This platform was created as an extension of Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods program.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods is the cornerstone of the Department of Journalism’s mission to better tell stories in the undercovered and underserved neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Students tell the stories that represent the diverse voices of the multicultural and multinational Philadelphia neighborhoods. Each semester students concentrate their news coverage in a targeted Philadelphia neighborhood, and then provide it with topical information and news from the community. PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods provides a form of hyper-local coverage missing from our urban communities: journalism street by street.
While that class serves as the capstone project for all journalism students, it was important to find a way to empower, equip, and elevate community members in various neighborhoods to produce their own reporting. This website is the result of that effort, to provide a path and platform for those who want to produce or learn to produce their own reporting independently.
We want community members to gain skills or to point them to resources with low barriers for entry. We are also able to provide limited editorial editorial assistance, and additional support including the maintenance of this website and the distribution of stories produced through multiple online platforms and social media streams.