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Wednesday, September 21 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting You Where You’re At: Community Storytelling and the Value of Place LIMITED

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History has mostly been written by those with the power, wealth, and means to shape the reality of their time. While this still bears some truth today, education and technology have largely democratized the ability to document and share people’s stories, on their own terms. The American Society of News Editors aims to further bridge that gap by curating a platform for community members to shape their own narratives. In this session we’ll hear from a few residents from the surrounding neighborhoods sharing their perspectives on being part of one of America’s new “it” cities. Join in on the conversation throughout the day at Alloy 26, as open interviews will be conducted on Thrival’s exhibit floor.


John Allison

John Allison is the editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He joined the PG in 1994 as oped editor and also served as Sunday editor and book review editor. A Pittsburgh native, he is a Penn State graduate who has been a journalist in Washington, New York and Prague.Post-GazetteThe... Read More →
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Lexi Belculfine

Editor, The Incline
Lexi Belculfine is the editor of The Incline, a mobile-first local news site for Pittsburgh. She previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was editor of The Daily Collegian, the independent student newspaper at Penn State, during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal... Read More →

John Canning

John Canning is the vice-president of the Allegheny City Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the Northside prior to its annexation to Pittsburgh. John is a life-long resident of the Northside and writes a monthly column about its history and current Northside... Read More →

Justin Channell

Justin Channell has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2012, first working as a night news editor and later as the digital media editor. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University. In addition, he also wrote for eHow.com, Prefix and Cinetic Media’s Filmbuff.com... Read More →

Ebony McQueen Harris

As a creative empowerment coach/consultant, and founder of LEVELS Creative Empowerment and Consulting Group, Ebony McQueen-Harris is focused on connecting the dots between projects/businesses, the creative arts and community endeavors. With LEVELS Ebony and her “tribe of women... Read More →

Kevin Jenkins

Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W. was named Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Jenkins is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MBC and works closely with its affiliates Bidwell Training Center, Manchester Craftsmen’s... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA