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Learning About Messy NJ Data through Hacking at Hack Jersey 2.0 New Jersey Tech Weekly | April 14, 2015
This hackathon, Hack Jersey 2.0, held at Montclair State University on March 25th and 26th, is the brain child of Baristanet founder and associate director of the NJ News Commons at Montclair State, Debra Galant, and data journalist at The Marshal Project Tom Meagher.
Be the Best Journalist Your Hackathon Has Ever Seen The Digital Cycle | Match 27, 2015
This weekend I’m going to participate in a journalism hackathon, Hack Jersey 2.0. at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. The selected focus of Hack Jersey 2.0 is to explore better data journalism as well as new tools for storytelling.
Dodge makes community the hub of NJ Journalism Sustainability Project Knight Digital Media Center | December 15, 2014
The Dodge Foundation's Journalism Sustainability Project has a dizzying number of moving parts. Community is the steady hub at its center.
Journalists Gather to Discuss, Rebuild the Business of Local News NJ News Commons | April 29, 2014
Marc Andreesen, an Internet pioneer and venture capitalist, tweeted in early February that he’s bullish on the growth of the news business in the next 20 years. “Will grow 10x-100x,” he wrote.
In Post-Patch Era, Local Media Watchers Pin Hopes on Smaller Operations Street Fight | April 28, 2014
“Hi, I’m Larry Kramer, and I like to make money,” said the president and publisher of Gannett-owned USA Today (and an early investor in Street Fight), during introductions at a conference on the future of local media held at Montclair State University Friday.
Ecosystems aren’t just for biologists, Dodge president tells digital journalists Morristown Green | April 28, 2014
New Jersey, long overshadowed by the media glare of New York City and Philadelphia, is poised to re-make the face of news. It can't happen soon enough, according to Chris Daggett of the Morristown-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which is leading a philanthropic drive to transform the Garden State into a test-bed for journalistic ventures to augment "legacy" media ravaged by changing economics.
Like a phoenix from the ashes: How some local reporters are sticking it out post Nieman Lab | March 12, 2014
Wealthy, suburban, outer-metro areas have always been financial strongholds for local journalism. That’s why, back in 2009 when Patch launched, they seeded the network with sites in the New York suburbs of Connecticut and New Jersey. It’s also why local news reporters in that region who found themselves unemployed after after Patch came crashing down aren’t all throwing in the towel.
Reconsidering Anniversaries for Reporting Tragedies PBS Media Shift | Nov. 14, 2013
For all the talk of journalism’s noble past and uncertain future, the truth is that journalism’s day-to-day is a lot like slinging hash. Everyday journalism is produced quickly, in massive quantities, in front of a live audience.
Recaps and Handouts: It Takes a Village--Working Together Online Citizens Campaign | Nov. 4, 2013
This Saturday we co-hosted "It Takes a Village: Working Together Online" with our friends from New Jersey News Commons and Jersey Shore Hurricane News. For this event we departed from the usual journalism basic training -- and shifted gears and focused on new media skills and tools. At the end of the day you probably heard chattering about RebelMouse, Feedly, Wordpress, Google Maps Engine, Document Cloud, and so much more! Guests left saying, "I have a lot of new words to go home and google."
New Jersey Now 11/3 | November 3, 2013
A preview of Tuesday’s Gubernatorial Election between incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie and Democratic Challenger State Senator Barbara Buono! Also, a debate on whether Republicans can win a majority in the Democratically-controlled Legislature, as well as a look at the ballot question to raise the minimum wage. Guests include Democratic Strategist Adam Silverstein, Republican Strategist Steven Some, Mary Mann of NJ News Commons, and John Schoonejongen of the Asbury Park Press.
Just Your Average 10-Foot High Neighborhood Totem Pole NJPR | Nov. 1, 2013
A totem pole. In Chatham. Right there on Edgewood Road. As part of our "one-year-after-Sandy" coverage we have a story about a New Jersey artist who saw a golden opportunity in his Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. That damaged tree? Surely it's a future totem pole.
