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By the Notebook on Jul 30, 2013 02:31 PM

The Notebook has been covering public education in Philadelphia for nearly two decades. For the first nine of those years, before the full emergence of the web, the Notebook covered the ups and downs of the School District solely in print.

Those 29 print editions, spanning the years between 1994 and 2002, form an archive of the arc of public education's history in the city. They provide a look at Philly education long before there was #PhillyEducation. And they give a window into the development of a pioneering nonprofit news organization that started out 19 years ago with the publication of 10,000 copies of a 12-page tabloid newspaper.

The Notebook is now one of 25 Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations in a competition vying to have an object preserved by professional conservators. The contest is part of a Restoring Ideals project, conceived by Temple Contemporary and a consortium of partners, that seeks to honor organizations that reflect Philadelphia's founding ideals of tolerance, equality, and independence. On WHYY/NewsWorks' website, you can watch a video about each nominee in the competition, describing their work and the object they'd like to have conserved. People can vote for one, two, or, if they like, all of the organizations -- and you can vote every day until Aug. 5. The top 10 vote-getters will get to work with professionals to have their object preserved.

To have a beautifully bound and preserved volume of those 29 print editions of the Notebook would be a great honor and important step to preserve local history. The news and commentary that would exist in that album, we hope, would not be just another record or artifact. This collection of our work also serves as a reminder to the public that school improvement is critically dependent on providing the community a voice in the priorities and decisions of the education system.

Please cast your vote for the Notebook. And we hope you'll come back to do it again.

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Comments (4)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 30, 2013 9:39 pm
I will not support the Notebook - the fact you allow people to post "Anonymous" has been incredibly counter productive. If there is real news supported by real facts, then journalists who are qualified should vet that information and write a story that brings attention to the issue. Several of my friends have pulled their financial support for this reason. And yes, I've posted anonymously.
Submitted by Concerned Phila. (not verified) on July 31, 2013 6:44 am
The Notebook is the only forum in Philadelphia to discuss education. It also provides news and information found no where else. Since you won't post your name, you are being hypocritical. Apparently, you want to shut down debate and discussion if only "qualified journalist" are allowed to have something to write. This is an anti-democratic attitude.
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on July 31, 2013 8:50 am
I would have to agree with Concerned Phila. Even if you registered with a set user name, there are times when you would want to be able to comment anonymously so as to not reveal where you live or work, things that might subject you to undue animosity. Being able to comment anonymously allows a much greater depth of honesty, to include comments that might not be "safe". "Anonymous" adds some spice and welcome humor as well. The disingenuous or dishonest comments eventually "out" themselves.
Submitted by Concerned Phila. (not verified) on July 31, 2013 7:15 am
The Notebook is the only forum to learn about what is going on in the School District and to hear multiple viewpoints. It is cutting edge journalism from the bottom up. If only "real journalist" are "qualified," then your position is very anti-democratic. If you are a teacher, I imagine you make your student regurgitate your point of view. If you are an administrator, I assume you make your staff obey. Since we live in a School District where vengeance belongs to those in power - whether at 440 or in school administration - we need anonymity. You obviously are taking advantage of it...

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