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Center for Cooperative Media announces six winners in collaborative reporting project open call

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017  |  0 comments

InvestigateWest, Kansas City PBS, NJ Pen, Quartz, Texas Tribune and USA Today Network selected for collaborative reporting project grants

When the Center for Cooperative Media first put out the call to fund collaborative reporting projects in May, we anticipated a couple dozen submissions. So we were thrilled to receive more than 70 proposals from news organizations of all shapes and sizes across the country, all pitching meaningful and important stories.

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Center for Cooperative Media to add 15 more news orgs to Voting Block, thanks to Dodge Foundation funding

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

This year’s gubernatorial race in New Jersey is a critical contest. No question. That’s why we are supporting Voting Block, a collaborative reporting initiative to cover the race through the lens of neighborhoods across the state and inspire citizens to get engaged and vote.

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Tech assistance, WordPress coaching available for local New Jersey news outlets as part of pilot project

Monday Jul 24, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the most common requests we get from partners of the Center for Cooperative Media and members of the NJ News Commons is this: I need tech help!

Connecting New Jersey news outlets with the resources they need to be successful is important to the Center’s mission of growing and strengthening local journalism in the Garden State. In the past, we’ve hosted workshops and webinars to address questions like this, and we’ve connected journalists directly with technologists for one-off requests.

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Common New Jersey media law questions answered in ‘News Law FAQ’ booklet; here’s how to order one

Monday Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Two years ago, the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law launched the News Law Project, which was intended to help answer common media-related questions under New Jersey law.

The News Law Project solicited questions from journalists in the Garden State and worked with Rutgers Law School students to answer them. The project was lead by Professor Ellen P. Goodman and funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

A list of frequently asked questions was created from the students’ research and published online. The FAQ includes answers to questions such as “Am I responsible as the “author” when I edit website comments?,” and “Do I have to worry about privacy when I post videos of people online?.”

To make these important and helpful FAQs available to as many New Jersey journalists as possible, the Center for Cooperative Media, in partnership with Goodman, designed and printed booklets of the FAQs. The booklets, about 40 pages in length, are available to be distributed to journalists across the state.

Fill out the form below to request booklets to be mailed to you.

You can also:

And if you’re a New Jersey journalist with other legal questions, be sure to check out the Center’s legal resources web page.

Questions? Email Stefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative Media, at murrayst@montclair.edu.

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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More than 70 proposals submitted for collaborative reporting project funding in first open call

Friday Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Winners to be announced in early August

When we closed the application window today in our first open call for funding to support collaborative reporting projects, we were thrilled with the result — an amazing 72 proposals.

Proposals came in from all over the U.S., from radio and television stations, newspapers, hyperlocal digital outlets, nonprofits, universities and independent journalists. We had quite a few international inquiries as well.

The Center for Cooperative Media intends to provide six grants of up to $7,000 each to fund meaningful, impactful journalism as a result of this open call. This support is made possible thanks to generous funding from Rita Allen Foundation and Democracy Fund.

Our goal is to notify grant winners by the end of the month and announce them publicly during the first week of August.

The judges for the open call include Heather Bryant, a John S. Knight Fellow studying collaborative journalism at Stanford University; Jon Funabiki, professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and executive director of Renaissance Journalism; Scott Klein, deputy managing editor at ProPublica; Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, chief content officer at WFAE; and Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab.

Thanks to everyone who helped us spread the word far and wide for this effort. We appreciate your support.

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Open call for collaborative reporting projects expanded as Democracy Fund matches Rita Allen Foundation support

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Apply today; deadline is June 30

One of the things I was most proud to announce at the Collaborative Journalism Summit in early May was the launch of a fund to support collaborative reporting projects. We announced the launch of that funding with an open call for projects — we planned to award three grants of $7,000 each — thanks to support from the Rita Allen Foundation.

Now, I’m thrilled to say we’ve doubled the fund!

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Voting Block, a New Jersey collaborative reporting project on governor’s race, launches today

Monday Jun 12, 2017  |  0 comments

This fall’s gubernatorial election will mark a pivotal moment for the state of New Jersey.

Chris Christie, the governor with the lowest approval ratings in history, will leave office following a tumultuous eight years as head of the Garden State. The critical election to replace him will play out against a backdrop of national political division and turmoil.

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Open call for collaborative reporting projects unveiled at Collaborative Journalism Summit; here’s how to apply

Thursday May 04, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the most important goals of this year’s Collaborative Journalism Summit is to spur new ideas for future reporting projects that can produce meaningful, impactful journalism.

