Over the past few years, newsrooms have been hard hit with major budget cuts resulting in less coverage of important local government issues.  Topics like municipal budgets and major developments and local non-profit programs are not getting the coverage they should. But you don’t need to wait for the traditional print newspaper to cover these stories. You can become a Citizen Journalist and take responsibility for keeping your friends and neighbors informed on important happenings in your community, from budget priorities to candidate platforms during an election year, to proposals being adopted, to good work that citizens and organizations around your city are doing. Watch the video below to learn more.

Take Tracy Jordan for example, an active Perth Amboy resident, who lives and breathes for her city. She serves on the local UEZ board, she owns a local coffee shop which she often opens to community groups and hosts local artists’ work.  Tracy loves her home town, so it was no surprise that when her local weekly newspaper unexpectedly lost its editor, she stepped up to the plate.  She took our Citizen Journalist class, hosted a house party to get others trained, and began covering local government meetings to keep the weekly going. Check out Tracy’s work at  Hear Tracy explain her story below.

Our all-star coach is Editor Joe Malinconico, who recently authored Shining Light in Dark Spaces, a guide for reporters and citizen journalists. As a hard news investigative journalist, Joe knows how to follow a lead and get the scoop. Joe has helped coach several Paterson residents become contributors to As Joe advises, even those not interested in hard news investigative journalism can still cover the arts, economic development, and community non-profits.  Take the class and get started.