The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to the School District of Philadelphia and Prime Movers at George Washington University to create journalism clubs in 24 Philadelphia public high schools. The program, called Prime Movers/Philadelphia, is a new national model to help restore student journalism to America‘s schools and will mark the largest and quickest expansion of media clubs in the history of the school district. The Prime Movers/ Philadelphia journalism program, which will be part of the high schools’ after school offerings, will bring professional journalists from Philadelphia newspaper, radio, and television companies, and Temple University journalism interns, into the high schools. They will assist in teaching journalism fundamentals and civic engagement and help students use those skills to tell stories of their schools and communities.

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