Almost two years ago, NJN ceased to exist and WNET.org’s new NJTV took its place on the air. NJTV is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service which airs PBS programming as well as producing its own programming, mostly relating to issues in New Jersey. Its nightly news show, NJ Today, is a really nice news program and the only one dedicated to an entire state. At least that’s what news anchor and managing editor, Mike Schneider, told us he thinks is the case when he talked to the tour group.
We found out about the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ tour of NJTV and open house meeting through another group that I belong to so our whole group wasn’t all professional journalists but we were all interested in media and publishing in some way so it was a really great group of people to see the studio with. All of us were eager to see the future of news and media and how being centered around a university impacted the professionals’ work. Montclair State University recently combined their Film, Radio and Communications departments into the School of Communications and Media. This new School along with having NJTV, their campus radio station WMSC, and some of Newark Public Radio WBGO’s offices all on campus make Montclair State a really thriving media center and a great hands-on learning environment. We heard over and over how students want to learns with hand-on training and not just in the classroom anymore. They’re certainly getting that here.
Here are two (blurry, sorry) shots of the control rooms for NJ Today.
We loved that they have the New Jersey right in the audio room so they keep their focus in mind as they go about their day to day work.
NJTV is a great resource for all the residents of New Jersey so make sure you tune in just like we are!
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