JOURNALISM SUMMER WRITING CAMP
The Philly School Media Network facilitates a journalism summer writing camp for middle and high school students that explores journalism as a way to engage in activism.
Fifteen middle and high school students participated in the Philly School Media Network’s 2018 journalism summer writing camp, spending eight days in August exploring journalism as a genre through which they can make an impact with their writing. The camp took place at PhillyCAM Studios, where the students collaborated with the PhillyCAM Radio Station Manager to organize and broadcast a live “Youth Takeover” episode of PhillyCAM’s People Power Lunch Hour show about social movements; that episode can now be watched here.
In addition to presenting on air, students wrote news articles on issues they believe to be important in their schools and communities, creating a hard-copy camp newspaper. Students' pieces will also be published on the Philadelphia Public School Notebook website and are published on the Philly School Media Network website. Students had opportunities to work on their articles with multiple professional writers, editors, and producers, including the following: Vanessa Graber, PhillyCAM Radio Station Manager; Jeffrey Stern, international journalist with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and author of The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes; Kevin McCorry, editor and education reporter with WHYY and producer of the Schooled podcast; Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor at The Notebook; Darryl Murphy, staff reporter and photographer at The Notebook; Mitchell Bloom, Connectivity Manager at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and editor and producer of the Mouthful podcast; and Gillian McGoldrick, Editor in Chief of The Temple News.
The students also networked with local and international peers through Write4Change, a global online community for adolescents aiming to write for social change. These 15 student journalists plan to continue their research and maintain their connections through ongoing Friday Night Writes meetings, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Writing Project, during the school year.