Spring 2014 Events Schedule

School of Communication and Media



Colloquium Series, Salon Series, Speaker's Series, and Special Projects

(For Film Forum, go to: Spring 2014 Film Forum Schedule)

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February 26, 2:30-3:45pm. The Changing TV Business & Good Media Design.

(Colloquium Series)‌

A talk by Scott Webb about how he got into the TV business, the history of Nickelodeon and what makes good media design with plenty of show and tell. Location: University Hall, Room 1030

You’ve probably seen Scott Webb’s work. He was Creative Director at Nickelodeon from 1984 to 2000 and helped create the irreverent personality and brand identity of the network. While at Nick, he was part of the team that developed and launched Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TV Land, The Kid’s Choice Awards, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, SpongeBob, Pete and Pete, Blue’s Clues and more. Scott was an integral part of Nick’s explosive growth into movies, theme parks, magazines, TV channel’s around the world and took Nick online in 1995. After Nick, Scott went on to launch Oxygen, College Sports TV (now CBS Sports). In 2009, Webb and partner Tinsley Galyean founded Static-Free Media, an Experience Design and Branding firm that helps companies use media to create powerful relationships with their customers based on the belief that good media can make the world a better place. Their clients include Scholastic, The Hub, Hasbro, OMD, AMC, HLN, the MIT Media Lab and many more. Currently, Static-Free Media is part of a global literacy initiative to help put an end to poverty.  This project uses a tablet to enable uneducated children to teach themselves to read, empowering them to become citizens able to make a difference in the world. Scott is a husband, father, Yoga teacher and snow sculptor who lives in Montclair. He’s a media junkie who loves comic books, pop music, Judge Judy and Howard Stern. Register here.


Women Sports

March 4, 10:00-11:15am. Women in Sports Media.

The School of Communication and Media, in collaboration with the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, presents a panel on "Women in Sports Media. "Scheduled panelists include Annie Sundberg, director of the ESPN film on women in sports media, "Let Them Wear Towels," and  Tara Sullivan, sports columnist for The Record and northjersey.com. Associate Professor Marc Rosenweig will be the moderator. Those interested in attending should contact Berra Museum Director Dave Kaplan at kapland@mail.montclair.edu. Location: Yogi Berra Museum.



March 5, 2:30-3:45. An Exploration of the ‘Sandy Storyline’ documentary and the evolving media landscape.

(Colloquium Series)

Michael Premo will discuss the changes in documentary filmmaking and an overview of the ‘Sandy Storyline’ project. The ‘Sandy Storyline’ project is a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our neighborhoods, our communities and our lives. Location: University Hall, Room 1030.

Michael Premo is an artist, cultural worker and Human Rights activist. He has created, produced and presented original works of art and media with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, Company One, EarSay, Inc., and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps. He’s a co-creator and Executive Producer of Sandy Storyline (www.sandystoryline.com). The project won the inaugural Transmedia Award from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. He co-created and collaborates on the multimedia storytelling project Housing is a Human Right (www.housingisahumanright.org), a project connecting diverse communities around housing, land, and the dignity of a place to call home. Stories are shared across multiple platforms including radio, internet and interactive installations in unconventional places.

His radio documentaries have been broadcast internationally and his photography has appeared in numerous outlets including Left Turn, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Narrative.ly, and Het Parool (Holland).He is on the Board of Trustees of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Fellowships include: NYSCA Individual Artists Award, and the Inaugural 2013 Blade of Grass Fellowship. Register here.


March 25th, 6:00-8:30pm. Disruption: Media - Is the future of media bleak or bright?

(Cosponsored by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, the School of Communication and Media, and the Center for Cooperative Media).

Location: University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center

Media is one of the first industries to be disrupted. What lessons can we learn from these seismic changes and how media entities have reacted to them? What is the essence of media today—is it a content business or a service business? How should media companies measure their success? What, if anything, can media learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook? Is the future of media bleak or bright? Join us for an exciting evening as media experts debate these questions, and more. Featuring a keynote discussion between Jeff Jarvis, author and media consultant, and Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Event also includes a panel of media experts, moderated by Merrill Brown, to discuss these issues. Register here.

Panelists include:
Jeff Jarvis, author and media consultant
John Mooney, founder and editor of NJ Spotlight
Paul Maidment, principal and editor-in-chief of Bystander Media
Steven Waldman, journalist, entrepreneur, digital content pioneer



March 26, 2:30-3:45pm. Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age.

(Colloquium Series)

A conversation with George Brock who will explore the future of journalism and how it needs to adapt to maintain its place of relevance. Location: University Hall, Room 1030.

