Mike Rispoli

Journalism Campaign Director/News Voices: New Jersey Director

Mike directs Free Press’ campaigns to increase community engagement with newsrooms and find new ways to create and support local journalism. He oversees the organization’s News Voices: New Jersey project and also teaches journalism as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. Before joining Free Press, Mike worked for the human rights organizations Privacy International and Access. Mike also served as the technical editor on the 2015 book You: For Sale, a look at protecting user data and privacy online. In a past life, Mike was a journalist for the Newark Star-Ledger and Gannett Newspapers. Mike received his master's degree in media studies and media management at the New School in New York City and his bachelor's degree in journalism at Marist College. Follow him on Twitter @rispolimike.


Recent Press Statements

In the News

  • NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected

    NJ Spotlight
    March 21, 2017

    During a recent public hearing convened by the Assembly Budget Committee, Mike Rispoli, a former statehouse reporter, asked lawmakers to consider establishing a news consortium using $100 million from the anticipated auction proceeds.

  • Sale of New Jersey's Airwaves Could Address Local News Crisis

    NJ Spotlight
    March 15, 2017

    There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink how people around New Jersey stay up to date with what’s going on in their communities and the state. The state’s participation in the recently concluded FCC spectrum auction, in which it sold off its old public-TV licenses, is bringing in hundreds of millions in new public revenues.

  • 'Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity': Local News Could See a Windfall

    Nieman Lab
    January 5, 2017

    The advocacy group Free Press is encouraging public broadcasters to invest their earnings back into local news and information.

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