Looking back at #KleinCamp17

Klein News Innovation Camp kicks off at Annenberg Hall.

Philadelphia’s 9th annual un-conference on the future of news took place at Klein College in November and took on a new name: Klein News Innovation Camp.

It’s the biggest gathering of journalists, editors and media makers in the Philadelphia region each year. Here’s a recap:


These were the 2017 Klein News Innovation Camp sessions

Aided by several pre-submitted sessions and your own plans, we had another year of thoughtful discussions at this unconference on the future of news. The spreadsheet attendees had is here, or find below. 10AM What can the analog humanities teach us about digital journalism?


Here are some outcomes from our 9th annual journalism unconference

Here are some tweets from the many about the 2017 Klein News Innovation Camp! Daniel Victor of the New York Times reminds that reporters talking to people remains the best way to represent our work Jess Estepa of USA Today hosted a popular self-care session Washington Posts’s Aram Zucker-Scharff talked about a new era of the personalized web.

Next year:

We are already planning next year’s event and you can stay in touch by subscribing for email updates, following along on twitter at @KleinNewsCamp or watching our home page at kleincamp.com.

Nobody goes home hungry after Klein Camp.

ICYMI: Tweets from Klein Camp

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The Reentry Project hosts culminating events

Throughout 2017, the Center for Public Interest Journalism has been supporting The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. During this fall, the partnership hosted several events:

The Reentry Blueprint:

Formerly incarcerated people delivered a series of talks at The Franklin Institute on strategies to reduce recidivism.

The Reentry Blueprint

Recorded live at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. November 15, 2017 The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated is a free public event to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing people with criminal histories.

Power Up Reentry:

Dozens of volunteers came together for a weekend hackathon seeking technological solutions to address challenges facing people returning from incarceration. We met at Industrious Philadelphia and Azavea.

#PowerUpReentry Hackathon

Dozens of volunteers came together in October for PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day — in an effort to create tools and services intended to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia.

Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool

Business leaders discussed the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated people during a breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and presented by the Philadelphia Media Network.

Business leaders discuss benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated people

This morning in Philadelphia, The Reentry Project hosted ” Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion about hiring formerly incarcerated people. Panelists seated from left included Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean, Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee and Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.

If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism

Last summer, The Reentry Project collaborated WURD Radio and the Philadelphia Media Network for a discussion hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism

Brought to you by WURD, The Reentry Project, Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY. This unique event assembles voices from both sides of the prison system to candidly discuss the challenges that make reentry such a difficult hurdle. Our ultimate goal? Finding and replicating solutions that work.

Nine students from Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication have been involved with The Reentry Project in 2017. Visit out staff page.

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Counting down to Klein News Innovation Camp on November 4th

Please register now to join us on November 4th for Klein News Innovation Camp, Philadelphia’s 9th annual un-conference on the future of news.

Bryan Monroe will be this year’s lunch hour keynoter:

Arrive early to get a ticket for a special session on Narcan training for journalists.

Meanwhile, you can submit your own session ideas by completing this form now:

Klein News Innovation Camp pre-planned session submission 

Get more info at KleinCamp.com or just:

Note: Temple University students and faculty members are invited to register and attend for free. Click the green button, then “Get Tickets” and “Owl Card Holder.”

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Klein News Innovation Camp (formerly BCNI) debuts on November 4th: Get your tickets now!

“The event will feature 300 thinkers and doers on how communities are informed. The day will feature sessions on topics like journalism ethics in a troubled era, funding successes, audience engagement, partisanship and a broad array of new thinking.” –kleincamp.com

More info:

Attend Klein News Innovation Camp, the new name of BCNI

Get your ticket now:

Note: Temple University students and faculty members are invited to register and attend for free. Click the green button, then “Get Tickets” and “Owl Card Holder.”

The Reentry Project seeks journalists to help address prisoner reentry challenges

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Reposted from TheReentryProject.org:

Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.

With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle. Sixty percent of people released from Pennsylvania prisons will be rearrested within three years.

What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?

Otherwise known as a “hackathon,” this digital solutions day brings together communities that may otherwise not interact to work together on innovative solutions.

For this event, we want the participation of journalists, technologists and the Philadelphia reentry community, including formerly incarcerated people and those working with city agencies and other service providers to address the needs of this community.

When is this happening?

Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st.

What’s the time commitment?

We’ll have a launch and social event Friday evening. Then, we will reconvene to work together throughout Saturday, culminating with presentations at the end of the day.


We’ll be meeting in Center City Philadelphia and we will have specific details soon.

What’s it gonna cost me?

Nothin’. Zero. Free for all participants. Plus, you get fed and might walk away with some swag too.

How do I sign up?

Click the button below.

Wait, who’s organizing this again?

This event is presented by The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. In partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Produced by Code for Philly.

The Reentry Project collaborative includes:

Billy Penn • Generocity • Next City • The Notebook • The Philadelphia Citizen • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com • The Philadelphia Tribune • PhillyCam • PhillyMag • El Sol • WHYY Newsworks • WURD • El Zol • Klein College at Temple University • Muhlenberg College

p.s. Meanwhile: We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas. Please come back and spend a few minutes with our Call for Ideas.