The New Jersey Hyperlocal News Association (HNA) will be coming together at the Rutgers Student Center this Friday, February 18th from 10:30 am to 12:30pm to talk School Budgets and how to best cover them.

The HNA is a coalition of journalists, editors, publishers, and citizen journalists – each committed to ensuring robust reporting of local government and politics. For this month’s meeting, the Hyperlocal News Association is bringing in some heavy hitters to discuss the school budget process.

A school budget accounts for nearly 60% of a municipality’s property tax bill —and for the next few months this will be the number one discussion among parents, taxpayers, and business owners.  This session was put together to ensure timely and reliable information on the school budget process for hyperlocal news websites.

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The meeting is a free training session for editors, reporters, students,  citizen journalist and members of the public. To ensure a seat, it is recommended that you preregister here.

Speakers include: Gene Maeroff, Edison School Board President, Former NY Times National Education Correspondent, and Author, “School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy”; John Mooney,  Founder & Editor,;  Jonathan Busch, Member, School Board Law Team, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC;  Valerie Goger – Superintendent, Bernards Township School District.

For more information, contact Heather Taylor at (732) 548-9798 x.1 or