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TUTV to air Coach Rhule’s weekly press conference


Chase Senior (L) and Zach Gelb, seen here in the booth at the Temple Football game at Vanderbilt on Aug. 28 doing play-by-play for WHIP, will co-host a weekly TUTV show featuring Coach Rhule’s Tuesday press conference.


There’s a new way to relive the excitement of Temple University Football each week.

TUTV-Temple Television will air Coach Matt Rhule’s Tuesday press conferences live starting Sept. 2. The new show, The Matt Rhule Weekly on OwlSports Update, is hosted by Zach Gelb, a junior media studies and production major from Dix Hills, New York, and Chase Senior, a senior journalism major from West Chester, Pennsylvania.

“Zach and I have a daily sports talk radio show [on WHIP] together and have called basketball and football games alongside each other, so I’m looking forward to taking our talents to television,” Senior said. “Launching this show will give us another platform to share our insight, knowledge and thoughts, while also giving us an opportunity to gain real world experience that will prepare us for our careers after college.”

The show begins at noon each Tuesday on TUTV, which can be seen within Philadelphia on Comcast 50 and Verizon 45 and online at Gelb and Senior will do a quick recap of the previous game and then send it over to Edberg-Olson for the entirety of the press conference. After Rhule answers all of the reporters’ questions, the hosts will break down the coach’s comments and preview the team’s upcoming game until 12:45 p.m. On bye weeks, the show will go on without Rhule’s news conference and will include in-studio guests to assess the current state of the football season.

“I believe this show will be very successful and allow fans to be informed all season long about the X’s and O’s of Temple Football, as Chase and I bring a unique perspective covering the team,” Gelb said. “We have dedicated a lot to this team.”


Senior, Gelb and radio engineer Keshroy Spencer on the field at the Vanderbilt game.

Approximately 15 students will work on each live show, including the anchors and senior producers Ibrahim Jacobs, a senior finance major from Falls Church, Virginia, and Kevin Otte, a senior media studies and production major from Brogue, Pennsylvania.

Executive Producer Matt Fine, assistant professor of media studies and production, said the fact that OwlSports Update will be airing a live element from outside the studio for the first time and that the crew has no idea what Rhule will say during his news conferences will require the students to think on their feet much more than the structured weekly OwlsSports Update show that airs Thursdays at noon on TUTV.

Paul Gluck, general manager of TUTV and associate professor of media studies and production looks forward to what the new show will bring to the students working on it, as well as the TUTV audience.

“At TUTV, we view this project as an excellent opportunity to help our students cultivate the specialized skills required to produce and broadcast live television, while providing our cable and online audiences with the kind of access to Coach Rhule’s news conference that used to require a press pass,” he said.

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SMC students recount South Africa experience through Daily News articles

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The students of the School of Media and Communication Study Away program in South Africa were able to share the stories of their experiences this summer through a special edition of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Nine of the 11 Temple University students who participated in the program wrote a story for the Aug. 16 newspaper on a slice of South African life they thought would resonate with the readers back home.

Their topics ranged from a simple story about how a $10 football lead to an international friendship to a serious look at arranged child marriages.

Linn Washington, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University and director of the 2014 South Africa program, initially pitched to the Daily News the idea of publishing student-written stories about their experience to editor Michael Days.

Days came back with a bigger idea. The stories made up the “Big Read,” a Daily News section that features in-depth coverage on a particular subject.

“But on occasion, the Big Read is about something outside the norm of what we cover – and the stories and images by students visiting in Nelson Mandela’s homeland dovetails perfectly with the purpose of the Big Read,” said Michelle Bjork, assistant managing editor.

A ‘Born Free’ perspective
Washington assigned his students to examine South Africa from the perspective of the “Born Frees,” people who were born after 1994 and never experienced apartheid.

Nichelle Brunner, 20, a junior communication studies major from Washington, District of Columbia, who wrote the piece on child brides, said she purposefully sought out a subject that affected young girls.

“As an outsider in South Africa, it was crazy to hear girls as young as 10 were being forced into arranged marriages,” she said. “These young girls are not able to access and/or continue their education and some are giving birth and dying during childbirth because their bodies are undeveloped. People need to know about these issues because it is not strictly a South African issue — it is a human issue.”

