Get To Know PJC's Newsroom Partners
Tell us about your news outlet and how your work serves Philadelphia residents.
Technical.ly is a news organization that connects and challenges a community of technologists and entrepreneurs who are invested in where they live, in Philadelphia and other mid-Atlantic markets.
Chalkbeat Philadelphia's mission is helping people understand how our schools work so they can make them work better. We believe that local-first journalism, rooted in the places we cover, is critical to earning and maintaining our readers’ trust. Chalkbeat Philadelphia is committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education.
I work at The Philadelphia Inquirer as an editor on the new communities and engagement team. Our work is solely focused on the needs of the community, and our team works hard to produce stories that allow those often misunderstood or ignored to have a platform to speak for themselves.
Next City is a nonprofit news organization covering solutions for more equitable cities. While we cover stories around the country, we are headquartered in Philly and share local solutions journalism through our monthly "Good Things Happen In Philadelphia" newsletter. By uplifting working, evidence-based solutions emerging from our city, as well as models in other cities that can be adapted locally, we aim to be a part of the movement for a more just Philly.
PhillyCAM produces 3 monthly news programs, PhillyCAM Voices (TV), Atrevete (TV) (en español), and Block by Block (Radio only). All of our news programs are produced by members of the community and highlight stories that are important to their diverse interests and experiences. Stories are a combination of long-format interviews and short multimedia packages. Members receive training and produce this work as part of Fellowship programs offered 2 times a year.
Kensington Voice, a nonprofit community hub and newsroom, serves North Philly’s Fairhill, Harrowgate, Kensington, Norris Square, and Port Richmond neighborhoods. We publish every other day online and in print once a month in both English and Spanish. Our newsroom published solutions-based, community-driven news stories to counteract the negative perceptions of the neighborhood. Our model pairs direct services with journalism. Through our reporting and community engagement, we learn what the community's needs are and aim to bridge access through programming provided in our newsroom space or connecting them to other service providers in the neighborhood.
Germantown Info Hub is a hyperlocal community news hub that shares information and stories of, for, and with the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. We are community-centered and solutions-driven, and create digital print stories on our website, a Germantown Info Hub Radio Hour radio show bi-weekly on G-town Radio, a weekly email newsletter, and community-partnered events and discussions.
What lived experiences inspire/influence your work?
I'm a public school kid who owes much of my career success to the teachers and school staff in my life who have supported and uplifted me through a challenging adolescence.
My domestic partner is a Philly-area music teacher with urban education experience and our dinner table conversations are usually consumed by discussing how the high-level policies, politics, and regulations impact students and educators in the classroom. - Carly Sitrin, Chalkbeat PHL
I moved to Kensington from Bensalem when I was young and realized that all of the news coverage I saw about my neighborhood was bad, bad, bad. It felt unfair, and I was one of those kids who always knew I wanted to be a journalist to shake things up a bit (I live for the drama). The work I do is to please both my inner child and the types of communities that I love so much. - Sabrina Iglesias, The Philadelphia Inquirer
We are city dwellers, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, religious minorities and people from working-class backgrounds – people who have experienced gentrification, exploitative financial systems, housing instability, mobility issues, and other social issues. Our collective aim is to ensure that the leaders building our cities know that the solutions needed to create more equitable, just, sustainable and accessible communities aren't just possible – they're already happening. - Deonna Anderson, Next City
At its inception, Kensington Voice listened to the community directly to guide what our work should be. During the early planning stages for the newsroom, several months were spent engaging in conversation with hundreds of residents and other community members on street corners, in parks, and at public libraries. Many current and former staff live in, previously lived in, or closely connected to the neighborhood in some other capacity. Our Voices section, which publishes first-person perspectives from community members, provide a fuller account into the lives of the community and what impacts them. Every conversation on the streets or online with Kensington impacts which direction our reporting should go to make sure the reporting is not just about the community, but for the community. - Zari Tarazona, former partner representative for Kensington Voice
Share a prediction on the future of local news.
Leaders in news will realize that in order to sustain this business, we need to be working with communities. We will need to expand what we see as "journalism" and allow the new idea of it to be shaped by the people who actually need the content we're producing...or else! (Dun dun dunnnn!!) - Sabrina Iglesias, The Philadelphia Inquirer
I'm a believer that "saving the news business" is not a sustainable goal and that the future of local news will be in solutions journalism, “civic information," or "news we can use." If we agree that the purpose of local news is to equip people with the information they need to make their home cities and towns better and more responsive to their needs, journalism will have to adapt. In practice that means giving "regular people" the tools to vet high-quality information and spread that to their trusted networks of friends, family, and followers. Journalists will have to rebuild lost trust by walking citizens through the reporting process and being responsive to community interests rather than chasing stories because other outlets are doing it. - Carly Sitrin, Chalkbeat PHL
As we see a decrease in monoculture in our society and online spaces, I think we will see a lot more smaller, alternative media outlets take rise that meet niche interests in our communities. - Zari Tarazona, former partner representative for Kensington Voice
What's the superpower of the Philadelphia Journalism Collaborative?
Added resources for smaller outlets with smaller teams and budgets. - Julie Zeglen, Technical.ly
News organizations — particularly small, philanthropic-dependent ones — are having a tough year. By combining forces through the Philadelphia Journalism Collaborative, we can better allocate all of our reporting resources to reach diverse communities and avoid stepping on each other's toes or reproducing everyone's work. Competitive journalism breeds repetitive journalism.
More reporters from different backgrounds working together also means Philly residents will get better, more useful, and responsive stories delivered to them from reporters they trust — via WURD radio, Billy Penn, Chalkbeat or Al Dia etc. And with more eyes on politicians and elected officials, we can root out corruption and tell stories that matter. - Carly Sitrin, Chalkbeat PHL
Collaboration, of course. I firmly believe that we cannot thrive in this industry without finding ways to lean on one another and brainstorm exciting ideas together. It's the way forward! - Sabrina Iglesias, The Philadelphia Inquirer
There's no competition – only collaboration and camaraderie! - Deonna Anderson, Next City
Sharing resources and building a network helps breakdown the gatekeeping legacy of journalists and build deeper relationships and trust with our audiences to create a more informed Philadelphia. - Gretjen Clausing, PhillyCAM
The different experiences of the members within it - diversity brings fresh perspectives! - Zari Tarazona, former partner representative for Kensington Voice
We are stronger, more interesting, and more community-responsive together! - Rasheed Amaju, Germantown Info Hub
What's your favorite water ice flavor?
Doesn't even matter as long as I have a pretzel to dip in it. - Sabrina Iglesias, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lemon - Carly Sitrin, Chalkbeat PHL
Mango - Julie Zeglen, Technical.ly; Deonna Anderson, Next City
Swedish Fish - Zari Tarazona, former partner representative for Kensington Voice
Cherry - Rasheed Ajamu, Germantown Info Hub
Wit or witout? 83.3% of our newsroom partners who participated in this survey like their cheesesteak 'wit,' while 16.7% like their cheesesteaks 'witout.'