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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.

“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)