The students’ articles, Washington said, provide a glimpse into life in South Africa unlike any traditionally done by mainstream media outlets, which tend to focus on the political strife in that nation.

“The students’ stories were great because, collectively, they gave our Daily News readers a slice of life in post-apartheid South Africa that often left the readers wanting to know more,” said Yvette Ousley, assistant city editor.

Lucas Proctor, the 22-year-old media studies and production major from Wilmington, Delaware, who wrote about his experience introducing his football to South Africans, said the experience of being examined while having a catch with his fellow students was too surreal to ignore.

“To be honest, I think it was a small little thing that happened to us down there that ended up being one of the best memories,” he said.

Aside from a new friendship inspired by a football, Proctor returns with a new perspective, too.

“It makes you realize how good you have it,” Proctor said. “Africa is a beautiful place. The people of that continent are amazing people and they deserve better, and a greater appreciation from everyone in the world.”

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Read the Daily News stories

Dispatch: South Africa
By Linn Washington

‘Silent’ no more, for some
By Suzannah Cavanaugh

Philadelphia organization with a global reach
By Ryan Hall

An American football means more in Joburg
By Lucas Proctor

Gallery lifts ‘street kids’ from gutter to high art
By Ezra Lewis

Ending child marriage
By Nichelle C. Brunner

Youth poetry blooms in the lyrical capital
By Cambriae Bates

Burning the wealth
By Jake Pilkington

Exhibition fights image of gangster’s paradise
By Tyler Horst

Teen pregnancy relegates young moms to poverty
By Janice Durrant


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Temple earns eight nominations for regional awards

Temple University students and faculty members have received eight nominations from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its College/University Production Awards, generally described as the college-level version of the Emmys.

PrintIt is the most nominations earned by any college or university in the region.

“We at TUTV could not be more proud of our students and our faculty colleagues who have been recognized for their extraordinary efforts and excellent work by NATAS Mid-Atlantic,” said Paul Gluck, general manager of TUTV and associate professor of media studies and production. “To see them acknowledged and honored by peers and professionals is most gratifying. We wish them the best on Emmy night.”

Several School of Media and Communication alumni are up for Emmy awards in the professional categories.

The winners will be announced at a Sept. 20 ceremony at the Philadelphia Hilton, which TUTV will broadcast in early October.



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Peter Jaroff, Faculty Executive Producer


OwlSports Update: March 27, 2014- Temple University/TUTV

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Long Form: Fiction

The Grog Show – S3, E3 – “Renewal”- Temple University

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Significant Changes Among Temple University’s Athletics Programs- Temple University/TUTV

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The Importance of Football Player Safety and A Rare Sit-Down With Coaching Legend John Chaney- Temple University/TUTV

Shannon Jaugh, reporter

Kevin Otte, Photographer/Editor


Public Affairs/Community Service

Crossroads- The Heroin Epidemic- Temple University

Lucas Proctor, Co-Producer

Anthony Liberto, Co-Producer

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Journalism grad reports from Syrian warzone

Jad Sleiman didn’t wait long to make his degree work for him.

Sleiman, 25, graduated May 15 with a journalism degree from Temple’s School of Media and Communication and the following week, he was in the heart of the Syrian warzone for three days. And the week after that, The Washington Times ran his story on Harakat Hazm, a new conglomerate of two dozen rebel groups.

The trip to Syria was Sleiman’s first time in reporting from a war zone. He wouldn’t speak about how he got into Syria and made connections with the rebels. Those are facts that he had to keep close to his chest to be able to go back.

But there’s more to the story than how Sleiman wrangled his way into the country.

Generally, in the coverage of wars around the world, Sleiman said the fighters always seem “so foreign.”

“I wanted people to see people like their friends and neighbors,” he said. Much of the coverage of Syria he has seen “was focused on extremism, the destruction of everything and not making the people seem like real relatable human beings.”

Sleiman set off for Syria with the intent to tell the story of another organization, but he was cut off from that group by a government offensive. Still, he’s happy with where he landed.

