It’s been 16 months since the Bloomfield Information Project launched at the start of the pandemic. And this August, we’re taking a strategic pause to recalibrate our work.

That mostly means pausing the Daily Bulletin, our daily newsletter, until September. We’ll take this time to make critical improvements to our news products, hire our first Civic Info Producer, and set ourselves up for success in the coming year.

Since the Bloomfield Information Project launched in March 2020, we’ve produced more than 300 editions of the Daily Bulletin, brought thousands of pieces of local news and information to hundreds of households, and distributed more than 2,400 cloth face masks to people most likely to share news by word-of-mouth in our community.

In March 2021, we received an Excellence in Local News award for innovation from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University for the Daily Bulletin, a service which we launched to respond to a need we heard at our first community listening session in 2019.

In June 2021, our reporting on policing in Bloomfield was recognized by the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists with The Stuart & Beverley Awbrey Award for Best Community Journalism.

The judges called our work following a community agenda to address systemic racism in Bloomfield “a comprehensive, well-researched example of community advocacy journalism taking on tough matters and officials charged with serving the public.”

In addition to these milestones, we’ve raised more than $100,000 since October 2020 to sustain our work. That means the Bloomfield Information Project will continue to operate through at least 2022.

Our success is the result of our community’s belief that a more informed, engaged, and resilient Bloomfield is possible and worth working towards.

To join the movement for a better Bloomfield, sign up for the Daily Bulletin – returning in September:

Every day we review dozens of sources of local information to put the Bloomfield news you need to know in one place: your inbox.

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