New Jersey Now 10/27 | October 27, 2013
A look at the legalization of marriage equality in the Garden State, Senator-elect Cory Booker’s future in Washington as well as the future of Newark without him, and the latest in the Governor’s race! Guests include Democratic Strategist Adam Silverstein, Republican Strategist Steven Some, Mary Mann of NJ News Commons, and John Schoonejongen of the Asbury Park Press.
At September Hack Jersey, Political Finance Laws, Campaign Spending Get Hacked NJ Tech Weekly | October 21, 2013
Journalism is becoming increasingly technology-dependent. Half the political stories require spreadsheet skills, and coders and reporters need to learn how to talk to one another. There was plenty of Excel spreadsheet training and more as Hack Jersey hosted its second hackathon Sept. 21, 2013. On this sunny Saturday, some 40 participants tried to ferret out stories by analyzing campaign finance data. They also sought to build a news app.
New Jersey Now 10/20 | October 20, 2013
A look at the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and the devastation left behind, including homes destroyed at the Jersey Shore and flooding in towns such as Hoboken! Also, a look at recovery efforts one year later and the road ahead! And, the latest on the Archbishop John Myers of the Archdiocese of Newark and the naming of the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda as Coadjutor Archbishop!
Parking in Princeton and Hecklers in Montclair NJPR | Oct. 17, 2013
Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University joins New Jersey Public Radio host, David Furst, to highlight the work of two local news reporters. One covers the news for the web site, Planet Princeton – the other is a freshman working for the student radio station at Montclair State University.
New Jersey Now 10/13 | October 13, 2013
New Jersey Now focuses on some of the biggest issues in the Garden State including the latest surrounding a nameless NJ Transit supervisor blamed for the damage to rail cars during Superstorm Sandy, the battle over appointments to the State Supreme Court, and a judge’s ruling over marriage equality! Also, our roundtable tackles the latest in the special Senate and Governor’s race!
Announcing: Now a Member of NJ News Commons Muckgers | September 13, 2013
About a week ago, we received an email from the deputy director of a roughly year-old experiment in local news collaboration called NJ News Commons, inviting us to join their team as a partner. The invite was pretty unexpected and, being the lowly and relatively young campus publication that we are, we were flabbergasted at the prospect. Today, however, we’re incredibly excited (honored, really) to announce that Muckgers is now an official NJ News Commons partner.
"This Trenton Life" NJPR | October 10, 2013
"This Trenton Life," a play created by high school students and the Passage Theatre Company, was performed this summer in in a revitalized vacant lot in Trenton. A mini-documentary about the experience now appears on the web site, State of the Arts. Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the collaboration.
The New Jersey News Desert Free Press | July 12, 2013
In recent years the news coverage on WWOR-TV in New Jersey got so bad that local residents started a campaign to have the Federal Communications Commission take away the station’s broadcast license. And now the station has canceled its remaining newscast. This means the only major commercial broadcaster in New Jersey has no news on its airwaves.
What Happened to the Poison-Ivy Eating Goats? NJPR | October 3, 2013
From civilian employees facing furloughs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to the closure of national parks in New Jersey, we've been hearing about the many ways the partial government shutdown is affecting people in the state. But New Jersey bloggers have been doing a good job calling our attention to some of the less obvious impacts.
Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics — New Jersey Takes Notice NJPR | September 26, 2013
During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.
Wanna Pray? There's an App for That NJPR | Sept. 12, 2013
Orthodox Judaism meets high-tech innovation. "Wanna Pray" is the sassy name of a new app designed by Linden, New Jersey-based app creator, Josh Weiss. He's also vice president of his Orthodox synagogue. New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst speaks about the new app with Mary Mann, with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University.
Cake Boss in Westfield NJPR | Sept. 9, 2013
The 'Cake Boss' opens a new joint in Westfield... and the blogs go wild. Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University joins New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst to talk about the new Carlo's Bakery location - and how the Cake Boss has gotten involved with making political endorsements in New Jersey.
The "Best Tasting Water" in New Jersey NJPR | August 29, 2013
This month, Livingston was presented with an award for having the "best tasting water" in the state by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Works Association. And earlier this summer, Facebook called Livingston one of the top-10 "fittest" cities in America. Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University joins New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst to talk about Livingston's new bragging rights.
