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 five staff members:
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.
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 co-founder and former director of operations of Muckgers, an hyperlocal, student-focused, investigative publication serving the Rutgers-New Brunswick community. Joe is also a seven-year veteran of the New Jersey Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009.
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.
Denise Shannon is the coordinator for the Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund, a fund that supports travel and knowledge-sharing between peers in the journalism industry. Denise also serves as the program coordinator for The Film Institute at Montclair State University, and works as a temporary administrative assistant for the School of Communication and Media.
Jeanette Beebe’s last name sounds like two creatures buzzing. Her reporting on medicine, tech, and the politics and policies that propel health care has appeared in The Daily Beast, Forbes, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Fast Company, MarketWatch, and PBS’s Next Avenue. Jeanette holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Creative Writing and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Princeton, and she served as the M.A. Scholar at NYU’s Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting Program for one semester. She first got her start in journalism as a reporter for the Daily Princetonian‘s culture pages. She is based in New Jersey, halfway between New York and Philadelphia.