Meet the nominees contending to become #NextMayorPHL

The Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication will be hosting the Next Mayor Debate at the Temple Performing Arts Center on October 19th, in partnership with Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia InquirerDaily News and and The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce‘s Roadmap for Growth campaign.

murraybaileyKenney_panel2Democratic nominee Jim Kenney and Republican Melissa Murray Bailey will address issues that matter to you during this final debate, with a focus on business and economic development.

The event will be moderated by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s City Desk Editor, Chris Hepp, and business reporter, Diane Mastrull.

When: 7:30-8:30 p.m., October 19, 2015

Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122

Visit to reserve your free seat now.

Additional event partners include WHYY, Committee of Seventy, WURD Radio, Young Involved Philadelphia, and Technically Philly.

Follow the Next Mayor project online now at:


And watch for election reporting from Temple University students this fall at:

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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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CPIJ Photo Night at the P&P: Anne Leighton Massoni

massoniAnne Leighton Massoni, Photography Program Director at the University of the Arts will speak about her series “Holding” during our next Photo Night at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wednesday, October 14th at 8 p.m. Please join us!

Anne Leighton Massoni is the Program Director of Photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching at UArts she has held positions at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, and Monmouth University. (read more)

Series statement:
The series Holding, utilizes created images and found photographs to present a place between truth and fiction. These contrasting images sit side by side with a thin line painted across their surface, drawing imagined connections. The images themselves reinforce the concepts of memory and often use mnemonic elements and notions of artifact to represent an underlying story, which touches on the personal while still attempting the collective. (read more)

The Pen and Pencil, America’s oldest press club, is located at 1522 Latimer Street in Philadelphia.

Learn more about our guest at and

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What we do at CPIJ:


fbHere’s the latest look at past and present projects at the Center for Public Interest Journalism

The most recent news is at the top of each group: Growing faster

#NextMayorPHL: Returning this fall

IRE collaborations: Ongoing

Solutions Journalism Network collaborations: Ongoing

Barcamp NewsInnovation: Returning next spring

CPIJ Photo Nights at the P&P: Returning this fall

Tapped Out: 2014

Individual CPIJ Events: New programs coming soon

CPIJ Conference Sponsorships:

CPIJ Community Conversations:

Previous Updates:

Weiss Awards:


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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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The Center for Public Interest Journalism was created in 2010 to support programming and projects intended to improve the quantity and quality of public interest news and information in the Greater Philadelphia area.


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