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What caught our eye this week was a new arrangement between Red Bank Green, an online site that started 8 years ago, and Shore Sports Zone, a start-up that produces sports videos. Sports Zone is just four months old.

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By JOSH STEARNS

Subscribe to get the Local Fix delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news, starting with one good idea…

One good idea: Be a Facilitator and a Creator. The Gazette Company in Iowa has launched a fascinating local project called “We Create Here” which describes its mission as: “Empowering the citizens of Iowa’s Creative Corridor to connect and engage with the issues that affect them.” I was particularly interested in how they think about “Intent, Collaboration and Context” as central values.

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By JOE AMDITIS

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

There’s nothing more local than those basketball hoops people put on the grass strip between the sidewalk and the street. Carolyn Maynard-Parisi of the Village Green reports on the ruckus that broke out when Maplewood residents were told to remove the hoops or get slapped with $1,000 fines. The crisis was averted last night when residents – many of them kids – showed up in force at the Township Committee meeting and the town leaders reversed the policy.

Development projects were big in the news this week. In Morristown, Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green reports on a proposal to turn the city’s last tract of undeveloped land into a day care center. The project would require the removal of about 200 trees from the one-acre plot.

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Jersey Bites, an online smorgasbord of restaurant reviews, recipes and food blogging for the Garden State, turns seven on Thursday. To celebrate, founder and social media maven extraordinaire Deborah Smith is throwing her site a birthday party — on Facebook. Over the course of the day, Jersey Bites will give out $850 worth of prizes, donated by restaurants, bars, bakeries and in one case a vineyard. The hourly prizes will be drawn randomly from entries by readers who like the donors’ Facebook pages and report back.

Smith with cake“Everybody’s very excited about it,” Smith says. “I think it’s something new. We have a really engaged audience.” (more…)

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Wake up, write some news. Next day, do it all over again.

It’s true, the word “new” is three quarters of the word “news.” But what if there was a way to take some of what we’ve built before and occasionally re-purpose it? Maybe even make some money from it?

On Thursday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., Debbie Galant of the NJ News Commons at Montclair State’s Center for Cooperative Media and Josh Stearns of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will discuss strategic ways to use news archives. They’ll present best practices and creative ideas for re-use and monetizing archieves — and brainstorm with participants.

Free. Join in person in Schmitt Hall Room 311 or remotely through Zoom videoconference. Tickets and videoconference instructions on Eventbrite.

Photo by Jo Guldi via Flickr Commons.

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From a story by the International Business Times about how Christie’s pension investments have benefitted Wall Street – but not pensioners – to a Wall Street Journal story about connections between Christie and Rudy Giuliani.

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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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By JOE AMDITIS

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

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 8.50.46 AMRipples from Ferguson, MO continue to be felt in New Jersey. Bill Bowman of the Franklin Reporter & Advocate shows us that not all police departments are as gun-hungry as the stereotype dictates. In fact, not one local department in all of Somerset County has surplus military equipment.

With school right around the corner, Carolyn Maynard-Parisi of The Village Green sat down with South Orange Middle School (SOMS) Principal Joseph Uglialoro for some tips on “How to Succeed in Middle School: By Really Trying!

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By JOSH STEARNS

Subscribe to have the Local Fix delivered to you on Fridays. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news, starting with one good idea…

One good ideaRethink memberships. In a speech at the Weapons of Mass Creation conference Melody Kramer of NPR offers a useful framework for thinking about how to build community and investment in local journalism. While the focus is on public radio, the ideas are applicable to any local newsroom.

You’ll notice a slightly different format this week. Instead of focusing on four big ideas, this week’s newsletter focuses on four important places. Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas and tips.

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By DEBBIE GALANT

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly look at the reporting being generated by small news outlets around the state.

How is it that Morristown and Montclair both organized jazz festivals for the exact same day, last Saturday?

Morristown had Bucky Pizzarelli. Montclair had Christian McBride. Morristown’s chief media sponsor was the Star-Ledger. Montclair’s was WBGO. They both had banks: Investors Bank for Morristown, City National and PNC for Montclair.

Imagine the state’s poor beleaguered arts sponsors being forced to choose between jazz fests the same day in two of the state’s tony “M” towns. Imagine the poor jazz fans in Maplewood, essentially equidistant between both festivals. How did they pick? (more…)

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By JOE AMDITIS

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On January 9, the day Bridget Kelly’s famous “time for some traffic problems” email came to light,  NJTV News was all over it — livestreaming Christie’s two-hour press conference,  getting many of the story’s principals on the air during its regular newscast and producing a special report on the scandal.

For its efforts, NJTV News has received its first Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination for Best Evening Newscast in Larger Markets– going up against much bigger TV news shows in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. has been nominated for its (more…)