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#HipNJ at State Theatre NJ’s Debut of “Jersey Boys!”

The gliteratti was out in full-force on Friday night for State Theatre New Jersey‘s Garden State debut of Jersey Boys! The New Brunswick house was packed with excited theatre-goers craving to hear the sweet sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and they did not leave disappointed!

Here are some fan reaction clips:

Afterwards, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino hosted our Facebook Live after-show party from The Heldrich, and spoke with members of the State Theatre NJ community as well as some of the cast members of the show! Watch here:

Jersey Boys kicks off a season of Broadway shows at State Theatre NJ. For a full list and to purchase tickets, visit STNJ.org.

“Hollywood East” Opens at Montclair State

Montclair University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 26th in celebration of their brand new, state of the art multimedia School of Communications and Media building. MSU alumni, University board members, state legislators, staff, and students alike all got to tour the impressive new building post-ceremony.

According to Montclair State University’s President, Susan A. Cole, ‘impressive’ could possibly be an understatement as it may be “the most technologically advanced media and production facility of any university in North America and…is, in fact, more advanced than many professional facilities.”

The facility will provide students a wealth of opportunity for education and growth within the industry they’ve chosen to study, and as special guest New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg expressed, there is hope for students to utilize the new facility as they “go out and change the world.”

The building was made possible through a strategic partnership between MSU and Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas. Some of the tools and resources include 4K and HD studios and control rooms, multimedia labs, and an advanced studio production center.

The building has been dubbed “Hollywood East” and it’s sure to make a great difference in the education of students at MSU!

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NBC’s Lester Holt Attends Montclair State University

By: Andrea Fasciano

American journalist and TV anchor Lester Holt recently visited Montclair State University. He received the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year award for the college’s School of Communication and Media. This is an award that recognizes outstanding television professionals.

Holt briefly touched upon how his admiration for broadcasting extends back to his teenaged years. To gain experience, he spent time recording himself with a tape recorder so he could practice his diction. He explained, “I fell in love with journalism and it’s potential for power”. The most difficult part of his career was when he got demoted. However, while this was a minor drawback, it invigorated him to strive and work harder. “I feel so lucky to have this job. You have to want this and you have to have the passion”, he stated to the crowd gathered in the 7th floor conference room of University Hall.

Many students were highly interested in hearing Lester’s outlook on moderating the first presidential debate. Several individuals approached him at the conclusion of the debate praising his performance as a moderator. They also expressed their hopes for him moderating again in the future. He humorously responded, “lose my number”, which sent the audience of staff and students into loud laughter. He mentioned how the debate was so intense that at one point he questioned whether he should leave the two candidates to talk amongst themselves. All in all, being the moderator of the debate seemed completely surreal to him.

He also highlighted some crucial components when it comes to journalism and gave enlightening professional advice to students entering the media industry. Going to smaller markets builds great experience and having mentors will allow you to flourish in the industry. He also urged students, “Be a critical thinker and do a little research”. Being informed leads to having a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world since “education has the power to open our eyes. So it is important to broaden our horizons”.

For more on Montclair State University, visit Montclair.edu.