Category Archives: Journalism

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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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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New book edition updates history of black hair in America

Over the past decade, the internet has impacted the way to do just about everything – right down to how we talk about hair.

A headshot of Lori TharpsWith such a game-changing phenomenon, Lori Tharps, an assistant professor of journalism at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, released a new edition of a book she co-authored, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, which chronicles how the conversation about black hair has evolved since the 15th century.

Hair Story is still the only book that does that,” she said. “No other book talks about black hair so comprehensively.”

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New book edition updates history of black hair in America

Over the past decade, the internet has impacted the way to do just about everything – right down to how we talk about hair.

A headshot of Lori TharpsWith such a game-changing phenomenon, Lori Tharps, an assistant professor of journalism at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, released a new edition of a book she co-authored, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, which chronicles how the conversation about black hair has evolved since the 15th century.

Hair Story is still the only book that does that,” she said. “No other book talks about black hair so comprehensively.”

Tharps … Read more »

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Prof. Creech explores media’s role in covering military action

During the Vietnam War, the American military performed a series of secret military campaigns over Cambodia, dropping more than 2 million tons of bombs. But, according to a new article by Brian Creech, assistant professor of journalism, the American public didn’t know much about it because of the way mainstream media, specifically Time magazine, covered the war.

Creech2Web“A sense of mystery surrounded mainstream American reporting from the country,” Creech writes in “The Rising Tide of War: Discourses of American Military Power in Time,” which was published in Communication Review. “Officials denied military operations and cast a fog of … Read more »

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Prof. Mendelson examines mobile phones as photojournalism

In a newly published book chapter, Andrew Mendelson, professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, says the mobile phone camera has changed what news consumers see as truth in photojournalism.

“The unskilled, poorly composed pictures are the new sign of authoritativeness of news. Amateur photographers are the new truth-tellers, speaking to and for powers, through the authority of a vernacular or naïve aesthetic,” he writes.

The chapter is entitled “The Indecisive Moment: Snapshot Aesthetics as Journalistic Truth,” in Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World (Marquette University Press).

Mendelson believes the phenomenon stems from our strong connection … Read more »

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Prof. Mendelson examines mobile phones as photojournalism

In a newly published book chapter, Andrew Mendelson, professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, says the mobile phone camera has changed what news consumers see as truth in photojournalism.

“The unskilled, poorly composed pictures are the new sign of authoritativeness of news. Amateur photographers are the new truth-tellers, speaking to and for powers, through the authority of a vernacular or naïve aesthetic,” he writes.

The chapter is entitled “The Indecisive Moment: Snapshot Aesthetics as Journalistic Truth,” in Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World (Marquette University Press).

Mendelson believes the phenomenon stems from our strong connection … Read more »

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SMC racks up Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations

Television programming created by students and faculty from the School of Media and Communication will vie for Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards this year in the college/university production categories. Winners will be announced at a Sept. 7 ceremony. To download a full list of nominations, click here.

SMC’s nominees include:

Outstanding Achievement, College/University Student Production-Newscast:
“Temple Update,” Show 7 (Nov. 8, 2012)
Karina Cheung, MSP, Kaitryn Wetzel, MSP ’13, Producers
Ankit Patel, MSP, Director
Megan McNerney, JOUR ’13, Marchelle Roberts, JOUR ’13, Anchors
Isabel Garcia, JOUR, Volunteer Director
Assistant Professor Peter Jaroff, Executive Producer

Outstanding Achievement, College/University Student Production-News:
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Prof. Tharps selected for women faculty workshop

Assistant Professor Lori Tharps, JOUR, was accepted for the inaugural AEJMC Women Moving Forward Pre-convention Workshop sponsored by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and the Commission on the Status of Women of AEJMC.

It will be held Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. … Read more »

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Prof. Tharps selected for women faculty workshop

Assistant Professor Lori Tharps, JOUR, was accepted for the inaugural AEJMC Women Moving Forward Pre-convention Workshop sponsored by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and the Commission on the Status of Women of AEJMC.

It will be held Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. … Read more »

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