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  •  Hold on, HoundDog! (8+ / 0-)

    Yes, maybe they've got it wrong, or maybe they scooped everyone else. If so, others would be working to get their own story, which takes some time. (/former journalist)

    Here's a bit about the NJ Spotlight from a most credible source, the  Columbia Journalism Review

    [in September 2010]

    The newest outlet on press row,, is a policy-focused news site that tries to contextualize the state house dealings. Launched earlier this year by two former Newark Star-Ledger reporters, John Mooney and Tom Johnson, the site focuses on issues relating to the state budget, environmental and energy legislation, education policy, and healthcare. “We are nonpartisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded,” says the website.

    Their publisher, Kevin Harold, handles the business operations, and they farm out the web production and copyediting, all done remotely. That leaves Mooney and Johnson free to report, write, and assign from their office in the state house. They aim for three new stories a day. The challenge is to offer something different that readers aren’t going to read elsewhere, while contributing to the conversation often enough that they don’t seem out of touch. As Mooney puts it, he wants to “take a step back” with every piece. “But I still have to step back daily.”

    “We can’t compete with the Ledger—even a downsized Ledger—if we’re writing the same stories they are,” says Johnson. But, he adds, “I think people are happy that we’re filling a void. People want the issues covered, and they’re just not getting covered to the degree that they were in the past.”

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:29:19 AM PST

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    •  Thanks cotterperson, so at least this is a real (3+ / 0-)

      magazine. I was afraid I'd been duped by some "onion like" prank.

      I still sick to my stomach about this. I feel like running to a fast food restaurant and drowning my sorrows in cheeseburgers and fries.  And, just as I've struggled to lose 8 pounds in the last two months.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:32:49 AM PST

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