Community leaders and journalists meet in Northeast Philadelphia

The Center for Public Interest Journalism recently organized our latest community conversation, hosted this time at the Mayfair Community Development Corporation in Northeast Philadelphia.

Journalists discussed how to find the right reporters, how to pitch and tell stories, and the realities of limited newsroom resources, while community leaders talked about advocating for their neighborhoods in periods of change and adaptation.

The Center has been leading a series of conversations on news coverage of diverse communities in Philadelphia, including previous events at the Media Mobilizing Project, Norris Square Civic Association, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Asian Arts InitiativeThe events have been moderated by Temple Journalism Professor George Miller.

Please share your observations and suggestions for next steps and future events in the comments area below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter @CPIJournalism.

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Register now for BarCamp NewsInnovation at Temple

BarCamp NewsInnovation, Philadelphia’s annual, one-day national un-conference on journalism innovation and the future of news, will take place on April 26th at Annenberg Hall, on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. This year’s keynote presenter will be Amanda Zamora, the senior engagement editor at ProPublica.

Register now for early-bird $5 tickets; or attend for free with a valid student ID. More info: #bcni14

Take a look back at #bcni13 with this overview including interviews with Chris Wink of Technically MediaAndrew Mendelson of CPIJ and the Temple University Department of JournalismAmy Quinn of PlanPhilly and NewsWorks, and Temple ’12 journalism grad Matt Petrillo of @News13ssptv@FSRN and @NarrativelyNY.

In case you haven’t been to a barcamp, it is a user-generated conference — or un-conference — where everyone is encouraged to present and expected to participate in a grid of workshops that develop throughout the day. It feels something like social media in the face-to-face world.

If you are traveling to Philadelphia for #bcni14 and would like to apply for support, please complete this form before midnight on Sunday, April 13.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the presentations will start at 10 a.m. After an hour break for lunch at 12 p.m., the last presentations will start at 4 p.m. (FAQs)

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Philadelphia journalists: Catch a ride to the next CPIJ community conversation, April 3rd in Northeast Philadelphia

Reserve your spot now to join the Center for Public Interest Journalism for our next community conversation, focusing on the Holmesburg, Mayfair and Tacony communities of Northeast Philadelphia. We will gather at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd at the offices of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, at 2990 St. Vincent Street.


Journalists gather with community leaders at our last community conversation, at the Media Mobilizing Project in West Philadelphia last fall.

Participating organizations include the Mayfair CDC, Mayfair Civic, Holmesburg Civic Association, Tacony Civic Association, Mayfair Business Association, Mayfair Town Watch, Tacony/Holmesburg Town Watch and the Northeast Quality of Life Coalition.

CPIJ will provide sandwiches at the event and free transportation, leaving from the Temple University Center City campus at 15th and Market Streets at 6:15 p.m., with a return trip after the meeting.

You can RSVP now to attend the meeting, and please indicate in the form’s comments box if you will be joining us for the ride.

Temple University Journalism Professor George Miller will moderate once again.

Watch our videos to learn more: CPIJ has been organizing series of conversations on news coverage of diverse communities in Philadelphia, including previous events at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Asian Arts Initiative the Norris Square Civic Association and at the Media Mobilizing Project. A complete video report will follow this event as well.

Please share your observations and suggestions for next steps and future events in the comments area below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter @CPIJournalism.

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CPIJ hosts watchdog reporting workshop in Center City

1The Center for Public Interest Journalism played host this week to a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop, led by the Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and Beth Daley, investigative reporter and director of partnerships at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, both pictured at left.

The workshop taught the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

The sessions and the follow-up training were offered for free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.


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CPIJ sending Philadelphia-area journalists to #NABJ14 in Boston

The Center for Public Interest Journalism is accepting applications from Philadelphia-area journalists for support to attend the National Association of Black Journalists’ 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston from July 30th through August 3rd.

updnabjlogo.765x252According to nabj.orgThousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

Grants of $1,500 will be available to offset registration, travel, lodging and per diem costs. Find more info on CPIJ’s 2014 Conference Sponsorship page and apply for sponsorship by midnight, Monday, March 31, 2014.

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