Join us on Election Night for free pizza and collaborative journalism

We’re hosting an election night open newsroom!

It’s almost election time! New Jersey is about to choose a new governor after eight years under Gov. Chris Christie.

To mark the occasion, we’re partnering with NJ Spotlight once again to build a live election map as the results come in on election night, next Tuesday, Nov. 7. We need your help to watch for results starting at 7:45 p.m. and input those numbers to help populate the map, which will be embedded on news sites across the state. Additionally, we’ll be asking local journalists to go on air with Montclair State University students from WMSC 90.3 FM and The Montclarion to discuss results. We’ll pay you in pizza and camaraderie!

This election night open newsroom is a great opportunity for:

  • Local and hyperlocal publishers
  • Students and faculty
  • Freelancers and bloggers
  • Any journalist or news junkie without a newsroom

In previous years, we were awarded an Excellence in Journalism Award in the category of Online Deadline Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists for our efforts. This year, we have the entire Montclair State University journalism and media apparatus at our disposal, including all the shiny new equipment in our new $60 million School of Communication and Media Building.

All Montclair State campus media organizations will also be participating in this massive collaborative event: Wired Jersey, MSU Broadcast and Media Operations, The Montclarion, and WMSC will be running a two-hour simulcast, complete with a Facebook Live stream. Attendees will have the opportunity to go on air and on camera to discuss their own reporting efforts in their respective communities, as well as any other projects and events related to the election.

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity (to eat free pizza)!

Anyone can drop by, but we do need some committed folks who promise to stay until all the votes are counted.

If you’re one of those dedicated news nerds, click the button below or send an email to Joe Amditis at amditisj@montclair.edu and let us know if you can make it! We’ll send you parking and other information in the days leading up to the election.

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