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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.”

Tharps … 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.  

Some fans put in a lot of effort to make their commercials look and sound as good as those put out by Disney, and with no expectation of financial compensation for their work. So what compels someone to invest a significant amount of time and energy in promoting a multi-billion dollar company for free?

That’s the question that propelled John Edward … Read more »

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Prof. Shaw to analyze video games at conference

ShawAAdrienne Shaw, assistant professor of media studies and production, will discuss her research on video games at “Not Yet Real: Videogames, Theory, Criticism” at the Goethe-Institut in New York Jan. 11 to Feb. 2, 2014.

Event organizers say the event “highlights new and emerging approaches that pursue a more nuanced analysis of what is, by nearly any account, one of the dominant art forms of the twenty-first century.”

Shaw’s work will be part of an interactive installation that interprets four individual video games. She also will be part of a roundtable discussion, entitled “Games, Representation and Experience” … Read more »

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

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TV news steps up during JFK assassination, creates lasting images

As Americans tried to cope with and understand the assassination of their president 50 years ago, they turned, for one of the first times in history, to television for wide-ranging coverage of the unfolding event. On Nov. 22, 1963, television news earned the trust of a generation of viewers.

With the perfect confluence of events, experts and emerging technology, Paul Gluck, associate professor of media studies and production, said television news became the top resource for Americans to gather information about the death of JFK. For years, radio’s ratings had been deflating and the public needed visual images to help … Read more »

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Prof. Creech explores media’s role in covering military action

During the Vietnam War, the American military performed a series of secret military campaigns over Cambodia, dropping more than 2 million tons of bombs. But, according to a new article by Brian Creech, assistant professor of journalism, the American public didn’t know much about it because of the way mainstream media, specifically Time magazine, covered the war.

Creech2Web“A sense of mystery surrounded mainstream American reporting from the country,” Creech writes in “The Rising Tide of War: Discourses of American Military Power in Time,” which was published in Communication Review. “Officials denied military operations and cast a fog of … Read more »

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Pompper inducted as honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society

Strategic Communication Associate Professor Donnalyn Pompper was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS) at a Nov. 2 Temple University Chapter ceremony in Mitten Hall.

The GKIHS has more than 2 million members and 400 college and university chapters globally and is “committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity,” according to its website at

Zadian Gayle, the undergraduate strategic communication student specializing in public relations who nominated Pompper for the distinction, commended her “dedication to excellence in academics, leadership, and service in … Read more »

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How women’s magazines are surviving the digital age

Assistant Professor Brooke Duffy's reveals the digital age is forcing the unholy marriage of advertising and editorial in some women's magazines.

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC communications

The influx and influence of digital media is forcing iconic women’s magazines to allow their financial interests to shape editorial content, according to a new book by Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor in the School of Media and Communication.

Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age, is the result of three years of research and is a project that began as her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania.

“There’s so much literature looking at women’s magazines in terms of the audience or how women’s magazine images affect women in adverse ways,” says Duffy. … Read more »

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