Back to School — With a "Shooter Drill" in West Orange NJPR | August 22, 2013
It's sobering that one of our first back-to-school stories this August is all about a "shooter drill" in New Jersey. But that's the reality of back-to-school, 2013-style. This was a major school shooting simulation that took place at Liberty Middle School in West Orange on Tuesday. The story was reported by West Orange Patch.
A Shark Panic in New Jersey — From Over 90 Years Ago NJPR | August 15, 2013
We may have missed 'Shark Week' on the Discovery Channel but we'll make up for it with a terrifying New Jersey story. This gruesome slice of state history appeared on It all started in Beach Haven in July of 1916. Debbie Galant is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about a true story that MAY have inspired author Peter Benchley to write Jaws.
Pesticide-Free Zone NJPR | August 8, 2013
It's the latest suburban showdown. Barista Kids recently reported on the growing divide between neighbors who spray their lawns with pesticides... and those who do not. Debbie Galant with New Jersey News Commons speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about a new program to encourage pesticide-free lawns in Montclair.
Business Slow at the Beach NJPR | August 1, 2013
It's standard practice around this time of year. As we head into the home stretch of the summer beach season, it's expected that shops and restaurants along the Jersey shore will grumble about the weather and its impact on their bottom line. But this year, obviously, is very different.
Jellies Thrive in Barnegat Bay NJPR | July 25, 2013
According to several reports, the stinging jellyfish in Barnegat Bay are worse than ever this year. New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst speaks with Mary Mann of New Jersey News Commons about the bothersome jellies - and a study underway looking into why they are now here in such abundance.
In New Jersey, a university teams up with local news orgs to collaborate for impact Neiman Journalism Lab | July 10, 2013
Montclair State’s Center for Cooperative Media is betting there are returns on getting newspapers, broadcasters, bloggers, and wire services all in the same building.
Creating a Unique New Jersey Media Hub J-Lab
The germ of the idea came at a 2011 meeting in Newark, N.J. What was going to happen to news coverage once Gov. Chris Christie spun off the state-owned New Jersey Network (NJN) of radio and television stations? As the group of funders, journalists, academics and public broadcasters from New York City and Philadelphia mulled various possibilities, a voice piped up: “What we probably need here is a co-op, sort of like the Associated Press.”
NJ News Commons Poll Finds Majority of Residents Say Undocumented Immigrants Should Stay NJTV | July 3, 2013
While a new poll finds that most New Jerseyans believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S., it also shows a significant percentage believes they should be deported. NJ News Commons Director Debbie Galant told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the poll results surprised her.
Charting the Shared Road Ahead Dodge Foundation Blog | June 24, 2013
“World Café” lunch-time conversations with designated table leaders enabled Conference attendees to engage in in-depth group discussions on specific topics. I chose to sit with Mary Mann, deputy director of New Jersey News Commons based at Montclair State University, a project spurred and supported by the Knight Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as a means of creating a robust media sector in the state. A concrete model of effective philanthropy, NJ News Commons will no doubt serve our state well as a key resource for rebuilding efforts.
Tending to the Business Side Dodge Foundation Blog | May 29, 2013
When I started Baristanet, one of the first hyperlocal news sites in the country, in 2004, I didn’t realize I was starting a new industry. I barely understood that I was starting a new business. I didn’t have a business plan. And while I’d sketched out page designs with places for ads, and had vague hopes about what they might be worth, there was no science behind it — and it took months before anybody handed me a check.
Getting News to New Jersey Reporter's Roundtable/NJTV | December 6, 2013
John Mooney of NJ Spotlight, Ken Schlager of New Jersey Monthly, Anthony Birritteri of New Jersey Business Magazine and Debbie Galant of NJ News Commons discuss how they get news to a New Jersey audience.
In a Fragmented Media Market, New Jersey Hopes to Thrive with Mobile, Collaboration PBS Media Shift | May 23, 2013
At a conference at Montclair State University titled, “New Jersey: A Laboratory for Media Innovation,” sponsored in part by the Knight Foundation, newsrooms large and small weighed the current problems and opportunities in New Jersey’s current media market, laying out a microcosm of the challenges facing the American news business and how they’re evolving in the digital age to meet them.
