Student doc asks “What’s in a teddy bear?”

Stuffed animal

Stuffed animals, blankets, photos, books, and clothes are all “comfort objects”: items that provide mental well-being in times of distress. Why are children drawn to these things? What makes them prevalent even among adults?

Ross Weisman, Jenny Choi, Colin Pawlowski, Brian Ziff and Nailah Adam spoke to the young and the old to explore the psychology, sociology, and healing power of a teddy bear. The group interviewed psychologists, people who struggle with mental illness, and the directors of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, which works with children who are survivors of sexual abuse, for insight into the phenomena of comfort objects. This short documentary, Mine, was produced for Temple Professor Kristine Weatherston’s media studies class, Genres of Media Production.

Tune in to TUTV this Friday, August 25 at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. for this moving portrait of the abiding need for comfort.

Introducing “Summer in London” with Kelly Antonacci

Temple Update student reporter Kelly Antonacci went to London this summer and is bringing TUTV viewers exclusive reports from the UK.

Watch the first installment, where Kelly examines what Londoners really think of Americans, below:



TUTV student productions nominated for 9 Emmy© awards!

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) released the nominations for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy© Awards yesterday. Temple students received more nominations in the College section than any other university, with a total of nine in categories ranging from cultural affairs to sports. TUTV original shows Temple Update, OwlSports Update, and Philadelphia Neighborhoods were included in the list of nominations. Additionally, students Tracy Yatsko and Emily Milliron both nominated in the talent category.

Check out the full list of Temple nominations below. Click through to watch the nominated programs:


“OwlSports Update 3-30-2017”
Ayanna Clark, Producer
Kate Bullock, Producer
Rachel Zerbe, Anchor
Patrick Johnstone, Anchor
JD Fogarty, Graphics Coordinator

“Temple Update: March 2, 2017”
Peter Jaroff, Executive Producer
Joseph McHugh, Supervising Producer
Jeseamy Muentes, Producer
Rebecca Rosenblatt, Director
Isaiah Leonard, Technical Director
Taggart Houck, Anchor

“Temple Update: March 30, 2017”
Peter Jaroff, Executive Producer
Joseph McHugh, Supervising Producer
Spencer Trabbold, Producer
Daniel Ray, Anchor
Alyssa Jerome, Anchor
Logan Moritz, Director


“Construction Ongoing Inside Temple SMC”
Benjamin Otte, Reporter/Photographer

“Immigration Ban Challenges Temple Student’s Family”
Taggart Houck, Producer/Reporter
Benjamin Otte, Editor

“Parking Wars in Philadelphia”
Robert DiRienzo, Multimedia Journalist


“Turn Up the Town”
Emily MacMullen, Reporter
Sarah Metts, Reporter


A Legacy On and Off the Court”
Tracy Yatsko, Reporter

“From Player to Painter”
Rachel Zerbe, Reporter
Ben Otte, Photographer


Tracy Yatsko
Emily Milliron

“The World at Temple” highlights international students

The World at Temple

The World at Temple is the first and only TV talk show that’s aimed at international students at Temple University. The second installment features international students from all around the world discussing their experiences at Temple and their lives at home. Ksenia Berestetska from Ukraine, Rithik Gangwani from India, Lei Zhao from China, and Ayah Alkhars from Kuwait share their stories. Zhao also demonstrates how to make dumplings.

Tune in to TUTV Friday, August 4 at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. online or on cable (Comcast 50/Verizon 45) within the city of Philadelphia.

Influential BBC horror movie The Stone Tape airs Friday

The Stone Tape

The Stone Tape aired as TV play written by BBC veteran writer Nigel Kneale in 1972. It has gone on to become highly influential to other filmmakers including John Carpenter as well as to the field of parapsychology in general, inspiring what is now known as the Stone tape theory of residual haunting.

The story follows a team of scientists who begin research in a newly renovated Victorian mansion and find themselves experiencing paranormal events. As they turn the focus of their research on the ghostly occurrences, the spirits they’ve uncovered only become more powerful.

See The Stone Tape as presented by The Dungeon of Dreck this Friday, August 4 at 4 p.m. and midnight online or on Comcast 50/Verizon 45 within Philadelphia.

Documentary highlights healing power of horses

Gift Horses

David Block is a Temple student, filmmaker and freelance journalist. He was also born legally blind. He has used his passion for storytelling to highlight others who have overcome their disabilities or struggles in life.

