Wide eyed gazes fell upon Temple Alumnus Richard Leiby when he took to the podium at this year’s end of the year Journalism awards banquet. This much-anticipated event featured Lieby as the keynote speaker. The former Temple News editor is now currently the Style and Arts Editor for the Washington Post.  In addition he also contributes as a staff writer; here is one of his more recent pieces titled, “The rise and fall of Egypt’s most despised billionaire, Ahmed Ezz.” Lieby shared some of his more memorable journalism experiences and also offered insight on the evolving industry. Afterwards Temple Journalism faculty took center stage and presented numerous awards and scholarships to students. I was pretty thrilled to find out I was one of the recipients of this year’s  Ted Von Ziekursch scholarship. This award is one of the oldest scholarships given out and honors Ted Von Ziekursch the former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. 



Christmas came a little early tonight after I received an email from the Hearst Journalism Foundation stating I placed 5th in this years nationwide journalism features competition! After my 11th place finish last year I was pretty hard on myself and therefore made it a personal goal to finish in the top 10.  Check out the video below to see one of the pieces I submitted to this year’s contest. The following story is on Temple’s own dining hall celebrity. If any of you prospective students ever get a morning tour here at Temple make sure you give a shout out to Andrea, our campus celebrity. Andrea works in the dining hall where you’ll be having FREE lunch following the tour!


BREAKING NEWS…Today I got a letter from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and found out I placed in a tie for 11th place in the Television Features category. The letter said there were over 70 students represented from 40 journalism schools across the nation. The stories I entered into this years contest were the “Cherry Crusaders” and “Madden Tourney” pieces I did this fall in my sports production class. I’m already looking forward to entering more work in the Television News contest this January.

In other news…My Credentials for the Eaglebank Bowl were APPROVED! On December 29th I’ll be rubbing shoulders with ESPN on the sidelines of RFK stadium in Washington DC. More details to come about the special edition OwlSports Update Bowl show.