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The Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop is an annual project sponsored by Philadelphia Media Network. The hands-on program seeks to introduce Philadelphia-area high school students to the fields of print and digital journalism.

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Age: 17 School: Esperanza Academy Grade: 11th Background/Interests/Hobbies: Lyanneyaliz, who goes by Lyanne, was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her family comes from Puerto Rico. On her free time, she likes writing and reading. Her favorite movie is Dead Poets Society. Reason for applying to the workshop: Lyanne applied to the workshop because she wants […]

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Age: 18 School: William Tennent High School in Warminster Pa. Grade: Senior Background/Interests/Hobbies: She has been in her school’s marching band all four years of high school, playing in the drumline. She is also a very active member of six different school clubs. Additionally, she is a varsity bowler for her school. Reasons for applying […]

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Age: 18 School: Mastery Charter Pickett Grade: 12th Background/interests/hobbies: Born in Northwest Philadelphia, Nahjiah attends Community College for her senior year of high school. Her interests includes drawing, taking pictures, being involved in media fields, and activism. Reasons for applying for the workshop: Having enjoyed her first experience at the Acel Moore workshop, Nahjiah applied […]

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Age: 17 School: Masterman High School Grade: 12 Background/interests/hobbies: Ebun loves to write, watch movies, and is very interested in social justice. She also likes to critic film. Reasons for applying the the workshop: “I did the program last year, but this year I wanted to build on what I learned,” she said. Ebun previously […]

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Age: 15 School: Baldwin School Grade: Sophomore Background/Interests/Hobbies: Maya is always drawing or making digital art, while singing along to turn-of-the-millennium R&B. She performed in a school production of Honk! Jr. and loves to dance. Reasons for applying for the workshop: She applied to the workshop for an opportunity to write and to be exposed […]

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Age: 16 School: Archbishop John Carroll High School Grade: 10th Background/Interests/Hobbies: Laura has had a deep interest in writing since she was very young. She loves creative writing, crafting short stories, essays, and miscellaneous pieces with vigor. Laura’s passion for writing goes hand in hand with reading. She reads plenty of books and says she […]

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Age:  17 School:  Science Leadership Academy at Beeber Grade: 12th Background/interests/hobbies: Dorien has been storytelling all his life, from dancing to writing short novels to now creating videos. Dorien is passionate about his business with video editing. About one year ago, Dorien started a group in the editing community called Black Art Society. Black Art […]

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Age: 17 School: Bishop Shanahan High School Grade: 12th Background/Interests/Hobbies: The son of Dominican immigrants, Kelvin Nuñez, feels he’s here to tell stories. “I feel like I have a voice that needs to be heard. That’s why I write,” Kelvin said. He does this through his music, poems, short stories, journalism, videos, and photography. Kelvin […]

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Age: 16 School: Hill-Freedman World Academy Grade: 10th Background/Interests/Hobbies: Meelah was born in University City, Philadelphia. She really enjoys writing poetry. She is a member of the Model UN, as well as the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at her school. Reason for applying to the workshop: Meelah applied to the workshop “to become a better […]

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Age: 17 School: Central High School Grade: 12th Background/Interests/Hobbies: I am a Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant, born and raised on an island south of China. I love anything that involves social justice (specifically, women’s issues) and capturing things with my camera. Reasons for applying for the workshop: I want to explore the possibility of a career in […]

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Age: 17 School: Northeast High School Grade: 12 Background/Interest/Hobbies: Sofia Dimo moved to America seven years ago, when she was 10. Sofia speaks four languages and is the president of the Italian Club at her high school. In addition to sleeping, Sofia enjoys learning languages, writing, listening to music, and traveling. Her life quote is: […]

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Age: 15 School: Lower Merion High School Grade: 10th Background/interests/hobbies:  Victoria likes writing and is a member of her high school newspaper. Victoria, who hails from Chile and lived in Pittsburgh before moving to the Philadelphia area, has two sisters and a brother.  She plays squash and is a member of the track team at Lower […]

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Age: 17 School: Olney Charter High School Grade: 12th Background/interests/hobbies: I am from Philly. I like to practice the guitar, and I love artsy events or places, such as musicals and art museums. Reason for applying to the workshop: I applied to the workshop because I would like to get better at photography. I would […]

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Age: 16 School: North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa. Grade: 10th Background/Interests/Hobbies: Eric Wang loves to read and write and enjoys learning about history. He is involved in concert band, chorus, and jazz band, and he has played piano for more than 10 years. In addition to those activities, he is involved in martial […]

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Age: 18 School: Masterman Grade: 12th Background/Interests/Hobbies: Many of Shane’s interests revolve around a creative aspect. These interests include art, music, and writing. He enjoys watching movies, reading books, and discussing politics. Reasons for applying for the workshop: Shane was involved in the Acel Moore Journalism Workshop last year as a junior. He realized he […]

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“Writing is musical.  It has a rhythm. It’s the voice in your head, so take your whole self and put it into your work.”  So said best-selling author and award-winning journalist Solomon Jones before a rapt audience of workshop participants. Jones, the guest speaker during Week 2 of the Acel Moore program, implored students to […]

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Former Inquirer editor Bill Marimow welcomed 21 students from high schools across the Philadelphia region to the annual Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1. Marimow recalled his working relationship with Moore, a longtime Inquirer reporter and editor who founded the workshop in 1984.  He told workshop participants that Moore was an […]

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Former Inquirer editor William K. Marimow has been an ardent supporter of the Acel Moore program since its inception in 1984. By William K. Marimow      Acel Moore, who created these high school journalism workshops, was a man of the city who over the course of his 43 year-career as an Inquirer reporter and editor, […]

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Email our program director Oscar Miller at acelmooreprogram@gmail.com or call us at 215 854 5102.

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