Meet 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 employs the following staff members:

Stefanie Murray

Director

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 or on Twitter at @StefanieMurray.

Joe Amditis

Associate director

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 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 in the wake of Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Joe can be reached at amditisj@montclair.edu and on Twitter at @jsamditis.

Sarah Stonbely, PhD

Research director

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.

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.

Sarah can be reached at stonbelys@montclair.edu or on Twitter at @SarahStonbely.

Denise Shannon

Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund coordinator

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.

Denise can be reached at shannond@montclair.edu or on LinkedIn.

Nicole Wigfall

Administrator

Nicole Wigfall is the administrator for the Center for Cooperative Media. She is a business writer and editor who can develop strategic organizational communications practices, as well as social media and marketing content.

Nicole worked as assistant Public Information Officer (PIO) for the City of East Orange, NJ Mayor’s Office for the Bowser administration. Afterward, she worked as social media and public relations consultant for East Orange Public Schools. Nicole has been published as a freelance writer.

She was instrumental in the development of a lifestyle magazine entitled Destination Newark as editorial director, senior editor and writer. She also previously served as senior editor and staff writer for TAPinto East Orange/Orange.

Oni Advincula

Ethnic and community media coordinator

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 advinculaa@montclair.edu.

Jeanette Beebe

Newsletter writer

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.

Jeanette can be reached at jb@jeanettebeebe.com or on Twitter at @jeanettebeebe.

Heather Bryant

Collaborative journalism program coordinator

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.

Mariela Santos-Muñiz

Collaborative journalism newsletter writer

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).

She currently lives in Puerto Rico. Mariela can be reached at mariela.santos123@yahoo.com, or on Twitter at @mellamomariela.

Martin Halo

Web developer

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.

Since 2013, Martin has been teaching digital media and journalism as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. He can be reached via email at halom@montclair.edu.

Ned Berke

Audience engagement coordinator

Ned Berke helps local, regional, niche and investigative news organizations strengthen relationships with audiences to grow revenue and support quality journalism. He’s been a New York City news reporter and editor, and was the founding publisher of a profitable digital local news publication. As an organizer, he helped launch Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, and for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism he brought together audience and product leadership from the world’s biggest news brands. Ned can be reached on Twitter at @nberke.

Molly Jenkins

NJ College News Commons coordinator

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 and has a show called “The Smitching Hour” on Saturdays from 4-5 p.m.

Molly is also a professional dancer based in New York City and New Jersey, and she currently performs at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Molly can be reached via email at mollyjean9897@gmail.com, on Twitter at @mollyjean9897, and on Instagram at @mollyjean9897.