Twitter Was Leading Place for News During Boston Shootout NJTV | April 19, 2013
When the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were engaged in a shootout with police, it was the middle of the night and cable news operations were rerunning some of their earlier programming. So journalists took to Twitter to spread the news about what was happening. NJ News Commons Director Debbie Galant told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that she and many others were getting the latest information from the social networking site.
Media Blitz: A New Communication And Media School At MSU New Jersey Monthly | April 8, 2013
Montclair State University has spent the past school year rolling out an ambitious plan to become a major center for media education—at the same time defining what that might mean in the digital age.
With NJ News Co-op, Professor Deb Galant Keeps to Her Hyperlocal Roots Street Fight | February 28, 2013
Debra Galant was the quintessential hyperlocal entrepreneur, co-founding in 2004 (on the strength of her credit card) the lively, news-filled, deeply engaged and now profitableBaristanet in suburban New Jersey. Then, in July 2012, shedecamped for the nearby groves of academe – to the new Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Not surprisingly, Galant stayed true to her entrepreneurial spirit. She’s the director of the NJ News Commons, the first initiative to spring forth from the center. Street Fight caught up with Galant recently to find out more about the news co-op, and why the project is important for hyperlocals.
Hack Jersey: Programmers and Journalists Work Together to Shine a Light on NJ NJ Tech Weekly | February 20, 2013
Hack Jersey — which took place from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013, at Montclair State University — was a unique event to the N.J. tech scene and one that cemented Montclair State’s reputation as a cutting-edge institution at the intersection of journalism and digital information.
Interview with Debbie Galant Carpe Diem | November 29, 2012
Marc Rosenwig sits down for an interview with Debbie Galant on Montclair's premiere interview and public affairs program, Carpe Diem.
Hack Jersey Enters Homestretch Baristanet | January 27, 2013
Hack Jersey, a 24-hour contest to develop the best journalism-related app over a weekend, is in full swing at Montclair State University. Sponsored by the NJ News Commons in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University and Knight-Mozilla Open News, the contest ends at noon today; presentations, which are open to public and live streamed, begin at 1:15 p.m.
NJ Journos, Techs Team Up at Hackathon | January 29, 2013
Montclair State University over the weekend hosted New Jersey’s first ever journalist-tech hackathon, titled “Hack Jersey.” The event — sponsored and hosted by the NJ News Commons at Montclair State University, in partnership with Knight-Mozilla Open News — was a 24-hour competition, allowing groups of journalists and software coders to team up to create projects that could transform the way New Jersey residents use data and experience news.
Montclair Tech and Media Startups to Discuss Creating Makerspace Baristanet | January 29, 2013
What’s a “Makerspace” you ask? It’s a community-operated, physical space where people with common interests in computers, technology, science, and digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and/or collaborate.
#HackJersey Pairs #Coders and #Reporters for Creative Media Apps | January 31, 2013
Reporters and coders will band together at Hack Jersey this weekend in the service of journalism. Their task: create new apps, media tools and data visualizations. In addition to a tour of The New York Times’ R&D Lab or lunch with Jeff Jarvis, the team that creates the best work related to Hurricane Sandy wins a (still undisclosed) special prize. The idea for the hackathon arose after a conversation between Debbie Galant, founder of Baristanet, and Tom Meagher, data editor of NY-based Digital First Media. Galent told The Star-Ledgerthat, “The important thing is to get people to start thinking creatively.”
North Jersey journalists, computer coders team up to create new tools | January 27, 2013
A database allows consumers to quickly look up the widely varying costs of radiology services throughout New Jersey. A map permits members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to identify towns where they’ve been harassed or assaulted. Those websites and applications were among 11 created during a frenzied 24-hour period at “Hack Jersey,” the first so-called hackathon in the Garden State to team up local journalists and computer software coders.
