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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

COVID-19 Briefing #3 (4.15.20) – Journalism & Informing Communities

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #3 – April 15, 2020

Topic: Journalism: informing communities and fostering equity during COVID-19

Guest speaker #1: Stefanie Murray, Director – Center for Cooperative Media

Guest speaker #2: Brit Harley, News Voices Fellow – WBGO

Guest speaker #3: Miriam Axel-Lute, Associate Director/Editor – Shelterforce

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Demographic data sources on who is being affected by COVID-19, though these are still limited
  • Community-centered journalism programming (digital town halls, phone tree info sharing,
  • Mental Health hotlines and virtual offerings
  • Hubs & Collaboratives looking for partnerships or providing information
  • Artist resources
Download the full summary and resource links here.

“Attending Asbury Park’s Call to Collaboration was my launch for my girl-centered mentoring program. It was an informative and educational experience that I will forever value. I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with community members from all walks of life.”

– Angela Ahbez-Anderson – Board Member & four-term President, Asbury Park School District (Asbury Park)