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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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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 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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Undergrad’s research examines the storytelling power of video games

Tyler Treml knew there was something special about his latest video game endeavor when his little sister, who normally rolls her eyes over the time he spends at his PlayStation 3, sat down to watch him play for several hours in a row.

Treml2The Last of Us follows a man and a teenage girl in their journey through post-pandemic America from one safe zone to another. Unlike the vast majority of games, the player isn’t allowed to make choices for the characters. He or she only assists in completing even the most questionable actions in order to advance the storyline. … Read more »

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SMC, engineering students interview space station crew live on TUTV

It marked the first time a person being interviewed on TUTV-Temple University Television was weightless.

American astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, as well as Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata fielded questions from Temple students representing the College of Engineering and the School of Media and Communication, during a live interview from the International Space Station as it orbited 250 miles above the Indian Ocean Feb. 27, 2014.

The conversation on TUTV Presents: Space Station Live touched on the mental and physical preparation behind a space walk and some of the new technology that is being tested on the ISS.

The … Read more »

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Temple journalists win 22 statewide student Keystone Awards

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Temple University’s student journalists dominated the 2014 Student Keystone Press Awards.

Submissions from The Temple News and earned a total of 22 awards, marking the most ever in the history of the awards, which are presented annually by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Among the highlights are a first-place win for best website by and two first-place awards in general news and ongoing news coverage for senior journalism major and Editor in Chief Joey Cranney and the staff of The Temple News for coverage of the elimination of seven intercollegiate sports at Temple. Additionally, … Read more »

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MSP major leads campus NAACP chapter

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC Communications

DeVaun Brown, 22, a senior from Pittsburgh, is a media studies and production major and president of Temple University’s Progressive NAACP. As we celebrate Black History Month, we sat down with Brown to talk about his involvement with the organization and how he’ll advance its mission when he enters the media industry.

Why MSP as a major?
I was a business major. I liked my major — I was management and information systems — but I didn’t like the other courses I had to take. I found out that quantitative literacy was not my best … 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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