Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cast Out, but Still Reporting

Less than three months later, NewJerseyNewsroom (, a Web site owned and operated by journalists, is up and running. Last Friday, the site was topped with an article by Tom Hester, a longtime State House reporter, deconstructing the decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court. It upheld Gov. Jon Corzine’s decision to upend a 34-year-old formula that pushed the most public school financing to the poorest districts.

Sitting last Friday at the same public library where the enterprise was conceived, Mr. Hester, 65, talked with wonder about the ability just to push a button and find an audience, bypassing the editors, printing and trucks that used to convey his work.

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