Temple Update launches Spanish news brief

Janelle Roedán

“Desde Temple Update, esto es Update Ahora. Yo soy Janelle Roedán con lo último en noticias.”

That’s how Janelle Roedán, a junior media studies and production major, kicks off a new Spanish-language newscast from the anchor desk in TV Studio 3 of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center at the School of Media and Communication.

Update Ahora is new, Spanish language service of SMC’s long–running weekly student newscast, Temple Update.

The daily news capsule grew out of Update Now, a 90-second daily news brief launched during the fall 2012 semester to supplement Temple Update.

Both versions of the news brief are posted on YouTube and air on TUTV at least six times a day from Monday through Thursday.

“Update Ahora is needed at Temple because our school is so diverse—it’s one of the main things that you notice when walking through our campus,” Roedán says. “I wanted to embrace that diversity by creating a news program in a language other than English.”

Peter Jaroff, assistant professor of media studies and production and executive producer of Temple Update, says the new programming opens up new ways Temple students can participate in the show.

“We are very happy to provide Spanish speaking Temple students with an opportunity to both serve their community and to demonstrate what they can produce with their initiative, hard work and creativity,” he says.

It’s a community that expands well beyond campus. Roedán’s parents don’t speak English, so this is her way of allowing her and other students’ family members to stay up-to-date on Temple news.

Roedán has always dreamed of being a Spanish broadcaster, but hopes to integrate both languages in her future career.

“In my opinion there is currently a large separation between Spanish and American media,” she says. “I see the future of mass media as a convergence of both cultures. I plan on being the person delivering your news each and every day.”

Assistant Professor Paul Gluck, general manager of TUTV, says, “airing this suite of news programs from the Temple Update team is not only part of our core academic responsibility, it allows us to meet the needs of our Spanish-language viewers. We are working to find more opportunities to serve diverse audiences in the months ahead.”