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Media clubs funded at 24 Philly high schools

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Students in up to 24 Philadelphia public high schools this year will have the opportunity to create a radio show, online publication, or a newspaper through $500,000 in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to set up after-school media clubs.

The grants, to the School District and to Prime Movers of George Washington University (GWU), were announced at a press conference on November 9 by Eric Newton, vice president for journalism programs at the Knight Foundation.

GWU professor Dorothy Gilliam established Prime Movers, and Inquirer editor emeritus Acel Moore runs the program here. Professional journalists and interns from Temple University work regularly with the students and their teacher-advisers in the schools, which range from the Academy at Palumbo, a magnet school for high achievers, to the Youth Study Center, for students charged with delinquency or other crimes.

The media club at Germantown High School has already published the first issue of the revived Germantown Clipper, a longtime fixture at the nearly century-old school that stopped publication six years ago.

“Journalism is a great tool for students to improve their writing, learn to think critically, be involved in civic engagement and tell the stories of their communities,” said Moore.