Anatomy of a Story page from the Spring 2022 issue of our print newspaper PJPxInside
An article from the spring 2022 edition of PJP x Inside (click to enlarge)

Until the fall of 2021, Prison Journalism Project’s stories had only been available online, which made it hard for us to share them with our writers inside the walls. We typically send our writers copies of their stories after they are published, but they wanted to read each other’s stories, and we wanted them to learn from each other as well. That led to the launch of PJPxInside, our first print newspaper.

For each issue, we select stories that demonstrate the biggest trends in submissions from the previous six months. You’ll find coverage of the pandemic, essays and poetry on mental health and relationships, and commentary on current events. We curate each digest to include work from first-time and regular contributors from all corners of the country.

In keeping with PJP’s educational mission, our newspaper includes a brief note with each selection to explain what drew us to the piece. A section called The Anatomy of a Story offers a reported article fully annotated by our PJP J-School faculty, so we could give inside readers a glimpse into how journalism can be done behind the walls.

In the spring of 2022 PJPxInside received an Award of Excellence from the Society of News Design for front page design for its fall 2021 issue. Designed by Cait Palmiter and edited by PJP Director Kate McQueen, PJPxInside was one of approximately 800 out of 3,500 entries to be honored by the 43rd edition of SND’s Best of Print News Design competition.

We currently plan to publish PJPxInside twice a year. You’ll find PDFs of the first issues here.

Request A Copy

Prison Journalism Project has a limited quantity of our print newspaper to share with educational programs, organizations that work with incarcerated communities and incarceration-impacted writers. To request a copy, send an email with your name and mailing address to pjp-inside@prisonjournalismproject.org.

If you are affiliated with a program or organization, add your title, name of affiliation and number of copies desired. We will do our best to send you enough copies for each student or member of your community.

You are always welcome to share printed copies of the PDF version under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial purposes. If you would like to republish an excerpt in a book or other publication, please contact Prison Journalism Project.


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Volume 1, Issue 1 (Fall 2021)