Posted February 17, 2013

'Temple Update' launches daily Spanish-language news brief

“Desde “Temple Update,” esto es Update Ahora. Yo soy Janelle Roedán con lo último en noticias.”

That’s how Janelle Roedán, a junior media studies and production major, kicks off a new Spanish-language newscast from the anchor desk in TV Studio 3 of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center in Temple’s School of Media and Communication.

“Update Ahora” is the new, Spanish language service of SMC’s long–running weekly student newscast, “Temple Update.”

  • Junior media studies and production major Janelle Roedán anchors “Update Ahora,” a new Spanish-language news update to supplement the School of Media and Communication's weekly student newscast, “Temple Update.”

The daily news capsule grew out of “Update Now,” a 90-second daily news brief launched during the fall 2012 semester to supplement the news show.

Both versions of the news brief air on TUTV 9 at least six times a day from Monday through Thursday.

“‘Update Ahora’ is needed at Temple because our school is so diverse — it’s one of the main things that you notice when walking through our campus,” said Roedán. “I wanted to embrace that diversity by creating a news program in a language other than English.”

Peter Jaroff, assistant professor of media studies and production and executive producer of “Temple Update,” says the new programming opens up new ways Temple students can participate in the show.

“We are very happy to provide Spanish-speaking Temple students with an opportunity to both serve their community and to demonstrate what they can produce with their initiative, hard work and creativity,” he said.

It’s a community that expands well beyond campus. Roedán’s parents don’t speak English, so this is her way of ensuring her and other students’ family members can stay up-to-date on Temple news.

Roedán has always dreamed of being a Spanish broadcaster, but hopes to integrate both languages in her future career.

“In my opinion there is currently a large separation between Spanish and American media,” she said. “I see the future of mass media as a convergence of both cultures. I plan on being the person delivering your news each and every day.”

“Airing this suite of news programs from the ‘Temple Update’ team is not only part of our core academic responsibility, it allows us to meet the needs of our Spanish-language viewers,” said Assistant Professor Paul Gluck, TUTV general manager. “We are working to find more opportunities to serve diverse audiences in the months ahead.”

— Jeff Cronin