Opinion: It's time for journalists to learn math NJ News Commons | February 1, 2013
Watching someone like Matt Ericson of the New York Times show off the fabulous data visualizations that his department makes is a little like watching a master magician. What is there, after all, to pulling a rabbit out of a hat? Bubble maps of the words most used at the Democratic and GOP national conventions? What's the big deal about that? A graphic of every male 100-meter sprint Olympic medalist ever, showing how much faster athletes have gotten over time? Ok, that's pretty impressive. And the two-and-a-half minute video with pitch-by-pitch visualizations of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera? Well, that's kind of like sawing a lady in half. Still, even when lifting the curtain and showing what went into these pieces of data visualization, it still looks easy – it's not.
Watch President Obama's inauguration here, complete coverage, Jan. 21 Morristown Green | January 21, 2013
Follow President Obama’s inauguration here, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, from 9 am to 5 pm. Coverage by the Associated Press; our thanks to the NJ News Commons for sharing this news feed with
Hack Jersey: An exercise in decoding the news Star-Ledger | January 25, 2013
Hack Jersey. It's not what it sounds like. Far from some call to breach state security systems, it's a gathering of news reporters and coders in the name of journalism. Who, yes, will be staring at screens for hours on end — 24 hours, specifically.
CrashDataNJ Wins Hack Jersey Baristanet | January 28, 2013
Wonder what’s the most dangerous stretch of the Garden State Parkway? Check outCrashDataNJ, winner of Best Overall Project at the first ever Hack Jersey, is a tool that analyzes car accident data along New Jersey’s major highways (130 to 140 has the highest number of accidents).
Conference Finds NJ Public Radio and TV Faring Well in New York, Philadelpia NJ Spotlight | January 23, 2013
A year and a half after the state turned over its public radio and TV stations to organizations in New York and Philadelphia, station operators said they have seen New Jersey audience and membership grow to varying degrees. What’s more, the public radio stations are investing in news about the state. And NJTV, the new TV station operated by WNET/Thirteen, said it is on the forefront nationally of finding ways to deliver news economically, a necessity since it is working with a budget two-thirds that of its predecessor, WNJN.
#HackJersey: Transform Storytelling with Data and #News | January 7, 2013
Hack Jersey is New Jersey’s first 24-hour hackathon to invite both journalists and coders to work together and build innovative products that transform the way people use data and experience news in the Garden State. The hackathon, held at Montclair State Universityon Jan. 26 and 27, will be preceded by a social event on Friday evening, Jan. 25. Sponsors include Montclair University NJ News Commons, Knight-Mozilla Open News, NJ Star Ledger, The Record and CartoDB.
Jersey's First 'Hackathon' Comes to Montclair State The Montclarion | January 24, 2013
This weekend, Montclair will host the first ever “hackathon” in New Jersey. Coined as “Hack Jersey,” the event will begin on Saturday afternoon. Teams of journalist and computer coders alike will have 24 hours to create something for one of five categories. The event was co-created by Debbie Galant, director of the NJ News Commons and Tom Meagher, data editor at Digital First Media.
HackJersey to bring Coders and Journalists Together Planet Princeton | December 10, 2012
Have an idea for an app, data visualization or new media that will organize newsworthy data or deliver important stories to readers in a better way? Then you’ll want to take part in Hack Jersey, the first hackathon in the state to invite journalists and coders to collaborate on teams to build projects that could transform the way people use data and experience news in the Garden State.
NJ News Commons helps residents vote, track results in wake of Hurricane Sandy Knight Foundation | November 7, 2012
Hurricane Sandy created havoc in many seaside communities in New Jersey, and also caused damage with downed trees, powerlines and flooding in inland communities. The New Jersey News Commons, a new project to pump up the amount of civic news and information for New Jersey residents, got an early test of their collaborative model with Sandy.
Storm Poses First Big Test for NJTV News Coverage New York Times | November 4, 2012
During his 6 p.m. newscast Thursday, the NJTV anchor Mike Schneider got a little cranky on the air, after twice trying, unsuccessfully, to interview Representative Frank LoBiondo, Republican of New Jersey, over a patchy cellphone line.
