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Trenton City Museum Features Singer/Actor Paul Robeson

World-renowned singer, actor, Rutgers valedictorian, and Princeton native Paul Robeson is currently featured at the Trenton City Museum (through Spring 2017), as well as at Rutgers-University Newark during the week of Apr. 3 - 10, 2017. More

Video: What is the purpose of News?
CIRCLING BACK:  As journalists rethink the aims and assumptions of news for 2017, these brisk quotes from 5 New Jersey news leaders are timely. [2014]   

Summit's Sustainable Future:  
Local Leaders in Media, Faith, Education, & Government Envision the Year 2026

High school Environmental Science students, the Ford Foundation's director of program services, Summit's City Administrator, and Summit's Environmental Commission Chair were among eight featured speakers at a March 30, 2016 forum entitled Summit's Sustainable Future. Sixty-five attendees included the professional planning team guiding Summit's Master Plan Reexamination. More

Civics Blog

Changes in News for 2017:


By Susan Haig
The Nieman Journalism Lab - a project of Harvard University— has issued its annual round of predictions for the future of journalism in the coming year (double future tense is Nieman's) from a wide swath of news professionals. These 200-plus short essays are candid, heartfelt, and insightful, and they leave no doubt that changes in journalistic practice are coming in 2017.  Read More

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Hope and Health Top Cities' Agenda

"The most important issue regarding cities is getting people to believe that things can be different," said Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow with the Kresge Foundation's American Cities Practice and luncheon keynote speaker for the second NJ Spotlight on Cities conference in Newark. Gazing at the audience of 200 urban activists, she added, "it’s a modest proposition!" Read More

A Grassroots Front Page Story Enlivens the News

As creative director of a civics-based news site featuring videos about social change, I'm asked from time to time how CivicStory decides on topics for its stories. Answer: When initiatives have 4 or 5 significant or surprising elements that are of deep...Read More

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dates we're keeping in mind

Mon Jan 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Fri Jan 20 - Inauguration Day

Sun Feb 12 - Lincoln's Birthday

Thu Mar 2 - "Read Across America" Day

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Dec 22, 2016 NIEMAN LAB SIGNALS NEWS RENEWAL in 2017 Read More

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Civics Quiz & Quotes

test your civics quotient...

1. What were the first 4 US presidential cabinet positions, and in which year were they established by law?

2. When and how was Inauguration Day moved from March 4 to January 20?

3. When and on what day do new terms of US senators and representatives begin?

4. When is Election Day, 2017?

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'

"The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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