And now, we’re adding a little financial incentive to help us hit that goal.

Thanks to generous support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the Center for Cooperative Media today at the Summit announced that it is launching an open funding call for collaborative reporting projects. We’re accepting proposals today through June 30; three reporting projects will be selected thereafter to win a $7,000 grant.

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Speaker lineup, agenda announced for Collaborative Journalism Summit; register now to save your seat!

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re thrilled to announce the speaker lineup and agenda for the upcoming Collaborative Journalism Summit, an international symposium on collaborative reporting projects and cooperative news networks.

The summit, set for May 4-5 at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., will bring together more than 150 journalists, media executives, funders, technologists, professors and students to discuss different models, best practices and case studies of collaborative projects. The event is presented by Google News Lab.

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Local Beat: Reopening of historic Hahne’s building a sign of the ‘new Newark’

Thursday Jan 26, 2017  |  0 comments

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

REOPENING OF HISTORIC HAHNE’S BUILDING, WITH WHOLE FOODS, A SIGN OF THE NEW NEWARK
Mark Bonamo of NewarkInc reports on the reopening of the historic Hahne’s department store building in Newark, which was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting earlier this week. The building, opened in 1901, has been shuttered for the past three decades. Among the expected tenants in the mixed retail and residential complex is a highly-anticipated Whole Foods.

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Center for Cooperative Media announces Collaborative Journalism Summit May 4-5

Tuesday Jan 24, 2017  |  0 comments

I’m thrilled to announce a nationwide symposium on collaborative journalism that the Center for Cooperative Media is planning to host May 4-5 here at Montclair State University.

Dubbed the Collaborative Journalism Summit, this conference is being planned to share best practices, case studies and ideas about collaborative journalism and cooperative news networks.

The summit will be headlined by Martha Hamilton, an editor with The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who will give a keynote address about the groundbreaking Panama Papers project.

Other notable speakers and attendees so far include:

And there will be many more speakers added as the steering committee confirms the agenda and presenter line up! If you are interested in presenting or being on a panel, please let Center for Cooperative Media director Stefanie Murray know; email me at murrayst@montclair.edu.

Register today, as space is limited. Visit collaborativejournalism.org to register.

Why are we doing this now?
Collaborative journalism is nothing new. It has, however, become increasingly critical at a time when the media industry is shrinking . Yet at the same time, well-reported investigative journalism is more important than ever before – one look at what’s happened in the national debate over journalism’s effectiveness over the last six months should provide ample evidence.

As as people like Olivia Ma from Google News Labs said in a recent Nieman post, “Think about how much faster the industry would move if there was less focus on beating your competitor and more focus on learning from them.” (Speaking of Olivia, she and potentially other folks from Google News Lab will be at our Summit, as collaboration is a key part of their work.)

Or to quote Andre Natta from a recent Poynter post he wrote titled “We need collaboration in journalism now more than ever,” in which he said in a perfect world, “If the local and regional news ecosystems were healthier, national news organizations could rely on community newsrooms for boots-on-the-ground expertise. And smaller organizations could turn to their national counterparts for specialized help.”

Want to know more? Check out this list of collaborative journalism projects we’ve been compiling and tell us what we missed. You can also watch a 5-minute video below of an Ignite talk I gave at Newsgeist in December about collaborative journalism.

What are the goals of the conference? We have five goals, pretty simple. We want to:

1. Network, and especially highlight successes and bring awareness to collaborative journalism and cooperative news networks. We want to bring people together who are working on collaborative projects or working as part of a cooperative network so we can get to know one another, learn from each other and make connections.

2. Learn from case studies. We think an intensive couple days of case studies will help bring to light common threads that we’ve all struggled with or found success on.

3. Discuss best practices that can be documented, shared and replicated. Through the use of case studies, presentations, roundtable discussions, etc., we want to bring participants together to share best practices so we can begin documenting them and making them easily available and accessible on collaborativejournalism.org.

4. Release new research related to collaborative journalism.

5. Establish an ongoing conversation. We want the summit to be just the beginning – how do we facilitate discussions between this group going forward?

I really hope to see you at our Collaborative Journalism Summit! And if you’re interested in being involved or sponsoring, please don’t hesitate to reach out – email me at murrayst@mail.montclair.edu.

Stefanie Murray is the director of the Center for Cooperative Media. 

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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