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.
What if I asked you: What are the biggest problems facing Philadelphia today? You could likely, in an instant, give me a long list of deep, seemingly intractable hardship that surrounds us. Now what if I asked: What are some of the most effective solutions for confronting those challenges? My bet is that your response … Continue reading Your city, your solutions, your journalism
When Jeremy Rogoff was a first year teacher in the rural Mississippi Delta, he faced all the same challenges as new teachers everywhere—knowing how to manage a classroom, keep students interested, ensure they were understanding the material. He also faced another challenge: He was the only high school Algebra and Spanish teacher within 100 miles, … Continue reading Meet the Disruptor: KickUp
As Philadelphia has grown more desirable and its housing prices increase, there is valid concern that the city needs to address housing affordability. There are 15,000 people who access a shelter in Philadelphia each year, more than 100,000 people on the Philadelphia Housing Authority waitlist, and about 26 percent of the city’s population earning below … Continue reading Can Jobs Solve Philly’s Housing Problem?