New Jersey: It's Time to Tell Our Stories
We are New Jersey: 8.9 million lives and 565 municipalities in a vibrant gumbo that is the most densely populated state in the United States. We take pride in our locally controlled schools, townships, boroughs and cities — but the disappearance of local media has made it hard to stay informed and participate in our communities.
It's time to tell our stories.
Activists across the state are organizing support for the Civic Information Consortium,1 a proposed collaboration between journalists, organizers, tech innovators and higher-education institutions designed to transform how our communities stay informed, provide impactful reporting, and amplify the voices of people of color and other marginalized communities.
This year, our state earned hundreds of millions in revenue from the sale of old public-media licenses. Now is the time to sound the alarm: Let's invest in rebuilding community media!
The Civic Information Consortium — Senate Bill S3303 and Assembly Bill A4933 — is under consideration in the state legislature, but it won't get passed without a massive community mobilization.
New Jersey's stories deserve to be told — tell lawmakers 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