Financial struggles, access to officials, Trump administration policies among concerns of New Jersey ethnic media

A panel of five reporters and editors from ethnic media publications in New Jersey met this week with representatives from a handful of mainstream media outlets to share their editorial priorities and challenges for 2017.

Chief among the panel’s concerns was how to improve ethnic media’s access to public officials, how to tackle revenue growth, and how ethnic media can play an active role in protecting the rights of immigrants under the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The meeting was hosted by New America Media and the Center for Cooperative Media at NJ Advance Media’s offices in Woodbridge Township.

“This year, 2017 is an election year in New Jersey. Pre-candidates to the government have already begun their electoral campaigns. As an ethnic press we must insist that the candidates present a work agenda for immigrant communities, in which their contribution to the development of the state is recognized and how they plan to make it a reality,” said Kleibeel Marcano, editor of Reporte Hispano, reading from a speech he prepared for the group. (You can read his full speech here.) “And after the elections, insist that this agenda is met, and follow up on the issues, so that they do not stay on as empty promises.”

Walid El Neggar of the Arab Voice, one of the longest-publishing Arab newspapers in the U.S., and Raymond Tyler, who hosts a radio show on WLFR 91.7 FM in Atlantic City, agreed that there is a lack of access to public officials and public information for ethnic media, an issue that most mainstream publications don’t face.

Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for Sing Tao Daily, discusses the growing Chinese population in New Jersey during a roundtable discussion hosted by New America Media and the Center for Cooperative Media.

Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for Sing Tao Daily, discussed how quickly the number of Chinese immigrants settling in New Jersey has been growing. In November, seven Chinese first-time office holders were elected in New Jersey.

Anthony Advincula, national coordinator of New America Media and a reporter for the Filipino press, spoke of the robust number of media outlets serving Filipinos residents in the U.S., including the Asian Journal and the ABS-CBN television network.

The group also discussed potential collaborations, including participation in the ProPublica-led Documenting Hate initiative and hosting election debates.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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