“Interactive” and “collaborative” are words that get us excited at the NJ News Commons. NJ.com has used both words to describe its Sandy Recovery Scorecard that debuted yesterday. (more…)
Cory Booker held a town hall of sorts yesterday on the subject of immigration, using his favorite platform: Twitter. David Giambusso of the Star-Ledger gathered the best tweets into a Storify. (more…)
Local news media outlets in New Jersey have been covering everything from the silly to the sublime this week.
Beyond diverting stories of a mayor getting a face full of dirt and a bear invading the garbage, local news sites have been tackling tough stories such as gun control and a murder/suicide. (more…)
Twitter was abuzz last night, live-tweeting “Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall” — which featured live expert panels in New Jersey and New York and was jointly broadcast on NJTV, THIRTEEN in New York City, WLIW21 on Long Island, and WHYY TV in Philadelphia. See the “storified” tweets below, following the video. (more…)
The focus on continued reporting on the impacts of Superstorm Sandy will continue tonight, May 16, as multiple media outlets collaborate to televise and livestream “Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall” on Thursday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. The Town Hall will be broadcast on NJTV, THIRTEEN in New York City, WLIW21 on Long Island, and WHYY TV in Philadelphia. NJ Today’s Mike Schneider and a panel of experts will be “addressing the issues and questions raised as a result of the recent storm and recovery efforts” in front of live audiences at Monmouth University and the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center. (more…)
While major media were running wild covering Prince Harry’s visit to the Shore this week, one local media editor was less than impressed.
Jerry DeMarco of CliffviewPilot penned a bitter bit about Harry’s visit, writing that Harry “didn’t roll up his sleeves and try to help fix up any of the 360,000 or so New Jersey homes or apartments damaged by the storm” nor did he host or attend any fundraisers for Sandy recovery. DeMarco called the visit “a weekday publicity stunt” that yielded merely “pompous circumstance.” (more…)
NJ News Commons has been closely following coverage of the state’s rising heroin usage and trafficking, including the arrest of 26 in Central Jersey last month, the announcement of a heroin task force in Ocean County, a major heroin bust in Bergen County and stories in The Record profiling the new heroin user and the path to addiction.
New Jersey’s local news media are also on the story. (more…)
PATERSON — Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9th District) said Thursday that Congress has to act soon to fix the nation’s beleaguered immigration system, speaking in front of a diverse audience at a Paterson forum on immigration reform. “Our current immigration system is broken,” Pascrell said. “It is…
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This story is part of The Immigration Project, a collaborative reporting effort — spearheaded by NJ News Commons — involving approximately 10 reporters and news agencies in New Jersey to cover the under-reported topic of immigration in the Garden State, which ranks fifth nationwide in the number of foreign-born residents and third in percentage. Read more about The Immigration Project here. For more information or to participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
Former Net Jason Collins came out as a homosexual this week in an essay he penned for Sports Illustrated. Not local news, right?
When ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard condemned homosexuality and called Collins’ orientation an “open rebellion to Jesus Christ,” it became a local story for his South Orange neighbors. South Orange Patch posted Broussard’s comments here.
What’s interesting are the readers’ comments, where local residents wrestle with the town’s reputation for diversity and acceptance — how to embrace Collins’ orientation and Broussard’s right to expression simultaneously. (more…)