The mission of The Philadelphia Citizen is twofold: to provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions to advance our region and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia. Recognizing that media that chronicles only what’s wrong without considering how to address underlying issues is only doing half a job, The Citizen provides not just facts, but context and remedies. By promoting and supporting Philadelphia’s positive change agents and taking to task the business-as-usual crowd, The Citizen underscores the role that each of us can play in charting Philadelphia’s way forward.
The Philadelphia Citizen offers straightforward prescriptions for ordinary Philadelphians to become more active participants in the life of their city, serving as a one stop shop for civic engagement. In addition to its regularly published web-based content, since 2014, The Citizen has curated a Philadelphia-focused symposium series featuring established and emerging thought-leaders interacting with a young, diverse, ultra-engaged audience.
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The Citizen events are not marketing endeavor to push a brand; they are content in and of themselves. They offer Philadelphians the opportunity to participate in a distinctly old-school type of social networking through real time, face to face conversations with the politicians, newsmakers and policy experts who make a direct impact on the region’s quality of life.
In September, when Amazon announced its plan to build a second North American headquarters, the media went predictably crazy, and municipal leaders from cities big and small fell all over themselves trying to entice the online behemoth’s “HQ2”, with its promise of a $5 billion campus and 50,000 high paying jobs. The ensuing spectacle of … Continue reading Talking ‘Bout A Revolution
Remember filing for student loans? I do. It was a nightmare, and I completely shanked it about twice. The student loan office was comically inept in trying to help me, a kid with virtually no organizational skills and zero financial education. Christopher Jacobs, the extremely British CEO of Communally, knows where I’m coming from. “There’s … Continue reading Meet The Disruptor: Communally
The Reentry Project, a coalition of 15 local media organizations—including The Citizen—has spent the last year chronicling the issues and solutions raised when Philadelphians try to reenter society after time spent in prison. The project included dozens of articles and shows, a handful of events and a coming together of media outlets, advocacy groups and … Continue reading Video: The Reentry Blueprint—Stories from the Formerly Incarcerated
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