Dozens of Atlantic City residents, activists, artists, and other community members filed into the Leadership Studio last month to celebrate the success of Stories of Atlantic City, a collaborative reporting project that uses restorative narratives to uplift community stories that would otherwise have gone overlooked.
The project officially launched in March with the goal of putting local residents in charge of deciding which stories about Atlantic City get told. The project was based on the simple premise that a group of community members would go out and find good stories, and a group of media outlets would agree to tell those stories.
After the first batch of stories published on May 14, members of the community were invited to a public mixer event on May 21 to hear a panel discussion about the impacts of the collaboration and have a conversation about how the stories we tell about our community impact our lives.
Roughly 45 people attended the event, which was held at The Leadership Studio in Atlantic City and included live music, a buffet and wine bar, and free admission for local residents.
Browse through the slideshow below to see photos from the event:
Click the links below to read the stories published as part of this project:
- Press of Atlantic City: When baseball was Atlantic City’s pastime
- Route 40: ‘Best barber in the world’
- Route 40: Where the American dreamers work
- Breaking AC: Growing success from Atlantic City roots
- SJNtv: The ‘sea’ glass is half full
- Stockton University: Mentors guide the next generation in Atlantic City
- Stockton University: After decade, ‘Back Sov’ skatepark wheels hope into Atlantic City
- Stockton University: Taking Atlantic City jazz history into the future through music education
- Stockton University: Overcoming mental health stigma through holistic healing in Atlantic City