Three Democratic U.S. Senate candidates call for ballot reform in N.J. primary race

Three Democratic U.S. Senate candidates call for ballot reform in N.J. primary race

U.S. Rep. Andy Kim and two other Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, Patricia Campos-Medina and Larry Hamm, are calling on Democratic county party chairs and county clerks across the state to ditch the so-called “county-line” ballot for primary races and instead use the standard “office-block” ballot that is used in the rest of the country….

Help us reach our end-of-year fundraising goal and support more investigative reporting in N.J.

There are only a few days left in our end-of-year fundraising campaign. During this campaign, your donation is matched as part of a national campaign for nonprofit journalism called NewsMatch. Every donation to The Jersey Vindicator up to a total of $15,000 in donations will be matched through Dec. 31. All donations are tax-deductible. Even…

Update on our new ‘county chronicler’ program to document county meetings across N.J.

Update on our new ‘county chronicler’ program to document county meetings across N.J.

A big thank you to everyone who has shared the news about our new volunteer program to document county meetings across the state. We are calling this program “county chroniclers.” Coverage of county commissions has declined over the past decade as newspapers have slashed jobs. We interviewed more than three dozen residents across the state…

Republican bill would restrict disclosure of police body camera recordings in N.J., require consent of each subject in footage (Updated)

Republican bill would restrict disclosure of police body camera recordings in N.J., require consent of each subject in footage (Updated)

Apps can easily blur or pixelate faces or other parts of images, which would be a less restrictive way to deal with public records requests related to police body cam footage. Face blurred by The Jersey Vindicator using software. A new bill was introduced on Dec. 28 during the lame-duck session of the New Jersey…

OPRAmachine founder to step down, hand reins to New Brunswick Today editor

OPRAmachine founder to step down, hand reins to New Brunswick Today editor

Gavin Rozzi, the founder of OPRAmachine, is stepping down from managing the project on Jan. 1. Charlie Kratovil, the editor of the local news website New Brunswick Today, will become the new project leader for OPRAmachine. Rozzi, an award-winning data scientist, web developer, and former independent journalist, founded OPRAmachine in 2017. The website helps citizens…

N.J. lawmakers appear to be hitting pause on rewriting Open Public Records Act; bill targeting ‘commercial requestors’ still possible in lame-duck session

N.J. lawmakers appear to be hitting pause on rewriting Open Public Records Act; bill targeting ‘commercial requestors’ still possible in lame-duck session

Democrats and Republicans were in agreement about their desire to substantially change the state’s Open Public Records Act when they discussed lame-duck legislative session priorities at the League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City. New Jersey lawmakers appear to be stepping back from an effort to substantially rewrite the Open Public Records Act during the…

Jersey Vindicator announces new volunteer program to document county commission meetings across the state

Jersey Vindicator announces new volunteer program to document county commission meetings across the state

We began interviewing residents about their information needs last month. Those interviews will continue into the new year, and we also plan to host listening sessions in communities across the state in 2024. If you volunteered to be interviewed and we have not spoken to you yet, we will be reaching out after the holidays….

Jersey Vindicator announces new volunteer program to document county commission meetings across the state

Jersey Vindicator announces new volunteer program to document county commission meetings across the state

We began interviewing residents about their information needs last month. Those interviews will continue into the new year, and we also plan to host listening sessions in communities across the state in 2024. If you volunteered to be interviewed and we have not spoken to you yet, we will be reaching out after the holidays….

Jersey Vindicator chosen for Google News Initiative startup lab

We mentioned in one of our recent newsletters that we would be hitting a pause on some of our reporting to focus on building a sustainable foundation for The Jersey Vindicator. In October we were accepted to the Google News Initiative’s Pre-launch Lab. We were so excited, because we know from others who have participated…

Jersey Vindicator chosen for Google News Initiative startup lab

We mentioned in one of our recent newsletters that we would be hitting a pause on some of our reporting to focus on building a sustainable foundation for The Jersey Vindicator. In October we were accepted to the Google News Initiative’s Pre-launch Lab. We were so excited, because we know from others who have participated…