A member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ inaugural Democracy and the Informed Citizen cohort has been selected as a fellow of the South Jersey Information Equity Project (SJIEP).
Sade Osuji of Willingboro Township was one of NJCH’s first “Community Scribes,” having completed an intensive community-based journalism training series presented by NJCH, Journalism + Design at the New School, and the Community Foundation of South Jersey. The 2022 Community Scribes received training on identifying stories in their communities, design thinking, interviewing, finding credible information, and media production techniques, among other critical journalism skills. In addition, the program provided opportunities to network with professionals in the journalism industry.
Osuji, a private pilot, educator, and community organizer, notes that she is “committed to increasing social engagement in spaces for positive community impact.”
During the 6-month SJIEP fellowship, Osuji will be assigned to work with one of the program’s three partner newsrooms. In that role, she will meet with community members in a series of convenings to identify coverage gaps and help inform reporting. In addition, fellows will attend training and career development workshops and receive mentorship from professional journalists.
The SJIEP is a project of the Center for Cooperative Media, based at Montclair State University.