Teen Reporter Camp

The Teen Reporter Camp is supported by the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, a nonprofit that funds initiatives to benefit the State’s civic life and meet the evolving information needs of New Jersey’s communities. A first-in-the-nation project, the Consortium reimagines how public funding can be used to address the growing problem of news deserts, misinformation, and support more informed communities.


Teen Reporter Camp 2023 was a 3-day collaborative project between Stories of Atlantic City, Atlantic City Youth Services, and Stockton University. During these three days, 8th–12th graders learned critical journalism skills and spoke with local community members to produce an engaging and meaningful project.
Check out our teens’ Q&A interviews below!

Jarrod Barnes

Mr. Jarrod Barnes is an alumni of South Carolina State University and the University Of Phoenix. He is the Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Atlantic City, where he helps homeless people in the community and provides different programs for adults and kids. He has experience working as the Practice Manager for the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers for six years.

Interviewed by Azir Miller-Perez and Omar Castillo-Segura. Read more about Mr. Barnes here.

Kashawn McKinley

Kashawn “Kash” McKinley is the Director of Constituent Services in Atlantic City. He is a problem solver, and someone who likes to spend time with his wife and kids. Passionate about the community, he loves engaging civically and can brighten up the room with his infectious energy.

Interviewed by Guadalupe Nestor Guerrero and Fernando Ramirez-Nunez. Read more about Mr. McKinley here.

Dr. Charles Wallace II

Dr. Charles Wallace II is an executive leader who oversees, directs, and leads his organization and team members to be their absolute best. A recent Atlantic City resident, he uses his entrepreneurial spirit to communicate and present a positive public image. He also has a passion for attracting community partners and vital funding sources. He’s ready to serve our community with commitment and focus.

Interviewed by Kuhmar Chance, Aryiane Hill, and Juan Encarnacion. Read more about Dr. Wallace here.