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

  • Business of News: New Jersey Introduces a Fund That Will Support Local Journalism

    Editor & Publisher
    August 18, 2017

    After New Jersey sold its public television licenses for $332 million, the Senate and Assembly majority leaders proposed establishing a fund that would pay for journalistic initiatives and civic-information programs through partnerships with state universities. The state would put $20 million a year for five years into the fund.

  • Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism While Trenton Is 'Out of Town'

    NJ Spotlight
    July 17, 2017

    Grassroots effort to tap into cash from the sale of public airwaves will continue through the summer and into 2018 if need be, Free Press Action Fund organizers say.

  • Bill Aims to Fund Better Local News Coverage

    Asbury Park Sun
    June 13, 2017

    At a recent event held in Asbury Park, local residents and members of the local media came together with Free Press Action Fund to brainstorm how proceeds from the $332-million sale of old public-media licenses should be used to better inform communities.

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