Debbie Galant

Director of the NJ News Commons

Debbie Galant is the director of the NJ News Commons, a project of Montclair State University's School of Communication and Media. Supported by the Dodge and Knight foundations, the NJ News Commons fosters collaboration within the state's news ecosystem. It offers training and business assistance to media startups, creates and champions collaborative reporting initiatives, facilitates story sharing and curates the best in New Jersey journalism.

An online news pioneer, Galant founded Baristanet — one of the nation's first and best-known hyperlocal news sites — in 2004. She is the author of three comic novels set in New Jersey and is a former Jersey columnist for the New York Times.

Twitter handle: 
@debgalant, @njnewscommons

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