Thursday, April 27, 2017

Our Public Source Field Trip

Hello blog followers, we are pleased to present to you our fantastic field trip to local non-profit newsroom agency, Public Source. Public source values itself on taking a community based approach to news reporting, with an emphasis on data analysis. 

Public Source came to visit our center a couple weeks ago to film a mini-doc series on black girlhood, featuring one of our 5th graders Keliyah! You can watch her video here:

The staff at Public Source opened their doors to us this Monday, as we walked the couple short blocks over to them on Warrington Avenue. They were all extremely courteous and open to our student's many questions about what it means to work in a newsroom. Our students were excited to learn about journalism and the many other multi-faceted jobs and aspects to running such a publishing organization. 

Our students felt much like journalists themselves as they rotated around the small, but busy facility, asking the staff about what they do and their journey's to arrive there. Pubic Source has been in Allentown for less than a year, and their staff come from a variety of perspectives. 

Positions that our kids were able to explore in this trip included but were not limited to- editors of the written and graphic variety, journalists, their intern, photographer, and their executive director. They were also exposed to concepts like data and ways to present it, such as in a map of shootings across the city, and new technology to display video across 360 degrees. 

See some video one of our student's put together during our tour below:

We want to thank our friends at Public Source for sharing their work and time with us, and the meaningful conversations! Reporting that uplifts and focuses on the voices of local communities is important and needed, and was very rewarding for our students to learn about.

In service, 


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