An Insider's View On Today's Media

Event Details
  An Insiderís View on Todayís Media
  March 19, 2013 7:30 PM
  March 19, 2013
  Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin Hall
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, will visit the University and participate in a frank discussion on the http://alumniconnections.com/olc/filelib/MNT/email/Library/CART/PastedGraphic-1.gifcurrent state of media. The event – scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30pm in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall housed in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University – is free and open to the public.

Paula Kerger is President and CEO of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations throughout the country. She joined PBS as its sixth CEO in March 2006, and has since made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality content for education, diversity and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.

Joining Kerger for this frank look at today’s media will be Merrill Brown, Director of the University’s School of Communication and Media.

“We are extremely honored to welcome Paula to Montclair State University, as she has been a champion to the promotion of media and the arts for many years now,” said Brown. “Her work and those of public television producers throughout the country continues to inspire the community and I am excited to have the opportunity to sit down with her and talk about the state of the media and the arts.”

“Paula is at the forefront of the media industry, not just public media,” said John Servidio, General Manager of NJTV, which operates its news program, NJ Today with Mike Schneider, from the Montclair State University campus. “She has innovated public television to assure it remains competitive in today's marketplace while protecting its inherent mission to engage and educate. She has much to share with the students and public when she visits.”

The discussion is just one of the many activities planned for Kerger during a day-long visit to Montclair State University. Earlier in the day, she will be touring the University campus and engaging University students as a Colloquium Series guest speaker. Prior to the discussion event, she will be welcomed by officials from the University, NJTV and its operator WNET during a VIP cocktail reception.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown among genres and platforms, including airing the pop-culture phenomenon “Downtown Abbey,” Ken Burn’s 2012 documentary, “The Dust Bowl” and acclaimed children’s programs “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That” and “Curious George.” She has helped PBS develop critically-praised online video portals for general audiences and children. Her development of innovative digital partnerships with companies such as iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft’s Xbox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Comcast’s On Demand ensure that PBS programming is accessible across multiple platforms and, increasingly, to a global audience.

Kerger is the recipient of numerous acclaim and awards, regularly mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” joining the Women’s Forum in 2005, an organization of 300 leading women in New York’s arts and business community, receiving the Woman of Achievement Award in 2008 from Women in Development, and honored with the 2012 Brand Builder Award from Promax/BDA, B&C and Multichannel News.

The evening event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP by March 12 to: Shawn Lockwood, (973) 655-3601 or lockwoods@mail.montclair.edu.

About Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media

The School of Communication and Media (SCM) at Montclair State University launched in 2012 with a primary goal of enabling faculty and students to challenge traditional foundations of communication and media with a curriculum reflecting the emergence of interdisciplinary study as the basis for teaching and learning. The School is dedicated to providing high quality education with dynamic programs in communication, television and digital media, audio and sound design, filmmaking, sports media and e- journalism, public relations, organizational and health communication. A rapidly growing graduate program focuses on public and organizational relations. Through its Center for Cooperative Media, SCM also houses bureaus of some of the top media organizations in the region, providing students with internship opportunities and mentoring programs.

The School’s mission is to develop industry and community leaders who possess the skills, the creativity, and the vision to shape and re-shape the fields that help build connections between societies, cultures, and marketplaces.
For more information about the SCM, visit http://www.montclair.edu/arts/school-of-communication-and-media.

About NJTV

NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its Tri-state neighbors, including acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including Reporters Roundtable with Michael Aron, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Tales of the Jersey Shore, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJ Today with Mike Schneider, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions, including Montclair State University. The network’s website, http://www.njtvonline.org/ posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its Education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITALNJ.