Sketches like this one can be found on PhilaPlace,an interactive Web site, created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, that connects stories to places across time in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Associate Professor Christopher Harper, JOUR, was awarded a $50,000 provost seed grant to assist the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to expand its award-winning website, The grant will enable Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the capstone course for journalism majors, and photojournalists in the Department of Journalism to work with the historical society to provide historical accounts of neighborhoods in the city. The College of Education and the Neighborhood Learning Center also will participate in the interdisciplinary project.

Journalism professor Linn Washington, director of the News-Editorial sequence and co- director of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab has followed the Mumia Abu Jamal case for nearly 20 years.

In his latest report, published in the Philadelphia Tribune, Washington takes another look at the controversial case.

Cracks in Mumia’s case

by Linn Washington Jr.

Philadelphia Tribune

Saturday, Dec. 5

A clear case of open-and-shut guilt is how Philadelphia police and prosecutors describe the first-degree murder conviction that sent journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal to death row over a quarter century ago.

However, just a quick peek underneath the surface of this case reveals a litany of errors and wrongdoing by police, prosecutors and judges that implode all claims of Abu-Jamal’s absolute guilt.

The case against the world’s most famous death-row denizen arguably contains compelling aspects of apparent guilt, albeit circumstantial and lacking the conclusive forensic evidence normally expected in such a high-profile prosecution.

Read the full story at the Philadelphia Tribune online

Jazmyn Burton