The people behind the fight
The four-minute video focuses on the Aleppo suburb of Daret Ezzah, which has become a more frequent target of bombings. He interviewed rebel fighters who have been forced into a new way of life.

“The group was very open to filming,” he said. “I just explained that I was an American journalist, talked a bit about they project and asked them one-by-one to join me in another room for short interviews.”

These interviews unveiled the reasons these everyday people have chosen to risk their lives and fight for what they believe is right.

A 21-year-old fighter told Sleiman that, “The first day I held a rifle, I was here in Daret Ezzah.” He had seen women and children dying as a result of the war and said, “I decided to pick up a weapon before the same thing happens here.”

The fighters in his story are wearing civilian clothes and aren’t brandishing weapons, which Sleiman said counters how much of the coverage he’s seen portrays the rebels.

In many news stories, “often, they speak the way they’re supposed to sound.” With Sleiman’s small camera and ability to speak Arabic fluently, “my hope was that I would be able to get a more intimate picture of these people,” he said.

Future plans
Sleiman plans to return to Syria to expand his story into a feature-length documentary about how living in a war zone changes everyday people into soldiers. He thinks it’s an important story to tell because, “I think America plays a huge role in global affairs, so Americans need to be informed.”

He starts graduate school this fall at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where he will focus on international reporting. Since he hopes to continue doing multimedia journalism on foreign conflicts, he is off to a good start.

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

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Research shows the hipster prototype evolved from cultural disconnection

Victoria Marchiony stands in front of four members of the millennial generation.

During her senior year, Victoria Marchiony (center) has researched why hipsters become hipsters. (photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University)

A senior journalism major’s research project is sure to spark a dialogue about the true nature of the millennial generation’s lover of all-things-obscure.

Victoria Marchiony, 22, devoted her final semester at the Temple University School of Media and Communication to researching what makes “hipsters” tick. She started by looking at how the hipster, defined by Urban Dictionary as “a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter,” is generally portrayed in media.

She found that this character is most frequently described in media as a white male aged between 20 and 35 from an affluent suburb, who now lives in one of the city’s gentrified neighborhoods. He is middle class and college educated, though he looks a little dirty. He surrounds himself with consumer goods that are symbols of his individualism, even items that come from other ethnic cultures. This hipster prototype rejects being called a hipster. But, Marchiony contends, his individualistic behavior is so predictable, it negates his uniqueness.

Through interviews of a dozen millennials in Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore, and combing through previous academic work on the topic, she wanted to discover why the hipster prototype is white.

“What is it about whiteness that is so conducive to the essential spirit of hipsterdom?” she asked.

Ethnic ties
She contends many white Americans have maintained a sense of connection to their ethnic origins, but also a significant population who haven’t.

“The trend tends to be that several generations removed from the immigrant experience [common in the millennial generation], it’s white kids who don’t end up with the same sense of cultural authenticity as minorities,” she said. It is “partly because, due to their successful assimilation into the mainstream, they are not forced to confront the meaning of their ‘whiteness’ as minorities may be forced to confront their own racial identities.”

The sentiment is supported in prior research.

“Tim Wise points out in his book ‘White Like Me’ that the first thing to be sacrificed on the alter of assimilation to the American mainstream was ethnic identity. To shed the marginalized culture of origin was to become functionally white in society,” she said.

It’s this group that has become the breeding ground for the hipster culture. Hipsters, she said, see their whiteness as lacking in “a cool, oppositional cultural backing.” Instead, she said the hipster fills the void with “sounds, symbols, styles, slang (and) cultural artifacts – powered by the Internet and egged on by consumer culture.”

One of us
Marchiony, who grew up in suburban Ardmore, described herself as falling under the hipster umbrella. “The rhetoric of color blindness in this country is very confusing for white people,” she said. “I say that from a self-reflective place. I grew up yelling at my parents that I had no culture, and then I’m looking around my room and realizing the symbolic consumptive appropriation going on. I’m looking for myself in objects.”

A portrait of Victoria Marchiony.

