Montclair State University Center for Cooperative Media
1 Normal Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043
ContactMs. Debbie Galant
Program AreaInformed Communities
For support of the Center for Cooperative Media and its NJ News Commons initiative, which offers a range of training, services, events and collaborative projects that strengthen the New Jersey news ecosystem.
The Center for Cooperative Media, based in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, sprang from concern about the future of news in New Jersey following a succession of layoffs at the Star-Ledger and the dissolution of the New Jersey Network in 2011. Since we began work in 2012, we have partnered with more than 120 news organizations, convened numerous events, created a Story Exchange to facilitate content sharing between news sites and seeded a dozen news start-ups in the state.
The Center for Cooperative Media has more than 125 media partners across New Jersey. Our partners range from traditional, long-standing media companies to digital media startups.
The Center for Cooperative Media exists to grow, support and unite newsgathering organizations in New Jersey. We also promote the spread of data journalism, help with open public records requests and investigative reporting, do trainings on subjects ranging from social media to video production, write a daily newsletter highlighting the best journalism in the state and podcast regularly on issues in journalism and news in the state. We help to identify and eliminate news deserts across the state by providing mentoring, support, and resources to news and media entrepreneurs in underserved communities like East Orange and Salem County. We have created a Story Exchange to facilitate sharing of content between partners. We are a constant resource, connector and sounding board for news organizations across the state, particularly small ones. There are specific timetables for individual projects, but our work is ongoing.