Local Beat: Depending on Trump, Jersey City could lose $18.7M in federal funding

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DEPENDING ON TRUMP, JERSEY CITY COULD LOSE $18.7M IN FEDERAL FUNDING
Jersey City could lose up to $18.7 million if President Donald Trump follows through with his promise to revoke federal funding from sanctuary cities. John Heinis of Hudson County View says that number represents slightly more than three percent of last year’s $553 million municipal budget, and he provides a breakdown of the nine areas that rely on federal funding.

MANCHESTER STUDENT JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND THE FUTURE OF NEWS
Jill Ocono is one of only 655 certified journalism educators in the Journalism Education Association, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider that there are about 3.1 million teachers in the United States. Jennifer Peacock of Micromedia Publications sat down with Manchester Township High School’s distinguished English and journalism teacher to talk about the importance of mentoring the next generation of journalists and shaping media-savvy students.

SPOTSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TV PRODUCTION CLASS GETS REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE BROADCASTING THE NEWS
The television production classrooms at Spotswood High School could easily be mistaken for a professional broadcast studio. Dawn Miller of TAP into Milltown/Spotswood says Andrew Zaborney intentionally designed them that way when the business, vocation and technology teacher first took over the program 13 years ago.

RAHWAY STATE OF THE CITY 2017
A new name for a downtown space, a pop-up youth community center and a new hotel were among the highlights of Rahway’s 2017 State of the City, in an address given by Mayor Samson Steinman  Thursday night. Mark Hrywna of Rahway Rising breaks down the “taking care of business” theme of the address, as well as other changes that have been made to Rahway’s downtown business community over the last year.

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE WISNIEWSKI, IN NEWARK, DISCUSSES URBAN HOUSING ISSUES
New Jersey has the highest percentage of distressed properties in the country, according to a 2016 national foreclosure report, and Essex County leads the state in foreclosures. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark met Democratic Assemblyman and New Jersey gubernatorial candidate John Wisniewski at a campaign event in Newark where he talked about the state’s housing issues, which Wisniewski believes should be tackled with a practical approach as part of a progressive agenda.

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