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About Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories: A Community Media Oral History focuses on Philadelphia-area BIPOC communities that use community media resources to engage in local storytelling and information sharing. This is a living oral history that assembles first-person narratives of past events, but it also emphasizes how and why people of color continue to use community media in the present.


About PhillyCAM

Philadelphia Community Access Media

PhillyCAM is the primary research site where this project has been produced. It is a nonprofit organization that operates Philadelphia public access cable channels and a low-power community radio station--WPPM-LP. PhillyCAM provides transformative opportunities for people and communities to express themselves, to learn from each other, and to produce and share media reflective of the experiences of everyday people. PhillyCAM envisions an equitable society in which media reflects and represents diverse communities, builds community power, and enables all people to access media tools to critically analyze media and participate in media creation.

The Project Team

The Telling Our Stories project has been developed through a remarkable collaboration of community-engaged scholars and media makers.


Antoine Haywood

Ph.D. Candiate

Community media scholar and Penn Presidential Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.


Kyle Cassidy


Award-winning photographer and digital design specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication

Research & Production

This project's technical accomplishments have been made possible by a talented crew of research assistants and technical support staff who produced videos documenting the research process, recorded and edited audio files, managed media assets, and transcribed oral history interviews.


Karen Walker

Research Assistant


Maya Winneg

Research Assistant


Shawn Kornhauser


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Lauren Davidson

Research Assistant

Advisory Committee 

This project's mission and vision has been shaped and guided by an dvisory group of PhillyCAM members committed to preserving cutlure through multimodal storytelling.

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Rob Buscher


Leticia Roa Nixon


Beatrice Joyner


Shamele Jordan

Special Thanks 

Telling Our Stories is funded by a generous grant from the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation program and in-kind contributions from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

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