Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘out of Town’

Supporters of a bill seeking to use state dollars to help bolster local journalism in New Jersey watched from the sidelines as their legislation stalled amid a messy budget impasse and government shutdown earlier this month.

Despite that, the backers of the proposed New Jersey Civic Information Consortium say they aren’t giving up.

The grass-roots organizing effort launched earlier this year will continue through the summer, with a new goal of securing the initial funding for the proposed consortium when the Legislature resumes a full schedule after the November election, said Mike Rispoli, journalism campaign director for Free Press, a nonprofit organization that has been leading the effort to create the consortium.

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