Montclair State University has opened a new School of Communication and Media for the 2012-2013 academic year. The university named Merrill Brown the inaugural director for the school, which will offer programs that equip students with marketable skills that are required by the evolving media industry. Brown is joining Montclair State from MMB Media LLC, where he was a founder and principal. He is a former business reporter for The Washington Post, and the founding editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com.
The new school will have an emphasis on focused coursework, hands-on internships, and mentoring by a top-tier faculty. It will cover programs in communication, television and digital media, sound, filmmaking, journalism, public and organizational relations, and health advocacy.