Temple’s student newspaper receives honor
On a normal pre-production afternoon, the students who make up The Temple News staff can be found posted behind computer terminals preparing stories based on campus happenings, local politics and global trends for their weekly publication.
“Putting the paper together is more than a 9-to-5 job,” editor-in-chief Charmie Snetter said over the clicking of computer keys. “You really can’t put a timeframe on what we do.”
Their dedication is paying off. The Associated Collegiate Press recently recognized the Temple News staff for its hard work and persistence with a national Pacemaker Award, the association’s highest honor.
The News was the only Philadelphia-area student-run publication to receive the prestigious prize, which was awarded to 20 collegiate newspapers and magazines including those from California State University, Loyola University and Florida State University.
“The Temple News has made a lot of progress over the last few years,” said John Di Carlo, Student Media program director in the Division of Student Affairs, who serves as the advisor to The Temple News. “Their dedication has paid off, and now they’re being recognized on a national level.”
A panel of professional journalists selected awardees based on coverage, content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
One of the issues submitted by The Temple News included coverage of SEPTA’s 2005 budget shortfall that threatened to shut down public transportation services citywide.
“The SEPTA issue proved that our students are prepared to really handle breaking news and tough issues,” Di Carlo said. “That was a huge story for the region, and they were able to pull together an impressive series of stories on the topic.”
“We are all very excited,” said Snetter, a senior studying journalism and political science, who became the paper’s editor-in-chief in May.
Her staff includes more than 20 student writers, photographers and graphic designers.
“A lot of us worked on the issues that were submitted for the award, so we’re very proud,” Snetter said. “Especially since we’re a weekly, and we were able to beat a ton of newspapers from very prestigious campuses.”
— Jazmyn Burton