Victoria Marchiony

She recalled a moment of self-realization when she took a good look at a Mexican sugar skull in her room. It’s a strong cultural symbol to which she has no genuine connection. She liked it – and, more importantly, purchased it – because it was different. “I started to like it less as I saw it other places,” she explained. “That’s my most hipster object. I got it because I liked it and I thought that the fact that I liked it meant something was cool about it. Once other people got on board, it made it less cool. It was that whole ugly process.”

Marchiony believes it’s important to analyze the actions of the hipster to encourage a change and allow them to discover their true selves.

“One of my interview subjects pointed out that his friends who had stronger ties to their ethnic heritage exhibited less culturally appropriating behavior because they had been instilled with a strong sense of their own intrinsic cultural identity and as such were able to respect that of others,” she said.

Assistant Professor Brooke Duffy, who worked with Marchiony on her research, said her project, “makes a compelling argument about narratives of identity and individualism at a time when many traditional understandings of the self are in flux.”

Through her journalism and poetry, Marchiony hopes to spark a dialogue about the true nature of hipsterdom. “Hopefully, what can come from this is that real subcultures could form, instead of being attached to the self-denial and the defensive irony, and not wanting to commit to a group identity and not knowing how.”

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Jeff Cronin

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The Temple News named best paper in region

The Temple News was named the best all-around non-daily student newspaper in the Northeast region by the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition, Grace Holleran, a junior music therapy major from Norwalk, Connecticut, was named the winner in the general column writing category for colleges with more than 10,000 students. Senior advertising major Jerry Iannelli from Marlton, New Jersey, was a finalist in the same category.

Katie Kalupson, a junior graphic and interactive design major from New Providence, Pennsylvania, was named a finalist in the photo illustration category for the newspaper’s “Lunchies” insert.

The Mark of Excellence Award winners were announced April 25 at the SPJ’s Region 1 Spring Conference in Boston. The newspaper and Holleran now move on to the national level to face winners from the 11 other SPJ regions. National winners will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, in September.

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KYW news director returns for annual journalism lecture

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You might call Dee Patel a news nutritionist.

The news director for KYW NewsRadio, Patel, JOUR ’99, was the featured speaker April 30 at the annual Dorothy I. Kirsch Lecture in Morgan Hall.

“It’s a big monster to feed and it’s my job to feed it,” Patel told the room full of journalism majors from the Temple University School of Media and Communication about to receive departmental awards.

She lauded the students for their ability to process all of the information that the internet and social media throws at them on a continual basis.

“All of this is very second nature to you guys,” she said. “This is information overload for us.”

But because the 22-year-olds about the enter professional journalism excel and thrive in this media landscape, Patel is excited about where this next generation will take the industry.

“That’s how you are changing the face of journalism,” she said.

Patel encouraged the students to remember to be accurate, cautious and curious as they work as journalists to create a fulfilling career.

“It will take a lot out of you, but it will give you a lot back,” she said.

The annual lecture is named after Dorothy Italie Kirsch, JOUR ’36. She and her husband created the lecture series in 1993 because, “hearing the insight and perspectives of leading communication specialists offers a unique chance for students to see the breadth of opportunity that awaits them.”

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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 said. “Our deans, college and department committees, and department chairs were committed to ensuring that these deserving and distinguished individuals received recognition. I want to thank everyone for their time and diligence in this important process.”

SMC’s recipients are:


Brooke Duffy
Jennifer Lovrinic Freeman
Joseph Glennon
Stacey Harpster
Sheryl Kantrowitz
Michael Maynard
Katherine Mueller
Dana Saewitz


Fabienne Darling-Wolf
Christopher Harper
Carolyn Kitch
Andrew Mendelson
George Miller
Maida Odom
Larry Stains
Lori Tharps
Edward Trayes
Karen M. Turner
Linn Washington

Media Studies and Production

Amy Caples
Sherri Hope Culver
Jan Fernback
Matthew Fine
Paul Gluck
Peter Jaroff
Jack Klotz
Matthew Lombard
Nancy Morris
Adrienne Shaw
Barry Vacker
Kristine Trever Weatherston
Laura Zaylea

Strategic Communication

Gregg Feistman
Scott Gratson
Donnalyn Pompper
Cornelius Pratt
Tracey Weiss
Thomas Wright
Kaibin Xu

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Journalism alumna enters Philly PR Association Hall of Fame

Danielle Cohn, JOUR ’95, vice president of marketing and communications for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s Hall of Fame May 8 at a ceremony at Top of the Tower.

