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2010

In the summer of 2010, 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 Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, 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.


Registration Now Open for 2011 Summer Camps! Click here.



Mr. Krauss by Day, SPRAY by Night

Rob Krauss thinks street art is important and awesome, but he strongly opposes vandalism. Working under the name SPRAY, Krauss may use spray paint for his stencil art on paper, but he has discovered a way to express his creativity and ideas that does not destroy public property: drawing in chalk.

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Welcome America

Philadelphia is the birthplace of freedom and the nation, making it the best place to spend Independence Day. The 4th of July is filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, parades, and fireworks as people celebrate the independence of our country and the well known words of our forefathers. On this day in 1776, Americans were granted to right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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A Journey to Afghanistan

Kabir "Wali" Sultani, manager and owner of Kabul, an Afghan BYOB at 106 Chestnut St., remembers when he first envisioned the opening of the restaurant in 1991, "Everyone knows about Indian food and Chinese food and I wanted people to know about Afghanistan and their food."

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History of Religion in China and Chinatown

Religion has always been a sensitive subject in China. In October of 1949, China became atheist along with the formation of the People's Republic of China. Buddhist monks started living secular lives and religion was almost eradicated. Chinese communities all over the United States, called Chinatowns, were becoming more religious. The Chinatown in Philadelphia, which was small but prevalent, became westernized through the creation of churches.

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Chinatown's Obstacles, Present and Past

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, a building located on Twelfth and Race Street, has decided to double its size despite the disapproval of its neighbor, Chinatown. The voice of these concerns mainly rose from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, known as PCDC, whose goal is to promote, preserve, and protect Chinatown's community.

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Fantastic Frozen Feat

Franklin Fountain's old style is a modern success. Tourists and locals alike revel in enjoying cold ice cream and frosty soda at the Franklin Fountain. Eric Berley, co-owner with his brother Ryan Berley, both run the store. While the building was built in the 1890s, their family bought it in 2000. The 1910 theme for the store became the niche for the Berley Brothers in the ice cream business.

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A Unique Store for a Cause

On the 500 block of Bainbridge Street in South Philadelphia, a vibrant storefront stands in contrast with its neighboring buildings. Colorful and unique flags and banners adorn the facade of the Philly AIDS Thrift store; a low-price thrift store dedicated to benefiting the AIDS community of Philadelphia.

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Philly's Fiscal Fish

Early on April 20, 2010, the sound of an explosion from a British Petroleum oil rig resounded throughout the Gulf of Mexico. More than two months later, the oil spill crisis seems to be worsening. Seafood, a huge part of the gulf's income, is becoming scarce, affecting the abundance of seafood across the nation. As time passes, Philadelphia is feeling more of the effects from the oil spill.

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Tattoos: The Good and The Bad of The Controversy

The Ink barely dries on one customer before another walks into The Port-side parlor, a tattoo shop at 30 South 2nd street. Tattoos have become a growing craze in Philadelphia in the past decade. Considered a beautiful art, unique craft, or gaudy "crap," everyone has their opinion on tattoos.

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Reading Terminal Market

As patrons peruse the stalls and shops of Reading Terminal Market, bouncy, classical, or jazzy piano music can be heard over the chatter of customers. Pianists have been playing in the Reading Terminal Market for as long as most of the employees can remember.

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Recycling on South Street: Creative and Beneficial

Walking down Philadelphia's vibrant and colorful South Street, examples of "green" living are abundant. A key facet in the environmental movement is education, something a new green store on South Street clearly understands.

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Glasses Twist

A boutique selling $600 customizable glasses and high-end accessories would not be expected to thrive in the current failing economy, but Valerie Vittu defied expectations. A French immigrant living in the United States for eighteen years, Valerie is the owner and manager of Margot & Camille Optique, located in Old City, Philadelphia.

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The Shift to Digital Media

The popularity of digital media has soared in recent years. Countless record stores have been forced to close down due to heavy competition from digital music vendors, like iTunes. Bookstores have also been affected.

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Antique Row Keeps On Rowing

As the oldest antique district in the country, Antique Row, located in the Philadelphia, used to bustle with plenty of customers looking for antiques. Located on Pine Street in Washington Square West area, the antique shops have been less crowded with buyers because of the recession, one of the factors to the slow business.

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Trash in Chinatown

When it comes to trash management in Philadelphia, there's no disputing that Chinatown definitely lacks in sanitation; it's been that way for years. However, with the city's "UnLitter Us" campaign, and the recent implementation of Big Belly Solar Compactors, many are now wondering why Chinatown's litter problem has not been resolved.

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Video Game Ban Controversy

Recently the United Kingdom Secretary of Defense, Liam Fox, requested video retailers ban the game Medal of Honor scheduled for release in mid-October. Fox expressed his disgust with the game's tasteless nature and explicitly for allowing players to control members of the Taliban. Fox said, it was "shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers."

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The Rise and Fall of Video Empire

Landmark Theaters recently purchased the Ritz movie theaters in Philadelphia, which for a long time have been a venue for independent and alternative filmmakers to distribute their work, and one of the only places in the city to see innovative, new films. This video explores the longevity of the theaters and the sustainability given the proliferation of access to digital content via personal technologies.

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Arts on South

South Street was once full of restaurants, stores, and art galleries, with hardly any empty buildings. The recent economic slump has forced many of these businesses to close, leaving vacant storefronts all over South Street. Arts on South is a two-year-old initiative that installs art galleries in these empty spaces.

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SS United States

A 1000 foot ship sits, rusting, on the Delaware River costing approximately $60,000 every month to keep in some semblance of repair. Amid growing controversy over the fate of this once proud cruise liner lies a deeper story of differing opinions on how to properly respect a piece of American history.

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Shanghai Bazaar: The Heart of Chinatown

Its flashing lights and traditional Chinese music attract customers of all kinds. Shanghai Bazaar, owned by Fei-Hong "Lily" Song, is a unique shop filled with contemporary and traditional Asian gifts. A variety of products including swords, books, jewelry, CDs, DVDs, statues, Chinese fans, costumes, and musical instruments cover every inch of the store.

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Funny Money Makes a Difference

Mel Chin has over 5,000 hundred dollar bills in the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. However, these are not actual United States currency. These bills are called "fundreds," fun hundreds that are fake hundred dollar bill templates decorated by museum visitors and pinned across the wall to call attention to problem of lead poisoning and it's effects through art.

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