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Prof. Mueller’s designs earn two top awards

Kathy Mueller, assistant professor of advertising at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, has earned two prestigious awards for design work she completed as part of her MFA in graphic and interactive design at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, a degree she completed this spring.

“Baker’s Dozen: Idiomatic Expressions with Numbers,” was named the best entry in the “Book, Communication Design,” category by the Type Directors Club. It graphically depicts 13 sayings with numbers, such as “seventh heaven” and “six of one, half-dozen of another.” Many consider the Type Directors Club competition as the most prestigious in the field. … Read more »

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Prof. Weatherston saves students money through alternate textbook project

Students in Assistant Professor Kristine Weatherston’s “Genres of Media Production: Documentary” class will be spending $60 less a semester thanks to her use of innovative teaching tools.

WeatherstonWebInstead of using a traditional textbook, Weatherston will teach from the Internet, new media, hands-on training and open-source educational materials.

She was awarded $1,000 for her plan from Temple University Libraries as part of the Alternate Textbook Project. According to its web site, the program was started in 2011 in an effort to encourage faculty to find “better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students.”

Twenty students are enrolled … Read more »

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SMC remembers PR professor Jean Brodey

In the 28 years Jean Brodey, EDU ’75, ’79, taught public relations at Temple University, the tough but fair grader renowned for editing with a fierce red pen built strong connections with students who shared her passion for storytelling.

Brodey died April 30 at the age of 85.

The mentoring relationships Brodey built didn’t end when her students graduated. Long after they left the classroom, a small group, who dubbed themselves “The Brodey Bunch,” would meet her for lunch several times a year at the Whitemarsh Valley Inn in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, to seek advice and inspiration about their professional … Read more »

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Book showcases benefits diversity brings to the workplace

There exists a sentiment in corporate America that diversity in the workplace can negatively impact the bottom line because hiring people from different backgrounds could spark more internal conflict.

Not necessarily so, writes Donnalyn Pompper in her latest book.

A stack of Pompper's new book, Practical and Theoretical Implications of Successfully Doing Difference in Organizations.The associate professor of strategic communication, who has taught at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication since 2007, has published Practical and Theoretical Implications of Successfully Doing Difference in Organizations with Emerald Group Publishing. The book examines why a conscious and sustained commitment to diversity is needed in organizations.

It’s a hard case to argue, Pompper said, because the benefits, … Read more »

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SMC names 2013-14 faculty award winners

The School of Media and Communication announced the winners of the 2013-14 faculty awards May 6 at the annual spring SMC faculty assembly meeting.

Research

Nancy Morris, professor and chair of media studies and production

Teaching

Ed Trayes, professor of journalism (senior faculty)

Adrienne Shaw, assistant professor of media studies and production (junior faculty)

Service

Gregg Feistman, associate professor of strategic communication

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Class analyzes how LGBT community is portrayed in media

Alex Jaconski discovered grunge music in the summer of 2004.

Nirvana – one of the mainstays of music 10 years previously – appeared on a VH1 countdown. Their songs struck a chord for the 11-year-old.

“That’s a stage in your life when you’re trying to figure out who you are. [Grunge] is a little bit darker and a little bit sadder,” he said. “That music definitely hit a note that made sense — that I could connect to and have something to rely on when I didn’t really know who else to turn to.”

Themes of isolation and solitude can … Read more »

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Class analyzes how LGBT community is portrayed in media

Alex Jaconski discovered grunge music in the summer of 2004.

Nirvana – one of the mainstays of music 10 years previously – appeared on a VH1 countdown. Their songs struck a chord for the 11-year-old.

“That’s a stage in your life when you’re trying to figure out who you are. [Grunge] is a little bit darker and a little bit sadder,” he said. “That music definitely hit a note that made sense — that I could connect to and have something to rely on when I didn’t really know who else to turn to.”

Themes of isolation and solitude can … Read more »

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SMC professors earn Provost merit awards

Thirty-nine faculty members from the School of Media and Communication have received awards for meritorious activity from the Temple University Office of the Provost.

Each year, Temple University recognizes faculty for outstanding performance in teaching and instruction, research, scholarship, creative activity and/or service to the university or their individual professions or disciplines. The selection process began in fall 2013, through either nominations by the provost, deans, department chairs and colleagues or self-nominations.

“A merit award reflects our faculty’s continued dedication and commitment to scholarship and students, and highlights the exceptional drive for excellence in teaching, innovation and performance,” Provost Dai … Read more »

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Dean Boardman fights to improve media’s White House access

David Boardman, dean of the Temple University School of Media and Communication, is helping lead the charge to improve journalistic access to the White House.

Boardman, president of the American Society of News Editors, and a group of leaders representing the Associated Press Media Editors, the National Press Photographers Association, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Associated Press met with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and other officials in December to discuss the importance of allowing journalists to photograph the president.Boardman believed there were positive steps taken at last year’s meeting, but, on Feb. 21, the White House … Read more »

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How Temple is helping ensure the future of data journalism

A data journalism class at the School of Media and Communication places Temple University at the forefront of a new wave of programs teaching aspiring reporters how to crunch numbers and find new ways to tell stories hidden in data.

Assistant Professor Meredith Broussard, a computer scientist-turned-reporter, said she created her class to teach “the practice of finding stories in numbers and using numbers to tell stories.”

David Herzog, RTF ’84, the academic adviser for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), sees a growing trend at the nation’s top universities of classes that target the needs of … Read more »

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