Prime Movers is a journalism mentoring and news-literacy program targeting students in urban high schools. It began in Washington, D.C., and operates in Philadelphia, as well.
The program was established for its first three years with a grant from the Knight Foundation and supported in more recent years by a contract with the D.C. Public Schools in Washington. The program will end in Washington at the conclusion of this academic year because of a funding shortfall.
In Philadelphia, Prime Movers is affiliated with Temple University’s Department of Journalism, which supplies financial and administrative support, as well as interns. The program operates in 19 Philadelphia schools, ranging from the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts to the Youth Studies Center.
AxisPhilly’s Solomon Jones was one of several journalists to work with students in the program during this academic year. This video was produced with the assistance of students at Edward Bok Technical High School.
Bok is one of 24 schools scheduled to close at the end of the current academic year.