In the latest live broadcast of an NJ Spotlight News roundtable by SBN, panelists discussed the challenges facing their profession at this unprecedented time, and what can be done about them. The state’s education commissioner, two classroom teachers, a college dean and the school superintendent of New Jersey’s capital city all joined the conversation, which lasted more than an hour.
SBN provided live broadcast production services for the program, which included opening remarks by Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education, recorded in advance by SBN using its remote video recording capabilities.
SBN creates broadcast graphics including “lower thirds,” on-screen hashtags and titles, and conducts technical rehearsals with participants, including coaching on lighting, video, and audio settings to optimize the experience. Unlike typical Zoom or Microsoft Teams meetings, SBN uses a professional livestreaming platform with high quality audio and video, and switching between views of multiple speakers and individual participants. The service also includes a robust video webinar portal for the audience that offers a curated chat and Q&A for the audience.
The panelists were: James Earle, Superintendent, Trenton Public School District; Olivia Haas, Mathematics Teacher, East Brunswick High School; Suzanne McCotter, Dean, School of Education, The College of New Jersey; and Jennifer Skomial, Teacher of Future Educators, Academy for Education and Learning, Morris County Vocational School District, 2019 NJ State Teacher of the Year.
Moderators were Joanna Gagis, Senior Correspondent, NJ Spotlight News; and John Mooney, Founding Editor & Education Writer, NJ Spotlight News.
Visit NJ Spotlight News’s landing page for the complete reporting package on the roundtable.
You can watch the complete discussion in the player below.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.