The Temple News

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The paper's March 17, 2009 front page.
TypeWeekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Temple University
PublisherEvergreen Printing & Publishing Company
FoundedSeptember 19, 1921 as Temple University Weekly
HeadquartersSuite 243, 1755 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
Circulation 6,000 weekly

The Temple News (TTN) is the editorially independent weekly newspaper of Temple University. It prints 6,000 copies to be distributed primarily on Temple's Main Campus every Tuesday. A staff of 25, supported by more than 150 writers, is responsible for designing, reporting and editing the 20-page paper. Increasingly, TTN is supplementing its weekly print product with breaking news and online-only content on its web site. In September 2007, TTN launched Broad & Cecil, its own blog community.

Temple University public research university in Philadelphia, United States

Temple University is a state-related Research 1 University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1884 by the Baptist minister Russell Conwell. In 1882, Conwell came to Pennsylvania to lead the Grace Baptist Church while he began tutoring working-class citizens late at night to accommodate their work schedules. These students, later dubbed "night owls", were taught in the basement of Conwell's Baptist Temple, hence the origin of the university's name and mascot. By 1907, the institution revised its institutional status and was incorporated as a university.

Breaking news, interchangeably termed late-breaking news and also known as a special report or special coverage or news flash, is a current issue that broadcasters feel warrants the interruption of scheduled programming and/or current news in order to report its details. Its use is also assigned to the most significant story of the moment or a story that is being covered live. It could be a story that is simply of wide interest to viewers and has little impact otherwise. Many times, breaking news is used after the news organization has already reported on the story. When a story has not been reported on previously, the graphic and phrase "Just In" is sometimes used instead.


In 2010, the paper's efforts garnered seven Keystone Press Awards. The previous year, the paper's staff won eight Keystones. [1] In November 2008, the paper's web site,, was honored with the 2008 National Online Pacemaker Award, [2] and has also won the print counterpart, a National Pacemaker Award, [3] both awarded by the Associated Collegiate Press.

The Keystone Press Awards are a prominent series of awards presented by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association to Pennsylvania journalists whose work displays "relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and furthers First Amendment values." Presented annually during the Pennsylvania Press Conference, the awards are distributed among seven circulation size classifications.

The National Pacemaker Awards are awards for excellence in American student journalism, given annually since 1927. The awards are generally considered to be the highest national honors in their field, and are unofficially known as the "Pulitzer Prizes of student journalism".

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States. The ACP is a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. It awards the newspaper, magazine, and online National Pacemaker Awards, which are considered the highest honors a student publication can receive.


Temple University Weekly first appeared on Monday, Sept. 19, 1921. It was led by an alumni editor and fully supported by the university, though student writers were responsible for coverage.

Beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the 1950s, with exceptions during World War II, the now-labeled Temple University News printed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During the 1960s and 1970s, the paper went daily, before dropping to four days per week in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, TTN was the fourth largest daily newspaper in Philadelphia. In the late 1990s, citing declining ad revenue and staff size, the paper returned to its weekly origins. With the exception of a single semester in 2005, TTN has been weekly ever since. TTN also publishes daily online content.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.


In the 21st century, bucking industry trends, The Temple News found a resurgence in its staff size, in addition to interest in its content. It wasn't until 1998 that the paper launched its web site, and it wasn't until 2003 that it got its own domain name.

Despite its slow start, TTN has made steady progress in the field of online journalism. It has been a frequent finalist for the Online Pacemaker, [4] an award offered by the Associated Collegiate Press, and won the award in 2008. Currently, the paper uses WordPress.

WordPress ( is a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL that is usually used with the MySQL or MariaDB database servers but can also use the SQLite database engine. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores. Used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use. WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).

A newly designed web site debuted in January 2009, [5] featuring online-only articles and an increasing multimedia presence, including photo galleries, audio and video.

The site was redesigned again in the summer of 2012 into its current format.


In a given Temple News production week, articles and graphics are typically assigned during Monday budget meetings for the following week's Tuesday printing. Features and editorial content are typically deadlined on Thursday, to be fact-checked and corrected by section editors and copy editors.

While both the news and sports sections have moved away from including breaking news in its print product — opting for an online venue — these sections typically allow for deadlines on Monday production nights.


The Temple News has been honored with numerous awards in the past few years, beginning with the Keystone Press Awards in February 2006. [6] TTN editors, reporters and photographers have won Keystone Press Awards in every year since. [7] In 2009, staff members won awards for ongoing news coverage, public service/enterprise package, news photos, sports photos, photo story and web site.

The Temple News Online is a finalist in the 2009 Online Pacemaker competition by the Associated Collegiate Press. [8] The results will be announced in October 2009 at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Austin.

Most recently, TTN Online earned an EPpy Award for the Best College Newspaper Web Site in the country. [9] The award is given by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines. In February 2014, The Temple News won 17 Keystone Press Awards.

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