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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Location: Yogi Berra Museum.
March 5, 2:30-3:45. An Exploration of the ‘Sandy Storyline’ documentary and the evolving media landscape.
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 26, 2:30-3:45pm. Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age.
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.