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Local Beat: New Jersey heads to D.C. for Women’s March on Washington

Thursday Jan 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

NEW JERSEY HEADS TO DC FOR WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Men and women from all over New Jersey are flocking to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the Women’s March on Washington. Maureen Berzok of TAP into East Brunswick reports hundreds of people from East Brunswick and the surrounding area have signed up for the trip. Meanwhile, Georgette Gilmore of Baristanet sat down with several folks from Montclair to find out what joining the march means for them.

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Local Beat: Best of 2016 from NJ News Commons

Thursday Dec 29, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. This week, we look back at some of the best local reporting from our partners in 2016.

NBPD CONFISCATES WATER METER FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TODAY OFFICE
The offices of New Brunswick Today earlier this month were raided by New Brunswick police executing a search warrant to seize a water meter that was reported stolen after the New Brunswick Water Utility saw the meter on a live broadcast of the New Brunswick Today Show. Charlie Kratovil of NBToday maintains that the water meter constitutes physical evidence and is part of the newspaper’s investigation of corruption at the water utility. The story has since spurred a range of discussions over the protections afforded to journalists in the course of performing newsgathering activities, as well as the nature of what constitutes sources and newsgathering materials under New Jersey’s shield law.

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Local Beat: Jazz in the key of Ellison

Thursday Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments

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JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center celebrated the great American writer Ralph Ellison with an evening of jazz music inspired by the author’s record collection, along with spoken word performances from his writings. State of the Arts NJ says the event was the brainchild of Don Katz, CEO of Audible.com, who studied with Ralph Ellison and considers him an important mentor.

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Local Beat: Exploring Camden County’s presidential write-ins

Thursday Nov 17, 2016  |  0 comments

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EXPLORING CAMDEN COUNTY’S PRESIDENTIAL WRITE-INS
For Joseph Russell of South Jerseyist, looking at the write-in report from the Camden County Board of Elections has become something of a tradition. This year is no different, although in some ways, it is.

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Local Beat: Two top Bayonne officials ‘not credible’ in employee layoff case

Thursday Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

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JUDGE: TWO TOP BAYONNE OFFICIALS ‘NOT CREDIBLE’ IN EMPLOYEE LAYOFF CASE
Two Bayonne officials have been deemed ‘not credible’ by an administrative law judge in a ruling that called for three laid off employees to get their jobs back. John Heinis of Hudson County View says the three former Bayonne municipal employees were laid off without receiving a memorandum announcing the change in policy that resulted in their dismissal. 

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Local Beat: Bayonne’s Bad Bet? High school, other city landmarks used in anti-casino ads

Thursday Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments

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BAYONNE’S BAD BET? HIGH SCHOOL, OTHER CITY LANDMARKS USED IN ANTI-CASINO ADS
Several of the commercials used in the multimillion-dollar marketing campaign by the anti-casino group Trenton’s Bad Bet feature Bayonne schools and other landmarks. John Heinis of Hudson County View says a prominent consulting firm from Washington, D.C. appears to have paid $3,500 to the local Board of Education for permission to film inside Bayonne High School.

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Local Beat: Lights out at the Taj Mahal

Thursday Oct 20, 2016  |  0 comments

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LIGHTS OUT AT THE TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City officially closed recently, but the slot machines are still blinking inside. Bill Sprouse of Route 40 takes us on a solemn tour of the shuttered resort.

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Local Beat: Toms River girl arrested in connection to killer clown hoax

Thursday Oct 13, 2016  |  0 comments

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TOMS RIVER GIRL ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KILLER CLOWN HOAX
Toms River Police arrested a 12-year-old girl after they found threatening posts on Instagram from user ‘Killerclownfromnj.’ Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says the posts warned that clowns with machetes would be roaming neighborhoods and schools with the intention of killing people they come across.

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News Roundup: NJ Transit train crash kills 1, injures 108 at Hoboken Station

Friday Sep 30, 2016  |  0 comments

A New Jersey Transit train blew through a concrete-and-steel bumper at the Hoboken train station on Thursday before coming to a screeching halt inside the station’s waiting room. One woman was killed and 108 others were injured. NJ.com says Jersey City Medical Center is treating 51 patients, three of which are in critical condition and another 11 are in serious condition. 

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Local Fix: Sustainable Startups, News and Terror, and the Business of Podcasting

Friday Sep 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news.  But first, we always begin with one good idea…

One Good Idea: Get Out the Vote
USA Today announced that it is working with its network of 100 local Gannett papers to launch “a national voter registration and civic engagement initiative.” It’s the first time in the company’s history it is investing in this sort of project, but it is not alone. BuzzFeed, Univision and NBC have all launched voter participation campaigns this year. Andy Yost of USA Today told Politico: “We felt there’s a responsibility for us not only to inform our readers but also equip them with information to participate in democracy, which is so critically important.”

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Local Beat: Just a couple of working sniffs

Thursday Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

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RED BANK: JUST A COUPLE OF WORKING SNIFFS
Solving the mystery of elevated bacteria in the Navesink River is a dog of a task. That’s why officials decided to bring in some four-legged detectives of their own to get the job done. John Ward of Red Bank Green says two dogs have been trained to bark when they smell a specific type of fecal coliform near the waterfront in Red Bank and Fair Haven.

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