Eager citizen journalists in Freehold, NJ won't have to look far to find their local newspaper's editors: they're likely to run into them when stopping for coffee on their way to work.
SeeClickFix media partner Freehold inJersey (FinJ) just launched a coffee-shop newsroom, where professional journalists and citizen journalists can meet and mingle over WiFi and lattes. By putting journalists in an easily accessible, community space, FinJ hopes to facilitate interactions between its staff and its readers, allowing new possibilities for finding news stories and aggregating citizen-generated content.
"We hope that having a 'newsroom' in the center of town will encourage folks to drop by, talk to me and the other writers, and participate in a community conversation," said FinJ Colleen Curry in a statement released today. "It will allow Freehold to get to know us, and help us get to know the people we're serving."
SeeClickFix is happy to be included in this project–our widget is proudly displayed on the project's website. The widget has long graced the sites of FinJ's affiliate the Asbury Park Press and the other hyperlocal InJersey sites run by Gannett New Jersey.