Premiering this week on TUTV, Block’s documentary film Gift Horses highlights the services of three therapeutic horseback riding organizations in Pennsylvania and offers a look at the various emotional and physical benefits that horse riding offers people with disabilities. Gift Horses includes the stories of many individuals of various levels of ability who experienced transformative healing after turning to therapeutic horseback riding. Tune in to Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online on Friday, July 21 at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. to see this powerful short documentary.

Gift Horses

Director David Block is legally blind but that hasn’t stopped him from completing seven  independent documentaries.  As a freelance journalist, he has had over 1,500 articles published in a variety of publications including the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. Block is currently earning his Masters’ Degree at Temple, where the Journalism department recently awarded him the David the Lori Schipper Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism.

Tell All is back with a new episode this week

All new! Tell All

Tell All, a TUTV original game show, will return to TUTV on July 21 to see Temple Update student reporter Kelly Antonacci face off against Update colleague Dan Ray.

Tell All is a fast paced game of words and wits, where contestants compete with the clock, and with each other, for fun and prizes. Created by Temple Student Brian Schwartz, Tell All is a high energy challenge where word play is serious business and what you don’t say can make your opponent the winner.

Tune in Friday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to see who wins!

TUTV wishes our viewers a happy Independence Day!

Happy July 4th!

Enjoy our holiday programming this Tuesday! View the full schedule.

Make sustainable foods with Baker Dave

Tzatiziki sauce with Baker Dave

Learn how to make Greek salad and tzatziki sauce with Kathleen Grady, the Director of Sustainability for Temple University’s Office of Sustainability, on a new episode of Baker Dave’s TUTV show!

She doesn’t have Greek heritage, but Kathleen says she makes this recipe at least once a week to eat at home. As a vegetarian, she finds that this is an easy and satisfying meal to consume regularly. While cooking, the two discuss Kathleen’s work helping students and the University create environmentally conscious decisions and embark proactively on projects to help the environment.

Tune in to this new episode of Baker Dave Presents… on Thursday, July 6 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Did you miss the MSP Awards this spring?

Student who won at the MSP Awards

Then tune in to TUTV this Wednesday, July 5 at 1 and 9 p.m. to see who won in each category!

Klein College holds the MSP Awards annually to present the best student projects coming out of the Media Studies and Production department and award students with prizes and scholarships. This year, Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia anchor Karen Hepp hosts the ceremony.

Watch it on Comcast 50, Verizon 45 in Philadelphia or online everywhere.

Watch student doc about Betsey Johnson in new “Film Vault”

Betsey Johnson

In a new episode of From the Temple Student Film Vault, watch a short documentary about famous fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Johnson, who is now very well known for her off-the-wall and colorful designs, is interviewed in the early days of her long career, around the time that her fashions were associated with Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. Sporting a bowl cut and dark eye make up, the business owner and designer describes her attitude towards her work and her life.

“Betsey Johnson: New York” airs alongside four other short films that came out of Temple’s film program in the 70s, including a documentary about the Main Line and

Watch it on Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online on Friday, June 23 at 2 and 10 p.m.

Ever wondered how to make vegan dessert?

Vegan Chocolate cupcake

Maybe you’ve tried vegan cuisine, but it can be difficult to imagine finding substitutes for butter and milk in baking. So how do you do it? Find out on a new episode of Baker Dave Presents… Baker Dave provides tips and tricks on how to execute a perfect chocolate cupcake using vegan ingredients. He also shares how learning to make vegan options for Temple students kept him motivated in his job when things were tough.

Tune in to Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online this Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to watch the episode.

Watch “A Fierce Kind of Love” on TUTV this Wednesday

A Fierce Kind of Love, a project of Visionary Voices

In a collage of text, movement and song, A Fierce Kind of Love explores the largely untold story of the intellectual disabilities rights movement in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania from 1968 to the present. It was described as “a transcendent, modern, and startling performance of humor and poignancy, outrage and sweetness” by The Inquirer. The story is told by a cast of mixed abilities, including five well-known Philadelphia-area performers.

Temple’s Institute on Disabilities commissioned the play and it ended its short run in 2016, so be sure not to miss it on TUTV! Tune in on Wednesday, June 14 at 1 and 9 p.m. to Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or watch it online.

Former CBS3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi to appear on TUTV

Pat Ciarrocchi

Pat Ciarrocchi spent 33 years at CBS3 beginning in 1982 and, in 2014, became the first woman inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. This week, she talks to Temple student Hannah McComsey on a new episode of Temple People about her career arc, from her small town beginnings in Hagerstown, Maryland to her decision to retire a few years ago. She also shares her sage advice to other women looking to enter the news media industry.

Tune in this Tuesday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on TUTV (Comcast 50/Verizon 45 or online) to see this half-hour sit-down interview program produced by Temple students.