- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 07/01/12 to 07/31/14
- Focus Area
- Engaged Communities
- Knight Community Information Challenge
- Morristown, NJ
With challenge funding, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will help develop a network of news organizations and journalists in New Jersey, and launch creative projects to encourage more civic dialogue and participation.
Given the dramatic changes in media and technology, an opportunity exists to rethink the way New Jersey news organizations can work with one another, share resources and reach broader audiences. The founding partners, which include Dodge, Montclair State University and New Jersey Public Radio, will work on a range of projects to expand coverage, engage the public and provide training and services to the news ecosystem. Selected activities include hiring reporters to focus on New Jersey issues, coordinating collaborative reporting projects, offering website-in-a-box functionality for new organizations and journalists, and developing creative community engagement projects. It will also help foster the next generation of media practitioners by providing them with training in journalism, media and business practices.