Carpe Diem

Student Productions -- School of Communication and Media

Carpe Diem Producer: Patricia Piroh; (973) 655-5158 

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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 importance of critical incident drills  - This week on Carpe Diem

Airing on CARPE DIEM January 26th – 30th, 2015

This week’s episode of Carpe Diem takes a deeper look at law enforcements’ new tactics in handling critical incidents, such as active shooters in schools or other public places. In the summer of 2013, the West Orange Police Department conducted one of the largest full scale active school shooter drills in New Jersey and just recently orchestrated another one  in a local movie theater.

Our guests include Lieutenant John Morella and Officer Scott Smarsh of the West Orange Police Department, who have both been spearheading these active shooter drills to prepare and train first responders in handling and controlling critical situations.

Also featured in this episode is a one minute trailer for the upcoming half hour long documentary, “Critical Incident Critical Response” and an interview with the documentary’s producer, Krystal Acosta, talking about Montclair State’s Broadcast and Media Operations partnership with the West Orange Police Department and the documentary.

This episode was produced and hosted by TVDM major Rob Rowan and directed by TVDM major, Joe Lees.

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  
MONTCLAIR Channel 34:  TBA

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