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Active hyperlinking improves chance of sustainability for newspapers, new research shows

Thursday Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

It may be hard to believe that there are still news organizations out there that don’t hyperlink actively and externally. (How many years have we been explaining this now?) But, there are.

Perhaps this will help: New research published this week by a Rutgers professor shows that newspapers that actively hyperlink to themselves and other websites are more likely to survive than those that don’t.

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Local Beat: Newark, A Love Story

Thursday Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. The NJ News Commons is the flagship project of the Center for Cooperative Media. Want to get our daily New Jersey newsletter? Click here to sign up!

NEWARK: A LOVE STORY
For Valentine’s Day, Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live asked nine individuals and couples who love Newark to talk about the places that best capture their affection for New Jersey’s largest city. The photography and design of the piece are matched only by the power and emotion of the stories.

WHAT IS A SANCTUARY CITY AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Several New Jersey mayors and elected officials over the last week have signed orders creating or upholding sanctuary status for their cities, but many residents are unsure how such a designation might affect their neighborhood. The TAPinto Paterson staff put together a helpful guide that takes a closer look at what it means to be a sanctuary city.

MORRISTOWN OFFICIALS TELL IMMIGRANTS: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM US
Morristown’s mayor and police chief told a crowd of nervous immigrants on Tuesday that they have nothing to fear from them. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says residents and immigration advocates asked the town council to declare Morristown a “Fair & Welcoming” place for immigrants with and without documentation.

WESTFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH CITES LOCAL SUBWAY FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS
The Westfield Board of Health shared its January report on Monday, which contained an unsatisfactory rating issued to the local Subway sandwich shop. Michael Bruchert of TAPinto Westfield says that among the many violations cited was a lack of food safety knowledge or certification and a lack of hot water.

HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR’S $247K SALARY, SCHOOL VEHICLE RAISES QUESTIONS ON COMPENSATION
A director at the High Tech High School earns an annual salary of more than $247,000, was given his own school vehicle, and recently received a sick and vacation time payout of more than $15,000 last year. John Heinis of Hudson County View looked into the salary, as the director in question makes nearly $100,000 more annually than his peer directors.

SHANIQUE SPEIGHT TAPPED TO RUN IN 29TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Democratic leaders in Newark have selected former school board member and Essex County sheriff’s officer Shanique Speight to be the Assembly candidate for the 29th Legislative District. Mark Bonamo of TAPinto Newark says Speight was nominated after party leaders voted 4-2 in her favor.

BARNEGAT FORMER POLICE CHIEF EXONERATED, RETIRES
Former Barnegat Police Chief Arthur Drexler was suspended without pay last year after he was accused of giving himself compensatory time in a way that the township believed violated his contract. Now, Chris Lundy of Micromedia Publications says Drexler’s status has been changed to a separation and retirement after an investigation determined that the incident was merely the result of a disagreement on how compensatory time could be given.

CHERRY HILL FAMILIES LAUNCH NON-DENOMINATIONAL CONGREGATION FOR JEWISH FAITH, CULTURE
A rabbi in Cherry Hill is trying to counteract the dwindling number of people who are members of the Jewish faith in his South Jersey tri-country area by launching a new congregation. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen reports that Rabbi Larry Sernovitz has joined forces with 15 families to found “Nafshenu,” a new congregation that is intended to be more responsive to the needs of Jewish people.

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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Newsletter, crowdfunding and events guides available from relaunched Local News Lab

Friday Feb 10, 2017  |  0 comments

The Democracy Fund relaunched the Local News Lab initiative today and released three useful best-practice guides for local newsrooms.

The guides, written by Josh Stearns, cover how to write and market effective newsletters, how to build meaningful crowdfunding campaigns, and how to create events that produce revenue and reader engagement.

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Sponsorship opportunities available for Collaborative Journalism Summit

Friday Feb 10, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re putting together a fabulous lineup of speakers and presenters for keynote addresses, panels and workshops at the first Collaborative Journalism Summit — and we hope you’ll join us!

The symposium, set for May 4-5 at Montclair State University, will dive deeply into collaborative reporting and cooperative news networks. Space is limited, so reserve your seat now at collaborativejournalism.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the summit; we are actively seeking supporters who believe collaborative journalism is a key component of the media industry’s transformation. The projects and case studies we’ll highlight at the conference have shown that teamwork across traditional boundaries can result in more capacity, better distribution and ultimately greater impact — the groundbreaking Panama Papers project is one example.

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

Friday Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments

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.

