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Previous Event: Working with the Press

September 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: The Watershed Center – 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534


Your mission is important, your work is impactful, your staff and board are knowledgeable, but sometimes it’s it just seems like your message isn’t getting out there! Working with the press isn’t always an easy task. Communicating complex environmental ideas is tough, but it can also be difficult just to find the right reporter or outlet to talk to and to know what to say.

In this interactive workshop, Mike Rispoli of Free Press and Meghan Jambor of the Dodge Foundation will walk you through how your nonprofit can work more effectively with media outlets and the press. They’ll discuss how to frame issues in ways that resonate with journalists (and readers), and how to better connect with staff at various media outlets. They will also highlight what has worked for organizations who’ve achieved media successes.

The workshop will take place at the Watershed Center in Pennington (headquarters of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association) and lunch will be provided.


Mike Rispoli directs Free Press’ campaigns to protect press freedom and oversees the organization’s News Voices: New Jersey project. He 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.

Meghan Jambor oversees Dodge’s communications initiatives and coordinates Foundation events and convenings. She writes and shares news, information and stories about the Foundation and its grantees and is the voice behind Dodge’s social media accounts. Prior to joining the Dodge staff, Meghan was an award-winning reporter, digital editor and local editor at the Daily Record, a Gannett-owned news operation in Morris County. She founded and edited Grassroots, a weekly section that tells the stories of the area’s sustainability communities, and worked with community partners to plan the Morris County Sunday Supper Series and annual Grassroots Awards.


September 26, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


The Watershed Institute Coordinator
609.737.3735 x27


The Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science, and Education
31 Titus Mill Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534 United States
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609.737.3735 x27

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