To Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin:

In New Jersey we’ve seen again and again how the loss of vital journalism has left communities in the dark, led to less civic participation and created an information vacuum that disinformation has filled.

But there is a way to fix this. You have already taken bold action with the creation of the Civic Information Consortium. Now we’re calling on you to support Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s call for a one-time $10-million investment in the consortium to support the kind of community-led local journalism that we all need and deserve.

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    Call on N.J. lawmakers: Invest in our communities. Invest in local journalism.

    Now Is the Time to Invest in Local Journalism in N.J.

    We’ve seen again and again how the loss of vital journalism has led to an increase in corruption, lower turnout in local elections and the creation of an information vacuum that disinformation has filled.

    That’s why Free Press Action and our allies have launched an innovative new model for funding community-reporting projects in New Jersey: The Civic Info Consortium will invest state funds in much-needed community-led reporting projects.

    This is an amazing, potentially history-making step. But New Jersey needs a much larger investment if we are truly going to revitalize local journalism in our state — and eventually across the country.

    Join us now: Call on New Jersey to lead the nation by making a one-time $10-million investment in the kind of community-led local journalism that we all need and deserve.