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Census in the time of pandemic: All enumerators are required to wear a mask while conducting their work. Photo credit: U.S. Census Bureau.

New Jersey ethnic media publications produce final stories for NJ Media Counts reporting effort

20 reporters participated in the fellowship initiative over the last year

Oni Advincula
Sep 9 · 4 min read

As the 2020 Census enters its last 20 days, thousands of New Jersey households — especially in hard-to-count immigrant and people of color communities — remain unaccounted for.

From the coronavirus to language barriers, distrust in government keeping information confidential and lack of access to the Internet or Census information, several roadblocks could stymie the decennial count in the state.

Since August 2019, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University has worked with ethnic media organizations across New Jersey to strengthen their understanding of and reporting on the 2020 Census. The project, called NJ Media Counts, included reporting fellowships with 20 reporters who received coaching and connections with sources for stories as well as about $35,000 total in awards to support their work.

The NJ Media Counts initiative was funded thanks to a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Originally, we anticipated that NJ Media Counts would wrap up in early summer 2020. But due to the Census operational changes that impacted the response rates across the state, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, we launched a continuation reporting initiative to push for Census participation and engagement with households in the ethnic and immigrant communities.

Below you’ll find the last round of stories from this second cohort of fellows.

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Final countdown to 2020 Census begins, but Passaic County’s immigrant community remains undercounted

Kleibéel Marcano, Reporte Hispano

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Blacks in New Jersey lagging behind in Census responses

D. Kevin McNeir, New Jersey Urban News

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Federal judge orders temporary halt to Census Bureau’s Sept. 30 deadline

D. Kevin McNeir, New Jersey Urban News

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So you think you completed the 2020 Census? Enumerators may still visit your household in New Jersey

Ke “April” Xu, Sing Tao Daily

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Amid apprehension, Census enumerators find education the key in ensuring complete count

Kerith Gabriel, New Jersey Urban News

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As Census takers start visiting homes across NJ, Hungarian leaders say it is safe to open door

Laszlo Bartus, Amerikai Népszava

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Koreans in New Jersey make final push for Census response as Sept. 30 deadline looms

Jongwon Lee, The Korea Daily

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Census takers head door-to-door starting Aug. 11 to engage with non-responders

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News

Oni Advincula is the ethnic media program coordinator at the Center for Cooperartive Media. Contact him at oni.advincula@gmail.com or advinculaa@montclair.edu.

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

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