Photos and text by Kate McCann
Working at The Temple News
All Rights Reserved Created and published in Philadelphia, PA Kate McCann 2013
This is my second year as Photo Editor at The Temple News. I have spent hundreds of hours in the newsroom. I have covered rallies and photographed bands and even made it to Albuquerque, New Mexico to photograph a football game. Students go to college to learn. The Temple News gives some of those students an experience that isnâ€™t just outside of the classroom, but outside of the city or even the state. It allows those interested in journalism to cover a niche environment, and do so through stories, photos and multimedia pieces. I have watched dozens of editors, reporters, photographers and even ad reps come and go through the newsroom. It has been a privilege to work with everyone that has added something to our news cycle. Being a photographer, I spent these past few months documenting not only the daily grind of putting together a weekly broadsheet, but the friendships and relationships that build from such a engaging and motivating environment. This book is dedicated to everyone I have worked with during my time at The Temple News. Itâ€™s dedicated to late production nights, eating at food trucks, and the feeling of newspaper ink on your fingers.
A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. Angelo Fichera, Editor-in-Chief Cara Stefchak, Managing Editor Sean Carlin, News Editor Zachary Scott, Opinion Editor Luis Rodriguez, Living Editor Jenelle Janci, A&E Editor Joey Cranney, Sports Editor John Moritz, Asst. News Editor Ibrahim Jacobs, Asst. Sports Editor Lauren Hertzler, Chief Copy Editor Brandon Baker, Copy Editor TJ Creedon, Copy Editor
Saba Aregai, Multimedia Editor Dustin Wingate, Multimedia Editor Chris Montgomery, Web Editor Andrea Cicio, Social Media Editor Kate McCann, Photography Editor Abi Reimold, Asst. Photography Editor David Hamme, Advertising Manager Kathleen Smith, Business Manager Morgan Hutchinson, Marketing Manager
Angelo Fichera Editor-in-Chief Senior, journalism
How did you start at The Temple News?
basics, even before I took the class because I think that’s the key. You can I started with The Temple News when I go to the best journalism school in the was a freshman, nearing the end of my country but if you don’t get hands on fall semester. By the spring semester experience, if you don’t go out and talk of my freshman year I was the student to people, “You can go to the government beat reporter. The next year look for I was the Assistant News Editor, then I stories, attend best jorunalism was News Editor, now I’m the Editormeetings, school in the country, in-Chief. It was a climb, but it’s not too and from that but if you don’t get competitive because a lot of people are find bigger hands on experience, doing different organizations, they’re stories, you’re you’re not going to writing for TTN, they’re interning, not going they’re working for Temple Update, or to develop a develop a strong news sense.” WHIP. So not that many people are news sense. seeking the leadership roles, but the You’re not people who do step up clearly have a going to develop the qualities you need passion for print journalism, as I do. to be a reporter in terms of interviewing, Even though I’m interested in photo and building sources, writing stories. video and everything, TTN really helped me craft my writing voice. Discuss an important story or piece you have worked on: My first News Editor, who I worked for, Morgan, really helped me learn the My sophomore year I did a piece, not
necessarily that I really love as a clip, but it was more so, I exposed myself to a lot of new territory while doing it. It was a story I did on undocumented students at Temple. Namely this one senior at the time who started this organization, Temple for a Dream, and it was advocating for the DREAM Act, and she had gotten some support from peers. It was right after the DREAM Act failed in the Senate of December 2010 when I did the story. That really exposed me to this whole social issue that I wasn’t aware of. I talked to some experts, and it was just really a nice story to tell because I think that a lot of people at Temple weren’t aware at the time and I hope that it did raise awareness that we have undocumented students here at Temple. Whether they’re out advocating at the Bell Tower or not, it was cool to know I helped to make people aware of
something important going on. This year I did a story that is more in line with the type of work I want to do, which was the story on the Temple crime logs failing to meet the 2004 law. There was a lot of elements of public service in it, and I didn’t set out to do this story because I was thinking, ‘oh people are going to see that I’m doing public service work.’ It was more so that we at The Temple News have been struggling for so long to get information from Temple Police and Temple is shielded from releasing so much information from the Right to Know Law, that here was this law, giving us some information. That meant we could do follow-ups, track crime stories through court. If a professor or a public figure or student leader in an organization comes up in the crime logs that it might be something worth pursuing. Not necessarily, but to have that information is huge. And at the same time, why should somebody get arrested in Center City and their name is out there for public scrutiny, but somebody gets arrested by Temple Police and they’re all of a sudden shielded? And what if a
