August 3, 2011 |
In 1973, about a dozen black journalists in Philadelphia gathered to form a new professional organization, the Association of Black Journalists. In a "statement of purpose," the group said it had 10 basic objectives. Among them were encouraging more blacks to enter journalism, operating a clearinghouse for job opportunities, and sensitizing news organizations to more balanced coverage of black communities. Thirty-eight years later, the association - now called the National Association of Black Journalists - is the nation's largest minority journalists' organization, with more than 3,000 members.
November 4, 2011
WILMINGTON - Authorities say a Delaware man who worked as a referee and umpire for youth sports in Pennsylvania has been charged with dealing in child pornography. James Cairns III, 42, of Newark, was arrested Thursday and charged with 26 counts of dealing in child pornography. Cairns, a former Bryn Mawr resident, was being held after failing to post $780,000 secured bail. Officials said that information obtained during an undercover investigation led them to seek a search warrant for Cairns' home.
July 19, 2010 |
WHO KNEW that computers would actually widen the achievement gap in math and reading scores? A recent study of students in grades five through eight showed that those from disadvantaged families got lower scores once the Internet arrived at home. Testing more than 150,000 students in North Carolina, Duke University researchers compared children's reading and math scores before and after they acquired a home computer and compared those scores to those of kids who never acquire a home computer.
September 24, 2011
In the Region Giant to shut 2 area stores Two Philadelphia-area supermarkets acquired in 2006 by Giant Food Stores in a sell-off by Clemens Markets will shut down in the next several weeks. The Abington Giant on York Road will close on Oct. 8, and Foodsource on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr is to shut on Oct. 22, Giant Food Stores announced. The Carlisle, Pa.-based chain called the formats of the soon-to-be-decommissioned stores "outmoded" and said employees would be offered positions in nearby newer and brighter stores.
September 16, 2011 |
Each year on Constitution Day, students and teachers celebrate the most fundamental laws of our republic. On this Constitution Day, they should also celebrate Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media. Why? Because it turns out that social media are good for the Constitution. Specifically, they're good for the First Amendment. "The Future of the First Amendment," a new study being released today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reaches that conclusion.
August 17, 2012
Despite its name, "Indian Steps and Sounds" actually combines two cultures - Latin American and Indian - that aren't typically associated with one another. The product of a collaboration between two local dance troupes, Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas and Usiloquy Dance Designs, "Indian Steps . . . " takes Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance that has been around for thousands of years, and flavors it with traditions and practices dating to East Indian indentureship to South American countries in the 20th century, a mix aimed at highlighting the similarities and differences between the two cultures.
November 13, 1997 |
Don Tapscott may be credited with helping popularize the term paradigm shift to describe the social transformation being sparked by the rise of information technology. But from here on out, he's likely to be known as the person who labeled the baby boomers' offspring the "Net Generation" - "N-Gen" for short. "To me it is unquestionable that the thing that has changed most in their world, compared to their parents', is the rise of the digital media," said Tapscott, a Canadian author and consultant.
July 12, 2011 |
Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, announced yesterday that it would offer cut-rate Android tablet computers to long-term digital subscribers as it searches for new ways to boost advertising revenue and reverse declining circulation. "We are making history," chief executive officer Greg Osberg told employees yesterday at the Academy of Natural Sciences, ahead of a news conference formally announcing the initiative. The tablets, which will be loaded with a Philly.com application and an Inquirer app that are being developed, will also display digital editions of both newspapers.
October 8, 2010 |
William K. Marimow, the editor of The Inquirer, is being replaced by the paper's new owner but will remain on the staff as a reporter, it was announced Thursday. The company's new management told Marimow that despite his national reputation as an outstanding print journalist, he did not have the background in digital media necessary to lead the paper going forward. Marimow, 63, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will continue at The Inquirer as an investigative reporter. Stan Wischnowski, The Inquirer's deputy managing editor/operations and vice president for shared services, was named acting editor.
April 20, 2012 |
Hackathons in which participants build online tools based on free-for-the-taking government data, or give birth to a potential new enterprise in an intense, 54-hour "Startup Weekend. " Robotics demonstrations that show how the region's students, engineers and companies are helping to turn sci-fi dreams into reality. Workshops and panels on issues such as the challenges facing women and minorities in technology, the use of digital media to promote social change, and the value of "gamification" — using game play in nontraditional ways.