New Jersey’s arts scene covered regularly by correspondent Madeline Orton on NJ Today with Mike Schneider;

Coverage dovetails with New Jersey public television’s ongoing mission to broadcast local programming

July 15, 2013 – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, which celebrates its second anniversary broadcasting in the state this month, continues to provide unique, Jersey-centric programming and news as it  targets the Garden State’s art scene with ongoing reports on its weeknight newscast, NJ Today with Mike Schneider.

Madeline Orton, who joined NJ Today with Mike Schneider earlier this year, serves as the program’s Arts Correspondent, filing three to four stories a month about New Jersey.  The Arts Correspondent position has been made possible by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the F.M. Kirby Foundation and is critical to New Jersey public television’s mission to cover the arts in the Garden State.

“NJTV is dedicated to covering all aspects of New Jersey,” said NJTV’s General Manager, John Servidio.  “The arts scene is rich in our state, but few local media are showcasing it.  Madeline’s addition to our news team helps us shine a light on New Jersey arts and culture more than ever.”

Passionate about the arts and a Jersey native, Orton has worked in many facets of the field, from advocacy to performance and has worked with artists, arts organizations and supporters from across the state and throughout the country.  In her time with NJ Today with Mike Schneider, she has covered music, theater, film, dance, visual art, and arts education, interviewing such luminaries as Steven Colbert, Steven Van Zandt, Alan Menken, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.  From Trenton All Night and the Red Bank Art Walk to Arts Day, GlassWeekend at Wheaton Arts and the Poetry Out Loud competition, Orton is dedicated to finding – and highlighting – the big and small art events and accomplishments in New Jersey.

“The arts play a tremendous role in New Jersey’s history and identity, not to mention our schools and our communities,” said Orton.  “It’s exciting to shine a spotlight on the incredible work being done right here in our own backyards from original theatrical productions, concerts, and film festivals, to glassblowing, painting, and printmaking.  There are always more stories to cover!”

Madeline Orton’s stories are archived on the NJ Today with Mike Schneider microsite njtvonline.org/njtoday and she can be followed on Twitter @maddieortonNJTV.

NJ Today with Mike Schneider, which airs weeknights at 6pm, 7:30pm and 11pm, also features cultural stories filed from the producers of its weekly series, State of the Arts.

NJTV also recently announced a new cabaret series produced in partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark called American Songbook at NJPAC, slated to air this September.

“We want to do more to spotlight arts across New Jersey,” said Servidio.  “With funding from individuals, foundations and corporations, we’ll be able to bring more arts and cultural programs to the state in the future.”

Learn more about NJTV and its programming at njtvonline.org, on Facebook and Twitter @njtvonline.



Madeline Orton, Arts Correspondent for NJTV's NJ Today with Mike Schneider news program