Let's Fix the Local News Crisis in New Jersey
Hundreds of journalists have lost their jobs.1 Television stations are going off the air.2 Fewer reporters are covering our schools and government meetings. Communities of color are stereotyped or ignored.3 If this crisis gets any worse, our communities will really be in trouble.
It's not an exaggeration — there's a local news crisis in New Jersey and it's harming communities. But you can help fix it.
The state recently sold at least some of its public-TV licenses in an FCC auction. These licenses could be worth millions of dollars. What if we invested some of that money in projects supporting strong local journalism and essential community information? This could help inform communities like yours for decades to come.
At Free Press, we've launched a campaign4 urging New Jersey lawmakers to make this happen. But we need your help.
Tell New Jersey lawmakers to fix the local news crisis.
1. “Mass Journalism Layoffs in New Jersey Couldn't Come at a Worse Time,” Free Press, Sept. 16, 2016: http://www.freepress.net/blog/2016/09/16/mass-journalism-layoffs-new-jersey-couldnt-come-worse-time
2. “WMGM-TV 40 Goes Dark on New Year’s Eve,” The Press of Atlantic City, Dec. 31, 2014: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/northfield_linwood_somers-point/wmgm-tv-goes-dark-on-new-year-s-eve/article_f17f72e0-9128-11e4-9c04-8751dc6eefc9.html
3. “What Would Atlantic City’s Story Be If It Were Told by — and for — the People Who Live Here?” Free Press, Dec. 7, 2015: http://www.freepress.net/blog/2015/12/07/what-would-atlantic-citys-story-be-if-it-were-told-and-people-who-live-here
4. “An Auction That Could Transform Local Media,” The New York Times, Nov. 28, 2016: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/an-auction-that-could-transform-local-media.html?_r=0
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