From the desk of the Student Media Program Director
Hello, and welcome to Temple University’s Office of Student Media website.
Temple’s Office of Student Media advises three media outlets: The Temple News (Temple’s independent, award-wining student newspaper), Templar (our award-winning yearbook) and WHIP (the university’s student-run Internet radio station). Each organization offers students of all academic disciplines the opportunity to hone their communication skills and realize their potential.
When we talk to incoming freshmen, transfer students and parents each year at the university’s Welcome Week in August, I say the same thing because I believe this to be true. Today’s college graduates are entering a challenging media industry, but I can promise you that the skills our students learn at The Temple News, Templar and WHIP can be used in any area of a student’s academic and professional development.
Think about it. At some point in your life, you’ll have to take large amounts of information and synthesize it into something smaller and more concise that people can understand. You can develop that skill by taking on your first assignment at The Temple News, which was recently honored by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines as having the top college newspaper Web site in the country. Looking to develop your leadership skills? Start by managing a team of writers and photographers as a section editor at the Templar yearbook, named a three-time national first place award winner by the American Scholastic Press Association. And if you’re a shy person looking to break out of your shell, get behind the microphone and produce a radio show that will be heard by your peers, the university community and anyone across the world, for that matter, at WHIP, which has already established the most diverse broadcasting format of any college or university in the Philadelphia area in just its third year.
What you learn in the classroom can be applied here, and the experience you’ll gain in these student-run media organizations will help give you a competitive advantage when it comes to landing internships in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s largest media markets.
Our graduates include media executives, Hall of Fame sportswriters and radio talk show hosts. They’ve gone on to work at places like The New York Times and Universal Records and have won Pulitzer Prizes. With Temple University’s strong student media tradition as your foundation and guide, you could be the next to follow in their footsteps.
You’ve come to the right place, and we look forward to helping you get to where you want to go, all while helping you realize your potential along the way.
John Di Carlo
Program Director, Student Media
304 Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122