The Reentry Project was named best Non-Traditional News Provider of 2017 last night by the Philadelphia News Awards. The awards are presented by the Pen and Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club, in Center City Philadelphia.
Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky and Jane Von Bergen of The Philadelphia Inquirer accepted the award. The organization was inspired by a discussion between the two early last year.
Dozens of volunteers came together in October for #PowerUpReentry: A Digital Solutions Day, a hackathon intended to create tools and services to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia. Our partners at PhillyCam produced this video report:
During the next year, The Reentry Project will transform into a broader entity for collaborative reporting on important social issues here in Philly. We’re going to take on a new central topic for 2018 and we want your feedback to help us decide what it should be! Please take a moment to answer the quick, three-question survey below and let us know your thoughts. Thank you!
In 2018, more than dozen of your local newsrooms and universities will take a step towards rectifying this by collectively reporting on an issue of critical importance to our city from a solutions-oriented perspective. – Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
This week: We need one minute of your time today please!
• Do we ask for much? We need one minute of your time today please: • Redina’s story: A mother’s troubled journey home from prison • Lessons learned: Hiring ex-offenders pays off, but the workers need help
• The people who care for Philly’s gunshot victims
• This Vermont program might reduce sex offender recidivism. Could it work in Philly?
• What’s the greatest challenge facing returning citizens?
• The problem with probation in Philadelphia: “This thing is bigger than Meek Mill”
For the past year, the reporting partners and staff of The Reentry Project have been working relentlessly to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those returning from incarceration — and possible solutions.
This collaborative of 15 news organizations has delivered hundreds of articles and hosted important events to give voice to those facing reentry.
Now, we are very happy to learn that our work did not go unnoticed by our peers. And we are proud to inform you that we have been nominated for an award from the Pen and Pencil, the nation’s oldest press club.
Voting is open to the public through Friday.
Please click on “The Reentry Project” in the “Non-Traditional News Provider of the Year” category on the form embedded below.
While you’re at it, please vote for your favorite Philadelphia journalists, projects, products and organizations in every category.
For instance, our friend Peak Johnson of Billy Penn has been focused on our project all year and is nominated for “Community Reporter of the Year.”
Finally, don’t forget to click “Submit.” That’s all it takes.
This is the voting form for the fifth annual Philadelphia News Awards organized and hosted by the Pen and Pencil Club, the country’s oldest surviving, open daily private press club. This form for online voting will be open from Mon. Nov. 20 until Fri. Dec. 1, 2017.