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Philadelphia Neighborhoods – What is it?

Philadelphia Neighborhoods is a publication of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple University. See an interactive map and news stories at this link.

What’s the concept?
Becoming a journalist is an active process, not just passive consumption of course material. Temple University journalism students work in a newsroom setting where they participate in all aspects of news production: text, broadcast, Web and digital media. Students experience news gathering, production and dissemination of news in a converged media environment, where they can experiment with new ways of telling stories.

What’s the 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. 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. Philadelphia Neighborhoods provides a form of hyper-local coverage missing from our urban communities: journalism street by street.

The influences of 21st century media demand a new kind of journalism professional who can efficiently and effectively translate stories across the converging media platforms. Increasingly stories are re-purposed over a content spiral from print to broadcast to Web site to digital media and so on. As technological change drives the way news is presented and consumed, multi-dimensional news reporting over multiple platforms will likely be the norm. 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.

Philadelphia Neighborhoods has provided news to a variety of organizations and publications, including Al Dia, neastphilly.com, technicallyphilly.com, WHYY and planphilly.com

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.

Philadelphia Neighborhoods would also like to thank previous co-directors Chris Harper and Linn Washington for their strong leadership roles, while having earned the program more than 50 awards during their tenure.


Brian Creech, Ph.D
Journalism Department
Klein College of Media & Communication
Temple University