What is the Jersey City Independent?

Jersey City Independent is Jersey City’s alternative source for community news, arts, culture and life.

Jersey City Independent provides quality hyperlocal coverage through its print publication and its online website focusing on community news, arts and culture, events, important local issues and JCI tells the stories about Jersey City’s people.


Jersey City Independent was founded in 2008 by Jon Whiten and Shane Smith.

In Print

 JCI magazine is our free print publication that comes out quarterly. In December 2009, Jersey City Independent acquired NEW magazine and in 2013, NEW became JCI. To pick up a copy, check out our distribution locations.

Harmony Media, NJ

In 2014 Catherine Hecht formed Harmony Media NJ, LLC and purchased the Jersey City Independent and JCI magazine. Harmony Media, NJ is an independent media company specializing in communications, marketing, and publishing.

Our Reach

We publish 15,000 magazines each quarter which are distributed for free throughout Jersey City as well as at highly visible community events and PATH stations. 20,000+ average visitors per month log on to on our website, 19,000+ people follow us on social media (8,000+ on twitter, 6,000+ on facebook, 3,000+ on instagram) and 2,700+ readers subscribe to our biweekly email newsletter.


JCI Members enjoy discounts from Supporting Partners and at local events plus a subscription to JCI Magazine. Become a member today!

Who is JCI?

Catherine Hecht is the publisher of Jersey City Independent. If you’d like to advertise, get a media kit, be added to our distribution list, or would like to pursue sponsorship or other marketing initiatives, you can reach her at checht(at)jerseycityindependent.com.

Assistant Editor: JCI is currently looking to fill this position. Interested?

Part time Staff Writer: JCI is currently looking to fill this position. Interested?

Sue Goodman is the webmaster for the Jersey City Independent website. You can reach her at webmaster(at)jerseycityindependent.com.

Jaden Remy is the Art Director for JCI magazine and the Jersey City Independent website.

Contributors Page Coming Soon!