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More than three dozen potential independent news publishers met at Montclair State University for a day of training on “how to start a news site” on Tuesday. The event was the kickoff of the NJ News Commons’ new round of Grow and Strengthen, a project to incubate news sites in the state. Applications for grants and support to start a news site are now online.

Presenters included digital media consultant and entrepreneur coach Joe Michaud, CUNY School of Journalism Professor Jeff Jarvis, Baristanet founder and NJ News Commons Director Debbie Galant, Center for Cooperative Media Director Ju-Don Marshall-Roberts, David Lackey of The Alternative Press, and Ken Katzgrau and John Crepezzi of Broadstreet Ads.

Enjoy Marshall-Roberts, Galant and Katzgrau’s presentations here:

Before You Launch for Hyperlocal Startup Workshop from Ju-Don Roberts

How I Started Baristanet (And What I Learned Along The Way) from Debbie Galant

Broadstreet quickstart-mar11-1 from Mary Barr Mann