Jersey City Independent

TaglineEye-opening alternative news for a bedroom community on the Hudson
Year Founded2008
Type or CoverageGeneral
StateNew Jersey
CityJersey City
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesPrint Ads
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesOther
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active VolunteersNone
AffiliationsOnline News Association; New Jersey Press Association; content sharing with NJ Spotlight; ads through Google AdSense and AdMob.
Mappin LocationJersey City - New Jersey
Principal StaffJon Whiten
Principal StaffShane Smith
Principal StaffCatherine Hecht
Principal StaffJennifer Weiss
Principal StaffMatt Hunger
DescriptionUnfortunately it’s not difficult to imagine how a city of nearly a quarter-million residents could be wanting for local news coverage these days. When that city exists in the shadow of media-manic Manhattan that fate becomes even more understandable. Such was the case for Jersey City a bedroom community located along the Hudson riverfront bordering the Big Apple until a couple of scrappy enterprising journalists began the alternative news and culture site Jersey City Independent. Co-founder Jon Whiten had lamented to friends about the lack of news coverage in Jersey City (home to one primary news outlet the tabloid Jersey Journal) and “at some point we got sick of complaining and decided to do something about it” he says.
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