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Best of 2016: Five things we’re proud to have been a part of this year

Monday Dec 26, 2016  |  0 comments

As 2016 comes to a close, we’re looking back on what the Center for Cooperative Media and our partners have accomplished over the last year. Although there are many things we’re proud to have been a part of, we’ve chosen to highlight five of our favorite projects, events, and initiatives.

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New Jersey’s SPJ chapter condemns ‘prior restraint’ by judge in court order against The Trentonian

Friday Dec 16, 2016  |  0 comments

The Society of Professional Journalists and its New Jersey chapter issued a statement this week condemning the actions of a New Jersey judge who issued an order this fall to prevent The Trentonian from publishing information related to a child abuse case.

The temporary injunction was issued in October by Superior Court Judge Craig Corson, and involves a complicated story about a 5-year-old Trenton boy who went to school with drugs in his lunch box.

“The action constitutes “prior restraint” which has been rejected by the United States Supreme Court several times, including in the landmark 1971 case, New York Times vs. U.S., over the publication of the Pentagon Papers, a classified report on the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War,” the SPJ said in its statement.

For more info on the case:

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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New Jersey Media: #5Questions with Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield

Tuesday Nov 15, 2016  |  0 comments

Every Monday, the Center for Cooperative Media introduces you to one of its partners in the New Jersey news ecosystem. The Center facilitates a network of New Jersey local news publishers, called the NJ News Commons, who collaborate together on projects, share content and ideas, and support one another. 

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Were you there? Find yourself in these Sustain Local conference photos

Monday Oct 17, 2016  |  0 comments

Did you attend Sustain Local 2016? Click on the photos below to see the full photo galleries from the conference.

Thursday evening at Sustain Local
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Friday at Sustain Local 
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Friday Sustain Local photos

Want to read more about what happened at Sustain Local? Click here to see our guide, with links to articles, videos, social media and more.

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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Guide to Sustain Local 2016: A look back at the conference in text, photos, social media, drawings and videos

Friday Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments

The Center for Cooperative Media hosted Sustain Local on Oct. 6-7, 2016, on the campus of Montclair State University. The event–  the Center’s third annual national conference — delved into issues surrounding local journalism sustainability, with a specific focus on business models and revenue diversification.

Here’s look back at the conference in text, photos, social media, graphic recordings, videos and more.

Watch the conference:

We livestreamed all the keynotes and panels at Sustain Local, using Facebook Live and Livestream.com. You can watch a replay using the video player below.

Coverage of Sustain Local included:

Sessions at Sustain Local included:

  • Thursday evening American Press Institute presentation on data-driven content strategy.
  • Thursday evening keynote by Gordon Borrell on building the media company of the future.
  • Friday morning keynote roundtable: The current state of business models supporting local journalism.
  • Monetization strategies: Diversify your revenue by thinking creatively about what you can sell. (Celeste LeCompte, Anastasia Cole Plakias)
  • Nonprofit business models: How 501(c)3 news organizations are finding sustainability (Sue Cross, John Mooney, Rebecca Ross)
  • What’s next? A peek into the future of business models supporting local journalism (Jeff Jarvis, Rob Barrett, Jim Friedlich)
  • Friday midday keynote by Michael Oreskes of NPR
  • Attracting new money: How local outlets can capture national marketing dollars (David Card, Maribeth Papuga)
  • Revenue diversity: The importance of building a pipeline of consumer revenue (Mary Walter-Brown, Tim Griggs, Lance Knobel)
  • New Jersey’s $2 billion question: It’s time to reimagine public media (Craig Aaron, Chris Daggett)
  • Building a revenue strategy: Make sure you’ve got a foundation for success (Eleanor Cippel, Kenny Kratzgrau)
  • Events: Lessons from building a revenue and engagement strategy IRL (Chris Krewson, Alesha Williams Boyd)
  • The importance of engagement: How investing in a deep audience connection can pay dividends (Chris Satullo, Carrie Brown, Terry Parris Jr.)
  • Spotlight on local news entrepreneurs

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Sustain Local on social media: Discussing the future of local journalism, business models, engagement and more

Thursday Oct 13, 2016  |  0 comments

Did you miss Sustain Local? Or perhaps you just want to review all the great ideas you heard at the conference?

We’ve rounded up some of the best tweets from throughout the day on the hashtag #sustainlocal. Take a read through them below. Note that not every panel or session is included; only the ones that had enough tweets to build a story is shown below.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, too! We’re @centercoopmedia and @njnewscommons.

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