Celebrate the School of Communication and Media’s New Building

Week-long festivities mark official building opening

Beginning with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 26 and running through Sunday, October 1, Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media invites the community to explore its new state-of-the-art facilities, integrative and innovative design and engage in thought-provoking discussions during its official opening week celebrations.

Please note that space is limited and registration is required for some events.

Tuesday, September 26

11 a.m.

Celebrate the grand opening of the School of Communication and Media’s new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony, building tours and luncheon. This event is invitation only. 

Wednesday, September 27

2:30 p.m.

The series of events open to the public kicks off with a conversation with Peabody Award-winning journalist, Brooke Gladstone. She will discuss her latest book, The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. Gladstone is the co-host and editor of the Peabody Award–winning radio show and podcast On the Media from WNYC Studios, heard by well over a million people each week.

4 p.m.

WMSC-FM, Montclair State’s radio station, will stage a live concert in the School of Communication and Media plaza featuring New Jersey indie rock bands Phulton and Use Big Words.

Thursday, September 28

2:30 p.m.

Join the School of Communication and Media for a lively discussion with entrepreneur Marie Audier D'Alessandris about the evolving contemporary practice of PR in a digital and networked world. D'Alessandris has 20 years of marketing experience in the Beauty and Fashion industry. She has developed a multi-cultural expertise in brand management and business development, and has a proven track record of breakthrough product launches, brand re-platforming and international growth. Registration is required. 

Friday, September 29

3 – 6 p.m.

Throughout 2017, the Center for Cooperative Media has been researching and compiling data on various models of collaborative journalism. Early results from its findings were released at the annual Collaborative Journalism Summit in May, and a full report will be released on September 29.

Principal investigator Sarah Stonbely will present the whitepaper and her analysis. A panel of journalists with extensive experience in collaborative projects will also join the conversation.

The panelists include:

  • Erica Anderson, Google News Lab

  • Bruce Auster, NPR

  • Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Reentry Project

This event is free, but registration is required.

Sunday, October 1

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Community members are invited to tour the new building with its innovative design and state-of-the-art broadcast and media production facilities at the Community Open House, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

3 p.m.

The School will launch a yearlong film screening series with a special showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), digitally remastered in 4K, 40 years after its first release. The film will begin at 3 p.m. in the building’s 197-seat Presentation Hall, offering an immersive viewing experience powered by Sony Digital Cinema Projection and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.

In addition to the opening week events, area filmmakers and media professionals wishing to produce and polish projects in the University’s conveniently located North Jersey facility will be able to access features such as a motion picture stage; an advanced audio suite; and broadcast-ready HD and 4K studio and control rooms.  

For a full schedule of fall events, visit the School of Communication and Media.