Hyperlocal New Jersey: The Future of Community News

New Jersey has become a testing ground for hyperlocal news projects – niche Web sites that cover specific regions, cities, or neighborhoods with reporting from profession journalists and average citizens. The New York Times, AOL, Gannett NJ newspapers, Baristanet, and dozens of independent sites are breaking ground with collaborative reporting in the Garden State.

On Thursday, March 4, Ted Mann, the Digital Director for Gannett NJ, and Julia Hays, a Rowan graduate, staff writer for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, and editor of two hyperlocal blogs will talk about this phenomenon and how student journalists can get involved.

They will discuss the challenges of citizen journalism, how contributors from the community can work alongside journalists, and highlight digital tools like SeeClickFix, which allows residents to use cell phones to report problems like potholes and graffiti directly to town officials.

Thursday, March 4
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rowan University
Campbell Library
Room 126
Open to everyone

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