Documenting Puerto Rican life in America with “American Boricua”

Wanda Benvenutti

For 18 years, photojournalist Wanda Benvenutti has chronicled Puerto Rican cultural life in the United States. She visited Temple University’s Klein College, close to 5th and Lehigh where she grew up, to discuss her documentary photography project and reveal what she learned by interviewing Puerto Ricans from all walks of life for her forthcoming book, “American Boricua: Puerto Rican Life in the United States.”

Benvenutti is a freelance photojournalist, photo editor and writer. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, The National Press Photographers Association, and The National Hispanic Journalists Association. Wanda’s photographs are also featured in the book “100 New York Photographers” by Cynthia Maris Dantzic. She received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her book in progress, “American Boricua: Puerto Rican Life in the United States,” is the first national chronicle of Puerto Rican life in all 50 United States.

The presentation is available to watch online here on TUTV.

Live in Studio G highlights local musical artists

Live from Studio GKlein College’s Bell Tower Records presents an hour-long live performance by their recording artists from Annenberg Hall’s Studio G. DJ Dise hosts while  musical acts Movies,  Cavity Kids, Twin Beds, Xilomen, Eddie and KJ, King Nesh, and Christopher Walking all perform. DJ Dise also interviews some of the artists in the studio.

The show is produced by Temple students to highlight musical talent in the Philadelphia area. Tune in to watch these performances on Friday, March 16 at 2 and 10 p.m.

Lisa Bien sheds light on the difficulties of overcoming brain injury

Bouncing Back host and guests

It started four years ago with a headache, progressed to migraines, and led to a hospital stay where she was diagnosed with severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation resulted in brain injury, being put on life support and, eventually, paralysis.

However, Shani Pitts would later come out of the hospital and begin physical therapy to overcome the effects of brain trauma. Shani and her mother visit the set of Bouncing Back to tell Shani’s story of resilience and determination. Dr. Stephanie Nahas, Professor of Neurology at Jefferson Hospital, also joins the set to provide her expert advice and the physiological background of brain injuries.

Watch the premiere of this new episode of Bouncing Back on TUTV this Monday, March 12 at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Media Inside Out airs live at noon Monday

Parenting in the digital age

Host Sherri Hope Culver discusses the unique challenges parents face in raising their children in the digital age in a new episode of Media Inside Out airing live this Monday.

How do parents make sure that their child’s digital diet of content is smart and safe, not harmful? Temple Professor Sherri Hope Culver, who heads the Klein College Center for Media and Information Literacy explores the challenges families face in dealing with the growing range of media platforms.

Tune in to TUTV (Comcast 50/Verizon 45/online) on Monday, March 12 at noon and 8 p.m.

#YearOfGrog: Reflections on a third grade masterpiece

Not many people know that the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Twister was produced by 3rd graders. Watch the two directors, Jake and Dave, reunite to reflect on their masterpiece fifteen years later.  And don’t miss the official trailer to their later effort “Jack in the Box” at the end.

TUTV wins Best College TV Station at IBS Awards

TUTV representatives at the 2018 IBS Awards

TUTV was named outstanding college television station at the 2018 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards in New York City, taking home the Best College TV Station award over the weekend. TUTV student reporters Cassie Semyon and Asad Bokhari won Best News Story for their coverage of the Pennsylvania budget stalemate in Harrisburg for Temple Update.

Season premiere of World at Temple airs Wednesday

The World at Temple

Host Katie Bandish takes viewers on a tour of Cuba and Japan, covers Saudi National Day, and participates in an in-studio tasting of Palestinian dishes on the 2018 season premiere of The World at Temple, TUTV’s talk show focusing on international students at Temple University.  Watch it Wednesday, February 28 at 1 and 9 p.m. on Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online.

6ABC’s Brian Taff to appear on TUTV Monday

Jon Dowding with Brian Taff

6ABC’s Brian Taff, reporter and co-anchor of Action News at 4 p.m. on 6ABC and Action News at 10 p.m. on PHL17, visited Temple’s Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center to be interviewed on Temple People, TUTV’s continuing series focusing on the talented professionals who are shaping media in our region and across the nation.

Taff, who has been a member of the Action News team at WPVI-TV, the region’s leading news station, for almost a decade, was interviewed by Klein College Journalism student Jon Dowding on a wide range of topics, including Taff’s extraordinary career path, interviewing President Obama and the role of local news in the lives of media consumers.

Students of the Spring 2018 TUTV practicum class produced the episode, which will air on TUTV and online on Monday, February 26 at 1 and 9 p.m.

The Vibe brings you Black History facts this month on TUTV

Have you caught any #BlackHistoryVibes from watching TUTV this month? To celebrate Black History Month, TUTV teamed up with The Vibe to highlight important African Americans. Check it out below:

First Temple Talk of 2018 premieres Tuesday

Temple Talk hosts with Milk and Vine writers

TUTV’s entertainment talk show is back for a new season this year, starting Tuesday. For the 2018 debut, Temple Talk hosts meet with Amazon best-selling authors and Temple students Adam Gasiewski and Emily Beck, who wrote the parody e-book Milk and Vine in a week.

Watch the premiere on TUTV this Tuesday, February 20 at 1 and 9 p.m.

#YearOfGrog: February edition

It’s the #YearOfGrog, folks, and for February we’ve got something short in honor of the shortest month of the year. Here, watch Karl talk about dreams on a roof in the cold:

Did you miss January? Watch it now.

New La Charla premieres this Valentine’s

The hosts of TUTV's La Charla

Don’t miss the new episode of TUTV’s Spanish-language talk show La Charla premiering this week!

The hosts discuss topics related to Latin American culture or news, including Trump’s handling of the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the Disney animated movie Coco, which depicts events inspired by the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos. They also discuss general topics like texting versus talking on the phone.  Later, the hosts play two different games: Quién soy and Verdad o mentira?

This episode of La Charla premieres on TUTV (Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online) on Wednesday, February 14 at 1 and 9 p.m.

Check out Klein College’s Career Fair

Watch the video above to hear from Lu Ann Cahn, Director of Klein College’s Career Center, about the coming Internship and Career Fair for interning, full-time, part-time and freelance positions. Over 70 media and communication employers are signed up to attend.

The fair is scheduled to occur on Thursday, February 15 at the Howard Gittis Student Center. Register now at

Watch the premiere of “Dream Man”, a spoof of The Bachelor

TUTV has a new show on our programming schedule, this time a spoof of every college girl’s favorite guilty pleasure TV show. Dream Man is a sitcom about the production of a show similar to The Bachelor, except that all of the girls hate the man for whom they’re supposed to be competing.

Created by Temple students Holly Guepfel and Sam Berit, Dream Man works as a show-within-a-show, depicting both the dating reality show and the behind the scenes reality of the production. Watch the trailer above, and tune in to TUTV on Wednesday, February 7 at 1 and 9 p.m. to see the premiere.

The Vibe highlights local acts on new episode

Illadel Sol performing on The Vibe

On a new episode of The Vibe, host Nydja Hood sits down with Will Toms, a Temple grad and co-founder of Philly-based hip hop agency Rec Philly, and Ernest Owens, journalist and editor Philadelphia Magazine’s G Philly section. Together they first discuss the recent sexual harassment allegations coming to light in the entertainment industry; later, they outline the history of Atlanta hip hop. For the Poetry Spotlight and musical act portion of the show, Philly activist and Temple student Osimiri Sprowal reads his work, and local neo soul/hip hop act Illadel Sol performs their music in front of the live studio audience.

Watch on Comcast 50, Verizon 45 or online this coming Wednesday, February 7 at 2 and 10 p.m.