Telling Our Stories Through Collaboration

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Untruths, invisibility, and stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples still exist. “Perhaps one way to begin to change the narrative is through Collaborative Journalism with greater involvement of researchers, scholars, journalists, and advocates to grow and strengthen the Native Media Ecosystem,” suggested Melissa Begay, NPM Operations Manager who attended the Collaborative Journalism Summit, May 16-17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Collaborative Summit presenters and panelists echoed that collaboration works! Collaboratives such as Resolve Philadelphia with more than 23 partners, including WHYY, Muhlenberg College, and the Philadelphia Tribune, partnered in 2016 to report on prisoner reentry, a critical issue the city faced. The impact of Resolve Philadelphia’s reporting led to a Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance and financial incentives for Philadelphia businesses to earn yearly tax credits when they employed formerly incarcerated individuals.