Get ready for the 2021 NJ Local News Summit!

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 18, 2021 — 12-5 p.m. ET

Hello! If you’re reading this it means you probably care deeply about local news and information in New Jersey. There are many inspiring and groundbreaking local news initiatives currently underway across the Garden State, and the 2021 NJ Local News Summit will be an opportunity for us to share and learn about them.

The 2021 NJ Local News Summit will include a half day of presentations, panel discussions and lightning talks from noon to 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 18, 2021. All sessions will be presented virtually on Zoom Webinar. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.

We’ll be using this page to post updates, speakers and scheduling information as we get closer to the event, so make sure to pop back over every once in a while to see what’s new, or just follow the Center on Twitter.

In the meantime please register to save your spot. The Center is also now accepting pitches from anyone who is interested in hosting or presenting a session at the Summit. Click the button below to fill out the pitch form and let us know what you’d like to talk about during your session.


The lineup for the 2021 New Jersey Local News Summit is coming together!

Noon: Welcome and introductions
Speakers: Cassandra Etienne and Stefanie Murray of the Center for Cooperative Media

12:15 p.m.: A collective agenda and vision for New Jersey local news
A group of stakeholders across media in New Jersey has been meeting regularly over the last several months to create a vision for what the future of news and information could look like. You’ll hear about the group’s work on a collective agenda and what’s next.
Speakers: Vanessa Maria Graber of Free Press; more speakers TBA

1 p.m.: What community information need assessments found in Atlantic City, Camden and Newark
Over the last year, Outlier Media led local information needs assessments in Atlantic City, Camden and New Jersey in partnership with Free Press, Stories of Atlantic City, the Newark News + Story Collaborative and the Center for Cooperative Media. Hear what they found and how they used the info.
Speakers: Sarah Alvarez of Outlier Media; Vanessa Maria Graber of Free Press; Brit Harley of the Newark News + Story Collaborative; Christina Noble of Stories of Atlantic City

1:30 p.m.: Behind the scenes of the NJ Civic Information Consortium
One full year after the NJ Civic Information Consortium was first funded, board members will join the Summit to talk about its accomplishments, challenges, and what lies ahead as it plans its next round of funding.
Speakers: TBA

2 p.m.: Break
Stretch your legs and get a snack!

2:15 p.m.: Why reporters and producers across New Jersey have voted to unionize
The unionization effort across the state has been nothing short of historic. Hear from multiple journalists about why they chose to join a union, what’s happened since and what’s next.
Speakers: Jack McLoon of Gannett Atlantic DOT Guild
Host: Joe Amditis of the Center for Cooperative Media

3 p.m.: Break
Another chance to take your eyes off the computer for a few minutes!

3:15 p.m.: A look at the South Jersey Information Equity Project
Nearly two years after the idea first surfaced, we will look at what the SJEIP report found and what’s happening now to support Black journalists in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.
Speakers: Cassandra Etienne of the Center for Cooperative Media

3:45 p.m.: Pitch to present speakers
Hear from a variety of people from across the New Jersey local news ecosystem talk about projects they are working on, ideas they have and support they can offer. Presentations will be 5-10 minutes each. Click here to submit a request if you want to pitch to present!
Speakers: Sharene Azimi from the Institute for Nonprofit News; Simon Galperin of the Community Information Cooperative; more speakers TBA

5 p.m.: Wrap-up
Have a great evening!