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Temple University School of Media and Communication – Media Studies and Production Department


[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] KARINA: I REALIZED I WANTED TO WORK IN TELEVISION WHEN I WAS IN EIGHTH GRADE. KEATON: I DON’T KNOW HOW OLD I WAS WHEN I STARTED PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NEWS BUT IT’S SORT OF SUBCONSCIOUS I THINK AT FIRST. YOU HEAR A VOICE AND YOU SORT OF WANT TO EMULATE THAT LATER IN LIFE. “THREE, TWO, ONE. FOUR TEMPLE STUDENTS…” PAUL: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT, AND THAT I THINK BRINGS HIGH VALUE TO STUDENTS IS IT IS AS DIVERSE AS THE STUDENT BODY. JAMES: COMING INTO TEMPLE, I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS JUST FOCUSED ON TV AND RADIO, BUT THEN AS I STARTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM I REALIZED THAT THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE I NEEDED TO BE, BECAUSE IT WASN’T JUST TV AND RADIO. THERE WAS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT WAS COVERED, THERE WAS VIDEO GAMES AND MOBILE APPS AND WEB DESIGN AND THERE’S JUST SO MUCH MORE INTO IT. JAN: SO IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT MAKING MEDIA. IT’S ABOUT ANALYZING THEM IN A WAY THAT HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND OUR OWN CHOICES THAT WE MAKE WHEN WE CREATE MEDIA. AMY: WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO BE WELL ROUNDED BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE NO JOBS IN THIS INDUSTRY ANYMORE THAT OPERATE IN A VACUUM. JACK: YOU COME IN THINKING YOU HAVE SORT OF ONE THING IN MIND, AND YOU CAN FIND A WHOLE OTHER WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES. BARRY: SO AS A STUDENT COMES TO THE PROGRAM, THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAMPLE AND CHOOSE FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF AREAS OF ANALYSIS, SUCH AS VIDEO GAMES AND HACKING. RELATED TO THAT, WE HAVE FACULTY WHO ARE EXPERTS ON ISSUES INVOLVING PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE WHICH HAVE REALLY RAMPED UP OVER THE LAST TEN OR 15 YEARS WITH MULTIMEDIA, FACEBOOK, THE INTERNET, ETC. PATRICK: IN TERMS OF THE WAY OUR CURRICULUM IS SET UP, GENDER IN TERMS OF THE WORKFORCE, IN OTHER WORDS: WE’VE SEEN A DEEPER SENSE OF REPRESENTATION ON SCREEN. MORE DIVERSITY OF IDEAS ABOUT GENDER. JACK: I THINK THE BIGGEST THING WE OFFER OUR STUDENTS ARE OUR FACULTY. KARINA: I LOVE THE RELATIONSHIPS I HAVE WITH MY PROFESSORS, AND EVEN PROFESSORS THAT I HAVEN’T EVEN HAD YET. ISABEL: THEY JUST ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR THEIR STUDENTS. THEY CARE SO MUCH AND IT’S SO OBVIOUS. AMY: EVERY TIME WE DESIGN AN ASSIGNMENT, WE’RE COMING AT IT FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF HAVING WORKED PROFESSIONALLY. “THE TICKET TO ADULT WORLD IS TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE.” PAUL: WE GIVE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP PROGRAMMING THAT IS SEEN NOT ONLY BY THEIR PEERS BUT BY AN ACTUAL AUDIENCE. AMY: IF YOU ARE A FRESHMAN AND WANT TO WORK ON ONE OF OUR SHOWS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT. A LOT OF OTHER SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU, SOME TO EVEN BE A JUNIOR BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE PART IN SOME OF THOSE THINGS. KEATON: I ALSO HOST A RADIO SHOW THREE TIMES A WEEK, A SPORTS TALK SHOW ON WHIP WHICH IS TEMPLE’S STUDENT RUN RADIO STATION, A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. “AND WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. TEMPLE TALKS PHILLY LIVE, AS KRYSTALYN JUST SAID.” YOU COME INTO THE STUDIO EVERY DAY AND YOU’RE SAYING HEY TO ALL OF YOUR STUDIO PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING AND YOU KNOW YOU’RE ABOUT TO DO YOUR SHOW. IT’S JUST A GOOD FEELING. AMY: SOME STUDENTS DO THESE SHOWS THEIR ENTIRE FOUR YEARS HERE, AND COME OUT WITH RESUMES THAT ARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE STUDENTS AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS WHERE THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD EARLY AND STRONG OPPORTUNITIES. ISABEL: AND THAT JUST MAKES ME FEEL SO MUCH MORE PREPARED GOING INTO THE WORKFORCE AND INTO THE INDUSTRY, AND TEN TIMES MORE CONFIDENT IN MYSELF. AMY: I THINK GOING TO COLLEGE IN A MAJOR CITY IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OUR INDUSTRIES. PAUL: STATIONS OWNED AND OPERATED BY NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, TRIBUNE, AND OTHER INDEPENDENT STATIONS WELCOME THE SUPPORT OF OUR INTERNS AND OFFER THEM A HIGH QUALITY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY TRUE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE FIELD. KEATON: IT’S REALLY ABOUT WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR A COMPANY? HOW CAN YOU BE AN ASSET TO A COMPANY? THAT’S MY MINDSET. AMY: WE WORK REALLY HARD IN SENIOR SEMINAR ON GIVING STUDENTS THE TOOLS TO BE THAT ONE CANDIDATE THAT AN EMPLOYER LOOKS AT AND SAYS I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THAT STUDENT FROM TEMPLE. BARRY: AND FINALLY, AND WHAT MIGHT BE EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF THEM, MAYBE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS THE IDEA THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO BE A MORE INFORMED CONSUMER OF MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND A MORE ENLIGHTENED CREATOR OF THE MESSAGES AND THE CONTENT THAT THEY’RE DEVELOPING. PAUL: AND IF YOU’RE PREPARED TO WORK, AND STUDY, AND DELIVER THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING NEXT TO YOU IN CLASS, PEOPLE AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASSROOM AND PEOPLE WHO USED TO SIT IN THOSE CLASSROOMS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO GREAT CAREERS IN MEDIA WHO ARE MORE THAN READY TO HELP YOU. AMY: I LOVE THE BUSINESS. AND I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW THAT I LOVE THE BUSINESS. AND THAT IT CAN BE THE MOST EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR LIFE TO SURRENDER TO THAT DREAM AND DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF. CLASS DISMISSED.

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