Mike Rispoli, a Journalist and Campaign Director for Free Press spoke out on the Day 1 of the Collaborative Journalism Summit. Rispoli says, "Free Press is a national media and technology organization. We fight for the public rights to connect and to communicate and we work on media and technology issues." His interest in focus is directing to strengthen and reimagine local journalism. Mr. Rispoli runs a project in New Jersey called "News Voices," this project is where they do community organizing to support the future of local media. "We help community members better engage news rooms to talk to them about stories that are happening around them and their neighborhood," says Rispoli. This project has been going on for the past 2 years now. Rispoli's project runs in six different communities, this includes, Asbury Park, New Brunswick, Morristown, Atlantic City, Newark, and Camden. The work is another way to better communicate with many of the locals, in the state.
Mike Rispoli says an event will be held on May 16th in the Montclair Public Library of this project. This will be the time for many residents, community leaders, activists, and journalists to brainstorm about ways to chart a new path forward for coverage in the communities and across New Jersey.