On the SEPTA strike beat. Again.


A rundown from CBS This Morning on Nov. 1, 2016. (Red is a bad thing.)

When I saw the news early Tuesday morning of the SEPTA strike in Philadelphia, I had a flashback to 11 years ago.

I was a cub reporter for The Temple News. I’d written two articles (poorly) for the paper so far, and then one of SEPTA’s unions decided to strike. It was a Monday. And my news editor asked me to go get reaction to the strike from Temple students stranded with no transportation.

So that’s just what I did. I spoke to several students waiting for emergency Temple shuttles that never seemed to arrive. And frustration was rampant.

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Dumpling Night and the food blog you should read

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China House on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia, the place that originated Dumpling Night. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

As far as I was concerned, every Monday night in college was officially dubbed Dumpling Night.

Monday was production day for The Temple News. As editor, I would generally get into the office around 1 p.m., and I wouldn’t leave until the digital copy of the newspaper was sent to the publisher. That time often ranged between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

As a reward for our hard work, we called China House, one of Temple’s fine take-out establishments. The conversation went like this:

Me: “Hi. I’d like to place two order of steamed pork dumplings for pickup, please.”

Them: “OK. Ten minutes.”

Me: “Thanks!”

Simple. Straight-forward. Delicious. This began my dumpling obsession.

I tell you this story because of my best friend, my most favorite person in the world, LeAnne Matlach. She was the reason for the second order of the steamed pork dumplings. And now, she is sharing the stories of food and recipes in a new blog called Big Taste Tiny Space that you need to read.

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A Very TTN Reunion: Why then and now mean so much


They say the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Little did I know when I wrote those very words just seconds ago, the person who (roughly) said that was Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, a French journalist. Google is a wonderful thing.

Little did Mr. Alphonse Karr know when he wrote those very words just 160 years ago, he was talking about The Temple News.

First, let me explain what The Temple News is. It’s not a part-time job. It’s not a student organization. It’s not even a student newspaper. It’s a multimedia news organization in Philadelphia.

Second, let me explain my involvement. I never aspired to be editor-in-chief. I, as a young and naïve freshman broadcast journalism major, didn’t think it was a possibility. In hindsight, I’m sure glad it happened. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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The Temple News: Then and Now

The following is an article published in The Temple News on Oct. 13, 2009. Past staff members discussed how the newspaper has impacted their personal and professional lives. For some, it’s been decades. For others, it’s been weeks.

Editor in Chief, 2008-2009

I never aspired to become the editor-in-chief of The Temple News. As an unassuming freshman in 2005, I did what I was told. I wrote whatever the editors needed, covering topics from SEPTA to ramen noodles.

Little did I know these stories would prepare me to cover slightly more notable events, including a World Series run and a historic presidential election.

As a broadcast journalism major, I was a rarity at the paper. Peers always asked me why, as an aspiring broadcaster, I chose to spend my time writing and editing articles instead of shooting stand-ups. When I inherited the editorship in 2008, these questions made me realize that The Temple News should no longer be seen solely as the school newspaper. Rather, it should be considered Temple’s media organization. This thought always remained in the back of my mind.

Entering my senior year at TTN, I had the pleasure of leading 25 like-minded individuals from various backgrounds. And when you shove those 25 people in one newsroom under immeasurable stress, failure is a distinct possibility. It was a possibility I thankfully never experienced.

Instead, the staff channeled that energy into creating fantastic copy, design, video packages and Web products. Our hard work week after week paid off, as evidenced by numerous Keystone Press Awards, an ACP Online Pacemaker nomination and, perhaps most impressive, an Editor & Publisher EPpy Award for Best College Newspaper Web Site.

The TTN experience will always be a highlight of my life. Not only did I have the opportunity to refine my own multimedia reporting skills, but I was also able to witness the incredible talents of my peers.

To think that a job I initially had no desire to pursue would become one of the defining moments of my life continues to amaze me. It never crossed my mind that the irreplaceable experiences – and the lifelong friends – were part of the deal.

TTN has had a rich history in 88 years, and I’m privileged to have played a small role. In this evolving multimedia world, I look forward to seeing the accolades and achievements of TTN’s future generations

TTN Online wins EPpy Award


I am proud to announce (granted, about a week late) that The Temple News’ Web site, temple-news.com, is the winner of the 2009 EPpy Award for Best College Web Site!

This is a very prestigious award given by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines. Many kudos to Online Editor Dave Isaac, who spent countless hours developing and maintaining the Web site.

TTN cleans up with Keystone Press Awards

From The Temple News

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association honored The Temple News with eight Keystone Press Awards this week.

TTN tied with the Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh for receiving the most awards.

Below are the categories in which The Temple News won, in addition to links to the winning articles and/or photos.