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CivicStory (formerly NJ Arts News) was founded in 2009 to address gaps in daily news through high-quality short videos for general audiences. Founder and Creative Director Susan Haig, a conductor with broad orchestra/opera experience in the US and Canada, aimed to raise news directors' and the public's awareness of the work of NJ's innovative nonprofits.  NJ Arts News received tax-exempt status in 2014 and was renamed CivicStory in 2015 to reflect our broader focus on civics, sustainability, and creative change in cities. 

 

CivicStory's inventory of 80 videos encompasses subjects such as environmental stewardship, engaged citizenship, innovation, and public humanities.  More than 30 of these videos have aired on NJTV News, on WHYY’s NewsWorks.org, in radio form on WBGO (Newark), and on public access cable stations. Since 2010, CivicStory has presented public forums exploring the civic role and purpose of news, and the impact of news media on democracy and our environment.

 

In 2016, CivicStory received the Broader Vision Award from the Garden State Film Festival for filmmaking dedicated to the greater good.  CivicStory is based in Summit, NJ, and has a board of seven and a part-time creative team of four.

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