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SMC grows with seven new faculty members

Seven new full-time faculty members have joined the School of Media and Communication for the 2014-15 academic year. Here’s your chance to get to know a little bit about them before the first day of class.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Class analyzes how LGBT community is portrayed in media

Adrienne Shaw points to an item on the print version of the class's digital timeline of LGBT history.

Adrienne Shaw points to an item on the print version of the class’s digital timeline of LGBT history. (photo by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University)

Alex Jaconski discovered grunge music in the summer of 2004.

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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.

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How Temple is helping ensure the future of data journalism

Assistant Professor Meredith Broussard works with junior journalism major Greg Pinto as other students look on.

Assistant Professor Meredith Broussard works with junior journalism major Greg Pinto as other students look on. (Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University)

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.

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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.  

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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.

POSTIGO-webAnd now, biochemists are looking outside their labs to the Internet for help in their research. Science is now being crowdsourced.

Hector Postigo, associate professor of media studies and production at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, and Casey O’Donnell, assistant professor of telecommunications, information studies and media at Michigan State University, have … Read more »

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