About the Student Media Director
John Di Carlo is Temple University’s Student Media Program Director. He advises The Temple News (Temple’s student newspaper), Templar (Temple’s annual undergraduate yearbook) and WHIP (Temple’s student-run Internet radio station). He came to Temple in October of 2001 after spending almost four years as a sports writer at The Daily Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Vineland, NJ, where he covered everything from the Indianapolis 500 to the Philadelphia Eagles and won a New Jersey Press Association award for his coverage of high school sports in southern New Jersey.
Di Carlo is a Temple graduate, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1998 and a master’s degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media in 2006. He is a strong student media advocate who has helped The Temple News and Templar establish national reputations, and he hopes to do the same with WHIP, which just completed its second full year of broadcasting as an Internet radio station in Temple’s TECH Center. The Temple News won the prestigious Pacemaker Award (considered to be the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in college journalism) from the Associated Collegiate Press in 2006 for its print product and also won an Online Pacemaker Award in 2008 for its Web site, temple-news.com, which was also recently recognized as the top college newspaper Web site in the country by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines. And the Templar yearbook has won three consecutive first place awards from the American Scholastic Press Association in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Di Carlo is a member of several professional student media organizations, including the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Advisers and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. He is a member of CMA’s national New Media committee and facilitated workshops and sessions at CMA’s fall and spring college media conventions in Kansas City and New York City in 2008. He also served as a speaker at the 2007 Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Philadelphia as part of its Break with a Professional session.
In addition to his work as Temple’s student media program director, Di Carlo also teaches an Advanced Sports Writing class in Temple’s journalism department and also does work as a freelance journalist as the editor of OwlScoop.com, a website in the Rivals and Yahoo network that covers Temple football and basketball. The site also provides internship opportunities to Temple students for writing, photography and multimedia.