Alternative, independent coverage of New Jersey news, arts, culture, food, recreation, events and more. Online and in print; always free.

Free-for-all news for all New Jersey.

We launched NJ INDY in 2021 because we were tired of culture getting short-shrift in local media coverage. Instead of stories about the creators in our state, we too often get rehashed lists of pizza places and photo galleries of every spot Bruce Springsteen mentions in his songs. It’s reductive, easy, clickbait-y bullshit; it reinforces negative stereotypes about Jersey; and, it belies the depth of creation in the Garden State.

So, seeing no statewide alternative, independent media source dedicating to covering Jersey culture, we created one: NJ INDY. It’s born out of the alt-weekly tradition—narrative storytelling and reporting of issues, trends, makers and events ignored or bungled by the traditional media, often with a touch of irreverence, available for free always.

We’ve tweaked the platform a little bit—we’ll (eventually) print monthly free editions in addition to our online stories—but we carry the intention of the alternative (and we’re not talking about “alt” in the batshit nutjob pizzagate space laser sense) media: to illuminate all corners of life in New Jersey with thought and passion, and to make it available for free.

We’re always looking for passionate, local storytellers to write for us. Drop editor/publisher Matt Cortina a line at matt@njindy.com if you’re interested in writing for us.