friend is getting arrested and you call to see if that person is being detained and you can’t learn that because Temple Police wouldn’t release the name? So what the 2004 law says is that Temple has to, not only release the names of people who are arrested and charged, but has to publish them in some daily crime logs. So the story that Ali Watkins and I did pushed them to do that eight years after the fact. So we were incredibly happy that Temple came to table after a few months of going back and forth with some people telling us that they weren’t under this law, even though the language is pretty clear. So we were pretty happy that we got that far. What has working at TTN meant to you? The Temple News is definitely a job. I can’t stress than more than anything else. Because you are spending sometimes twenty hours a week just in this office. On Mondays I’m here usually 13-14 hours on Mondays alone. Then I’m here throughout the week a little bit sporadically. I mean, you just build great relationships with the people here because everybody is working in the
industry that so many people on the outside are saying is crumbling. But I think that the “It really shows type of work that this industry we do here, is important, it’s and when necessary, that it’s we do these great stories, going to stay to like the crime some degree.” logs, or how Joey just won two awards with our old Editor-in-Chief, Brian Dzenis, for a story about Temple’s being kicked out of the Big East, when we do stories like that, it really shows that this industry is important, it’s necessary, that it’s going to stay to some degree. And for that it’s great to have this whole group of 25 people here that are working toward the same goal at the end of the day; to put out this paper every week, to be a good news organization. So, you build friendships, you build working relationships, and you also just get so much experience under your belt that when you go out and do internships people, I think, are pretty impressed with what you already can do. Because you didn’t just learn these concepts and principles in class, you spent years doing them. p
Sean Carlin News Editor Junior, journalism
How did you start at The Temple News? When I was a freshman, I took a different path than most of the people in the newsroom. Everybody talks about how they were writing a million articles freshman year, I only wrote like four. I was really apprehensive and scared I was going to get judged by all of the editors. I valued class work a lot more. But after freshman year I kind of realized how much more valuable experience was and I did a lede for Angelo when he was News Editor the beginning of my sophomore year, which was last year. That kind of hooked me in and got me real into it. I wrote a lot my sophomore year in the fall semester and then the assistant news editor spot opened up around Christmas. I was able to get that job. I got named it and I loved writing,
of awesome to see how you can rise up through that rank. Discuss an important story or piece you have worked on: I got assigned a story when I was Assistant News Editor that was just community coverage; it wasn’t supposed to be much. It was about the Neighborhood Improvement District last year and it was a really boring subject from the outside and we thought that the community was going to be for it, so it was probably going to be one or two short stories. The neighborhood ended up being really against it.
The coolest moment of all of that was that I got to write five or six articles on it. But at one of the community meetings when I walked in, I was greeted the same I don’t like so much editing. I don’t like by both sides of the people on the issue. being a supervisor as much. But it’s kind It was pretty cool to know that half the
room knew who I was and came up and shook my hand and greeted me and that made me feel that I was covering it down the middle. Not only that, but it made me feel like I was giving a voice to something that doesn’t get much coverage. The biggest moment was talking to community members that said that I gave them a voice. It warmed my heart. How has The Temple News been more than a job to you? Especially now since I’m a commuter, most of my friends are from here. A lot of my good friendships from college are from here. I was talking about it with Cara (Managing Editor) outside earlier today, how we’re both not going to be on staff next year, at least we don’t plan to be. I’m graduating early and she just isn’t 13
going to be involved I don’t think, but we were talking about how we don’t know what we’re going to do with ourselves. When I don’t have class I’m here. When I’m on my lunch I’m up here. When I’m skipping class I’m here. It’s going to be weird. What does a regular student do? It’s definitely created more of a home here than I thought it would. p
