Another local online Knight-funded news startup has launched in the form of NJ Spotlight.
It’s staffed by NJ news veterans, including some former newspaper reporters, and covers state-specific issues.
“With a new governor and legislature and a recession that won’t quit, issues like schools, energy and health care are seeing big changes and a ton of news,” John Mooney, the site’s founding editor and education writer, said in a statement. “We plan to keep providing substance and depth to how those subjects are covered.”
The stories published on NJ Spotlight will sometimes cross over into print: this story ran on the front of the New Jersey Star-Ledger’s business section last week.
The site, currently funded by the Knight Foundation, the William Penn Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey, has eight people on its masthead, but many more contributors’ names.
Though the media landscape in New Jersey is already pretty saturated with startups and hyperlocal blogs (Patch, Baristanet, etc), we welcome anything that is trying to create more jobs for journalists.