PPRA Annual Meeting Honors Temple Communications Student

Every year, the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) hosts its annual meeting celebration. This year’s theme was “A Look at the Future of American Journalism with Leadership of the Philadelphia Media Network.” The celebration took place on Thursday, June 22 at Liberty Hall in the new Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Philadelphia.

The annual meeting serves three main purposes. PPRA praises its successful programming throughout the year, inducts the incoming Board of Governors and honors two award recipients. Every year, one professional is selected for the PPRA Fast-Track Award, and one student is selected for the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award.

One of Temple’s own Klein College of Media and Communication owls was selected as the 2017 Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award recipient. Marissa Reale will be a senior in the fall and majors in Strategic Communication with a concentration in public relations. Marissa is heavily involved in Temple’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Temple’s first, only and nationally affiliated firm, PRowl Public Relations. Marissa serves as Vice President and Assistant Firm Director, respectively. Marissa is a member of PPRA and regularly attends many of its networking events.

“I am so honored to be selected to receive such a prestigious award. It’s incredible to be recognized by such a fantastic organization. I love the opportunities this organization gives to students, as well as Temple University for being so connected to its surroundings,” recipient Marissa said.

KYW Newsradio’s Pat Loeb served as the moderator for the evening. Attendees also heard from Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Media Network, and Gabriel Escobar, editor of the Philadelphia Media Network’s three media properties — the Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Daily News, and Philly.com.


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By: Kayla Boone

Working & Writing: My Idea of Summer Fun

Hi all! Joei DeCarlo, upcoming Director of Public Relations here! Like most students no matter our age, I love summer simply because I get a break from classes. But, once classes wrap up, I find myself missing having a small assignment or feeling like I’m missing something when I don’t have notes to review. As sad as it sounds, I like keeping busy and a full-course load just seems to keep me happy. Thankfully, I am keeping busy this summer in multiple ways. I’m working two part-time jobs that I have been with for years.  One is a receptionist position at our family’s hair salon, DeCarlo Hair Salon. My other job is a legal assistant position in Center City, Philadelphia. I also babysit awesome kids whenever I can. You’d think each of these jobs would be enough… but not for me!

When I’m not working either job, babysitting, or trying to become great at practicing yoga, I am writing for RowHome Magazine. RowHome is a quarterly lifestyle magazine that focuses on South Philly and its surrounding areas. Born and still residing in South Philly, writing for RowHome is one of my favorite things to do every few months! I have had the opportunity to write for them for about a year now, and each piece I work on is different. If I am not working on a piece for one of the issues, I am working on a piece for their blog, just like this one! Some of my favorite stories were about a new wedding venue, interviewing kids who are accomplishing amazing things, and going to a taco festival!

I will get assigned a story and my first task is to reach out to whoever I will be interviewing, or reach out to someone about an event I will be attending. After an interview or event, I jot down my notes and use them to write whatever I will be posting on the blog or submitting for the physical magazine. I have found that the hardest part about writing is coming up with a snappy title. I usually save this for last and hope that I come up with something that will pull a reader in. Did it work for this? I hope so!

If you ever want to discuss magazine or blog writing with me, feel free to reach out! Also, if you find yourself curious about the tacos I got to taste, check out my blog post here: https://gohomephillyblog.com/2017/05/13/lets-taco-bout-philadelphias-first-taco-festival/

Anyone interested in learning more about RowHome Magazine should check out their website here: http://www.gohomephilly.com/index.cfm?id=751963&fuseaction=browse&pageid=64  You can view their media kit and check out the archives section where you can view digital versions of past issues. Look out for some of my pieces!

By: Joei DeCarlo

Summer is the Time..

