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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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Be who you are: SMC duo to document their
cross-country trip to spread positive message

Two best friends, one a current student at Temple’s School of Media and Communication and the other a young alumnus, are in a better place nowadays.

It’s the result, they say, of self-discovery; of finally being comfortable in their own skin.

As a teenager, Levi Schenk, a senior media studies and production major, worked hard to be able to afford going out with people he thought he wanted as friends. Overweight and uncertain of his place in the social confusion of high school, he tried hard to be someone he wasn’t.

Now 120 pounds lighter, and much more comfortable in … Read more »

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Pulitzer winner: Multimedia skills learned at Temple key to journalistic success

A Pulitzer Prize winner and Temple alumnus said breaking into journalism shouldn’t be a fearful prospect for Temple students, as long as they market themselves in the right way.

Kurtis Lee, JOUR ’09, was part of The Denver Post team that won journalism’s biggest prize in 2013 for breaking news reporting for coverage of the July 2012 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. The eighth School of Media and Communication alumnus to have won a Pulitzer returned to campus Nov. 14 and 15, speaking with five different classes along the way.

“Everyone should brand themselves as a multi-platform journalist,” Lee … Read more »

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Alumni talk shop during The Temple News reunion panel

Naming the biggest story from their time at The Temple News was a tough task for the alumni who were part of the newspaper’s reunion weekend panel. There were just too many from which to pick.

For Ray Didinger, JOUR ’68, it was when Temple became a state-related institution. The voice of the Philadelphia Eagles threw in his biggest sports stories, too: the NIT tournament championship victory over Boston College and the baseball team’s trip to the collegiate World Series. For ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi, BTMM ’97, it was the O.J. Simpson trial and the opening of the Liacouras Center. … Read more »

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A statement on the passing of E. Steven Collins

The School of Media and Communication and the entire Temple University community is saddened to learn of the loss of Philadelphia radio legend E. Steven Collins.

E. Steven, a Temple student during the 1970s, was selected this year to receive the School of Media and Communication’s top honor, the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award, on Oct. 17. The school plans to celebrate the life and work of E. Steven at the annual ceremony.

For the past decade, E. Steven served as the director of urban marketing and external relations at Radio One and was the host of the … Read more »

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Alumnus offers inspiring start to college career

At the annual School of Media and Communication class meeting Aug. 23, new freshmen were welcomed to Temple by SMC faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Malcolm Kenyatta, STRC ’12, ended the ceremony with tips from an alumnus on how to take full advantage of the next four years. A native of North Philadelphia, Kenyatta says he was truly Temple Made, especially since his parents met at Temple and he was born in Temple Hospital.

Watch Kenyatta’s speech here:

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SMC alumni offer tips on how to succeed in New York

For two summers, Temple students have taken on the Big Apple through the School of Media and Communication’s New York Study Away program.

This past year, the prospect of living and working in NYC for these 13 students seemed much more attainable after meeting SMC alumni who forged the path ahead of them.

Throughout the summer, students met with Ari Brandt, JOUR ’92, CEO and co-founder of MediaBrix; Diane Sokolow, JOUR ’56, executive producer at Sony Television; and Aymon Demauro, RTF ’83, director of branded supply content for Discovery Communications.

The trio of alumni each brought stories of their path … Read more »

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A Temple Made marriage proposal

At first, Gina Nappi, JOUR ’06, thought it was weird that she was being asked to appear in a new Temple Made commercial.

Her boyfriend, Brian Soscia, BTMM ’05, is a DJ on Mix 106, so it seemed obvious to her that he should be in it. He quickly convinced her that she was successful, too, even though she doesn’t work in media; she’s in the policy and management office at the Environmental Protection Agency in New York.

But there was really no commercial. It was all part of a surprise marriage proposal.

The ruse
They arrived in Annenberg Hall … Read more »

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Game show gives Owls chance to continue winning streak over La Salle

Photos by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University

With this past season’s big basketball win over La Salle still fresh in our collective memories, it was up to four students and recent graduates from the School of Media and Communication to keep the streak going.

Except this time, it wasn’t on the court; it was a battle of wits on a game show set.

Channel 17’s Philly Pheud, a game quite similar to the classic Family Feud, brought together teams from TUTV and La Salle TV to see which college station knows their city best.

Students Seth Wozniak and Tara … Read more »

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Alumnus captures stories from the rubble

Gino Canella knew he would be seeing the worst of nature’s fury this summer.

He had signed on with The Weather Channel as a producer and videographer to document the work of a Lancaster, Pa., non-profit devoted to helping people clean up after a natural disaster.

That’s how he found himself in the rubble left after a massive tornado leveled parts of Moore, Okla., May 20, just days after completing his master of arts degree in media studies and production.

With forecasts calling for devastating storms, Canella flew out to Indianapolis May 18, where he met up with the crew … Read more »

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