The Civic Information Consortium would allocate $100 million from New Jersey’s sale of two public broadcasting licenses over a five-year span to promote local journalism.
“Right now, New Jersey is suffering from a local news crisis,” said James Thompson with the Free Press Action Fund, a journalism advocacy organization. “There’s been cutbacks in journalism staffs around the state. We see this as a way to transform the way people get their news and information.”
The Free Press Action Fund is hosting a community conversation on the Civic Information Consortium at NJIT on Saturday October 28th, the latest of several forums to shed light on the legislation.
“Some of the things that we found is residents want more aggressive, more responsive journalism on local and state affairs. They would also like to be able to see the connection that state and national issues have and how they affect them in their communities.”
Thompson says The Civic Information Consortium will work with a combination of resources to spread important news information.
“New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Rowan University, Montclair State University, the College of New Jersey, community groups, news outlets, and technology firms will have an opportunity to collaborate with the universities on community information projects that would have an impact on getting vital information to their respective communities.”
You can register for the event HERE.