Friday, September 26, 2014

For the 100th time...

This weekend is the season premiere of Classroom Close-up, NJ.

You can catch the first episode of the 21st season on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on NJTV. While I haven't been a part of all those seasons, I recently realized that this week's show does include my own personal mini-milestone. "Exchange Student" happens to be the 100th story I've produced for the show.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A long time ago in a planetarium far, far away....

"Orion" at the Lenape Valley Planetarium
I just finished editing a Classroom Close-up story for next season about the planetarium at Lenape Valley Regional High School. It's one of six operating planetariums found in public schools around New Jersey. It's definitely a valuable asset for the students studying astronomy and for the wider community that uses the facility for elementary school field trips and other activities.

When I first got the assignment for this story, I realized I hadn't been in a planetarium in more than twenty years. In fact, the last time I was in a planetarium was 1990 and I was also working on a story. I was a college freshman on my first assignment for the Insider, a feature news magazine published at my alma mater, Bowling Green State University (For the record, I was a bit of a dabbler in college, so this was the only article I ever wrote for the Insider).

I mentioned my bit of personal history to the director of the Lenape Valley Planetarium, John Scala, and he asked me if I'd interviewed Dale Smith, director of the BGSU Planetarium,  for the article. I couldn't remember at the time, but lo and behold, it was Dr. Smith. Apparently, planetarium directors is a pretty tight community.

Here's the Insider article, complete with a vintage ad for Howard's Club H.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Hedgepeth-Williams Story [Video]

Here's the penultimate episode of Classroom Close-up's 20th season.

It includes a story about how NJ's public schools were desegregated in 1944 by the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision in the case of Hedgepeth-Williams v. Board of Education, Trenton, NJ. Ten years later, the Hedgepeth-Williams case would be cited as precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, KS which banned school segregation nationwide.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Carbon Footprints [Video]

Here's the latest episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ that aired on April 27 (not May 11 like I said it would in my earlier post). The second segment is the story on Carbon Footprints that we filmed at Samsel Upper Elementary School.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Conference Season Approaches [VIDEO]

It's getting close to that time of year when I start working on a lot of conference-related projects. Here's the promo BMG recently finished for this year's SPBT Annual Conference.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kids Can Change The World [VIDEO]

Here's a fun video that we spontaneously decided to make while filming a story called "Carbon Footprints" for an upcoming episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ. The students at Samsel Upper Elementary School had this skit all prepared to show us, but the format worked better for stage than TV. So to make it work for the show, we just filmed them all holding their signs and cut it together in post. Only a bit of this appears in the actual story, but here's the entire video for your enjoyment.

You can learn more about the student's efforts to lower their carbon footprint when the episode airs May 11 on NJTV.

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