Jenelle Janci Arts & Entertainment editor Sophomore, journalism
How did you start at The Temple News? I first got involved because, well obviously I was a journalism major and you want to start getting clips, so I had an idea. I didn’t want to come until I had an idea, I wasn’t brave enough to just come and pick up a story, I wanted to have my own pitch. Some people I knew were on a mixtape throughout the state of Pennsylvania, so a girl that lived in my freshman dorm actually said that she was going to a Temple News meeting. At the time I had thought that they were all the same meeting, and I said ‘okay sure.’ So we went and it was actually the news meeting. Angelo, who is now Editorin-Chief, was the News Editor at that time so I waited all meeting, I listened to all the hard news pitches and I was like, alright I’m going to talk about this mixtape. And then he was so sweet
about it, he just looked to me and said, ‘You know, that’s really great but that’s probably more arts and entertainment, so you should probably go to the A&E meeting.’ So I came back later that week and went to the A&E meeting and from that point on I was kind of hooked. That turned into doing Street Sounds (an A&E weekly musician profile) every week. I kind of came through for the editor when other people would drop stories. I would always pick them up last minute, that’s how I got my first Street Sounds. She figured out I really like talking to musicians and liked talking about music so I did Street Sounds every week. Aside from the occasional week when like Kevin (Kevin Stairiker, now TTN Fear of Music columnist), or something like that. And I would hang back. Then when it came time towrads the end of the year, the possibility of being on staff was presented. I didn’t
even know that you could be on staff as an underclassman. I just assumed that it was all seniors, so I wasn’t even concerned with that. I just wanted to personally message Kara (Kara Savage, 2011 A&E Editor), and tell her thank you for working with me, thanks for staying after. So I sent her a FaceBook message and she said, ‘Thank you so much, that was really nice. Hey, I put in your name to be A&E Copy Editor.’ And I thought, oh that’s so cool, copy editor. So I ended up taking the copy test, and I did pretty well on it. So Cara, our now Managing Editor, she said that they still couldn’t find an A&E Editor. So I thought, I’ll go down and interview, it’ll be good interview experience. I know they’re not going to give it to someone who’s just a sophomore but but I’ll go down and spend the day in Philly and get a feel for what it’s like. At least they’ll know my 19
face so I’ll probably get the copy editor position if I do that. And it was like a week later and she called me and said that I had it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. How much work do you really do? I thought I understood what was going on with the job but I really didn’t. Not that it didn’t work out, but I’m not sure what my decision would have been if I knew how much work it entailed. It’s at least 40 hours a week. It’s non-stop. It’s almost impossible to measure how much work you put in because if I’m out partying, I’m still getting texts from writers. If I’m “You know, on a date with that’s the way journalism is, just my boyfriend I still have to stop never ever stops.” whatever we’re doing to take a call for a story. You know, that’s the way journalism is, just never ever stops. You never really leave the office. So it’s really hard to figure out how many hours a week you put into it. What is one of your favorite pieces to have worked on through TTN? The RAIR Philly story was the one event
I was thankful to have experienced. I got to go tour the revolution recoveryrecycling center. I remember when I was putting on the vest and hard hat, I had been “I started to weed mad I had to wake up that through the garbage early, but as with Billy Dufala, who soon as I put used to be in Man on that hat Man, which was like and I started a whole different level to weed of cool.” through the garbage with Billy Dufala, who used to be in Man Man, which was like a whole different level of cool, I was like wow, I’m really blessed to get the opportunity to do stuff like this before I even have to go to class. How has TTN been more than a job? I think out of everyone on staff I’ve gotten the most out of The Temple News (laughs). Well I mean, as a freshman, I didn’t have a solid friend group. I had two friend groups; I had the party girls and the stoner kids. I never really found people who liked the same music that I did or wanted to do the same things on a Friday night until I came to The Temple News. I found people like Cara, Kevin,
Joey and Sean who just like to stay in and relax. I really didn’t think I was going to meet people who were that cool. It’s so cheesy, but these are exactly the people I dreamed about meeting in college. The people who just get it. And out of it, I’ve not only gotten a solid friend group, I’ve not only gotten a place that feels like home, in the newsroom, but I got a great boyfriend out of it. For all of the sweat and tears, literally, it’s been worth it more than I can say. p
