Local Connection

One of the goals of the Center for Cooperative Media’s local/national news partnerships pilot program is to help New Jersey news organizations localize national or statewide stories. As part of this program, we’ve launched the Local Connection newsletter.

The Local Connection is a weekly newsletter, sent on Mondays, that features a handful of national and regional news stories with specific details about how to find a local connection or angle.

We want the Local Connection to be a go-to resource for NJ News Commons members looking to find new stories that will resonate with their communities. We also think the Local Connection could be useful for journalists outside New Jersey, too.

The breakdown of the newsletter is pretty straightforward:

  1. Carla scours various regional and national publications throughout the week, looking for interesting and applicable news stories.
  2. She selects the best and most relevant stories for that week, provides a quick summary and gives a little context for each story.
  3. Below each summary, she lays out some of the possible angles and other opportunities to localize the story.
  4. Sometimes the list will include datasets and other resources.

That’s pretty much it. It’s that simple!

Click here to view previous editions of the Local Connection.

And click the button below to subscribe to the newsletter, if you don’t get it already.


We’d love to hear what you think: Do you have ideas for how we can improve the newsletter? Do you have stories you want to pitch? Let Carla Baranauckas, editor of the newsletter and project lead for the local/national news partnerships program, know; her contact info is below.

Contact Carla Baranauckas:
Email: baranauckasc@montclair.edu
Phone: (973) 655-5543


About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.