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School of Communication and Media
October 25, 2013
This is the debut edition of a newsletter from the School of Communication and Media (SCM) at Montclair State University with news from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
Time Magazine honoring David Sanders as a teaching star


TIME magazine included the SCM's Professor David Sanders on a list of "teaching stars" in the article, "The Hottest Seats in Class." TIME compiled the list by surveying students to find the most popular professors on campuses throughout the country. 

Sanders made the list for his work with students and with the Audio/Sound Design program at Montclair State, a program he designed and coordinates.  


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Graduate Program Community Event


The Public and Organizational Relations Program held its annual Community Meeting at the Yogi Berra Museum on September 18.  


It was a great opportunity for SCM graduate students to familiarize themselves with the graduate program and to network with successful alumni. This year's alumni panel discussants included Lauren Biondi, MSU 2012; Eileen Cruz, MSU 2010; Michael R. DiBartolomeo, MSU 2009; Chelsea Perino, MSU 2012; and Kristopher Weeks, MSU 2007.    


Student Media Projects


Students from the SCM produced some exciting projects!


WMSC 90.3 FM (campus radio station) did a live broadcast on October 12 of MSU's Homecoming Football game, the first in 10 years.

PRSSA students, led by Professor Larry Weiner, created transmedia projects for several prominent shows of the Metropolitan Opera, including Die Fledermaus, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Magic Flute, and Elixir of Love.


Jianna Hall produced a news story for on the Muslim Student Association's ice cream social event that brought the community together.


Kenny Spooner (recent graduate) and Mike Mee produced the heartbreaking story of how a year of rebuilding was wiped out in one day by a sudden fire at Seaside Park on September 12, 2013 for   


Ryan Miller produced a news story for about 40 immigrants from 23 different countries who gathered at Montclair State and were sworn in as new United States citizens.  


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Roberta Friedman and Daniel Loewenthal presented their film, "Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzes for the World (2013)," at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan. Learn More...   


Karl Nussbaum presented his video "Hilbert Space" at the 2013 Hamburg International Kurz Film Festival. His film "Night Blooming Flower" premiered at the Witteveen Visual Art Center in Amsterdam.  


Debbie Galant participated on a panel on "Collaboration ROI: Who Do You Trust?" at the Online News Association annual meeting in Atlanta. 


Merrill Brown, Director of the SCM, and Jeff Jarvis, Professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, were interviewed about their participation in "Riptide," an oral history project that explores the intersection of technology and journalism. Listen to the podcast


Dr. Philip Bakelaar collaborated with graduate student Julie Lim to offer a GoToWebinar on "Communication During Downsizing." 


Dr. Joel Penney wrote a blog for "Media Res" on how social media campaigns are not just about the graphics but about the ways they help supporters express themselves. Learn More...  

Dr. Harry Haines is judging the prestigious Front Page Awards given by the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Past SCM Events
SCM Colloquium

Tim Karr, Free Press                                              Debbie Galant, NJ News Commons

Tim Karr
 of FreePress and Chuck Lovey of Voice for New Jersey participated in a panel discussion on "The Fight for Democracy: Improving Media at the Local and National Levels." This panel discussion, held on September 25, 2013, was
moderated by Debbie Galant, Director of the NJ News Commons.

Special Panel on LGBT Issues in Sports

From Left: Marc Rosenweig, Jane McManus, Jared Max, Hudson Taylor

Marc Rosenweig
, Associate Professor of the SCM, moderated a special panel on October 2, 2013 examining LGBT issues in sports with panelists Jane McManus, Jared Max, and  Hudson Taylor at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.
SCM Colloquium

Brooke Hammerling, Brew Media Relations                                        Merrill Brown, SCM

Brooke Hammerling
, founder of Brew Media Relations, discussed with Merrill Brown, Director of SCM on October 9, 2013 how to manage media relations programs for start-up technology firms.

SCM Salon Series

David Fathi, ACLU                                                         Dawn Porter, Producer/Director

The SCM proudly hosted the 2nd Salon Series on "Crisis in American Criminal Justice System: The Cycle of Injustice: From Arrest and Incarceration to Re-entry" on October 9, 2013.

Featured panelists included: 
Dawn PorterDavid Fathi, and MSU's Jessica S. Henry. The event featured clips from the award-winning documentary "Gideon's Army" and was moderated by Merrill Brown.
SCM Colloquium 

Merrill Brown and Kahane Cooperman

"The Inside Story Behind the Daily Show," a lively conversation on October 22, 2013 between Kahane Cooperman, the co-executive producer of The Daily Show and Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media. 

Future SCM Events
Seating at these events is limited. Please call 973-655-3601 to reserve a seat.
Smarter than the Storm                                     Oct. 30, 2013, 2:30pm; Richardson Hall 120
Documentary filmmaker Ben Kalina will screen excerpts on October 24, 2013 from his film 'Shored Up' that examines coastal development and rising sea levels in the U.S. Kalina will discuss the process of making the documentary and the issues it raises. 

For more information, follow this link:

Covering Misdeeds
Nov. 6, 2013, 2:30pm; Richardson Hall 120
On November 6, 2013, the SCM will host a conversation with New York Times Columnist Joe Nocera who will discuss the experience of covering financial scandals involving major financial and university institutions. 

For more information, follow this link:

Alumni & Friends Supporting the SCM
School of Communication and Media graduates share a lifelong connection with each other, the School and Montclair State University.  
We therefore work closely with alumni and friends, faculty and staff, corporations and foundations, and campus development professionals to create fundraising programs and opportunities that help the School continue strengthening its role as a regional leader in developing critical leaders in the evolving fields of communication and media. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Christine A. Lemesianou
Associate Director



Faculty Award
TIME magazine included  Professor David Sanders of the SCM on a list of "teaching stars."

WiredJersey is a news Website project by the students of the School of Communication and Media. 
To learn more visit 

NJ News Commons is a School of Communication and Media initiative to strengthen the voice of New Jersey by helping news organizations work cooperatively. 

Featured Event

Graduate Program Community Event

New M.A. students of the Public and Organizational Relations Program networked with current students and alumni.

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Shawn Lockwood
School of Communication and Media