Who we are
NJ Platform is a media hub serving South Jersey. It’s a place for news, analysis, and multimedia stories about key community issues in a region with dwindling local news coverage.
Here at NJ Platform, we bring together a diverse array of voices and experiences in Camden, Atlantic City and beyond. We focus on reflecting and amplifying community visions for change, informing people about the pressing issues that aren’t getting enough news coverage, and providing commentary on reporting form other news outlets.
As we embark on this effort online, we are also working on the ground – looking for ways to amplify the voices of community leaders and organizations in South Jersey– and reaching out to municipal services, cultural organizations, community groups, and service agencies. We also help communities build their ability to tell their own stories, represent their work in the media, and engage wider audiences. We build long-term collaborations and relationships, both through co-producing media as well as by offering trainings.
I am a media organizer with MMP and I first got involved with the organization as a fellow in 2014. Since September 2015, I’ve been meeting people in Atlantic City, listening and learning about what issues impact working people on a daily basis, and what their hopes and visions are for the city and region. I believe that our communities are far more resilient than people in power would lead us to think. I’m collaborating with casino workers, health care professionals, faith leaders, concerned parents, artists, and community leaders to lift up unheard stories of change in Atlantic County.
I’m trained as a folklorist and videographer and since 2008 I’ve worked to collaboratively document, preserve and present the vital community traditions of working communities. While at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, I worked on Eatala: A Life in Klezmer, about klezmer drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts. I have an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and did my master’s thesis on the cultural impacts and collective responses of resistance to the natural gas industry in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Sean Brown – N.J. Media Organizer
I’m the son of a public school teacher, a Camden native, and the father of two young boys. I grew up in the Baptist church and graduated from Pennsauken High School in 2000. I have a BA in Urban Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Rutgers University. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Camden and New Orleans, I worked at CamConnect doing community outreach, sharing data and reports with community organizations and the residents of the city. I also worked at Camden Community Connections, doing database management, training students in the after school program, and assisting with intake and training for the STRIVE program. I founded Young Urban Leaders while an undergraduate student at Rutgers University to support the leadership development of young adults in Camden. I served on the Camden school board from 2010-2013 as the youngest member to ever be appointed, and I’m currently the chairman of the policy committee. One day, I hope to release an urban folk album.