Assistant News Editor Sophomore, journalism/political science
How did you start at The Temple News? I lived in the same hallway as Ibrahim (Ibrahim Jacobs, Assistant Sports Editor) last year, and I wrote for my high school paper. So I came to Temple, and I heard about The Temple News, I think they come around to classes, and I knew this was the kind of thing where you could kind of walk in and take up articles whenever you want. But as a first semester freshman I was kind of nervous about it. But Ibrahim would always tell me about all the stuff that he was doing there so I eventually got the courage and came to a news meeting and picked up my first story. It was probably pretty bad looking back on it, Angelo sent it back to me I remember. But I kept writing and by second semester I was writing on a weekly basis. One day Angelo kept three of us after the meeting and said, ‘You guys could potentially be a copy editor or Assistant News Editor, since the
positions are open. I encourage all of you to apply.’ I applied for that and Ibrahim was applying for Assistant Sports, and that was at the end of the semester. I had to do an interview over the phone, and a copy test from home, I was really nervous. But I got the job a week later. Ibrahim got the Assistant Sports Editor job. We just came in and met the whole crew the last week of the summer. Discuss an important story of piece you have worked on: One of the things before I was an assistant editor, my second semester freshman year, I covered a Ron Paul rally. A couple of Temple Libertarian groups had gone to and it was really awful. Only three kids were there and I didn’t get a lot of quotes and it was raining the entire time and I didn’t have an umbrella and I
got soaking wet and almost destroyed my recorder. But I came back, and I think that was the first time I had ever been in the office, because Angelo told me to just come back to the office and type it up in here since it was a Sunday. So I transcribed everything, typed up a story, and went “I woke up in the home and morning and Cara had just went to tweeted at me that my bed. I woke story had gotten over up in the 1,300 views.” morning and Cara had tweeted at me that my story had gotten like 1,300 views or something like that because someone had linked to somewhere. So that was pretty cool, the first time I got to do that. I pitched the story on the Church of the Advocate, that Ali (Ali Watkins, reporter) won a Keystone Award for. That was something that I was really hopeful to see turn out well, and was really glad when
it did. Where do you see yourself going with the knowledge you’ve gained at TTN? Recently I was thinking, do I want to do journalism? Do I want to do political science? Do I want to do PR? Do I want to go to law school? I realized throughout that that I want to be able to write no matter what I’m doing. So I want to do something involved with writing, especially along the creative side. So if I could anything I would probably go into magazines and write feature pieces. I like doing profiles. I want to be News Editor next year hopefully and see where that takes me beyond that. I plan on staying here all four years. How is TTN more than a job to you? We’re all in here a lot when we don’t have to be, like outside of budget meetings and production night, things like that. I’ve made friends, people I didn’t know before, that I’ll see at parties, or I’ll go to their parties, we’ll have fun. Or just when we all went out together for Christmas to Mexican Post
that was a lot of fun. It’s nice. I feel like more than any other group on campus, that this is a “It prepares you work group. It for the work prepares you environment you’re for the work going to be in.” environment you’re going to be in. There’s time you have to be professional and do your job, and then there’s time when you can kick back with your coworkers. I feel like that’s kind of what I have expectations for things to be like when I graduate. p
Student Media Program Director Temple University Alumn, 1998
Discuss your 15+ years of working with The Temple News in some capacity? So when I started as a student, I transferred here as a sophomore from Cabrini College, and started here then. Most of my sophomore year I just tried to get my grades up. Ironically enough I think the first story I was ever assigned to do, was a story about a bunch of students trying to start up a radio station, so it’s kind of ironic that I’m now advising WHIP. I met a lot of great friends here. My senior year I became Sports Editor the second half, and I was doing that and working part-time at a paper in Vineland, NJ.
that was really just beginning in the late 90’s. To be blatantly honest with you, and I’d tell if to her face if she was here, but the person who was in my position now, I saw her twice the whole year. She embraced more the administrative side of her duties and we never saw her. So we were a lot less organized. We had some great writers and reporters, a lot of people who were at The Inquirer, VH1, all over the place, we had a lot of talented people, but not a lot of organization. So that’s how I got my foot in the door at TTN as a student.
