Immigration remains a fiercely-debated conversation topic throughout the nation, one that is particularly relevant in New Jersey. Nearly 22 percent of New Jersey’s population–almost two million people–are foreign-born residents, making New Jersey one of the most diverse states in the country. What makes the state’s immigration population unique is they come to the Garden State from across the globe. How do they measure success in America? How has current, divisive political rhetoric affected their daily lives? How are these communities impacting New Jersey at large? NJ Spotlight aims to answer these and many more questions with an exciting new venture.
NJ Spotlight, an award-winning, nonprofit news site, is heading a year-long reporting project about immigration in New Jersey. This project will examine the lesser-known stories of immigration, such as why certain ethnic groups have settled where they have, and why certain communities gain political power while others struggle.
NJ Spotlight has set up a fundraising campaign on Beacon, a crowd-funding site specifically dedicated to supporting journalistic endeavors. Beacon will match contributor efforts dollar-for-dollar, but only if NJ Spotlight reaches its fundraising goal of $30,000 by the March 8 deadline. 58 percent of the project has been funded so far, with a little less than two weeks to hit the goal.
New Jersey Monthly has joined the effort as a print and online partner with NJ Spotlight. To contribute and read more about the project, visit this website.Click here to leave a comment