The South Jersey Information Equity Project was conceived at the Center for Cooperative Media in late 2019 through a partnership with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Its goal is to address media inequity in South Jersey, specifically by seeking to improve the quality and quantity of news and information produced by and for communities of color.
SJIEP seeks to support and elevate Black media makers, specifically in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, and Atlantic counties — including those who identify as journalists and those who do not — and connect them with resources, funding, and platform partners to share their work.
The project also aims to build trust and community connections through media making and strengthen the networks between Black journalists, media, and communities in South Jersey.
Latest updates + events:
By Charles Curtis, III | SJCR | Nov. 14, 2023
Community journalism empowers and equips residents with the knowledge to inform, motivate, and engage with their community. As part of SJCR, we will focus on media literacy, sourcing reliable data, and multimedia storytelling techniques.
By Adrienne Bauldock | SJCR | Oct. 17, 2023
Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to the two talented, experienced local journalists selected from within the SJIEP network to work directly with the community reporters.
By Sade Osuji | Front Runner New Jersey | Oct. 16, 2023
My name is Sade Osuji and I am stepping into the cockpit and flying into a world where the number of Black female pilots will count for more than just 1% of the overall female pilot population in the United States.
By Cassandra Etienne | Center of Cooperative Media | Oct. 3, 2023
Applications are currently open for the new program: a collaboration between the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the South Jersey Information Equity Project.
South Jersey Information Equity Project congratulates 2023 reporting fellows, gears up for the next cohort
By Cassandra Etienne and Adrienne Bauldock | Center of Cooperative Media | July 19, 2023
Over the last several months, the fellows have been producing solutions-based, restorative narrative journalism in their respective communities across Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties.
By Joe Amditis | Center of Cooperative Media | June 29, 2023
We hosted a celebration of the 2023 South Jersey Information Equity Project reporting fellows at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia on June 29. The fellows are part of the second SJIEP reporting cohort.
Voice Your Choice: Willingboro Council’s Kaya McIntosh, Samantha Whitfield, Tiffani Worthy make their re-election run
By Sade Osuji | Front Runner New Jersey | June 2, 2023
Willingboro Township’s ballot trio — Mayor Kaya McIntosh, Deputy Mayor Samantha Whitfield, and Councilwoman Dr. Tiffani Worthy — is running for re-election for township council this primary election.
By Sade Osuji | Front Runner New Jersey | April 25, 2023
The newly renovated Willingboro Amphitheatre was on full display during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and events celebrating National Poetry Month by the Willingboro Recreation and Parks Department this past weekend.
By Jenise Rolle | Scoops USA | April 25, 2023
EarthWeek 2023 may have officially ended, but the City of Camden is continuing the celebration through a series of neighborhood cleanups.
By Sade Osuji | Front Runner New Jersey | April 24, 2023
The Willingboro Recreation and Parks Department honored six women on Sunday, April 23 during the 11th annual Phenomenal Women Awards Dinner.
By Jenise Rolle | Scoops USA | April 11, 2023
One woman is on a mission to help break the cycle of poverty in the City of Camden, New Jersey, and she is doing it through performing arts and creative playwriting.
By Sade Osuji | Front Runner New Jersey | March 23, 2023
Lavett Ballard uses her impactful artwork to tell stories about Black women and Black people within a historical context, creating re-imaged visual narratives of people of African descent that has been highly acknowledged by celebrities and other influencers.
By Charles Curtis, III | March 20, 2023
Recently, the New Jersey State Assembly passed a bill establishing a central registry for sickle cell trait diagnoses that provides informational outreach and genetic counseling.
By Tyriq DeShields | March 15, 2023
Breland and Leak are the leaders of the Burlington County-based Teach Educators and Scholars Organization, or TESO. The organization is leading an initiative to make education more inclusive for everybody, mainly those in underserved communities.
By Mya Calderon | March 9, 2023
Period poverty happens when someone can’t afford menstrual hygiene products, and New Jersey lawmakers hope to address the issue with new legislation.
By Tyriq DeShields | March 7, 2023
Local African American authors shared their stories — from historical resistance, overcoming personal challenges to learning about new heroes — at the Black Authors Showcase at Curate Noir inside Moorestown Mall on March 4.
By Charles Curtis, III | Feb. 24, 2023
Located at 734 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ, Ida’s Bookshop is a Black-owned business that opened in 2021 following the success of its sister shop, Harriet’s Bookshop, located at 258 E. Girard Ave, which opened a year prior in February 2020 in Philadelphia.
By Sade Osuji | Feb. 18, 2023
Willingboro Township’s Recreation and Parks Department celebrated Black History Month with a series of events that focused on the Black arts and health.
By Adrienne Bauldock | Feb. 6, 2023
Read on to learn more about the 2023 cohort of SJIEP reporting fellows: Mya Calderon, Charles Curtis, III, Tyriq DeShields, Sade Osuji, and Jenise Rolle.
By Joe Amditis | Jan. 16, 2023
Four new fellows will produce solutions-based, restorative narratives with and for communities of color in Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties
South Jersey Information Equity Project congratulates inaugural reporting fellows and announces plans for second cohort in 2023
By Cassandra Etienne | Nov. 2, 2022
We’re looking forward to our next round of reporting fellowships!
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate our 2022 SJIEP fellows!
More info, plus a recap and some video coming soon!
By Adrienne Bauldock | May 9, 2022
First cohort will produce restorative narrative-oriented stories about and for Black communities in South Jersey