Catch the NewsTrain at Temple University this November


The APME NewsTrain workshop in Philadelphia will be a digital storytelling boot camp with two full days of training. Join us at Temple University on November 13th and 14th.

Sessions include:

  • Digital storytelling: making smart choices
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories efficiently
  • Data journalism 101
  • Getting your stories read: maximizing your use of social media for personal branding and audience engagement
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Efficient video story forms for digital platforms
  • Shooting effective video on your smartphone
  • Taking powerful news photos with your smartphone
  • Writing news for mobile

This workshop is for reporters, editors and other journalists from print, digital and broadcast newsrooms of all sizes, as well as freelancers, journalism educators and journalism students.

Get complete details, download the session agenda, apply for a diversity scholarship or just register now:


Philadelphia NewsTrain, Nov. 13-14, 2015


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Geek Awards, NABJ honors follow more CPIJ-supported projects

New accolades are illuminating the success of several projects which have been supported by the Center for Public Interest Journalism.

Open Data Philly:

On Saturday night, The Philadelphia Geek Awards named Open Data Philly the 2015 Web Project of the Year.

Open Data Philly — a partnership supported by CPIJ, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology and local geospatial analysis firm Azavea is a catalog of open data in Philadelphia, including the city’s open data repository and data sets from many regional organizations.

Lindsay T. So of Creative Philadelphia shared this photo of Azavea’s John Branigan picking up the trophy:

Branigan was the project manager behind the recently-redesigned version of the site, which launched in February.

Philadelphia Geek Awards honor “outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community” presented during a back tie and red carpet event at the Academy of Natural Sciences. You can view photos and tweets from the event by following the #PHLGeekAwards hashtag.

Nick Marzano of Young Involved Philadelphia put the recognition in perspective:

And Sarah Cordivano of Azavea shared some kind words:

Here at CPIJ, I have recently updated organizational profiles, maintain the social media community and organize events. Look for more announcements soon.

You can submit data sets and featured projects to Open Data Philly via the interface at


The Philadelphia Geek Award for Startup of the Year was presented to, a mobile-first platform designed to connect citizens to relevant news and information about Philadelphia.

CPIJ incubated and housed the initiative which became Billy Penn during a strategic partnership last year.

Billy Penn developer and Temple journalism alumnus Chris Montgomery accepted the trophy and “lived through the acceptance speech.”

Tapped Out:

CPIJ was among partners recently honored by National Association of Black Journalists’ 2015 Salute to Excellence awards, for collaborating on “Tapped Out,” a special section in the Philadelphia Daily News detailing the impact of poverty on our city.

“Tapped Out” was also recognized as the best newspaper investigative series by the Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, as previously reported.

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CPIJ Update: July, 2015


Open Data Philly keeps growing

More than 70 new datasets have been added to Open Data Philly since the project was relaunched earlier this year. Check “Featured Projects” on the home page for an updated look at apps, maps, services and tools developed using data from the site. also now offers introductory video tutorials in two languages:
Welcome to Open Data Philly
How community leaders, citizens, journalists, and others can use Open Data Philly

Bienvenido a Open Data Philly
Open Data Philly: Para los líderes de la comunidad, los ciudadanos y los periodistas

The Center for Public Interest Journalism organized two recent panels featuring Philadelphia’s open data leaders, first during Barcamp News Innovation and then for a party of international visitors at the city’s Innovation Lab.

Breaking news! We just learned that Open Data Philly has been nominated for Web Project of the Year from the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Winners will be announced on August 15th at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Spring conference recap

By the time the Investigative Reporters and Editor 2015 Conference left Philadelphia last month, CPIJ and the Temple University School of Media and Communication had sent 48 attendeesincluding 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region — and played a role in eight panels.

At the same time, CPIJ was hosting the meetings of Local Independent Online News Publishers, nearby at Temple’s Center City campus.

One month earlier, 150 people attended BarCamp News Innovation — Philadelphia’s national un-conference on the future of news — which CPIJ has hosted annually since 2008.

