Montclair State University Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 3/February 2014
Student Media Projects
PRSSA Students  Prepare Curtain Call Finals
On Sunday, February 23, students from PRSSA will present the fifth annual Curtain Call Awards.  The contest highlights outstanding high school classical singing talent throughout New Jersey. Read the full story here.
WMSC Radio Holds Second "Welcome Week"

WMSC Radio presented its annual "Welcome Week," which ran from February 3-7.  The weeklong celebration provided the campus community with information on all areas of campus life through WMSC, "the Voice of Montclair State."    

Upcoming Events
February 18 Film Forum to Feature Bill Odenkirk
Bill Odenkirk has been a writer and co-executive producer for "The Simpsons" for eleven years, and he will be our guest for the February 18 Colloquium.  More of his biography can be found here.
Museum Sponsors Trip to See "Bronx Bombers"
On February 16, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will sponsor a bus tour to see "Bronx Bombers," the new Broadway play about the New York Yankees, at Circle in the Square Theater. Package includes two-way bus transportation, snack and theater ticket. Tickets: $85 ($75 for museum members). 1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. To RSVP call (973) 655-2378. 
Colloquium Series: Scott Webb Discusses the Changing TV Business 
Scott Webb, former Creative Director at Nickelodeon, will discuss the changing television business and media design during the February 26 Colloquium event. For more information, and to register, go here
Terhune Journalism Lecture: Ken Auletta
On March 27, Ken Auletta, media writer for The New Yorker magazine and the author of several books (e.g., Warriors of the Information Superhighway) will discuss journalism and media in Leshowitz Recital Hall at 8:00pm. This year's Terhune Journalism Lecture is being cosponsored by the English Department and the School of Communication and Media.
Center for Cooperative Media Hosts Conference
The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University will host its first-ever annual conference, "Innovating the Local News Ecosystem." on April 24-25. The conference is free, but registration is required for both the opening night and full-day sessions. Information and registration information are here.

Merrill Brown, director of SCM, published on a post titled "Patch's Biggest Blunder: Ignoring Cities." In the piece, Brown analyzed the challenges that have faced the news website He also reflected on the future of local media. View full article here. 

Brown was also featured on a FIOS1 TV news segment on Facebook's 10th anniversary.  In the interview, he provided insight on the features of Facebook that led it to become very popular and the communication challenges the website addresses. View the interview here.

Karl Nussbaum (along with his artist wife, Jenny Lynn McNutt) has been awarded another summer artist residency in Amsterdam at the M4Gastatelier, Tetterode Art Center. He plans to start work on a new 3D video performance piece entitled "Topology."


Michelle Miller and CBS News filmed a segment on a famous Babe Ruth baseball, which he gave to a hospitalized 11-year-old boy named Johnny Sylvester after promising to hit a home run for him in the 1926 World Series. Segment aired on CBS on February 6.

Karl Nussbaum's new short film, "Night Blooming Flower," won the 2nd Prize Jury Citation Award at the 33rd Black Maria Film Festival and premieres at a gala event in honor of Thomas Edison's birthday on Sunday February 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Essex Green AMC Theater in West Orange, NJ. The film will be included in the festival's annual tour that visits more than 60 host sites in over 20 states across the country, as well as abroad.


Michael J. Meindl has been selected as both a screener and juror for the 2nd Annual Red Dirt International Film Festival held in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Submissions will soon be accepted and the festival will be held in late September. For more information, check out the website.


SCM film adjunct Joe Gilford's new play "Finks" is now available in paperback online at Dramatists Play Service or through The Drama Bookshop , NYC. "Finks" played last spring at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC and was nominated for two Drama Desk awards and an Off-Broadway Alliance award. 


Debbie Galant wrote about the open records implications of the Christie bridge-delay scandal in a post for the Dodge Foundation Blog, "Journalism by Subpoena," published on January 21. 


Marc Rosenweig was a guest on the NJ News Commons podcast to discuss how NJ press have covered preparations for the Super Bowl. 

Dr. Hugh Curnutt's
recent op-ed for The Record is a reaction to Oxford Dictionary naming "selfie" its word of the year. In it he discusses the selfie phenomenon in terms of the cultural logic governing contemporary celebrity and the evolving relationship between producers and consumers brought about by mobile technologies and self-authored media content. View full article here. 

Dr. Yi Luo's lead-authored article "Effective Public Relations Leadership in Organizational Transformation" is in press from the Journal of Public Relations Research. Another lead-authored article "Empowerment and Internal Activism during Organizational Change" was also in press from the International Journal of Strategic Communication. 



Past SCM Events
"Lenny Cooke: The Documentary" Shown
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center screened "Lenny Cooke: The Documentary," on Wednesday, February 12.  The acclaimed documentary focuses on Cooke, who was rated ahead of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in high school, but never made it to the NBA.  The film was followed by a discussion with Harvey Araton of the New York Times and the film's producer Adam Shopkorn For more information, click here.
Actress, Writer, Producer and Director Lexi Alexander Guest at February 11 Film Forum
Lexi Alexander is a German-born film director. She is a former World Point Fighting and Karate Champion who, after retiring from professional fighting the age 19, found her way into film through a role in "Mortal Kombat: Live Tour."  While working as a stunt woman she began directing award-winning films including "Johnny Flynton"  and "Green Street Hooligans." Other films include the cult classic Punisher: War Zone and the spiritual movie "Lifted."  
Center for Cooperative Media and NJ News Commons Hold Event for Former Patch Employees
On February 6, the Center for Cooperative Media and NJ News Commons held an event for former Patch employees in the wake of mass layoffs.   NJ News Commons also produced a podcast on the layoffs and future plans for Patch, featuring Associate Professor for Digital Media Steve Johnson and Patch's Senior Regional Editor for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Tom Davis. Listen here 
Film Forum and Peak Performances Showcase Cari Ann Shim Sham
On February 4, award winning, Los Angeles based filmmaker, choreographer and video artist, Cari Ann Shim Sham was the featured guest.   Read more here.
Screening of "Glenn Burke: Out at Home"
On February 4, "Glenn Burke: Out at Home," a documentary of the first openly gay major-league baseball player, was screened at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, with author Erik Sherman on hand to discuss his film.
Yogi Berra Museum Features Special Exhibit
A special exhibit - "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," opened on January 29 at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. The exhibit is courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution and New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The story is here.
Writer/Producer Seth Kramer Headlines January 28 Film Forum

Writer, producer, director, Seth Kramer, the cofounder of Ironbound Films, a company noted for such documentaries as "The Morton Downey Jr. Movie," "The New Recruits," and "The Linguists" was the featured guest.   Read more.


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


A look at NJ News Commons and its work to increase coverage of immigration in NJ took place during the week of January 27-31.  To view the segment, visit here.

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

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