We have to change the narrative surrounding poverty. Here’s how content can help

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the nation. What does that mean?

It means more than a quarter of Philadelphians are experiencing poverty, and that 40 percent of those people are trying to break out of deep poverty while earning less than $13,000 per year for a family of four. It means almost half of city residents can’t provide the basics for themselves and their families.

It means we’re in deep trouble and in need of drastic change. Which is why I was eager to dive into the mounds of research Resolve Philly Editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky had done to prepare for the city’s 2018 solutions journalism collaborative.  Resolve Philly is a solutions-oriented news hub built around newsroom collaboration and community engagement. Continue reading We have to change the narrative surrounding poverty. Here’s how content can help

Career change: I no longer work in a newsroom and I’m pretty excited about it

As of January 2018, I no longer work at Billy Penn, the Philly newsroom where I spent the last three-plus years as community manager, managing editor and editor.

There are many things I won’t get into now, including why I’m no longer there, details of my time there and my goals as editor. I need more distance to allow for clarity and to better articulate how I feel. Continue reading Career change: I no longer work in a newsroom and I’m pretty excited about it

Promotion: I’m now the editor of Billy Penn

After nearly three years with our small Philly media startup, I’ve been promoted to editor of Billy Penn.

This comes during an exciting time for our parent company, Spirited Media, but I’m most excited about what’s ahead for our seven-person staff in Philly. Continue reading Promotion: I’m now the editor of Billy Penn

Panel moderation: What If Innovation Festival

Business and journalism rarely come together they way they should at conferences. So I was delighted to moderate a panel at the What If Innovation Festival last month at Temple University.

The festival was organized by and targeted to students at the Fox School of Business, and I moderated three lightening panels with Philadelphia entrepreneurs about starting, growing and sustaining young businesses. Continue reading Panel moderation: What If Innovation Festival

My mobile-first journalism presentation and other highlights from the 2016 J/i Conference

I found my people in February in Gainesville. They were the speakers and guests at the Journalism Interactive Conference at the University of Florida, where I hosted a session about mobile news.

Anyone who’s been to a journalism conference knows these things can be hit or miss. The session about monetization turns out to be some guy talking about why his newspaper is the special exception to the downward spiral of ad revenue. The social media workshop is run by some newsroom’s intern whose presentation is all fluff and no strategy.

I learned a lot at J/i, but I also had some very interesting conversations with journalists and journalism instructors doing important, innovative work. I don’t love talking about journalism and journalists; I’d much rather do it and teach it. J/i was full of people just like that who were there to talk about what they’re trying and figure out how to incorporate one another’s successes into their newsrooms and classrooms. Continue reading My mobile-first journalism presentation and other highlights from the 2016 J/i Conference

I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, and our team is expanding

Some exciting news: I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, the mobile news website I joined pre-launch in 2014.

The new title comes on the heels of a broader announcement for our company — an investment from Gannett that will allow us to hire more positions in Philly and launch new brands in other markets. Continue reading I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, and our team is expanding

What happened when I let my students Google me

 

In addition to the Multimedia Storytelling class I’ve been teaching for a few years at Temple University, this semester I’m also teaching Journalism Research.

Students in this required course, mostly sophomores, learn how to use various databases, library tools  and social media to research and verify information, and then determine how to use that information in their reporting.

I gave them a pretty simple assignment for our very first class: Google me and tell me what you find. The idea here was to measure the baseline of their search skills – what are they checking, where does that lead them, and how deep will they dive?

The results are below. Continue reading What happened when I let my students Google me