With the backing of the Lyman & Ash law firm, I launched the nonprofit Philadelphia Obituary Project in 2016. The project shines a positive light on the lives of the city’s homicide victims — in contrast to the victim-blaming that often occurs in the media — and provides a measure of closure to survivors. I currently serve as editor and as a board member of the nonprofit organization that funds the project.
As founding editor, I:
- Oversaw the conception and design of the website,
- Established relationships with the Philadelphia Police Department and victims services groups,
- Connected with survivors to write stories,
- Recruited part-time reporters,
- Executed a public relations media campaign to build support, and
- Helped formulate a fundraising plan.
To donate to the Philadelphia Obituary Project, please click the image below and fill out the contact form.
I built PassyunkPost.com from nothing into South Philadelphia’s go-to source for news about development, restaurants, events, retail, openings, closings and quality of life issues from 2013 until 2016, when I moved away to Spain. The audience reached up to 60,000 unique visitors a month, averaging more than a million page views a year. I attracted more than 40 regular advertisers and 30 contributing writers and broke dozens of stories that got picked up by other media. Not bad for a side project when I had a full-time job. I sold it in 2017.
The Food Network’s CityEats website named us one of The Ten: On the Rise in Philly Food
– Nov. 7, 2012
The online news magazine Flying Kite made us their lead feature: “Passyunk Post redefines local news”
– Feb. 5, 2013
Fox29 praised us for our effort to get negligent dog owners to pick up after their pets (aka the Dog Shit Crusade)
– Sept. 12, 2013
WHYY‘s Newsworks.org invited us to be an expert in a chat about East Passyunk’s transformation
– March 20, 2013
The tech-news website Technically Philly highlighted us in a story and video about the increasing presence of hyperlocal news coverage.
– May 6, 2013
The nationally recognized Michelle’s List included us among its lists of “promising local news sites.”
– Dec. 19, 2013
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I launched keystoneawards.com in 2015 as part of my work with The Online Reporter Project internship program through the Pennsylvania Press Association.