Justin Auciello calls JSHN a “two-way news outlet… for the people, by the people.”

Auciello launched JSHN, also known as Jersey Shore Hurricane News, on Facebook in 2011 just before Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey.

In the years since, it has grown to a vibrant community of nearly 250,000 people — who Auciello calls “JSHN contributors” — across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

JSHN has pioneered participatory reporting on Facebook, partnering with the ever changing corps of contributors who help report news, traffic, weather, and general community news — like the regular sunrise and sunset photos from around the Jersey Shore.

JSHN became a critical information resource during Superstorm Sandy and the ensuing recovery efforts. Auciello’s reporting and service to the local communities around New Jersey have been profiled in a number of local, regional, national, and international publications and recognized by the White House, Red Cross, and United Way.

More recently, JSHN has partnered with WHYY in Philadelphia to expand that station’s coverage of New Jersey as well as Jersey Shore InMotion, a brand amplifier that supports locally-owned businesses.