The Notebook’s annual Turning the Page for Change celebration is coming up: This year’s event will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. Admission is $75.
This year the Notebook will honor documentary photographer Harvey Finkle. For more than a quarter-century, Finkle has created images that deal with social, political, cultural, and educational issues. He has been photographing for the Notebook for 15 years. At the event, the Notebook will present a display of his photos and hold a silent auction of several pieces.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy student journalism awards, exciting prizes, student musicians, fantastic food, and conversation with some of the city’s most knowledgeable people in public education.
The Notebook is seeking volunteers for the planning committee and is inviting organizations and businesses to sponsor the event. Sponsorships start at $600. Contact Lauren Wiley, development director.
The Notebook is partnering with its downstairs neighbor, the city’s public access TV channel, PhillyCAM, on a free course that will train about a dozen local media makers to create a pilot TV news magazine focusing on the concerns of local communities.
The 12-week course, launched March 16, is co-taught by Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa and Karen Turner, a professor of broadcast journalism at Temple University.
The participants were chosen from more than 30 applicants, members of PhillyCAM who are seeking to hone their journalism skills and tell stories about their organizations and neighborhoods. Their interests are wide-ranging: disability rights, childhood obesity, immigrants, sports, bullying, politics, urban farming, and education funding.
Mezzacappa, who has been with the Notebook since 2008, worked for nearly three decades at the Inquirer and now teaches a journalism course at Swarthmore College. Turner worked as a radio reporter in several cities including Philadelphia and Cincinnati and has degrees in both law and journalism. She was also a spokeswoman for former Mayor Ed Rendell before joining the Temple faculty in 1992.
The project is funded by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.