Next Mayor update

Just a couple of weeks before Philadelphia’s mayoral primary election in May, the Center for Public Interest Journalism and Next Mayor project partners hosted a debate among Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidates at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

CPIJ announced earlier this year that it was joining Philadelphia Media Network – owner of, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News – and others in a foundation-funded partnership designed to support high-quality reporting on the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral campaign.

You can view primary coverage produced last spring by Temple University students at and partner coverage continuing this summer at

CPIJ also partnered with AL DÍA News Media to produce live streaming video coverage of their mayoral forum.

(Debate photo courtesy of Stephanie Aaronson,

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CPIJ hosts visiting officials; honored for poverty reporting collaboration

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Open Data Philly leaders host international guests

Last month, Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia — the region’s international relations organization — requested a meeting between the people behind Open Data Philly and a party of six government and NGO officials visiting through the Open Government Partnership, a part of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership program.

Open Data Philly — a catalog of open data in the Philadelphia region — is maintained though a partnership including the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology and Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development firm here in Philadelphia.

Guests from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia were greeted by Jim MacMillan of CPIJ, who offered a brief overview of open data and data journalism.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Next, Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham delivered an overview and history of Open Data Philly, including how his company built the data portal and what it contains today.

City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, who made the city’s Innovation Lab available for the gathering, concluded with a presentation covering best practices inside government as well as how the city got involved with Open Data Philly, what’s been a accomplished and what’s next.

Following the event, Citizen Diplomacy International program officer Lissa Morinsky said the event “helped make the Philadelphia region look great to another part of the world.”

CPIJ, partners honored with Clarion Award

Tapped Out,” a collaboration detailing the impact of poverty in Philadelphia, was recently recognized as the best newspaper investigative series by the Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications.

Partners included the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY, AxisPhilly, Media Mobilizing Project and the Center for Public Interest Journalism. The Center helped organize preliminary meetings and supported, designed and analyzed a citywide survey through which nearly 350 randomly selected people from across the city were phoned. More information:CPIJ supports “Tapped Out” collaborative special report on poverty from the Philadelphia Daily News

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Investigative reporters converging on Philadelphia this week

More than 1,000 journalists are expected to descend on Philadelphia for the national conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors and related events this week.

The Temple University School of Media and Communication (SMC) is partnering with the conference while the Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ) is supporting 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region who will be in attendance.

Temple SMC is sponsoring several panels, including:
Investigating child & family issues
Beyond Ferguson: Investigating schools, police and inequality
Human rights reporting

Temple Journalism Professor Linn Washington will participate on a Thursday afternoon panel which will address “Covering police shootings in ethnic communities.” Journalism Professor Sherry Yu will speak on a panel Saturday afternoon, which will discuss “Reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own.”

SMC Dean David Boardman will moderate “The ethics of sourcing” Thursday afternoon. On Saturday morning, CPIJ’s Jim MacMillan will moderate “Navigating the publishing world: From ebooks to your first novel.” More than a dozen faculty and staff members are also expected to attend the conference.

New York Times Investigative reporter James Risen will keynote the conference. Influential journalists Seymour Hersh and Laura Poitras will participate conversation-style sessions.

You can view the complete conference schedule online, but you must join IRE before you can register to attend.

Social events begin with the Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference Happy Hour, which is open to all Wednesday from from 6 to 8 p.m. at nearby the Independence Beer Garden, across from the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall. Please RSVP via hosting partners ONA Philly or Hacks/Hackers Philly.

Beginning Saturday, LION Publishers will hold their conference — “Independents’ Meeting: Innovation with Integrity, Information with Impact” — at Temple University Center City, just a couple of blocks from the IRE hotel. Registration is just $25, but free to students and members.

The LION conference is devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites, and promises opportunities to discuss common issues and problems, share success stories and encourage the founding of new local news sites. More info: LION Publishers conference coming to Temple University Center City.

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