Summer is the time to have your toes in the sand, ocean breeze in your hair, and not a care in the world. Those were my intentions as I ended my semester until my inbox lit up with an email from WFMZ-TV 69 News. The company offered me a spot as one of their news interns for the summer! I am interning two days a week from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The days are jam-packed with wonderful opportunities! I get to go out into the field with reporters and photographers covering different stories around the area, create packages, write voice-overs for the evening newscasts, expand my knowledge of producing a newscast, and I’m able to sit in the control room and newsroom observing the live shows. My life couldn’t get any better than this, until I received another email from another internship I applied for for a summer position. This is crazy, right?! I couldn’t believe it! I ended up accepting a second internship at ASR Media Productions in Bethlehem, PA near Steel Stacks. I work there two days a week as well. At this internship, I get to edit short segments for their shows and go out on shoots throughout the area.

These internships keep me very busy, but I am getting a great amount of hands-on experience and learning more and more every day I step into the office. If you thought handling two internships were a lot, you are sadly mistaken. On top of the internships, I also work as a server at Red Robin in Quakertown, PA on the weekends and hangout with my family and friends from home. The lack of sleep can be a lot sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade these summer experiences for the world.

After working these 12 crazy weeks, I am finishing up my summer with a family vacation to Hawaii! I am very excited! I have never been to Hawaii before and we are going for two whole weeks. We plan on hiking volcanoes, snorkeling with turtles and other fish, walking through a huge sunflower field, laying on the beach, learning to surf, visiting Pearl Harbor, tasting their delicious food, and enjoying their amazing waterfalls. This is a much-needed trip, which will happen right before I go back to school for the fall semester of my senior year. It’s sad because I have one year left at this amazing university, but also exciting because I am graduating and starting off in the real world.

So far, this summer has been a fun and exciting rollercoaster ride with ups and downs and I can’t wait to tackle more of it in the upcoming months. Now, off to the next adventure!

By: Morgan Kruczek

A Summer of Organizing, Cruising, and Writing..

For over a year now, I’ve been volunteering with the Eastern Service Workers’ Association.  It’s a poverty alleviation association that assists low-paid service and temporary workers, in addition to those retired and living on a fixed income. We provide benefits in addition to fighting government policies that keep people poor.  Our benefits include emergency food distributions, clothing distributions, utility advocacy, and legal and medical sessions by volunteer professionals.  A year ago, I served as the Volunteer Coordinator for about three months.  This summer, I will be the Membership Coordinator, responsible for meeting and interacting with members of the organization.  I’m very excited to see the organization grow and for more people to become aware of it!

From July 13-22, I will be attending a 10 day cruise with my mother and some church members to the Bahamas in celebration of a church member’s 80th birthday party!

I will also be maintaining my job at the Temple University School of Law in the Alumni office, in addition to working on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a toll collector.

All the while, I’ll be learning to be in each of the positions I will do next year.

I can’t wait to bring all of the skills that I learn this summer to PRSSA.  I’m excited for the year ahead, the great people with which I will be working, and everything in between!


Mentorship Match Spotlight: Joei and Thatcher

Meet mentor Joei DeCarlo and her mentee, Thatcher Williams! Joei is a sophomore at Temple University and a double major in Strategic Communication and Adult & Organizational Development. Thatcher, a freshman at Temple, is majoring in Strategic Communication. Outside of PRSSA, Joei is a PRowl Account Executive, legal assistant, cook, and shopper (preferably Macy’s). Thatcher is a part of Temple’s Gymnastics Club.

Since becoming mentor and mentee, Joei and Thatcher have discovered their mutual love for coffee and building each other up in their chosen fields.

Joei on why she wanted to be a mentor: I wanted to be a mentor to try to build a relationship similar to the one my mentor created with me (Shoutout to Clarissa Ford). I was happy to have the opportunity to help someone like I needed help as a freshman, such as writing a resume, scheduling classes, and simply knowing I had a friend on campus.

Thatcher on why he wanted to be a mentee: I wanted to create a connection with someone who loved PR like me, so the mentorship program seemed like an amazing opportunity. I also wanted to have someone to help me navigate PR and to offer advice on how to obtain internships and to become more involved on campus.

