Mike Rispoli

News Voices Director

Mike directs Free Press’ News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. 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. Follow him on Twitter @rispolimike.


Recent Press Statements

In the News

  • Good Journalism Won't Be Enough

    Nieman Lab
    December 13, 2017

    "If journalists want the public to listen, then journalists have to listen to the public. If journalists want the public to care, then journalists have to care about the public."

  • Hoping a New Jersey Windfall Will Help New Jersey Journalism

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    November 21, 2017

    Should New Jersey use nearly a third of a $332-million windfall to bolster and expand local journalism across the state?


  • Building Bridges Across the Editorial Divide

    Toronto Star
    October 10, 2017

    How to strengthen journalism? Collaborations in Montreal and New Jersey promise more voices, more expertise and deeper understanding.