There’s often a real distance between journalists and the communities they’re supposed to serve. To make local reporting more viable and vibrant, it needs to consider perspectives from outside the news industry.
One of the best parts about the News Voices: New Jersey project is getting to meet with and listen to our members in the Garden State. And many of those members have told us that their communities aren’t getting close to enough local news coverage.
The FCC enacted sensible Net Neutrality protections based on the strong legal footing of Title II classification. While there’s room for debate on all of the ins and outs of the law, it’s wrong to suggest that it sweeps in everything on the Internet.
We asked our New Jersey members to tell us how they consume news, what issues they care about, and how well they feel local media reflect their communities. More than 300 people responded — and their answers were telling.
Anyone who’s watched an online petition or hashtag go viral can testify to the Internet’s power to effect change.
A must-read report from our friends at the Center for Media Justice poses a provocative question about this phenomenon.