Here are the 21 new hyperlocal and ethnic media outlets in NJ that will join Voting Block

August 16, 2017 Joe Amditis

New Jersey’s gubernatorial election is right around the corner, and there’s a lot riding on it. Because this is such a critical election, we’re proud to support Voting Block, a collaborative reporting effort focused on examining the governor’s race through the lens of local communities across the state.

As we described when it launched in June, the project started with just four reporting partners – WNYC, WHYY, NJ Spotlight and The Record – plus the Center for Cooperative MediaReveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and New America Media as coordinating partners. Last month, we launched a statewide community engagement campaign to help residents organize their own “political potluck” in their neighborhoods.

Now, thanks to additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Center and New America Media are announcing the addition of 21 hyperlocal and ethnic media reporting partners from across New Jersey.

Our goal was to bring on hyperlocal and independent reporting partners from virtually every corner of the state, while being mindful of economic, demographic and other diversity considerations.

The list of news organizations joining Voting Block includes:

Look for their first stories to be published and broadcast in September.

If you’re a journalist interested in joining Voting Block, let us know. Send us an email at with “Voting Block” in the subject line.

If you’re a citizen who wants to host your own Voting Block “Political Potluck,” click here to fill out the form at the bottom of the page and send us your contact info so we can send you a discussion toolkit.

In the meantime, visit to read the latest stories in the Voting Block project.


About the Voting Block project: This story was produced as part of the Voting Block collaborative project in New Jersey, a statewide collaborative reporting project to encourage political discussion and more informed voters in neighborhoods across New Jersey ahead of this fall’s gubernatorial election. Voting Block is funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

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

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Joe Amditis

Joe Amditis is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. He can be reached via email at and on Twitter at @jsamditis.

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