Philadelphia Neighborhoods is a publication of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple University

Temple University student journalists work in a newsroom setting where they participate in all aspects of news production: text, broadcast, web, and digital media. Our reporters experience news gathering, production, and dissemination of news in a converged media environment, where they can experiment with new ways of telling stories.

Mission

Philadelphia Neighborhoods is the cornerstone of the Department of Journalism’s mission to better tell stories in the undercovered and underserved neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

Reporters tell the stories that represent the diverse voices of the multicultural and multinational Philadelphia neighborhoods. Each semester, student journalists each select a particular neighborhood or topic to cover as a beat for the semester. Through concentrating their news coverage in a targeted Philadelphia neighborhood, the reporting aims to provide topical information and news from the community. Philadelphia Neighborhoods provides a form of hyper-local coverage missing from our urban communities: journalism street by street.

Future journalists will have to be competent in writing, reporting, and producing news across media platforms, while maintaining the traditional journalism values of accuracy, balance and fairness. We believe Philadelphia Neighborhoods can better prepare students.

In order to fulfill our mission, we developed a set of ethics and principles to guide our decision making.

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Neighborhood coverage

Philadelphia is a city that consists of 142 square miles and 1.5 million people. Philadelphia Neighborhoods utilizes a teaching hospital model where the class functions as a newsroom of about 40 student reporters a semester. We rotate neighborhood coverage according to a number of factors, always while keeping our mission centered.

We also understand there are no official neighborhood boundaries. With that in mind, this is the map of Philadelphia neighborhoods we use to identify the various and vibrant communities.

Coverage locations: September – December 2021

Fairhill, Poplar, Chinatown/Callowhill, Kensington, River Wards, Mayfair, Manayunk, West Philly Amateur Sports, Grays Ferry/ Bartram Village/SW Schuylkill, Overbrook, Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West, Francisville/Sharswood/Brewerytown, Point Breeze/W. Passyunk, City Hall, Germantown, Cobbs Creek/Walnut Hill/Spruce Hill, Southwest, Environment, Mantua/E. Parkside/W. Parkside, York/Harrisburg, Andorra/Upper Roxborough

Partnerships

Philadelphia Neighborhoods has provided news to a variety of organizations and publications, including AL DÍA, Technical.ly Philly, WHYY, and East Falls Local, as well as having our reporting distributed on Patch

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Organizations

Philadelphia Neighborhood and/or its faculty and staff are a part of several professional and collegiate jpurnalism organizations.

Staff

Chris Malo
Program Director and Editor
malo@temple.edu / 215-204-3781
Malo attained a degree in journalism with magna cum laude distinction from Temple University and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member and editor of the department’s capstone class, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com. During his time at PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods, the website and his students have achieved local and national distinction including winning EPPY awards, Society of Professional Journalism awards and Keystone Press awards. In 2016, he was an editor for the school’s special topics course in which students served as a wire service covering the Democratic National Convention for nearly 20 news outlets throughout the country. Previously, Malo owned his own nationally-distributed print magazine and his freelance work has appeared in places such as Vice and Philadelphia Daily News. He was also the managing editor of JUMP magazine, which covered the music scene in Philadelphia.

Neil Ortiz
Content Curator and Community Liaison
neil@temple.edu / 215-204-3781

Lawrence Ukenye
Social Media Team
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Allison Ippolito
Social Media Team
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Editors/Instructors

Aron Pilhofer
Professor and Editor
Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was executive editor, digital, and interim chief digital officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian’s product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism – including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was associate managing editor for digital strategy and editor of interactive news at The New York Times. He also was a reporter at Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware, headed data journalism at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. and served on the training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org, now housed at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, and Hacks & Hackers.

Logan Molyneux
Professor and Editor
Logan Molyneux has six years of experience as a journalist, working as a reporter and then city editor at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, and as a copy editor at the Austin American-Statesman and KUT radio. He holds a PhD in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on digital media and mobile technology, specifically as they relate to journalistic practices and products. Recent work includes studies of learning from mobile news, how journalists use social media in political coverage and personal branding among journalists.

With Thanks

Philadelphia Neighborhoods would like to thank Thomas Petner, the first director of the program, and Armando Morales, the longtime graduate assistant, for the work they did in providing the foundation for future journalists.

We would also like to thank previous directors Profs. Chris Harper, Linn Washington, George Miller, and Brian Creech for their strong leadership roles, while having earned the program more than 60 awards during their tenures.

A thank you to Prof. Tracy Agostarola for her work redesigning the Philadelphia Neighborhoods logo across the website, newsletter, and social media platforms.

12 Comments

  1. awesome site.
    it would be nice if you could get the an rss feed for each neighborhood though.

  2. Thank you for the goal of this site and for the report on Christian Stronghold Baptist Church. You may be interested in Center City’s Tenth Presbyterian Church, 180 years old,committed to the city, teaching the Bible and serving a wide spectrum of people and needs. See our websites, http://www.tenth.org and activecompassionphilly.org. For a third party report, go to urbansermons.org/f/wiki/profile-tenth-presbyterian-church and click on the attachment below it.

    Dr. David Apple, Director of Mercy Ministry
    Tenth Presbyterian Church, 17th & Spruce St.

  3. The Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple University is providing great direction for tomorrow’s gifted photojournalists. I was particularly impressed with Sarah Fry’s recent informational composition on Wyck House & Garden’s involvement with the Philadelphia Honey Festival.

  4. I just listened — or tried to listen — to the piece on William Way Community Center & technology. I found the sound level too low, and really couldn’t hear one of the speakers (the woman). I had my computer’s volume cranked up to the max. I am hard of hearing, but am wearing hearing aids. Please try to make all your entries more accessible to everyone. There are lots of folks out there with hearing loss.

  5. I think that this site will do wonders for our communities hearing about stories that otherwise might be over looked. I was brough to your site after a long time family friends busineess was written about. I would have loved to have known about this resource before I moved from Philadelphia to Lawrencville, GA where I have been growing my business that I started two years ago in Philly. Keep up the good work!

  6. Philadelphia Neighborhoods is doing a great job by providing a newsroom setting to the students where they are able to participate in all aspects of news production. This will surely give a right direction to the students and I now believe that Philadelphia Neighborhoods can better prepare students who will become the best journalists of tomorrow.

  7. Re: Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony, St Paul’s Church, 12/1:
    Thanks for covering this.
    Pls let me know if it becomes a feature on the site.

    Charlie Affel, Troop 177 Committee Chairman

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