By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — With all the bustle of the holiday season and getting a new website design up and running, it almost went unnoticed that Front Runner New Jersey surpassed 1,000 posts in our four years of existence.

It’s hard to believe we are in our fourth year doing this (our fourth year will be completed in August). In reality, we feel like we are just scratching the surface of cover the wonderful communities of color in South Jersey. There is so much to do, so much we want to write about and tell you about, yet we are happy just to get that chance to do it.

We have been fortunate this year with great grants from the NJ Civic Information Consortium, LION and CivicStory, we have been able to expand and grow what we do. We will continue with those effort regardless of what the future holds for us financially.

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Along with a new website design, we expanded our coverage with the Front Runner Diverse Voices column with Shelja Touri as our lead writer, as continue to grow our Front Runner La Prensa coverage. We have also started covering southern Ocean County along with our seven other counties we started with — Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.

We even hired our first summer intern, Adrianna Alston, of Williamstown via Clark Atlanta University, who provided some outstanding coverage for us over the three months she was with us. A special thanks to Rick’s Backyard BBQ, Bully Pest Management, and Creative Content OnDemand for their support.

Over the next five days, we will reveal the stories you read the most on Front Runner New Jersey and FRNJ Extra over the past year. For the fourth year in a row we have increased our views and readership. That’s because of you. Thank you. Now, we want you to tell your friends, associated and everyone about the work we are doing, so they can get into the habit of checking us out as well.

The top 10 most read stories will appear on our Facebook page along with links to the most read stories as we go into 2023. We have a wonderful story to lead off the new year going into 2023. It’s a secret. You will just have to click us on Jan. 1 to find out. Then, we will being our roll out of MLK Day coverage and our 30 Under 40 Top Young African American Leaders of South Jersey on Feb. 1. Yes, we have expanded this from 30 Under 35, to be more inclusive. We have an incredible list of honorees and we can’t wait to share them with you.

We started informing some of the Class of 2023 this week. They are as excited as we are.

We have posted more than 1,000 stories of interest to the communities of color in South Jersey. We are already looking forward to our next 1,000 stories. Maybe your story will be included in that list. We would love to tell it.

In the meantime, please keep clicking us on, keep reading and keep telling the world about Front Runner New and what we are doing.

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