About Us

The Center for Cooperative Media works with news and information partners across New Jersey. 

The mission of the Center for Cooperative Media is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey citizens.

We do that through the use of partnerships, collaborations, training, product development, research and communication. We work with more than 150 partners throughout the Garden State, including hyperlocal digital publishers, public media, newspapers, television outlets, radio stations and multimedia news organizations. We are a grant-funded organization based at Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media.

We collaborate with dozens of news and information providers across the state of New Jersey, creating a statewide network known as the NJ News Commons

We coordinate statewide and regional reporting projects, and connect news partners with faculty and students at Montclair State University.

Training & Development
We offer innovative professional development seminars, with training sessions on topics such as data and investigative journalism, fact-checking, OPRA, podcasting, video production, digital sales and business planning, among many others. We also offer one-on-one coaching.

We publish a daily newsletter rounding up the day’s top news stories as reported by our New Jersey news partners. We write about what’s happening in our news ecosystem and blog about industry trends.

The Center plans to expand its research initiatives on topics pertaining to the sustainability of local journalism.

National Conference
We host an annual national conference about local journalism. Past conferences have focused on the topics of engagement, innovation and sustainability. Our next national conference is an international symposium about collaborative reporting and cooperative news networks: the Collaborative Journalism Summit is set for May 4-5, 2017, on the campus of Montclair State University. 

The Center for Cooperative Media is supported with annual operational and project funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund and Montclair State University. We would also like to thank Websitesetup.org for being a 2016 operational sponsor. 


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Knight Foundation
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Contact us
Contact us at info@njnewscommons.org.