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Dean Boardman fights to improve media’s White House access

David Boardman, dean of the Temple University School of Media and Communication, is helping lead the charge to improve journalistic access to the White House.

Boardman, president of the American Society of News Editors, and a group of leaders representing the Associated Press Media Editors, the National Press Photographers Association, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Associated Press met with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and other officials in December to discuss the importance of allowing journalists to photograph the president.Boardman believed there were positive steps taken at last year’s meeting, but, on Feb. 21, the White House … Read more »

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SMC’s undergrads showcase research and creative work at annual symposium

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC Communications

More than a dozen School of Media and Communication students representing all five majors showcased their creative and research projects at the 21st annual Temple Undergraduate Research Forum-Creative Works Symposium (TURF-CreWS) April 10 in the Howard Gittis Student Center.

“The function of undergraduate research is so students can pick up the gauntlet from their professors and pass it on,” said Associate Professor Scott Gratson, SMC director of undergraduate studies.

As part of the daylong event, he moderated an all-SMC panel entitled “Gender, Identity, Sexuality, and the Body Politic: (Re) Navigating a Communicative Sense of Self.” … 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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Study finds hints of social responsibility in top Fortune 500 company mission statements

Wal-Mart wants to “save people money.” Chevron aspires to “be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnerships and performance.” Microsoft’s mission statement says the company’s goal is to “help people and businesses realize their full potential.”

In her most recent study, Donnalyn Pompper, associate professor of strategic communication at the Temple University School of Media and Communication, found that the most profitable companies at the top of the Fortune 500 list are balancing financial success with social responsibility better than companies at the bottom.

“It is fairly well-acknowledged that many corporations hesitate to ‘do the right thing’ when … 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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Client-centered student firms offer real-world experience

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC Communications

An internship is a great way for a student to receive a quality real-world experience. But it’s not the only way.

The School of Media and Communication offers on-campus student organizations that provide opportunities for students to build their portfolios while working with real clients.

Anyone seeking a firm to develop an advertising campaign can look to Diamond Edge Communication (DEC). It’s a for-credit class, but it offers experience beyond the classroom.

“DEC requires a lot of time and hard work,” says Justin Schlaffer, who was CEO of DEC before graduating with a degree in … Read more »

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SMC launches new online certificate program

Powerful and effective leadership is essential to succeed in any corporate or academic environment. For many of us, this ability is not innate but can be taught and developed with the right preparation, coaching and experience. Those looking to advance their communication and leadership abilities can now look toward the School of Media and Communication’s new program SMC Plus.

For its initial offering, SMC Plus will offer an online certificate in Strategic Communication and Cross Cultural Leadership, beginning in May. Students will take four courses to complete the certificate:

  • Communicating Organizational Leadership
  • Leadership in Crisis and Conflict Management
  • Leading
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TUTV show on self-acceptance leads to new book for adjunct prof

BIENsmOn Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lisa Bien, an adjunct professor in the Strategic Communication Department and host of Bouncing Back with Lisa Bien, will launch her first book and self-help/memoir Life Happens: Bounce Back! Bien said the book can be used as a tool for “your life’s education in learning to love yourself.”

The launch and reception will be held in Annenberg Hall on Temple’s Main Campus, 2020 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19122. All are welcome to attend.

“I am thrilled to launch Life Happens: Bounce Back! at Temple because my journey started here,” … Read more »

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SMC donates nearly 600 lbs. of food to church, launches clothing drive for Morris Home

Students, staff and faculty members from the School of Media and Communication donated approximately 600 pounds of food to the food pantry at the Berean Presbyterian Church.

SMC staff members walked two carts filled with boxes of food across Diamond Street to the church March 19 to support its food pantry. Church secretary Michelle Thompson said the pantry assists 25 people every Wednesday and Friday. And on the last Saturday of every month, approximately 100 people will gather to partake in Berean’s Community Dining Hall. They come from all over the area, but mainly live in the surrounding neighborhood.

“We’re … Read more »

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When an Owl becomes a watchdog:
Senior exposes alleged spy activities in U.S. Senate

A senior journalism major has broken a major national story for McClatchy she believes exposes an example of federal government officials operating under a veil of secrecy away from the accountability of the public eye.

Ali Watkins, 22, of Fleetwood, Pa., co-wrote a March 4 article (“Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?”) that details an apparent feud between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over a congressional report on the CIA’s “secret detention and interrogation program.” The article cites sources who say the CIA monitored computers Senate aides used to prepare the report.

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