What types of activities have you done together, in both a professional and/or personal capacity?

T: We’ve had coffee together at Starbucks. Joei has been a big help in creating my resume and she also offers advice on what classes I should take next semester. We text often with Joei being so easy to talk to! Whenever I have a question, I feel so comfortable asking her because I know I can get great advice.

J: Yes, I love our Starbucks dates! We both love a great caramel macchiato and can work on resume editing or just talking about classes. Thatcher makes being a mentor so easy because he’s always excited to meet and makes our meetings so fun. I forget I’m mentoring and feel more as though I’m just meeting with my friend, which is how a great mentor/mentee relationship should be!

Moving forward, what plans do you have for the mentorship program together?

T: I love coffee and Joei is so insightful… so definitely more coffee! I plan on continuing to have Joei as a mentor because she’s been so helpful and enjoyable to be around. Joei’s involvement in PRowl and work ethic have motivated me to become more involved myself!

To connect with Joei and Thatcher, follow them both on Instagram joei_decarlo and blackboyemoji.

Green Tree School: Transforming Lives and Impacting Communities Pt. 3


Green Tree Partners with Plato’s Closet:

Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, and Abercrombie and Fitch are just a few name brands students at Green Tree will be able to purchase with the creation of a new school store. Plato’s Closet has generously donated a wide variety of clothing to Green Tree, providing children with the opportunity to purchase items as well as gain important independent living skills.

Students will be able to “purchase” clothing donated from Plato’s Closet with “Green Tree Dollars” awarded by faculty members as a result of good behavior. All students can participate and are encouraged to get involved within the school store. Students will be able to gain hands on work experience by applying for and receiving jobs with designated work schedules. They will learn how to cashier, stock, and develop customer service skills.

The students of Green Tree are anticipating the opening of the school store as final touches are being made to ensure a memorable grand opening. Students will even get to decide the name of the store, as a contest will be held in the next upcoming weeks.

Through the generosity of Plato’s Closet students have the ability to acquire high end clothing as a result of their own personal actions. The store promotes excitement, unity, hard work, and accountability.

Green Tree is transforming the lives of students and impacting communities by providing children with opportunities to learn regardless of their unique challenges, abilities, or backgrounds. This school store is just an addition to the many programs they have in place.

Green Tree is now accepting all clothing donations, adding to the variety of clothes that students will be able to purchase and take home to wear.

By: Katie Prantil, Brianna Love, Noelle Franklin

Green Tree School: Transforming Lives and Impacting Communities Pt. 2


Green Tree Partners with Episcopal Academy to Bring Green Tree’s Once Dull Activity Room to Life

A week prior to us visiting Green Tree School, the activity room was described by David Cambridge, the Director of Education as bland and gray. But with the generosity of Episcopal Academy, a local private school, they helped bring this once dull room to life.

A group of eight to ten Episcopal Academy students accompanied by a teacher, transformed the area into a vibrant activity room. The volunteers came out and transformed the room in one day, by adding several creative pieces, including a large mural. This room accommodates a broad range of students, not only different ages but also different divisions of severe emotional and autism spectrum support.

The purpose of the activity room is so that students can move around freely and build basic skills throughout the day. Some of the amenities of this room include stimulation-inducing items such as yoga balls and a ball pit, which help calm and soothe the students. Also, here they use the PECS system. This is a series of pictures that allow students with low verbal skills to communicate their needs. By providing these resources, the students demonstrate better behavior and reduced levels of frustration.

The volunteers from Episcopal Academy added to this goal by making this environment more relaxed and inviting. This movement and occupational therapy space gives access to high end treatment irregardless of a student’s outside life. Hands-on activities are sometimes required for some students to feel calmer.

Soon the volunteers from Episcopal Academy will be bringing to life a community garden which the students of Green Tree will be responsible for; the garden will provide fresh ingredients for lunches and teach the kids the values of creating something from the ground up.

By: Katie Prantil, Brianna Love, Noelle Franklin