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New poll: New Jersey residents still turn to newspapers first for local, state news

Friday Apr 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Fairleigh Dickinson University released the results this week from its latest PublicMind poll, and they paint an interesting picture of New Jersey’s news and media consumption habits.

You can read the full press release and see the entire dataset by clicking here. We’ve also created the nifty interactive infographic below using Infogr.am to give you a better sense of how New Jerseyans get their news. You can also read more about the poll in this story by the Burlington County Times: “Newspapers are the most relied on source for NJ news.”

The bottom line? Despite dramatic changes in newspaper business models and layoffs across the state, New Jerseyans still turn to newspapers first for their local and state news.

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How history was made: Two Panama Papers editors to keynote Collaborative Journalism Summit

Monday Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Now as its own newly-formed entity, two editors from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will speak about the importance, impact and power of cooperative media

In April 2016, after months of incredibly well-guarded and deep reporting, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the Panama Papers project.

It instantly became the single biggest and best example of collaborative journalism in history. Ever.

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What are chatbots and how do they work?

Friday Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Chatbots are computer programs that primarily function as question-and-answer services, allowing users to ask questions and receive answers that are drawn from a series of pre-programmed responses.

Users already engage with chatbots on a surprisingly large scale. Consider the last time you called a bank: a computer program answered and asked you to tell it what you wanted by using the numbers on your phone’s touch tone dial pad or by simply speaking your request into the microphone.

Often, the interactions between users and chatbots occurs in the form of text-based communications; examples include text messaging and Facebook messenger. But many online customer service platforms have been using chatbots for some time to help stem the amount of incoming phone calls, frequently asked questions, and other common customer service concerns.

The user typically types a question and, based on certain keywords and phrases in that question, the chatbot searches its database to find and deliver the appropriate response. In many ways, chatbots are like search engines that deliver one result instead of many (although they can do that, too, if necessary).

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Upcoming training: Data reporting, Flash Briefing skill, open records, engagement, sales and more

Thursday Mar 09, 2017  |  0 comments

Get out your calendars and get ready to save some dates!

We’re putting the final touches on several upcoming training events, and wanted to give you peek at what’s on the calendar so far. Take a look at the list below for an outline of upcoming sessions. If you have an idea for a seminar, please let us know, we’d love to try to accommodate what you’re looking for; email info@njnewscommons.org.

To see the latest professional development activities and training seminars we have planned, be sure you get our daily newsletter or visit centerforcooperativemedia.org/training.

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NJ Pen, SNJ Today and The Village Green win $5K NJ Mobile News Lab grants

Wednesday Mar 08, 2017  |  0 comments

The judges have spoken, the votes are in, and the winners of the NJ Mobile News Lab grants have been selected. We are pleased to announce the three $5,000 mobile lab grantees:

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NJ Mobile News Lab partners with Push App to bring mobile apps to local newsrooms

Wednesday Mar 08, 2017  |  0 comments

The Center for Cooperative Media is teaming up with Push App to bring mobile apps to five local newsrooms in New Jersey. The partnership is part of the ongoing NJ Mobile News Lab project, which aims to support mobile innovation in local news.

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TAPinto launches a mobile app for its 60+ franchisees

Wednesday Feb 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Mike Shapiro has been making waves in New Jersey’s community of local publishers since TAPinto.net first arrived on the scene back in 2008 under the name “The Alternative Press.” TAPinto’s model allows Shapiro to oversee a vast network of independent franchisees that has continued to spread throughout the Garden State and into New York.

His franchisees are essentially free to run their sites however they please — as long as they abide by the SPJ’s code of ethics and a handful of other standard-issue publishing obligations. Meanwhile, they’re able to take advantage of TAPinto’s collective back office services, internal ad network, and range of other benefits that come with the territory.

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Local Beat: Oaklyn Creek cleanup turns into early morning water rescue

Thursday Feb 09, 2017  |  0 comments

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

OAKLYN CREEK CLEANUP TURNS INTO EARLY MORNING WATER RESCUE
When Oaklyn purchased its own Truxor amphibious vehicle a few years ago, it did so to help the borough control an overgrowth of aqueous plant life in Peters Creek without waiting for approval from the county government. But Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the Truxor also played the part of a waterborne ambulance on Tuesday as part of a joint rescue effort from Oaklyn police, fire, and public works personnel that freed a man who was trapped waist-deep in the freezing churn.

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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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NJ Mobile News Lab launches, plans to award $15,000 in innovation grants; apply now!

Tuesday Nov 01, 2016  |  0 comments

We all know that news and information is going mobile—and has been for some time now. Mobile traffic, advertising revenue, and user engagement are on a fast-track to supplant desktop as the king of content delivery platforms in the digital world.

But the world moves fast, and keeping up with changes in consumer behavior as it relates to mobile devices and technology is tough. That’s especially true for small, local news publishers who don’t have R&D departments or innovation teams.

That’s why the Center for Cooperative Media is pleased to announce the launch of the NJ Mobile News Lab.

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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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