I never “If you told me I’d be thought I’d back here when I was The biggest difference between TTN be back here graduating, I’d tell you then and now is that there is a lot more advising the you’re nuts.” organization. We were like a club with paper. If writers and the paper got done whenever you told me I’d be back here when I was it got done. I mean, it came out once graduating that four years later I’d be every Thursday. We had a webite but working at Temple, I’d tell you you’re
nuts. But that’s how I ended up back here, and the first few months or so it was weird being an administrator. Not because of the students, but it was just a different transition. How do you handle being an administrator to these students? I see myself as more of like a colleague to you guys, I don’t hire you, I don’t fire you. The biggest compliment I can pay you guys is, like tonight, when I go to teach my class sometimes I stop back to see how things are going after, sometimes I don’t. There’s never a Monday night where I lay my head down on my pillow to fall asleep that I’m afraid of what’s going to be in the paper because I know you guys have your bases covered. If you make mistakes you make mistakes. Philadelphia Magazine just had to retract an entire story on a guy who sold a bunch of B.S. to a writer that I really
respect, so mistakes happen everywhere. I’m really lucky because there’s not a single week that goes by where the people here don’t challenge me like, ‘Well why can’t we do this? We should be covering this.’ I learn a lot as an advisor. Every once in a while I have to back off and say, well I can logically think through something and know this makes sense to me, but sometimes I’ll think, would it make sense to me when I was 18 or 21 years old. Probably not. I think we have one of the best papers in the entire country. That’s not just my opinion, that’s the opinion of other people. I’m continually impressed every week. But it’s tough. You guys don’t get paid as much as you deserve. You don’t get as much recognition as you deserve, but you guys are real leaders on campus. If you think the definition of that word is to lead by example, well you produce a product every week. You motivate your photographers to produce pictures every week and get them in and write cutlines. Every section editor does that. Dave does that with ads. Multimedia does that. Angelo and Cara do that with you all. It’s hard to lead your peers, its hard to tell your friends, people who have
become your friends, what to do. It’s hard to look “It’s hard to lead your peers, it’s hard them in the eye and say, I to tell your friends messed up, I what to do.” was supposed to get this to you and I didn’t, but let’s keep moving with things. So people don’t realize how much work goes on in this room. For someone who has been with the paper for so long, what keeps you interested and involved? If I put something up on FaceBook about you guys winning an award, It takes off unlike anything else I put up there. You know, if I complain about SEPTA or throw some dumb joke up there, but when I put something up there people instantly are drawn to it. And that’s Kristin Graham from The Inquirer, whose won a Pulitzer Prize, and Kevin Negandhi, who’s the lead morning Sports Center anchor, it’s a ton of people. A lot of friendships were formed here; a lot of people worked their asses off here. You guys can learn as much as you want in a classroom but if you don’t have a chance to apply it, it’s almost useless. So a lot of people, not
just me, take pride in seeing how far the paper has come. It’s one of those cheesy things that when I say it people tell me to shut up, but we were saying today how we have three budget meetings left, well I guarantee you you’ll miss it. Even though you’re Mondays are mostly monopolized by TTN, you’ll miss it. Because it’s the last time in your life where you’re going to work with a whole group of people who are in the same place, same stage in their life as you. A year from now people could be in Des Moines, Iowa, or some other town in California or wherever. But 9 times out of 10 if you’re really engaged here you miss it. You follow up on it. Because everybody had a piece in it. Because you invested time and energy in it. A lot of people care, so it’s not just me who has been able to see the growth. It’s the one relatable experience that you have. Yeah, you can reminisce about what it’s like to be in newsrooms after they graduate, but here you’re kind of like a piece of the puzzle. p
Cutlines: pg. 7- Angelo Fichera, EIC, works in his office.
pg. 11- J.C., Sean and Ibrahim watch a video.
pg. 12- Sean in the conference room. pg. 9- Angelo on production day.
pg. 9- Angelo checks messages before a meeting.
pg. 14- Sean during production day, at his desk.
pg. 15- Sean gives John DiCarlo (left), a look.
pg. 10- Cara Stefchek, managing editor, reads postproduction notes.
pg. 16- Zach Scott, opinion editor, during production day.
pg. 11- Ibrahim Jacobs, assistant sports, J.C. Moritz, assistant news, and Sean Carlin, news editor.
pg. 17- Joey Cranney, sports editor, reads a newspaper during post production.
pg. 18- Jenelle Janci, arts and entertainment editor.
pg. 25- J.C. in the conference room.
pg. 21- Jenelle during production day.
pg. 26- J.C. during production day, at his desk.
pg. 21- A note from Jenelle to Cara on Easter.
pg. 27- J.C. and Joey look over flats on production day.
pg. 22- Newspapers and snacks on Joeyâ€™s desk.
pg. 28- Typical activity on a Monday.
pg. 23- Dustin Wingate, assistant multimedia editor.
pg. 23- Christ Montgomery, web editor, drinks tea.
pg. 30- Staffers take a coffee and snack break during production day.
pg. 33- Joey, Cara and John taking a break with coffee. 43
pg. 33- John DiCarlo, Student Media Program Director since 2001.
pg. 38- Joey makes staffers laugh.
pg. 35- John during production day.
pg. 39- Angelo gives postproduction notes.
pg. 36- Angelo gives notes during a budget meeting.
pg. 40- Zach and Luis Rodriguez, living editor, during a meeting.
pg. 36-Abi Reimold, assistant photo editor, edits images.
pg. 41- The sports and news cubicle.
pg. 37- J.C. edits A&E flats.