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A recap of our 2022 event
June 10, 2022

Young journalists stood by enlarged copies of their healthy newspapers, ready and excited to talk about their experiences reporting, writing, and illustrating their stories. Balloons in Healthy NewsWorks’ new signature colors bobbed in the breeze as supporters flipped through their copies of How We Heal: Leading Healthy Change in Our Communities 2022.

Healthy NewsWorks’ annual in-person event was back!

Jaxson (left) and John talk about their experiences on the staff of the Enon Healthy Warrior.

We were delighted to host so many of our supporters and program participants in person (and even more virtually!) at our annual event May 18, held outdoors at Merion Tribute House.

Chase (center) tells Healthy NewsWorks’ supporters about his experience working on the James Logan Healthy Eagle.

Attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather and catering provided by Misconduct Tavern.

We were pleased to welcome a number of students as representatives of the 360-plus students involved on our Core Reporting Newspaper Teams this year.

Event attendees settle in under the tent for the film premiere.

After grabbing a bite, attendees masked up and headed under under the tent for the world premiere of How We Heal, our 22-minute student-created film on healing.

>>Their film is now available for private screenings—contact Healthy NewsWorks program manager Mia Blitstein or outreach manager Diane Davis  to arrange one.

After the film screening, NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson joined student film participants on stage to emcee a talkback.

Tracy Davidson (left) listens as Healthy NewsWorks student journalists answer questions about their participation in the film “How We Heal.”

“I am in complete awe,” Davidson said of the students and their film.

The students were eager to discuss their participation in the film and Healthy NewsWorks—hands shot up as each question was asked.

Film participants raise their hands to answer audience questions.

“I learned that everybody heals, but they all have unique ways to heal,” Jaxson Pointer said of his How We Heal film experience. “It was really fun to learn their background stories and how they heal.”

“I got out of this that everybody has at least one problem, and they can get through it anyway,” John Lambert said.

“Your message will be heard by other young people who will understand that no matter what, you’re not alone and that was all have—I call it stuff,” Davidson said.

>>For even more on healing, check out our How We Heal page.

(Reporters with an asterisk by their name are members of Healthy NewsWorks’ Film Crew and had at least one year of Healthy NewsWorks reporting experience prior to the 2021-22 school year.)

  • Chase Bradley, James Logan Healthy Eagle
  • *Sara Chaaraoui, East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin
  • *Jordan Chhay, East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin
  • Peyton Crawford, William Cramp Fit Flyer
  • *Teagan Farrell, East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin
  • *Daniel Fuller, East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin
  • *Katelynn Gibbs, Gotwals Healthy Press
  • *Briana Hernandez, Gotwals Healthy Press
  • *Raymond Houston, Enon Healthy Warrior
  • *John Lambert, Enon Healthy Warrior
  • Ava Manker, William Rowen Healthy Roar
  • London Massey, Cole Manor Healthy Comet
  • Haylee Merrick, William Rowen Healthy Roar
  • *Jaxson Pointer, Enon Healthy Warrior
  • Adriel Tavarez, Catholic Partnership Schools Healthy Courier
  • Amiyrah Velez, William Cramp Fit Flyer
  • Paige Williams, James Logan Healthy Eagle
  • Maribel Quino, an alumna of Healthy NewsWorks who contributed artwork to our How We Heal film as well as to Healthy NewsWorks’ 2022 and 2021 books.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.