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By JOSH STEARNS

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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: Go Back to School. Last week NYU professor Jay Rosen posted a list of 21 ways journalism is changing. The post offers useful links and resources about the forces that are transforming the work we do.

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By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

COUNCIL MEETING DEVOLVES INTO CHAOS AFTER ACTIVIST USES ETHNIC SLUR
An activist directed a derogatory ethnic slur at New Brunswick City Council President Rebecca Escobar earlier this month, sparking an intense exchange between the two before the meeting was brought to an early close. New Brunswick Today was on the scene and recorded video of the incident, which you can watch here.

HOMELESS MAN’S DEATH SPARKS VIBRANT DISCUSSION IN MORRISTOWN
A homeless man named Barry Lotz was found dead inside a church in Morristown on Friday with nothing but an empty bottle of vodka and a half-empty pack of cigarettes, reports Morristown Green. Lotz’s tragic death has since sparked an ourpouring of discussion and debate from the community about the fate of the homeless, the social and personal problems associated alcoholism, and the role of local media.

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Welcome to all the new subscribers to the Local Fix. 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: Practice Public-Powered Multimedia. Check out this super useful Google doc from the creators of Curious City which lists tools and tips for using multimedia strategies that bring your community into the reporting process.

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By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

CODE RED: LOCKDOWN AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
Columbia High School went on red alert Monday after a student was reported to have brought a weapon to school, reports The Village Green. The school was evacuated and the student was eventually identified and arrested for bringing a pair of brass knuckles to school. The next morning, Maplewood police arrested a second person in connection with the lockdown.

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. 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: OK, sometimes one idea isn’t enough. NPR’s Melody Kramer pulled together the best newsroom experiments and innovations from election night this week. Take a look at the great examples she collected and let them inspire your next project.

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By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

MOURNING CLEMENT PRICE
When the beloved Newark historian Clement Price died yesterday following a stroke, fans all over the state lined up to pay tribute. Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live put together a Storify to showcase the reactions. She last saw Price while covering an event for us in Newark last month.

“FAKE PHONY FRAUD” FACEBOOK POST UPENDS MILLBURN ELECTION
A Facebook post attacking a Millburn school board incumbent as a “fake phony fraud” last weekend upended the BOE race there. Although part of the attack has since disappeared, publisher Mike Shapiro grabbed screenshots of the original post and published it on TAP into Millburn/Short Hills.

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2014 Election Mapping Coverage

These results are preliminary as precincts report. The colors on the map indicate which party is leading by district: RED for Republicans and BLUE for Democrats. (* Indicates an incumbent.) Also, tune in below to see us LIVE and hard at work compiling the election results as they come in!
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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. 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: Know Your Rights. Jeff Hermes of the Media Law Resource Center and a longtime advocate of for independent journalists, believes that “The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them.” This interview in CJR offers some concrete advice for longtime local publishers and new start-ups.

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By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

HIGHLAND PARK PLANET HITS THE GROUND RUNNING
The Highland Park Planet began publishing this week and dove straight into a story about major development projects on the table. The town of 14,000 is on track to see more than 500 new residential units by the year 2024. Editor/publisher Pam Hersh reports on the pros and cons here.

A FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S GOODBYE
There’s something undeniably poignant about the funeral of the person who spent a lifetime ushering people to the other side, and Morristown Green’s Kevin Coughlin captured it in this story.

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. 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: Create a Collaborative Election Night “Open Newsroom.” The NJ News Commons is working with students, faculty, hyperlocal publishers, nonprofit journalists and more to build and maintain a live election map for anyone in the state to use as the results come in.

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