NEWARK, NJ - Dozens of politicians, well-known entrepreneurs and media professionals converged on Gateway 2 in Newark Wednesday evening for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launching of New Jersey’s newest public television network, NJTV.
Among those in attendance was U.S. Senator Cory Booker, State Senator Steve Sweeney, Senate Republican leader Tom Kean Jr., Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Newark Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins.
Also participating in the festivities were media club students from Newark’s Phillips Academy Charter School. These young people had an opportunity to tour the studio, interview the guests and tape the entire program. According to the school official 75% of their student population come from Newark, Irvington, & East Orange.
NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its tristate 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 local news and cultural offerings on air and online including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts.
The network’s weeknight news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, 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 VITAL NJ.