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NCC Journalism Student Helps in “Writing Wrongs”

Kristen Cervenak participates in literary journalism project

Mia Rossi,

Kristen Cervenak, a Northampton Community College journalism major, was selected to attend the Writing Wrongs program on September 2 and 3 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Students must apply and be accepted into the competitive program. Eleven students from seven Pennsylvania colleges were chosen to participate in the weekend-long event.

Writing Wrongs is a literary journalism project intended to immerse students in a specific societal issue. The students' assignment for this project was to tell stories of local immigrants' experiences by performing interviews and taking pictures and videos. The goal of the event is to produce a book that will address the way in which immigrants are perceived while sharing their unique personal stories. The book will be donated locally to college libraries, public libraries, and suitable organizations and businesses. 

Community leaders who were there included local immigration Attorney Abraham Cepeda of Cultura Law, Carlos Gonzalez, statewide capacity building coordinator for the Pennsylvania Immigrant & Citizenship Coalition, and John McCormack, former supervisor of the Berks County Youth Center & ICE Family Shelter Care Program.

In 2015, the first of these writing events, students addressed homelessness. Last year, they offered up stories of addiction when they visited a drug and alcohol facility in Leesport, PA. For more information about the program and to read some of the students' work, visit Writing Wrongs' website at https://seektruthandreportit.com.