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Week of August 17th, 2009 | Week of August 10th, 2009


In August 2009, aspiring teen journalists came to the WHYY studios for a journalism summer camp. The students, under the guidance of WHYY's News and Information department and the Learning Lab, engaged in a weeklong intensive course in multi-media journalism. Working in teams, the young journalists produced stories in multiple formats: print, video, and audio. You can read, watch, and listen to their stories here.


For more information on the WHYY Young Journalists Summer Camp, contact Craig Santoro at 215-351-3318.




Week of August 17th, 2009

The People's Stories, Through Art

Betsy Casanas lives in a rough neighborhood in North Philadelphia. She regularly hears gunshots at all hours of the day. Betsy's children - and the other 80 or so kids living on her block - do not often leave their houses for fear they will fall victim to these senseless acts of violence. "There's all of these kids, and absolutely no recreational spaces based within three blocks," says Ms. Casanas, who has witnessed crimes herself. "I've seen people get shot. I've seen a lot."
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Ninety-Four and Still Choppin'

Under the neon sign flashing "Spataro's Cheesesteaks" in the heart of Philadelphia's indoor Reading Terminal Market, five employees rush around - taking orders, cutting up vegetables, chopping meat, creating sandwiches. It seemed like just a nice place to pick up lunch; instead, a very interesting story emerged behind the counter. In the middle of the hustle and bustle, an elderly man slowly shuffles around, gathering materials and setting them on the vegetable counter. It is obvious that decades have taken a toll on this man. However, he continues to carefully work with the vegetables washing each lettuce under the rushing water.
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Dumpster Diver Central

"It's trash," said my mother when I brought home a shopping cart I had laboriously carried home from the beach. "It belongs in a landfill." Crestfallen, I wheeled the rusted piece of metal and rubber to the curb and watched as the garbage truck came to take it away the following morning. I don't recall what I wanted to do with that shopping cart, but I knew it had potential; unlike my mother, the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia can see the potential in old objects left out on the curb.
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Week of August 10th, 2009

Teens Have Trouble Finding Summer Jobs

During the recession, the high percentage of unemployed adults has received a lot of press. But they're not the only ones watching their jobs disappear. Students all over the country who have, in past years, relied on summer jobs have found that getting one has become increasingly difficult, and often impossible.
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Rose's Roses

A middle-aged woman wearing a Marines hat is dropped off in a gray truck early Wednesday morning. She kisses her boyfriend goodbye, and unloads her products. An old wooden chair, pad-locked to a light pole, awaits her. While she lights a cigarette, car noises are amplified by the close quarters of the overpass she sits under. Five days out of the week she greets men and women in passing vehicles with a smile, a wave, and an occasional, "hola papa!" in her Philadelphian accent.
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A Lifestyle on 13th

Most aspiring chefs would be content to open a restaurant in one of America's largest cities. Most entrepreneurs would be happy to get one business up and running. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, owners of five distinct businesses on South 13th street, were never part of the "most" crowd. Turney and Safran met each other while working together at Vallani, a restaurant on Spruce Street. At a fateful party, both were asked what they wanted to do with their lives.
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