Spotlight: Events

Sustaining Local News and Journalists

How can local news providers survive in a rapidly evolving industry? In October, local news entrepreneurs and newspaper, television, radio and online journalists, along with business and academic leaders, addressed this and other questions at Sustain Local 2016, a two-day national conference hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State.

Focusing on local journalism sustainability, the conference addressed such hurdles as generating revenue and creating community and civic engagement. Sustain Local comprised panels, workshops and discussion sessions both on existing avenues and promising new technologies
that support and sustain local news publishers. Panelists said the rewards of making a positive impact in communities that no longer have local newspapers far outweigh the challenges.

With funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Center also hosted “Life After the Newsroom,” a networking event that included a discussion with journalists who were laid off or took buyouts and forged new or different career paths.

Women Entrepreneurship Week

Women participating in Women Entrepreneurship Week.

Women Entrepreneurship Week, which began at Montclair State two years ago, went global in 2016 with events held on nearly 40 college campuses worldwide, including colleges in Australia, India, Chile, Nigeria and the United States.

Additionally, the State of New Jersey, honoring the movement created and organized by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, proclaimed October 15–22 as Women Entrepreneurship Week.

During Women Entrepreneurship Week the University hosted an evening panel discussion “Power Play: What Makes Great Women Leaders,” which focused on power and leadership, from juggling it all to taking risks, with a panel of distinguished guest speakers, including Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor of New Jersey.

Dance for Film on Location

Celebrated choreographer Doug Elkins was on campus in mid-September shooting scenes for a short piece for Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University.

Elkins is the third artist invited to create a 15-minute film for the project, which was developed by the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Choreographers on Campus initiative.

Elkins’ film A Hundred Indecisions, which will debut during his live Peak Performances production on April 20, 2017, is the third and final work in the project.

“With Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State, we will have made three very different, yet groundbreaking, films,” says Executive Director for Arts and Cultural Programming Jedediah Wheeler. “Doug has a keen imagination and an idiosyncratic sense of dance. He’s humorous as well as innovative.”

Passaic River Symposium

Lecturer making a Powerpoint presentation at the Passaic River Symposium.

Nearly 200 researchers, government employees, environmental professionals and students turned out for the seventh Passaic River Symposium in mid-October. The two-day event explored the many environmental management challenges confronting efforts to achieve sustainability in the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds. Keynote speakers and presenters provided updates and future directions for the remediation and management of the Passaic River, highlighting the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project and flood risk management.