A New Kind of News Story
The Reentry Think Tank will train, fund, and support formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth to be Philadelphia’s newest criminal justice reporters. Fellows will research, produce, and publish a series of media pieces throughout sprin 2019. The fellowship centers formerly incarcerated Philadelphians as the criminal justice experts who are best suited to create media and messages that challenge stereotypes, illuminate hurdles to reentry, and present solutions to these urgent and systemic issues.
From Research and Ethics,
Publishing Silenced Stories,
"We hope this fellowship will modify perceptions, help us gain resources, and expand outreach so criminal justice issues covered by the media will reach both the public and stakeholders in a positive light as we advocate for policy changes."
Project: Features focusing on the experiences, struggles, and ideas of women in reentry.
"Journalism about criminal justice has traditionally been told only by those who have technical knowledge instead of life experience...it’s time for Philadelphia to shine under a different light."
Project: Features focusing on juvenile justice reform.
Abd' Allah Lateef
"We want you to know that directly impacted folks are the experts of their own experiences. We are not a sound bite, headline or statistical talking point. We, just like everyone else in society, are complex human-beings with complicated lives, and stories."
Project: "Life After Life" features focusing on the experiences of former life sentenced children in Philadelphia.
"Insight comes from experience. Effective reporting is best served when delivered by those directly affected by incarceration. Criminal justice journalism takes on a different light when viewed from within rather than from without. That’s why this project is so important."
Project: Features focusing on the experiences, struggles, and ideas of senior citizens in reentry.
"As it is now, criminal justice journalism minimizes a certain sector of our population to second class citizens; we’re ready to change that."
Project: Features focusing on what needs to change in Philadelphia's halfway houses to help keep men and women free.
"Journalism helps me reach an audience or demographic that I otherwise couldn’t reach. I hope this project will change the culture and expand the selective stories that have traditionally been told."
Project: Features on successful formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs.
"Journalism can help me mold my ideas and projects, then spread them through new avenues and outlets."
Project: Features focusing on probation reform.