The Notebook welcomed Maria Archangelo as the new publisher and executive director in March. Archangelo replaces co-founder and longtime publisher and editor Paul Socolar.
Originally from Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood, Archangelo graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree. Her career started with an internship at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She eventually moved to Maryland, working there as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun and eventually managing editor at Patuxent Publishing Co. After 11 years, she moved to Vermont and worked as editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and publisher and general manager of the Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record. She also served as editor and co-publisher for Lynn Publications.
After 26 years, Archangelo returns to Philadelphia with the goal of upholding the Notebook’s tradition of journalistic excellence, community perspective, passion for public education, and focus on sustainability.
“Just as the Philadelphia that I left 26 years ago has changed in many ways (the skyline!), so must the news business,” she wrote in a welcome post on the Notebook’s website. “And, to me, that’s an exciting new kind of exploration.”
June event honoree
The Notebook will hold its annual “Turning the Page for Change” event on June 7. This year’s honoree will be Jolley Bruce Christman, frequent Notebook contributor and Research For Action co-founder. Christman has been involved with educational research for more than 20 years and has been a dedicated Notebook supporter.
At last year’s event, Christman announced a $5,000 challenge gift toward the year-end fundraising drive. This year’s event will include an honorary speech thanking Christman for her many contributions to the Notebookand to public education. Please save the date. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Notebook development director Lauren Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Advising student journalists
Constitution High School’s student newspaper, CHS Chronicles, received some professional help in March when Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa visited the school to share advice for creating high-quality student publications.
Mezzacappa talked with the paper’s staff about design, photo optimization, story topics, and grammar. She had once been involved with the paper through the Prime Movers program, an initiative that matches professional journalists with student interns to help school publications. The school no longer has an official representative for the program, so the students enlisted Mezzacappa to help after seeing her at a recent school event.
“I lament the fact that student journalism has declined with budget cuts,” said Mezzacappa, who plans to help out as needed.
“It was an easy thing to do to promote news-gathering in a school where major themes are the Constitution and civic engagement.”
New early literacy beat
The Notebook has a new beat and a new freelancer to cover it. Fabiola Cineas, a former intern, is now the Notebook’s early literacy reporter. The coverage is supported by a donation from the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Cineas graduated from Dickinson College in 2012. She taught 7th-grade language arts in Camden and earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Cineas also writes for Chalkbeat New York, a nonprofit news organization that covers education.
“I am passionate about covering stories about early education because I can write about hope and the importance and promise of investing in kids to give everyone a fair shot at life,” Cineas said.