Covering metropolitan life from Newark to North Jersey to New York City

Who are we?

Students at Rutgers-Newark, working with editor-in-chief Robert W. Snyder, director of the Journalism and Media Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark, and other faculty members. Our articles usually start life as journalism and writing assignments at Rutgers-Newark, but we also publish contributions from people who live in, work in, or care about the places we explore: Newark, North Jersey, and New York City.

Where are we?

In the middle of the metropolitan area defined by New Jersey and New York City, writing from cities, towns and neighborhoods that don't always make it onto the national media map.

In pursuit of a national audience, big media from New York City too often skip over day-to-day life in North Jersey. And despite the best efforts of New Jersey newspapers and broadcasters, here in the jumbled old towns and cities of North Jersey there are still plenty of stories waiting to be told. We aim to tell them.

Our goal is to give Newark and the region around it a face on the World Wide Web.

We want to show what makes our region distinctive. We also want to show how it connects with the larger New Jersey-New York metropolitan area.

In our part of the world, there is a train system called the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system, or PATH. The PATH, with stations in Newark Hoboken, Jersey City and Manhattan, helps knit North Jersey and New York City into one great metropolitan area.

Where the PATH goes, we go. And if we notice a story or a picture or a sound from beyond our territory that illuminates the larger questions of metropolitan life, we'll take you there, too.

What are we looking for?

We're primarily a publisher of non-fiction: reporting, features, essays, interviews and first-person accounts that shed light on Newark, North Jersey and New York City.

But we're also interested in short stories and poems that illuminate life in our part of the world.

We have the capacity to present printed words, photographs, recorded sound, responses to individual pieces and original commentaries submitted by our readers. Eventually, we'll also be able to present streaming video.

If you think you have something for us, send it in.

For now, while we are in the building stage, send contributions directly to our editor: