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The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University has received a grant from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism to partner with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University on infusing more historical scholarship into local journalism.
The Lepage Center, Lenfest Center, and The Inquirer will collaborate through the grant on a pilot initiative that will bring together local historians and local journalists who each research and report on common topics of critical import to society: the opioid crisis, immigration, and infrastructure.
Select Inquirer journalists and local historians will participate in a one-day working session to share expertise, resources, and formulate story ideas around these three societal issues. Following the workshop, the journalists and historians will collaborate on stories that will appear in either The Inquirer or Inquirer.com. Podcast conversations and/or audio stories may also be released.
This initiative between historians and journalists is envisioned as an initial step in bringing these two professions into closer working relationship. The Lepage Center will seek additional support to fund similar collaborations in Philadelphia and other cities.