State of Young Journalism: Lightning talks on the future of community engagement

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The Yard - Philadelphia Coworking Office Space

21 S 11th St · Philadelphia, PA

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We'll be on the second floor of The Yard's 11th Street space. Someone will be in the lobby to direct attendees upstairs until about 6:30 p.m., after which a phone number will be posted on the door to call to be let in.

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Journalism exists to inform communities, but too often misses in forming authentic connections with those communities or representing them accurately.

Presented by the Online News Association's Philadelphia chapter, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) and The Yard: Center City as part of the State of Young Philly event series, "State of Young Journalism" is an evening of lightning talks given by young, locally focused news professionals — reporters, editors, project managers — who will speak about their work engaging with neighborhoods and local groups.

Starting at 6:15 p.m., the talks will focus on specific projects that were created to reach underserved communities, with time for Q&A and for attendees to pitch stories to presenters and other media-affiliated attendees.

Hear from these media pros:

* PABJ's Tauhid Chappell will present on the group's inaugural Color of Cannabis event, a daylong educational conference held in April that convened journalists, politicians, activists and other interested folks to "elevate the region's understanding of cannabis, its connection to the media and the criminal justice system and current legalization efforts happening across our state."

* Billy Penn's Michaela Winberg will speak about the digital news publication's strategy for community reporting, including specific articles about Philly neighborhoods, and IRL engagement, such as Philly Quizzo.

* The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kristen Balderas will present the year-old Made in Philly project, created by a group of Lenfest Fellows to "highlight millennials who are working to address community challenges."

* Kensington Voice's Maggie Loesch, Siani Colón and Khysir Carter will discuss the Temple University-supported, community-driven news project that convenes students and residents to produce a monthly digital magazine about issues important to the neighborhood, as well as possible solutions to its complex challenges.

* Resolve Philadelphia's Derrick Cain will explain what it means to be a community engagement editor for a multi-partner, citywide news collaborative, and how his work connects journalists and Philadelphians living in poverty.

Please note that we won't be providing food, but attendees are welcome to bring their own and to eat during the presentations.

State of Young Philly ( is an event series that connects local organizations to young professionals, elected officials, organizational leaders and millennials. The annual series is organized by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000. YIP strives to make Philadelphia the premier city for the next generation of young leaders by engaging, connecting, and representing the young demographic.

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