Our Team

The Center for Cooperative Media is a grant-funded program based at Montclair State University‘s School of Communication and Media. We work with closely with the faculty, staff and students at the School of Communication and Media, which is part of the College of the Arts. Keith Strudler is the director of the School of Communication and Media and Dan Gurskis is dean of the College of the Arts.

The Center currently has four staff members:

Stefanie Murray, Director

Stefanie Murray, director, Center for Cooperative Media

Stefanie Murray is the Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. A Michigan native, Stefanie previously worked in Michigan and Tennessee as a reporter, editor, digital media manager and news executive. Before joining Montclair State, she worked for Gannett Co. as vice president and executive editor of The Tennessean in Nashville, and was with the Detroit Free Press before that.

Her professional passions are collaborative journalism, local journalism, community engagement and audience analysis. She has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University. Stefanie can be reached at murrayst@montclair.edu.

Joe Amditis, Associate Director

Joe Amditis, Associate Director, Center for Cooperative Media

​Joe Amditis is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 and earned his B.A. with a double-major in political science and criminal justice before going on to earn his M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He is the cofounder and former director of operations of Muckgers, an hyperlocal, student-focused, investigative publication serving the Rutgers-New Brunswick community.

Joe is a seven-year veteran of the New Jersey Army National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009. He also has experience as an international relations researcher, graphic designer, 360 video producer, audio and video editor, and podcaster. Over the last three years, Joe has coordinated three statewide collaborative reporting projects in New Jersey: Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Toxic LegacyIn the Shadow of Liberty: Immigration in NJ; and Voting Block. Joe can be reached at amditisj@montclair.edu.

Sarah Stonbely, PhD, Research Director

Sarah Stonbely, Research Coordinator, Center for Cooperative Media

Sarah Stonbely, Ph.D, is the research director for the Center for Cooperative Media. She received her doctorate in political communication and journalism studies from New York University in 2015. Her research is on the ways that journalism has been affected by the tumultuous changes in politics, culture, and technology since the late twentieth century. Her professional experience with New America Foundation, American Press Institute, and others has focused on the digital transformation of journalism and on helping journalism live up to its democratic ideals.

Sarah also has a long history of working in radio, dating back to her college days in Madison, WI, at 89.9FM WORT. Between college and graduate school, she was a radio producer for a sports-talk station in Milwaukee, WI, and during graduate school had her own radio show on WNYU.org. Sarah can be reached at stonbelys@montclair.edu.

Carla Baranauckas, Project Coordinator

Carla Baranauckas, Project Coordinator, Center for Cooperative Media

​Carla Baranauckas is coordinating the Center for Cooperative Media’s local/national news partnerships program. Carla has been an editor and reporter for a range of newspapers and websites, including The Bergen Record, New York Times, Washington Post, nextavenue.orgpoliticsdaily.comTheStreet.comdailysource.org, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others.

Contact her at baranauckasc@montclair.edu.

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