Social issues

 By Kimberly Ropars and Jessica Westergom

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

On a scorching Saturday afternoon in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, the Charles L. Durham Free Library is full of activity. Children are scattered across the building. Some are sitting at the tiny computer desks, playing matching games. Others are sitting in the corner, reading from different books. One little girl looks through a […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

It’s a warm sunny day at Vernon Park in Germantown. Moms bring babies out in strollers to get some fresh air. But it doesn’t take long for wrappers and bottles to get caught in those stroller wheels. It’s obvious Vernon Park, like many other areas in Germantown, has a litter problem. The residents whose everyday […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

It’s just an unassuming building on a typical Germantown street, but the Happy Hollow Recreation Center is put to good use on many fronts, lending space to a wide range of organizations, including Narcotics Anonymous, boxing training and a soup kitchen.  Every weekday afternoon, however, the center becomes a safe-haven-hang-out slash homework-help-line for any neighborhood […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Cleaning Up Kensington

Cleaning Up Kensington

Empty 40-ounce bottles of Old English make a loud cracking sound as they roll down Kensington Avenue.  Devoured bags of Doritos and old, worn-out clothes pile up on the corners of the streets, while people stroll by ignoring the massive amounts of trash that is building up around them. Many people of Kensington have lost […]

 

MURL Wins Award

Congratulations! Your entry has been selected for presentation at the “Best Practices in Teaching of Diversity Competition” session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Boston. I am happy for you because I know how much effort you put into your entry. The AEJMC Teaching Committee’s panel of judges […]

 By Meggan Kole

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Through donations and volunteers, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) rescue aims to save as many unwanted animals as possible.  When the SPCA cannot hold anymore stray or abandoned animals, PAWS steps in and houses the often very sick and very old animals in order to save them from being killed. A few lookers popped […]

 By Tiffany Wilson

Fishtown: Black Doll Show

Fishtown: Black Doll Show
 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

[vimeo 18642359] The frantic lights of the slots machine reflecting off the mirrored walls, the metronome-like rhythm of the roulette wheel carrying both a small steel ball and the hopes of many, the roar from a craps table after the roll of a seven and the curious absence of windows and clocks are all hallmarks […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Erika Ransom

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Layoffs, budget cuts, home foreclosure, bankruptcies, bailouts—adults from every corner of the country are feeling the sting of the current economic turmoil. And now the country’s economic woes present a new problem. Law enforcement officials nationwide are concerned that the economic recession may lead to increased incidents of child abuse, according to a recent survey […]