New Jersey Deserves Better Media
New Jersey’s local media is in crisis and — if we act fast — the state legislature can actually do something to fix it.
Right now the legislature is deciding how to spend hundreds of millions in revenue from the sale of its old public-media licenses. Lawmakers are hoping you aren't paying attention, so now is the time to sound the alarm: These funds must go directly to rebuilding community media.
The Civic Information Consortium — Assembly Bill A4933 and Senate Bill S3303 — would unite journalists, organizers, tech companies and higher education to fund projects aimed at providing our communities with quality information and impactful reporting.
Every community deserves a voice. How can we improve schools, fix public works, hold elected officials accountable and be better neighbors when we don’t even know what’s happening on our block?1
Local media — when it’s done right — makes it happen.
But many of New Jersey’s local journalists have lost their jobs. Their newsrooms have shut down. Most towns get a constant loop of Philadelphia and New York City news instead of their own. Some get nothing at all.
New Jersey deserves better media — tell the legislature to pass the Civic Info Bill today.
1. "New Jersey Leaders Introduce Innovative Legislation to Support News and Information Needs Across the State," Free Press Action Fund, June 1, 2017: https://www.newsvoices.org/press-release/108124/new-jersey-leaders-legislation-support-news-and-information