School of Media and Communication labs and programs support the research and teaching mission of the university.
Center for Media and Information Literacy
The Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) serves as a hub for research, outreach, education and professional development on current issues involving media literacy and information literacy. CMIL serves as the lead organization representing the School of Communications and Theater in its role as the global chair of media and information literacy in the United States for UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
CMIL provides a variety of services, including curriculum development, after school programs, program assessment, teacher education programs, K-12 in-school mentoring and consultative services working with media companies on a variety of media literacy related initiatives. Graduate and undergraduate students are active participants in all of the programs of the CMIL.
Center for Public Interest Journalism
The mission of the Center for Public Interest Journalism is to advance the practice of public affairs journalism.
It focuses on the evolving journalistic organizations and practices in the Delaware Valley during a period of rapid change in information technologies, journalistic business models and press practices. It recognizes that new media provide the opportunity for a more diffuse network of journalistic voices than was characteristic of pre-Internet media.
It aims to support and strengthen the ecology of such a network of journalistic voices in this region as well as to contribute to national discussion on the evolution of journalism.
Temple is a member of the Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs, a networked consortium of ten labs located in seven countries spanning universities in the United States and Europe. The labs conduct research in human-computer interaction, communication and virtual environment design. Temple’s Lab, located on the basement level of Annenberg Hall and directed by SCT Professor Matthew Lombard with Professors Andrew Mendelson and Timo Saari, focuses on the nature and consequences of mediated experiences. The Temple M.I.N.D. Lab features a combination of experiment/observation and exhibition/performance space, with extensive audiovisual presentation equipment and a variety of computing resources and physiological measurement tools.
MURL stands for the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab in which journalism students cover stories in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The newsroom is based on the ground floor of Temple University’s Center City campus, which is just across the street from City Hall. MURL students use a contemporary, multimedia newsroom with wireless networking, Internet access, digital recorders and digital video cameras to produce Philadelphia Neighborhoods at www.philadelphianeighborhoods.com and content for various news media throughout the city.