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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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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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Fans offer up free publicity for Disney as a creative outlet

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Take a quick spin around YouTube and you’ll find numerous commercials for Disney theme parks.  The challenge is figuring out which were produced by the Disney Company and which were made by fans.  

Some fans put in a lot of effort to make their commercials look and sound as good as those put out by Disney, and with no expectation of financial compensation for their work. So what compels someone to invest a significant amount of time and energy in promoting a multi-billion dollar company for free?

That’s the question that propelled John Edward … Read more »

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Prof. Postigo investigates how science is crowdsourced through online games

The term “crowdsourcing” has been flitting around the Internet in recent years to describe how users can come together to help solve a problem. It has evolved into sites like Kickstarter – and “crowdfunding” — where people go to raise money for a project from the masses. And now, biochemists are looking outside their labs to the Internet for help in their research. Science is now being crowdsourced.

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TV news steps up during JFK assassination, creates lasting images

As Americans tried to cope with and understand the assassination of their president 50 years ago, they turned, for one of the first times in history, to television for wide-ranging coverage of the unfolding event. On Nov. 22, 1963, television news earned the trust of a generation of viewers.

With the perfect confluence of events, experts and emerging technology, Paul Gluck, associate professor of media studies and production, said television news became the top resource for Americans to gather information about the death of JFK. For years, radio’s ratings had been deflating and the public needed visual images to help … Read more »

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Teenagers take on the news at Temple SMC multimedia camp

photos by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University

After a flawless take by one of her anchors, Amy Caples, assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, raised both of her hands victoriously in the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center control room.

“That, ladies and gentleman, is television,” she exclaimed.

With years as a professional reporter and educator under her belt, Caples still reveled in the excitement of creating a news show – even if all of her anchors and reporters were teenagers.

On July 25, more than a dozen 13- to 17-year-olds in … Read more »

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Teenagers take on the news at Temple SMC multimedia camp

photos by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University

After a flawless take by one of her anchors, Amy Caples, assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, raised both of her hands victoriously in the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center control room.

“That, ladies and gentleman, is television,” she exclaimed.

With years as a professional reporter and educator under her belt, Caples still reveled in the excitement of creating a news show – even if all of her anchors and reporters were teenagers.

On July 25, more than a dozen 13- to 17-year-olds in … Read more »

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Former CBS executive Jim McKairnes named Verizon Chair in Global Broadband and Telecommunications

Television producer and consultant Jim McKairnes has been named the Verizon Chair in Global Broadband and Telecommunications at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication.

McKairnes, who graduated from Temple in 1982 with a journalism degree, is a 23-year veteran of the television industry, including 15 years at CBS.

As the Verizon Chair, McKairnes will host the Verizon Symposium on Global Broadband and Telecommunications in spring 2014. Also, he will teach two classes each semester in the 2013-14 academic year, conduct independent studies and serve as consultant to the Department of Media Studies and Production internship director to help foster … Read more »

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Professor Trayes donates photography to support SMC scholarships

EdTrayes.com will benefit photojournalism and MJ students.

For roughly an hour each day, light seems to come alive at the bottoms of some of Arizona’s slot canyons. Revealed in stunning, yet often subtle colors, are unearthly details of these geographic wonders.

It’s a sight most will never experience—one of the reasons Journalism Professor Ed Trayes once climbed deep inside the canyons to capture such moments with his camera.

“The trick was to never get the sky in the photograph, because that would blow everything out,” Trayes says, subconsciously giving a lesson as he talks about his work. “What you try … Read more »

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SMC faculty, students to present at ICA conference

Eleven faculty and students from the Temple University School of Media and Communication will present at the International Communication Association conference in London June 17-21.  They are:

SMC faculty:

Deb Cai, “Culture and Intercultural Experience as Predictors of Decision-Making Styles”

Jan Fernback, “Copyright and Digital Piracy”

Matthew Lombard, “Diverse Perspectives on Presence and Telepresence: An Introduction”

Patrick Murphy, “Media and the Politics of the Earth”

Donnalyn Pompper, “Outnumbered Yet Still on Top, but for How Long? Theorizing about men working in the feminized field of public relations in the U.S.” (Winner, best paper in the

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