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Center for Cooperative Media announces more diversity, equity and inclusion grants for NJ journalists

The money is meant to help New Jersey journalists attend events hosted by organizations working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in media

Joe Amditis
Center for Cooperative Media
4 min readJun 17, 2019

Last year, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University launched an award fund dedicated to helping New Jersey journalists attend trainings, events and conferences hosted in 2018 by organizations that work toward improving diversity, equity and inclusion in media.

In previous rounds, we awarded three sets of nearly $15,000 in grants for journalists in our state to attend events put on by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and the NLGJA — The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce another round of awards.

The award fund provides stipends of $500 for local New Jersey journalists to attend eligible events. (If you need additional funding, please detail why when you apply; we know some of these conferences are pricey!) The funding for these stipends is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Local News Lab Fund, a partnership between Democracy Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

To apply, simply click the button below and fill out the form.

What can this money be used for?

Grant funds may be used to cover registration, travel costs or member dues related to the event.

Grants may be applied to more than just the events and organizations listed above; applicants will be asked to indicate which training, conference or event they are applying for when submitting their application.

If you’re looking for more information on this subject or want to find other institutions and opportunities for training, conferences and mentoring, check out this Journalism Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tracker spreadsheet (very useful stuff).

Journalists of color are highly encouraged to apply, but the grants are open to journalists of all backgrounds.

Eligible events could include, among others:

To qualify, an applicant must

  • Reside or work in New Jersey.
  • Provide proof of employment in media, or proof of being a student studying journalism or a related field.
  • Detail which event they will use the scholarship to attend.
  • Agree to share information about what they learned after the event, for the benefit of others in the New Jersey ecosystem.

Meet our previous grant winners

For more information, or if you have any questions, let us know. Send us an email at

Joe Amditis is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Contact him at or on Twitter at @jsamditis.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, the New Jersey Local News Lab Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jerseyand the Abrams Foundation. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit



Joe Amditis
Center for Cooperative Media

Associate director of products + events, Center for Cooperative Media; host + producer, WTF Just Happened Today podcast.