Simon Galperin is a journalist, technologist, and organizer working in media and policy to strengthen democracy. He is the founding director of the Bloomfield Information Project and of the Community Info Coop, a nonprofit organization leading development of new models of public participation and funding in journalism, media, and technology.
As a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, Simon launched and continues to run the organization’s Info Districts Project to establish special improvement districts as a model for funding local news and information now with partnerships in New Jersey, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, Brazil, and the UK.
Through the organization’s award-winning public service journalism lab, the Bloomfield Information Project, Simon puts theory into practice, building a community-run news service to serve Essex County, New Jersey’s working-class, and communities of color.
Previously, Simon worked in business development roles at GroundSource, Opinary, and ProPublica. He graduated from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY with an M.A. in Engaged Journalism in 2016.
Simon is also a former EMT and outdoor educator who speaks English as a second language.