December 19, 2011 – NJTV, New Jersey’s new public television network, announced that the first NJ Today news program to be produced from its new Garden State studio space debuts tonight at 6pm ET on NJTV (check local listings).
This evening’s NJ Today program, with Managing Editor Mike Schneider as host, marks the culmination of weeks of technical preparation at the DuMont Television Center, located on the Montclair State University campus. Coordination and installation of new equipment, staff office space and the studio began immediately in the wake of last month’s announcement naming the Essex County-based university as the broadcast home of NJ Today.
“This broadcast from Montclair State University is a major milestone for NJ Today,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio. “Reporting New Jersey news from New Jersey has been our goal since we launched NJTV in July. It’s exciting that the day has arrived.”
Montclair State Vice President for University Advancement Jack Shannon added, “Bringing NJ Today to New Jersey has been a high priority to many of us at the University and across the state. We are proud that the campus and our students could play a crucial role in making this happen. Having NJ Today and the NJTV news bureau on our campus will provide students with incredible on-the-job learning opportunities. We deeply value the commitment that NJTV has made to our educational environment, and look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship in the years to come.”
Now settled into its new facility, NJ Today will soon be extending its staff to include university interns. While earning degree credits, these students will play critical roles in the show’s production, from working studio lighting and cameras to stage management and make-up application. Engaging with the educational community is a key component of NJTV’s mission, and that of public broadcasting in general.
Montclair State University will also serve as an NJTV content bureau, a broadcast hub for interviewing local faculty and experts for the news show and other programming.
NJ Today broadcasts weeknights at 6pm ET, with encores at 7:30pm and 11pm, on NJTV (check local listings). Full episodes are also available online at http://www.njtvonline.org/njtoday.
Now in its 25th week on the air, NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its Tri-state neighbors. NJTV’s broadcast schedule combines acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America with an array of state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Perspectives, Caucus New Jersey, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJ Today, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network actively solicits viewer news tips, story ideas and feedback, along with locally-produced film shorts and long-form documentaries, making New Jerseyans part of the network’s editorial team. The network’s website, 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.
NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. NJTV sponsorships and partnerships are available.
ABOUT THE DUMONT TELEVISION CENTER
The DuMont Television Center at Montclair State University is a fully equipped, highly sophisticated state-of-the-art facility providing the latest in high definition broadcast and production equipment and capability. The Center continues a tradition of excellence in television started at Montclair State University in 1952.