NJ Spotlight News election materials, reporting resources, graphics and social cards for 2022

It’s getting close to the November election, and we know you’re probably already busy covering local races, candidates, and issues.

To help you help you and your communities as we get closer to Election Day, the Center for Cooperative Media is partnering with NJ Spotlight News to provide you with election-related stories, information, and other content that you can publish (with proper attribution) on your news website, printed products, and broadcasts/podcasts. We also plan to create several graphics for you to run.

This is part of an effort to provide NJ News Commons members with reliable content you can use leading up to, and after the election. We’ve also created a shared Google Drive folder to host all election-related partner materials and documents.

Below, you’ll find all the resources mentioned above, plus additional materials and election coverage from our reporting partners.

If you have questions about this project or any of the resources on this page, send an email to [email protected].

Resources for before and after the vote

Free Press has developed a database with more than 100 resources to help journalists keep communities informed and safe during the volatile weeks ahead.

View the database.

Practical legal advice for journalists

Jennifer Borg, a well-known attorney specializing in media law at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, has compiled a list of practical advice about how to cover Election Day at the polls.

The handout includes the following:

  • A practical guide to the law in New Jersey that covers everything from the “100-foot rule” to the exceptions that govern photography and filming inside a polling place.
  • Info for how to reach Jennifer, should you have questions on or before Election Day. Her number is (201) 280-5501. You can call her about the tip sheet and ask questions (pro bono). This is for NJ News Commons members only.
  • Info about a collaborative effort by NJ-SPJ and the Center for Cooperative Media to compile a list of any problems Garden State journalists encounter in their Election Day coverage.

Click here to download the handout.

We’ve also compiled a list of experts and sources who are willing to speak to reporters on the record about everything from voter registration to NJ election law. Click here to view the list on Google Docs.

If you have questions or would like to request additional content, drop us an email at [email protected].