NJ News Commons Live Blog: Tracking Voting Problems NJ Today | November 6, 2012
The NJ News Commons, joined by news organizations across the state, is running a public service campaign to provide real-time voting information following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, and to monitor voting problems in the state.
NJ News Commons at Montclair State: An Experiment in Sharing Content, Resources New Jersey Tech Weekly | October 26, 2012
An experiment in digital journalism is taking place at Montclair State University, where Debbie Galant, director of new media initiatives, is leading NJ News Commons in an effort to help N.J. online and offline news organizations “survive the seismic shifts in the economics of journalism and create better journalism by working together.” Reporters for news outlets will be able to partner with each other to cover large stories — hurricanes, elections, trials — and share information.
NJ Online News Resource Group joins Montclair's NJ News Commons The Citizens Campaign | December 13, 2012
Last summer, the Center for Cooperative Media, which resides in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, launched the NJ News Commons, through extensive grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. NJ News Commons is directed by Debbie Galant, founder and former editor of Baristanet, one of the first hyperlocal news sites in the United States.
NJ News Commons Post-Christie Keynote Hangout Statewide coverage of Frankenstorm from NJ News Commons Morristown Green | October 28, 2012
Here is statewide coverage of Hurricane Sandy from our friends at NJ News Commons, a program at Montclair State University supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Analyists from NJ News Commons, Twitter Abuzz on Christie's RNC Speech Jersey City Independent | August 29, 2012
Governor Chris Christie’s speech at the Republican National Convention was called a “proud” moment for New Jersey. It was to be an exciting spotlight on all things local when Christie nationally celebrated Republican governance at its self-described best: supposedly reining in taxes that were seen as out of control and forcing steep concessions from powerfully entrenched unions, all in a place where Democrats outnumber Republicans by the better part of a million voters.
NJ News Commons to hold Internship Fair November 27 Montclair State University | November 20, 2012
The NJ News Commons will sponsor an Internship Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose News Room (Room 311) in Schmitt Hall to introduce communication and journalism students at Montclair State University to news organizations across the state.
Debbie Galant Leaving Baristanet for Role at Montclair State Street Fight | July 9, 2012
Debra Galant, who co-founded Baristanet, the New Jersey network of indie hyperlocals, is leaving management of the site to take a role at Montclair State University, where she’ll join “an ambitious effort to nurture digital and hyperlocal journalism in New Jersey.” Liz George, who will take over day-to-day operations at Baristanet, has been running the site alongside Galant for years.
Big news in Hyperlocaland Buzz Machine | July 9, 2012
Debbie Galant, co-founder of Baristanet and the Queen of Hyperlocal, is moving to a new gig at Montclair State University, where she will share her experience and help nurture and grow the local news ecosystem of New Jersey. In short, she will spread her hyperlocal fairy dust over the Garden State. Baristanet continues under the strong and loyal local leadership of Liz George, who has been there almost from the start. The queen has left the building. Long live the queens.
Can Local Newspapers Collaborate with Blogs? PBS | December 6, 2012
J-Lab recently released the results of its Networked Journalism pilot project, a three-year initiative that “called for eight newspapers and one public radio station to network with local blogs,” resulting in “nine different models of collaboration,” J-Lab reports.
Hyperlocal Hotbed Thrives in New Jersey | November 8, 2012
If there is one word that defines New Jersey’s digital media scene, it’s synergy. Whether it’s network news sites like the Advance Publications-owned and operated, which includes original active content from 12 area newspapers including The Star-Ledger and The Times of Trenton, or the profusion of hyperlocals, some of which have partnered up (and were instrumental in aiding residents with breaking updates and information related to Hurricane Sandy), consolidation drives the Garden State’s local news apparatus.
A New Approach to News Montclair State University | September 17, 2012
When Tropical Storm Irene barreled through New Jersey in August 2011, it left independent “hyperlocal” journalists up a creek. “It’s tough to cover a story like that without support. I wasn’t sure exactly when it would hit, whether I should stay up and wait for it or get some sleep,” recalls Debra Galant, former editor of Montclair’s hyperlocal news website, Baristanet, and now the director of the New Jersey News Commons for the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State.