patersonpress_logo_final.jpgSince October of 2010, The Citizens Campaign has owned and operated an award-winning hyperlocal news site to serve the citizens of Paterson, NJ. Paterson Press is the go-to source for broad, unbiased coverage of the City of Paterson from the nitty-gritty daily operations of local government to aggressive investigations to hold public officials accountable, as well as positive stories that highlight educational achievements and community assets.

Under the leadership of noted author and journalist Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press has received several awards from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, including Best Independent Online News Organization and Best Online Public Service. In 2012, Paterson Press was the first online news publication to receive the Stuart Awbry Award for Excellence in Community Journalism.

In March 2013, Paterson Press entered into a content-sharing agreement with North Jersey Media Company ( would like to thank its generous supporters: the Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the William E. Simon Foundation.


Joe.jpgJoe Malinconico is a Bayonne-born “Jersey Guy” whose 20-year journalism career took him from being a copy boy at the New York Times to one of the State’s top investigative reporters at the Star-Ledger.  During his 13-year tenure at the Star-Ledger, Joe’s stories were credited with providing insight that led to reforms in transportation policy and the E-ZPass system. Joe won the 1999 Dee Murphy Award and the NJPA’s Robert P. Kelly Award in 2007.  In 2012, with funding from The Rita Allen Foundation, Joe wrote a how-to guide for online investigative journalism called “Shining Light in Dark Spaces: A Hyperlocal Reporter’s Guide to Covering Municipal Government in New Jersey.” Download the guide here.