George Brock is Professor at London's City University, where he heads the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism. During his career as a journalist, he worked for the Observer and The Times, where he was Foreign Editor, Managing Editor, Saturday Editor and (most recently) International Editor. He has served as president of the World Editors Forum, and chairs the British Committee of the International Press Institute. He is a regular commentator on news and journalism in the UK and global media, and broadcasts frequently. He is an active conference speaker and reviewer. Brock will discuss his latest book Out of Print which examines the past, present and future of a fragile newspaper industry battling a “perfect storm” of falling circulations, reduced advertising revenue, rising print costs and the impact of citizen journalism and free news aggregators.   He examines perhaps the greatest implosion, the effectiveness of the business model of large, general-interest daily papers which require news reporting to be subsidized by advertising revenue. But Brock affirms that although the traditional press may have a problem, journalism still has a bright future. Register here.


March 27, 8:00-9:30pm. A Conversation with the New Yorker's Ken Auletta: Tales from the Front Lines of the Media Revolution.

(Cosponsored by the Albert Payson Terhune Foundation, the English Department and the School of Communication and Media)

This year’s speaker, Ken Auletta of The New Yorker, has been an acute observer and analyst of journalism and the media for many years and has written extensively about a variety of issues. Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He is the author of eleven books, including five national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway; World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies; and Googled, The End of the World As We Know It, which was published in November of 2009. His other books include: Backstory: Inside the Business of News; Media Man: Ted Turner’s Improbable Empire; The Streets Were Paved with Gold; and The Underclass. Chapin Hall (John J. Cali School of Music), Leshowitz Recital Hall. Register here.



April 11, 1:00-2:15pm. Keepin’ it REAL or How I Learned to Do Science and Practice in Diverse Communities.

(Colloquium Series)

A presentation by Dr. Michael Hecht who will discuss the keepin it REAL drug prevention curriculum as well as other applied projects that have addressed major public health issues. The presentation will explore the application of multicultural narrative strategies to promote healthier behavior. Location: University Hall, Room 1030.

Michael L. Hecht (PhD, University of Illinois) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University and President of REAL Prevention, LLC. Dr. Hecht specializes in health message design for culturally diverse communities.  The keepin’ it REAL drug prevention curriculum was based on his team’s studies of the social processes of drug offers.  The multicultural, narrative-based lessons proved effective in reducing drug use. Since its adoption by D.A.R.E. America, keepin’ it REAL is believed to be the most widely disseminated substance use prevention program in the world, reaching 2 million U.S. youth as well as those in 47 countries around the world. Hecht is currently involved in adapting prevention messages for youth in Nicaragua and Tanzania, and he is working collaboratively with community-based US organizations like Planned Parenthood and the 4H clubs to developed culturally grounded health promotion messages. Register here.



April 16, 2:30-3:45pm. Communication and Media: The View from the Ice.

(Colloquium Series)

A presentation by John Dellapina, Group Vice President, Communications, NHL. Location: University Hall, Room 1030.

John Dellapina has spent 25 years as a sports writer. Raised in New York, Mr. Dellapina attended the University of Pennyslvania. After graduation, he covered local college sports for the Philadelphia Daily News. Subsequently, John covered sports for the York Daily Record, the Middletown Times-Herald Record, where he covered all four major New York City sports and events. After that, John moved to the Bergen Record, covering the New Jersey Devils.  He then joined the Daily News, where he continued to cover the New Jersey Devils until 1994. After that, Mr. Dellapina began covering the New York Rangers, which he did until his departure from the Daily News in 2008.  John joined the NHL in September of 2008, and he is now the Group Vice President, in charge of Communications. He also focuses on various all-access shows, such as “24/7” and “NHL Revealed,” as well as media and club relations. 



April 30, 2:30-3:45pm. Leaders in the Digital Media Industry.

(Colloquium Series)

A presentation by Mike Rich, Chief Product Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Interactive One, who will discuss his current position and prior experiences working in digital media. Location: University Hall, Room 1030.

Mike Rich joined Interactive One in July 2010 as Chief Product & Operating Officer, a role focused on driving the direction and strategy for Interactive One’s network of sites and brands. Additionally, he collaborates to help lead a differentiated multi-platform digital offering across radio, video and mobile, in partnership with Interactive One’s parent company, Radio One. Mr. Rich comes to Interactive One from AOL, where as SVP and GM of AOL Entertainment, he oversaw interactive product strategy, management, marketing, editorial, audience development and syndication for AOL’s flagship properties, including AOL Music. Under his leadership, AOL Music grew to be the #1 music destination and maintained this status from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, Rich was responsible for AOL BlackVoices, Moviefone, AOL Radio, AOL Latino, and AOL Studios, which produced original high quality video content for AOL’s suite of sites. Mr. Rich was honored by Hollywood Reporter as part of their 2009 Digital Power 50 list of executives leading the digital media industry. Register here.