The mission of the Center for Cooperative Media is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents.
We do that through the use of partnerships, collaborations, training, product development, research and communication. We work with 250 partners throughout the Garden State, including hyperlocal digital publishers, public media, newspapers, television outlets, radio stations and multimedia news organizations. We are a grant-funded organization based at Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media.
We collaborate with dozens of news and information providers across the state of New Jersey, facilitating our flagship project, a statewide network known as the NJ News Commons.
Collaborations We coordinate statewide and regional reporting projects, and connect news partners with faculty and students at Montclair State University.
Training & Development
We offer innovative professional development seminars, with training sessions on topics such as data and investigative journalism, fact-checking, OPRA, podcasting, video production, digital sales and business planning, among many others. We also offer one-on-one coaching. Click to see our full training schedule.
We publish a daily newsletter rounding up the day’s top news stories as reported by our New Jersey news partners. We write about what’s happening in our news ecosystem and blog about industry trends.
The Center’s research agenda is focused on issues impacting local journalism, especially business model and sustainability questions.
We host an annual national conference about local journalism. Past conferences have focused on the topics of engagement and innovation; the 2016 conference was about sustainability, Sustain Local 2016. We hosted an international symposium on collaborative journalism in 2017, 2018, and 2019. We hosted the 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit in place via Zoom on May 14-15, 2020.
The Center for Cooperative Media is supported with annual operational and project funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, the Abrams Foundation, and Montclair State University.