When NJTV launched this past July, the public television network immediately began looking for a New Jersey-based production home for its news division. Today Montclair State University and NJTV announced that the University, with its unparalleled communications program and state-of-the-art DuMont Television Center, will provide broadcast studio space as well as production facilities and office space for NJ Today, NJTV’s weekly-nightly news program.
“We sought a facility that had the technical capabilities to handle a nightly news broadcast while being a place rich in creative resources,” said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET/chairman of Public Media New Jersey. “Knowing that public television will be integrated into an academic environment like Montclair State University simply feels right.”
Today's announcement builds on the University's continued commitment to have the Broadcasting Department be an academic center that is the best in the state. Internships will give students the opportunity to work on various aspects of NJ Today’s production from lighting and camera operation to make-up and stage management. Students will benefit from mentoring by NJTV broadcast staff and executives, talent workshops, and classroom instruction. In addition, students will have the opportunity to produce original programming for the network that will be seen throughout the state.
Enhancing the University’s educational opportunities and ensuring an independent broadcast voice for New Jersey following the dissolution of NJN earlier this year were important priorities for Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “This relationship provides tremendous value to our academic programs in broadcasting and media and communications providing students with hands-on learning within a professional setting,” she said. “The University is excited to welcome NJ Today to campus and we look forward to developing additional opportunities to further enhance New Jersey’s media landscape.”
NJ Today expects to begin broadcasting from the DuMont Television Center by the end of this year.
To view NJ Today's announcement of the agreement on their November 17 newscast, please go to NJ Today and play the video. Once the video starts, please scroll to 22:48 to view the announcement.