News ticker installed on Annenberg Hall

A crane lifts the news ticker into place outside of Annenberg Hall along 13th Street Oct. 17.
A crane lifts the news ticker into place onto the 13th Street side of Annenberg Hall Oct. 17. (by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University)

In the 1960s, students walking past the old brownstone journalism school building on Broad Street often saw the headlines of the day posted on a huge plate glass window. On the day of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, people crowded around the window as headlines from the Associated Press ticker reported the grim news out of Dallas.

Fifty-one years later, the School of Media and Communication will again become the focal point for news watchers with the installation of a news ticker on the 13th Street side of Annenberg Hall.

Sponsored by KYW NewsRadio, the installation of the ticker is part of an overall building enhancement. The news ticker runs the length of the steel girders on the overhang of the building. It is 40 feet long and 2 feet tall.

Dean David Boardman said that the ticker gives Annenberg Hall a signature look.

A worker welds the support system for the news ticker into place on Annenberg Hall.
A worker welds the support system for the news ticker into place on Annenberg Hall. (by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University)

“The exterior of the building is rather generic otherwise, but this will make it clear that news and public-affairs communication are at the heart of what we do,” Boardman said. “The ticker will also, of course, help our students and the campus at large stay on top of what’s happening in the Philadelphia region, the nation and the world.”

In addition to up-to-the minute news events, the ticker will feature important announcements from SMC and Temple to help keep students informed.

According to Assistant Dean Don Heller, the installation of the ticker is part of a project to enhance the aesthetics of Annenberg Hall. Also on the agenda are new furniture and color coded academic departments to help students and visitors navigate the building.

By Logan Beck
SMC Communications

Tribune Media CEO discusses company’s future with Temple students

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The man who helped guide the split of the former Tribune Company’s publishing and broadcasting arms offered a peek into a media business trend during the 2014 Charles and Elaine Sherman Lecture, sponsored by Temple’s School of Media and Communication on Oct. 6.

Peter Liguori, CEO of the Tribune Media Company, said the split enables Tribune Media to evolve from a “media museum to a modern media company.”

Tribune runs 42 local television stations across the country that includes WGN America and Tribune Studios, the creative arm responsible for shows like Manh(a)ttan and Celebrity Name Game.

Liguori, whose impressive career includes stops at Saatchi & Saatchi, HBO, Fox, FX and Discovery Communications, told more than 150 students who attended the lecture that he hopes the company is now considered “a 165-year-old start-up” that takes risks.

Liguori discussed some of the strategies the new company will take in its quest for success. In addition to charging Tribune Media affiliates less to run its programming than its competitors, he said the company will be open to “innovative programming” on WGN America, similar to networks like AMC and FX.

He admits that it won’t be easy.

“The competition for content is more aggressive than it’s ever been,” he said.

Still, Liguori is optimistic about the newspapers he formerly oversaw. Saying that he’s “not as bearish on newspapers as others,” he is optimistic that newspapers will survive in some form in this country.

Following his lecture and a brief discussion about media issues with SMC Dean David Boardman, several students took advantage of a Q-and-A session to discuss the media to which they have devoted their studies.

Admitting that it’s a hard industry to find success, Liguori added: “I highly believe that if you want in, you’re going to get in.”

Those who make hiring decisions in media, he said, have realized they need more young people and are “reaching out to people who are fans of the industry.”

Boardman asked what moment in his career would Liguori like to do over. “I worked in advertising and I turned down Mad Men,” he answered.

In retrospect, Liguori says he now sees the brilliance of the AMC hit Mad Men, which he described as shining a light on modern sexual politics through the lens of a super-charged atmosphere in a tumultuous era.

The lesson he learned was to “take a breath” and listen to the passion of the writers and producers behind a pitch.