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I am asking for your support to help pay for some of the Trenton Journal contributors and operational expenses

The Trenton Journal was born out of a need to highlight the positive voices in Trenton, New Jersey and the surrounding areas and fill in the information gaps through original reporting. We are a part of the community we report on. Trenton Journal is more than just a publication, it’s a movement! I am a Trentonian, homeowner, and a community activist, who believes that you have to be the change that you want to see in this world.

The Trenton Journal is composed of myself and a small group of dedicated  freelancers who cover politics, sports, education, health, business, arts, and culture, in our weekly newsletter, website, and print magazine. Although we are a small team, we have a mighty spirit! I am compelled by the fact that I know the work we do at the Trenton Journal is bigger than any individual. I have been a journalist for over 30 years and understand the importance of people telling their own stories and owning their narrative.

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I am extremely proud of the work that we have done over the past two years, including organizing a voter registration drive and candidate forum for the 2022 general election with the Trenton Chapter NAACP. The Trenton Journal also created a “Telling Your Trenton Story” workshop, where we trained high school students and community members in writing, researching, editing, and fact-checking stories that chronicled their lives in Trenton. I have also worked with students at The College of New Jersey to produce stories on environmental sustainability. In 2022 Trenton Journal was awarded a four-month Civic Story fellowship to report on environmental sustainability in New Jersey.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, such as researching, interviewing, fact-checking, transcribing, writing, editing, in order to produce quality reporting produced by our team of contributors who are paid for their time and talents. When people have reliable information, they become empowered to make decisions that can impact not only them, but the community they live in.

We are grateful for all of you who have shared your Trenton stories with us including, Boston Red Sox outfielder and Trentonian, Narciso Crook, funk legend, Nona Hendryx, the family of noted playwright Ntozake Shange, and Sandra Blackshear, president of Changing the Cycle 1, a non-profit organization that provides mental health and support services for families who have been impacted by gun violence in the city.

As we move forward, we want to venture into longform investigative storytelling and explore audio and video formats. I am also extremely proud of our first print magazine, which celebrated Trenton’s strong arts community and featured five local artists on the cover, making an impact on their community in their own way, which sold out in two days!

Although we have accomplished a lot, there is still more work for us to do and we can’t do it alone, which is why I am asking for your support to help pay for some of the Trenton Journal contributors and operational expenses. Trenton Journal is an independently-owned and operated news publication that has operated through grants and out of pocket funds. We would like to hire more local talent to produce stories about Trenton and connect the community to the resources they desperately need.

Your support of the Trenton Journal will help us to continue to provide free content that informs and inspires the community and will enable us to train and support local talent. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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