Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Helen Ubiñas talks to Southwark School students during her first @NotesfromHel Pop-Up Newsroom in December. Photo by Yong Kim, Inquirer staff photographer
Audience engagement has come to mean, mostly, sitting in front of a computer analyzing and disseminating journalism, reaching out and responding to readers online or sitting in on newsroom meetings. This has pushed one columnist, Helen Ubiñas of The Philadelphia Inquirer, to take a step that might once have seemed banal, but now seems almost radical.
Recently Ubiñas showed up at a school event in Southwestern Philadelphia, a neighbourhood that has recently hit the headlines for gun violence, where children were mocking up front pages about their lives. She came armed with an Inquirer banner, reporter’s notebooks, chocolates, and pens branded with the questions “Tips? Story Ideas?” and her Twitter handle, @NotesfromHel. She set up a table, calling it a pop-up newsroom.
Her goal was to introduce the children to journalism, and to solicit story ideas. The visit paid off. As she watched the children work, Ubiñas struck up conversations with them and the parents who accompanied them. Many were immigrants and refugees, and they shared with her their stories of arriving in America. Ubiñas left with two columns: one about the event, her first pop-up newsroom in a marginalized community, and another about a woman she met there who had just returned from photographing a migrant caravan in Mexico.
“As a first go,” Ubiñas
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