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 employs the following 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.
Cassandra has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has worked as a documentary producer and freelance reporter in New Jersey and her native New York City.
She has contributed to local news publications including The New York Beacon, Norwood News, and the Metuchen Mirror, and to television outlets such as PBS and Democracy NOW! Her reporting and documentary projects reflect an interest in cultural reporting and social issues such as civil rights, environmental justice and healthcare and education reforms.
Joe Amditis is the assistant director of products and events at 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 was 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. He deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009 and was activated to help with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Sarah Stonbely, PhD, 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.
Sarah’s 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 grant funded program that supports travel and knowledge-sharing among journalists and media makers within the United States. Denise provides administrative support for the Center’s other grant programs and assists in the planning of the annual Collaborative Journalism Summit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from LaSalle University.
Anthony “Oni” Advincula is a New York City-based journalist and communications consultant. Formerly the national media director, writer and editor for New America Media, he managed and organized ethnic media projects in 45 states. He was a correspondent for The Jersey Journal and the communications director and managing editor of the Independent Press Association-New York, where he co-edited Voices That Must Be Heard (now known as CUNY’s Voices of NY).
His awards include a New York Times Foreign Press Fellowship and a National Health Journalism Fellowship. Anthony studied advanced narrative nonfiction at Harvard University and received dual master’s degrees in public administration and journalism from Columbia University where he was awarded a Charles H. Revson Fellowship.
Oni can be reached at email@example.com.
Ambreen Ali is a freelance writer and editor and the project manager for Loved and Lost and the Diverse Source Database. She writes about technology, immigration, parenting and food — among a variety of other topics — and her work has been published in The Washington Post, Bloomberg, AFP, The Wire, Seattle Magazine, and Edible Jersey. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Ambreen was a Congressional reporter for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC, where her beats included tech policy and grassroots lobbying.
Ambreen got her first taste of journalism in high school, when she won a state award for editorial writing. She wrote for her college paper, the University of Washington Daily, and went on to get a master’s degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University.
Ambreen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carla Baranauckas is a journalist with experience at The New York Times, HuffPost, NorthJersey.com, NextAvenue.org, TheStreet.com, 24/7 Wall St., AOL, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Grand Forks Herald, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, the Texarkana Gazette and the Pampa News. She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and taught there for 15 years.
Heather is in charge of our collaborative journalism program. She is also the founder of Project Facet, an open source software platform that helps newsrooms manage the collaborative editorial process. As a journalist and software developer she is completely fascinated with the intersection between journalism and technology and class.
Her journalism career started in Alaska where she worked on the digital side of newspapers, public radio and public television. She took a brief break to level up as a programmer, teaching software engineering in San Francisco while starting Facet.
Heather can be reached on Twitter at @HBCompass.
Molly Jenkins is the NJ College News Commons coordinator for the Center. Molly is a recent graduate from Montclair State University, where she earned a B.A. in Communication & Media Arts. She was the social media manager and digital marketing director for 90.3 WMSC FM. She also hosts a podcast called “The Smitching Hour.”
Molly is also a professional dancer based in New York City and New Jersey, and she currently performs at American Dream for Nickelodeon & DreamWorks.
Mariela Santos-Muñiz is a freelance journalist and writer. She works for the Center updating the collaborative journalism database, and curating the collaborative journalism newsletter. Her reporting is mostly on Latinx issues and has appeared in Nylon, The Daily Dot, Bustle, The Open Notebook, Ensia, and more.
Mariela holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a B.A. in Humanities from the Universidad del Turabo (now Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Gurabo).
Martin Halo is a media manager and web developer with 9+ years experience in content management publishing.
A graduate of Monmouth University in 2006, he currently runs the New Jersey based digital agency, Percy Cole Media, which services small to medium sized businesses from New York to San Francisco.
He can be reached via email at email@example.com.