LION Publishers conference coming to Temple University Center City

LION Publishers will hold their “Independents’ Meeting: Innovation with Integrity, Information with Impact” on June 6th and 7th at Temple University Center City.

phillymeetingbanner3-2This 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.

The event will feature an informative slate of speakers, workshops and panels on topics relating to local publishing, covering real-world strategies for revenue, hands-on technology demonstrations, effective reporting tips, and experts speaking on business and legal issues.

The two day conference is free to members and students, but only $25 for non-members.

LION Publishers has more than 110 members in 30 states and Washington, D.C., representing both for-profit and nonprofit business models — all independently owned and operated — and devoted to local journalism.

Previous LION gatherings have been an excellent source of information and networking for journalists who have recently launched their own local news sites or are considering it. With a wide diversity of membership, and some publishers who have been in operation for over a decade, LION brings together the best business and reporting minds in local online news.

Complete information on the schedule, registration and hotel arrangements for the Chicago LION Summit will be available soon at:

Questions about becoming a sponsor of the LION Summit or about programming or registration can be directed to interim executive director Matt DeRienzo at

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CPIJ sending 25 journalists to #IRE15

ire_twitter_400x400The Center for Public Interest Journalism is providing sponsorships for 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region to attend the upcoming 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference at no cost. Selected applicants include:

• Faye Anderson of
• Bobbi Booker of The Philadelphia Tribune,, WRTI 90.1Fm and Philadelphia Magazine
• Marilyn D’Angelo of WHYY and
• Matt Flowers of Gannett
• Ana Gamboa of AL DÍA News
• Kristen Gillette of
• Meeri Kim, Freelance science writer
• Chris Krewson of Billy Penn
• Josh Kruger of Philadelphia Weekly
• Max Marin of AL DÍA News
• James McGinnis of Calkins Media
• Regina Medina of the Philadelphia Daily News
• Hayden Mitman of The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times
• Karen Naylor of the Bucks County Courier Times
• Indah Nuritasari of and the Indonesian Lantern
• Susan Phillips of StateImpact PA/WHYY
• Sameer Rao, Freelance
• Zachary Rendin, Freelance
• Juliana Reyes of
• Monica Robinson, Freelance
• Brett Sholtis of the York Daily Record
• Michael Sisak of The Associated Press
• Paul Socolar of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook
• Jonathan Valania of Phawker.Com
• Alex Vuocolo of

The Temple University School of Media and Communication is partnering on several levels with the #IRE15 Conference, scheduled for June 4th through 7th in Philadelphia. At least 15 staff and faculty members will attend and seven students have been selected to participate as volunteers. Temple is also sponsoring a track of panels focused on diversity in journalism during the conference.


Learn more about the conference:

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Candidates come out for Next Mayor Debate at Temple

Candidates on stage at The Next Mayor debate at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, May 4, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

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

Candidates Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Anthony Williams participated. The event addressed the key issues facing the city, including education, taxes, quality of life, economic development and more.

Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea and WHYY Senior Reporter Dave Davies moderated, following opening remarks from David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple.

Partners include, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY/Newsworks, The Committee of Seventy, Technically Philly, WURD Radio, Young Involved Philadelphia, the Chinese Metro Weekly and others.

Temple students from the School of Media and Communication have been contributing multimedia reporting to the project in coordination with coursework in a combination of graduate and undergraduate classes. Among the classes involved with the projects is the award-winning capstone course, Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

You can follow the Next Mayor project online now at and view the complete catalogue of Temple student reporting at

Next Mayor Debate photos courtesy of Stephanie Aaronson of

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Temple hosts seventh annual Barcamp News Innovation

Lauren Rabaino keynotes #BCNI15 at Annenberg Hall.

Lauren Rabaino keynotes #BCNI15 at Annenberg Hall.

More than 150 people attended BarCamp NewsInnovation 2015 at the Temple School of Media and Communication, including representatives from the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, Business Insider, Google, Yahoo, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vox Media and many more leading news organizations.

Pre-planned panels included a session on Open Data Philly with Robert Cheetham of Azavea and City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, “Critical Thinking and Credibility” by Erika Owens and Dan Schultz of Knight Mozilla and “The best GIS examples for telling news stories” by Andy Eschbacher of CartoDB.

Lauren Rabaino, director of editorial products at Vox Media, presented the lunchtime keynote. BCNIPhilly shared her slides:

Bar Camp NewsInnovation, Philadelphia’s annual, one-day national un-conference on journalism innovation and the future of news, is a user-generated conference — or un-conference — where everyone is encouraged to present and expected to participate in a grid of workshops that develop throughout the day. View this year’s sessions and check the hashtag: #bcni15.

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Open Data Philly experts panel among sessions planned for BarCamp NewsInnovation

odppanelBarCamp NewsInnovation, Philadelphia’s annual, one-day national un-conference on journalism innovation and the future of news, will take place this Saturday, May 2nd at Annenberg Hall, on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. (InfoTickets)

At 11 a.m., a panel of experts will discuss open data, data journalism and the newly redesigned version of, which launched in February.

Open Data Philly provides a hub for all of the city’s open data sets, as well data from other public agencies, non-profits, universities, and commercial organizations, thanks to a partnership which includes Temple University, the City of Philadelphia, and Azavea, a local software firm.

Scheduled panelists include Robert Cheetham of Azavea, Holley Otterbein of PhillyMag and Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski.

Robert Cheetham is the founder and president of Azavea, a Philadelphia BCorp creating software to bring together the best aspects of geography, the web, and mobile technology for stronger communities. Prior to founding Azavea, Cheetham served as a software developer and analyst for the Philadelphia Police Department, the University of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia.

Holly Otterbein is a reporter for PhillyMag’s Citified urban affairs blog and an and associate editor for Philly Mag. Otterbein previously reported for WHYY, Newsworks, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia City Paper.

Tim Wisniewski, Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, works with city departments to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online. Previously, Wisniewski served as the Director of Civic Technology, where he managed projects including the Philly311 Mobile App and

According to Technically Philly: Additional planned panels include “Critical Thinking and Credibility” by Erika Owens and Dan Schultz of Knight Mozilla and “The best GIS examples for telling news stories” by Andy Eschbacher of CartoDB.

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