Jamie Bogert

Jamie is a Philadelphia based writer who got her chops working for BUST Magazine after graduating in 2014 from Emerson College with a degree in journalism. She previously freelanced for a number of publications, took some time traveling throughout Argentina, led a 300 mile youth bike trip across the Berkshires, New York, and Vermont, and has since safely landed in Philly.

She enjoys ordering Grubhub when she should probably cook, forcing her bearded dragon to sit quietly and listen to her sing, and unabashedly indulging in a night of watching either Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Bachelor in Paradise.

Stories by The Citizen:

It’s on, 2020!

We asked Philadelphians how they will work to make a better city in 2020. Their resolutions give us hope for the new year.

CitizenCast: Business for Good: A Pillbox With Heart

Philly-based startup Fellow may have created the solution to one of healthcare’s biggest crises

Help Us Steal An Idea

Vote here! We're giving away $50,000 to bring one idea to Philly.

CitizenCast: A New Twist on Salvation

A design project seeks to save threatened religious spaces by reimagining their use as community hubs—for neighbors new and old




1st Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

at 3220 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Las Voces de Maria Opening Gallery

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018

at 3805 Locust Walk

Las voces de Maria is a multimedia project, facilitated by writer Syra Ortiz-Blanes and photographer Cameron Hart, that profiles Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria who came to Philadelphia after the storm. Part text, part video, and part photo, Las voces de Maria hands over to Puerto Ricans the opportunity to share their stories through different tools and mediums. Evacuees sat for hours with Ortiz-Blanes and Hart, unraveling their lives inside the gray spaces of local bureaucracies – nonprofit and governmental alike – which left them homeless, distressed, and hungry. They met in hotels, cramped basements, coffee shops, and the apartments and homes of relatives, friends, and strangers. They shared their stories, often for the first time, often when no one else had asked them or even understood them. At least 2,975 people passed away in Puerto Rico because of the hurricane, destroyed infrastructure, and government negligence. But the evacuees who came to Philadelphia also lost life as they knew it. Maria was deeply felt on both a personal and collective level. Las voces aims to reflect both the intimate and national losses. The cyclone’s survivors who are featured in the project come from all over the island and from all walks of life. Each piece provides people with the space to share their perspectives and opinions.Together, all the stories form a chorus on life before, during, and after the hurricane. This reconstruction of narratives, like the reconstruction of our island, is vital to our healing process. Prints from the show will also be sold, and all proceeds will be donated to Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees in Philadelphia. Las Voces de Maria is dedicated to those who left, those who stayed, and those who will come back. And to Puerto Rico, which doesn't need to get back on its feet, because it never fell down.

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Vote That Jawn

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018

at 132-154 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Citizen is joining award-winning author (and Penn professor) Lorene Cary's Safe Kids Stories, along with several other partners, in a fall effort to register and send to the polls in November first-time voters, especially youth. On September 22nd, the group will host a two hour-long workshop at WHYY’s Public Media Commons from 2 pm-4 pm, to kick off the initiative. Experienced speakers will introduce the challenge: for each team of participants to come up with its own strategy to get their peers to register to vote and then go to the polls. Advertising professionals, artists, social media experts and organizers will be on hand to act as brainstorming coaches for each team. They’ll suggest strategies and tactics for the teams to consider and riff on in their own plans, which will be shared on the #VoteThatJawn website. The idea is for each team to register—and then get to the polls—the greatest number of people. On November 6th, we’ll follow up with a #VoteThatJawn afterparty: to award cash prizes to three winners. Interested? Click here to sign up! Don’t have a team, but you want to help make this happen? Come, bring a friend or two, and join our Wild Card tables to mix it up and make things happen!




“Changing The World”—An Elite Charade?

Thursday, Sep 06, 2018

at 1724 Arch St. Philadephia, PA 19103

Please join The Citizen for an evening with Anand Giridharadas, author of the provocative new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, and Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit behind the international B Corp movement of using business as a force for good. Giridharadas is an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He is a former columnist for The New York Times. Winners Take All, praised by Bryan Stevenson and Bill Gates, is a deeply-reported critique of "an ascendant power elite" that seeks to use the power of capitalism to address social ills—"to change the world while also profiting from the status quo." It promises to be a compelling, even controversial, discussion. Signed copies of books will be available for sale. [sc name="line-break" ]




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