A portrait of Danielle Cohn, JOUR '95.

Danielle Cohn, JOUR ’95.

For nearly a decade, Cohn has been responsible for positioning the City of Brotherly Love and the Pennsylvania Convention Center as a destination for conventions, meetings and tourists.

In 2012, she led the bureau’s strategic and global messaging project, which markets Philadelphia, or PHL, as a modern renaissance city.

“Philadelphia is one of the best brands in the world to promote, and I’m lucky to be a part of a very talented and passionate team of people who love this city and work every day to tell its stories around the globe,” she said. “I hope that through our work, visitors and citizens alike have come to know our city a whole lot better because of our commitment. My love for communications and the City of Philadelphia were certainly fostered during my time at Temple University.”

The hall of fame ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m.


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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.

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 the changing journalism job market.

“A lot of the classes that had been in place for several years are traditional [computer-assisted reporting] classes” that focused on the number analysis, he said. “What’s happening how is we’re seeing more and more schools who are realizing the value of offering classes that go beyond that. Temple’s class … is in the first wave of those trying to do that.”

Throughout the semester, students have learned how to use databases, spreadsheets and visualization tools and are developing the ability to find and clean data for investigative stories. Students will end the semester by creating an interactive piece of data journalism.

Finding truth in numbers
Marcus McCarthy, 21, a junior journalism major from Charlestown, R.I., said data journalism is one of the best things to come out of the media’s shifting identity.

“Although I appreciate the place for anecdotal evidence, many times it isn’t enough to tell a story since the sample size is typically too small. However, accounting for the bias data can bring, statistical evidence can more accurately portray the larger issues facing our society,” he said. “This means that we can now take on the issues that we were previously unable to accurately report on. That prospect is very exciting to me and I see it making a big difference in bettering our society.”

It seems McCarthy has learned one of the key points of Broussard’s class: the existence of data doesn’t always equal truth.

“We tend to think of data as this immutable object that exists outside of any kind of human intervention – because there’s data, that means it’s true,” Broussard explained. “But the thing is, data are created by people. It’s socially constructed by people who ask certain types of questions and who have certain agendas. Understanding that dimension of data helps us understand the numbers and the social context of the numbers.”

Broussard, 39, brings to students her own history of practical experience in data journalism. As a journalist, she has worked on a variety of data-driven projects that provide insight on the reporting methods students will need to be successful in today’s competitive job market.

Professor Broussard lectures from the front of the class.

The spring 2014 semester marks the first time a data journalism class has been taught at Temple. (Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University)

Using her creative and technical skills, Broussard last year created, a site that showcases an algorithm that mines Philadelphia School District data to determine if schools have enough of the right books to equip students with the knowledge to succeed on standardized tests. The articles she wrote based on her analysis prompted the district to reallocate books to schools with the most need, as well as make some staff changes and financial reforms.

Data leads to a Pulitzer
Dylan Purcell, JOUR ’00, a data journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer for the past eight years, knows the impact this type of work can have. He was part of the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning team that worked on a series of stories about violence in the city’s schools. Purcell dove deep into the school district’s crime statistics during the investigation.

“No one had ever looked at the district’s crime patterns,” he said. “They were touting a big drop in crime, but they weren’t accounting for the enrollment dropping drastically.”

Without hard numbers to support their reporting, “I don’t know if we would have been able to change as much as we did. The data can reinforce your traditional storytelling.”

Purcell has seen his work evolve over the past decade in the way he tells his part of a story. Much of his work includes interactive online graphics and maps – an encouraging welcome mat for the next generation of reporters now learning how to use this technology.

“There is a either a requirement or a strong recommendation to have at least some basic data skills,” Herzog said of the current job market. “Employers are seeing the value of having journalists who know how to do this kind of work, so there is a premium being placed on these skills. This class is very strong in that regard.”

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Jeff Cronin

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