Carpe Diem

Student Productions -- School of Communication and Media

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CARPE DIEM is an award-winning, weekly half-hour magazine show aired on Comcast and Cablevision in northern New Jersey. Awarded the CTN CAPE Award for Best Series and three Gracie Awards for student productions, among others over the years, Carpe Diem has   covered a wide range of subjects   of interest to New Jersey citizens as well as topics featuring campus activities. The show has also featured celebrity guests such as Ernestine Schlant Bradley, former governor Christine Todd Whitman, anchor Steve Adubato, jazz singer Ruth Brown, and Tony award-winner and University alumna Melba Moore.

In addition to providing programming for the northern New Jersey television community, Carpe Diem provides Television majors with rigorous weekly production assignments that simulate those of the broadcasting profession. Over the semester, students produce a minimum of fifteen programs. Apart from producing their own works, it is not uncommon for students to have acquired production credits for as many as 20-30 additional programs by the time they graduate.

Carpe Diem reaches about a half-million households in New Jersey and is produced at the DuMont Television Center.

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The editor of The Bergen Record - This week on Carpe Diem

Airing on CARPE DIEM October 5th - 9 2015

On this episode of Carpe Diem, host Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University is joined by Martin Gottlieb, an award-winning journalist who three years ago was named editor of The Bergen Record. 

In 2014 under his leadership, the Record was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its extraordinary coverage of heroin use in New Jersey.  In addition, Martin has received many other awards including the George Polk Award for an investigative series on the Columbia/HCA Hospital Corp along with numerous Pulitzer Prize nominations. Martin has held top editing positions at The New York Times as well as the Daily News. At The New York Times as a global editions editor, he managed the editorial operations of the Paris and Hong Kong based International Herald Tribune. There he was involved in redesigning the newspaper as well as  merging its website with  

This episode was produced and hosted by the director of the School of Communication and Media, Merrill Brown and directed by TVDM major, Craig Gorbunoff.


Barring pre-emption, CARPE DIEM airs on the following stations

CABLEVISION  Bergen Channel 77:    Mondays at 5:00 PM
COMCAST Union Channel  26: Tuesdays at 9:00 PM
CABLEVISION Morris  Channel  21: Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
CABLEVISION Paterson Channel 75: Fridays at 6:00 PM

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