westfield Ranked 12th Richest Small City in America by Movoto Westfield TAP
Flood Watch in Effect for Wednesday through Thursday TAP North Plainfield/Green Brook
With Worst of Storm To Come, Flooding Already Prevalent in North Plainfield and Green Brook TAP North Plainfield/Green Brook
An oldie but goodie, with the flea market approaching on May 31 Blogfinger
Bergen County SPCA rescues 40 German Shepherds from Ridgefield Park animal hospital Cliffview Pilot*

Meet The Verona High School Fencing Team MyVeronaNJ.com
Born and Raised in Brunswick, City Resident Embraces The Struggle Through Art New Brunswick Today
Daytime Shootout Between Moving Cars on Livingston Av. and Handy St. New Brunswick Today
Fire Director Crashes Into Three Children on Livingston Avenue New Brunswick Today

New Brunswick Today profiles local artist Sam Romero. Credit: Sam Romero

New Brunswick Today profiles local artist Sam Romero. Credit: Sam Romero

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