Jul. 28, 2017
Don’t let newspapers die
My mom was perusing a copy of the newspaper that she typically buys at Wawa every week for $1 when she looked up from it and asked me a question.
Apr. 14, 2017
Tom Brokaw talks life in news
Long-time NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw reflected on his 50-year career in journalism at Nesbitt Hall April 8.
Mar. 4, 2016
Feb. 4, 2016
JJ Ramberg gives talk on her social entrepreneur experience
Co-Founder of GoodSearch.com, now known as Goodshop, and MSNBC’s “Your Business” host JJ Ramberg described entrepreneurism Jan. 28 during her talk “A View From the Top” as a career that never occurred to her as something she couldn’t do. The event was attended by over 70 Drexel staff and students who gathered in Gerri C. Lebow Hall.
Jan. 15, 2016
Journalism or entertainment?
Thanks largely to the 24-hour cable news cycle, the line between “journalism” and “entertainment” blurs more and more with each passing day—but it seems like Rolling Stone Magazine is unaware that there should be a line at all. Rolling Stone is, of course, now famous for its “A Rape on Campus” story, a tale of a vicious and gruesome rape which went viral… and then turned out to be nearly entirely fabricated.
Nov. 7, 2014
Gutkind teaches science of nonfiction
Author Lee Gutkind visited Drexel’s ExCITe Center Nov. 3 to share his work. The genre was called “Creative Nonfiction with Students and the Community.” The event was a workshop titled, “True Stories Well Told — About Science and Society,” and also hosted Philadelphia Fellows Gwen Ottinger, David Schleifer, Brian Kahn and Emily Fertig, who all spoke of their experiences in scientific fields and the translation of those experiences into writing, specifically using creative nonfiction. The event opened with an hour-long workshop presented by Gutkind.
May. 17, 2013
Multimedia collection personifies march to Baghdad
A multimedia exhibition telling the story of the Iraq War through the perspectives of a Marine, a reporter and a photojournalist, “Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq,” opened May 15 with a panel discussion in the URBN Center Annex.
Apr. 13, 2012
The sad state of local journalism
With print journalism on the decline all across the nation, it’s no surprise that our two largest local daily newspapers by circulation, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, are attempting to downsize. They have been sold four times in the past six years, most recently on April 2 for a paltry $55 million. They also sold their historic headquarters in 2011. When the sale was announced, it was unclear what the purchaser, developer Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, would do with the building. However, Blatstein announced April 12 that he wants to use the building as part of a new casino, entertainment and retail complex, with the building functioning as a hotel. While it is likely that this project will run into trouble acquiring the proper licenses to run a casino from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it’s a sad state of affairs when it is more valuable to run a casino than to provide quality local journalism. This casino is not going to stop the Inquirer’s ability to report the news, but it is a bleak sign of the times. Despite the timeless necessity of journalists for long-term prosperity and social justice in society, the field of journalism now struggles to monetize itself enough to sustain its indispensable role as a watchdog. Indeed, we cannot deny that today’s casinos pump more much-needed revenue into our weak economy than parts of the media do. This makes us wonder what we value more as a nation. Do we hold government revenue raised through the morally dubious means of gambling at a higher regard than the media’s assurance the public is being looked after? Do the ends of stimulating the economy and trying to salvage the city’s foremost news organization justify the means? Sadly, this potential change may just be another event leading to the likely decline of print media. As a hardworking news organization filled with writers looking to have a career in journalism, this shifting societal mindset is something we think about often. While we are unsure of the opportunities the field will provide us in the future, we hope that there will still be a demand for dedicated reporters and the journalism field as a whole. As a reader of The Triangle, you undoubtedly value accurate and quality reporting. Let’s support local journalism by being active readers who participate in the journalistic process. Send in story tips and share your opinions on blogs and social media. Write letters to the editor of the publications you frequently read. Ultimately, it is your demand for print media that will keep organizations like the Inquirer or the Daily News from going under. Let’s work together to bring this to the city at large.
Oct. 21, 2011
Arts writers earn grant from Knight Foundation
Drexel’s Pennoni Honors College will begin a new partnership with the Philadelphia Daily News to increase local arts exposure after receiving a $20,000 arts journalism grant Oct. 10.
Apr. 15, 2011
Journalists discuss influence of social media in revolution
The National Constitution Center hosted a panel of journalists and activists April 12 to discuss the effects of social media in the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.