Impact 100 Garden State Hosts ‘Use it or Lose It’: Why We Need Local News

Local newsrooms are disappearing in America. According to a 2018 survey by the University of North Carolina Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, half of the 3,143 counties in the U.S. now have just one newspaper.

Nearly 200 counties have no newspaper at all.

The fallout from not having a reliable source of local, original, hard news pertaining to our communities is far greater than we can imagine. What can be done? Impact 100 Garden State is pleased to host eight panelists from a variety of media – print, digital, television – who will join advocates for government and philanthropic support, to discuss the issue.

Moderated by Kevin Coughlin, editor and owner of, the distinguished group of panelists includes:

  • Joe Amditis, Associate Director, Center for Cooperative Media, School of Communication and Media at Montclair State
  • Chris Daggett, Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Marie DeNoia, Emmy Award winning journalist, reporter for WCBS, producer at MSNBC
  • Denise Lang-Grant, Former editor of Echoes-Sentinel, member of Producers Guild of America
  • Elizabeth Parker, Executive editor and co-publisher of NJ Hills Media Group
  • Mike Rispoli,  Director of the Free Press New Voices connecting communities to local newsrooms
  • Lisa Vickery, Day editor of the national news desk at the Wall Street Journal

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 – 8:00
Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison
Free admission. Refreshments. Parking in Rear by March 5

Impact 100 is a Special Project Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which supports charitable giving focused on making NJ communities stronger. Women work together to provide transformative grants to local non-profits in Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties.  Each member donates $1000 a year and together they make the impact of a $100,000 donation.   Over six years since Impact 100 Garden State was founded, the organization has grown from 135 members to 300 members, and during that time provided over $1.35 million in grant money to 13 local non-profits.

Impact 100 Garden State is actively seeking women to join and become members of this all-volunteer organization.  Its membership drive runs through March 31, 2019.

To find out more about Impact 100 Garden State, go to