The Merrill Brown Era of Digital Media

Inside MSU: School of Media and Communications

Inside MSU sits down with Merrill Brown, the director of the School of Communications and Media at Montclair State University. Montclair State University has appointed journalist and media expert Merrill Brown as the inaugural director of the School of Communication and Media. The School, which is new for academic year 2012-13, offers programs that equip students with the highly marketable skills demanded by the rapidly evolving media industry.

“We are delighted to announce Merrill Brown’s appointment,” said President Susan A. Cole. “He has the vision and experience to lead an exciting academic program, to leverage a broad range of media partnerships, and to expand the University’s relationships with state and regional media.”

Brown, who comes to Montclair State from MMB Media LLC, of which he was founder and principal, brings extensive experience in traditional and digital media as well as journalism education to his role as director of the new school. A former business reporter for The Washington Post, Brown was the founding editor-in-chief of He was also instrumental in the launch of Court TV, for which he managed programming, marketing and business development. As first national editorial director of news for the 21st Century, a Carnegie Corp-Knight Foundation initiative on the future of journalism, he helped expand a five-school pilot program into a twelve-school program based at Arizona State University.

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Steve McCarthy

Steve McCarthy is an Emmy Award winning network TV news producer. A former staff producer for "60 Minutes" and "Dateline," he formed McCarthy Productions, Inc in 2001 and produced, photographed and edited projects for "60 Minutes," "Dateline," "Charlie Rose," MSNBC, PBS, BBC America, Reuters and others. In 2006 he directed and wrote an independent film "Finding Paddy" and he is currently in production of a pilot for a series called "Who Says I Can't" which will feature extreme athletes with disabilities. Steve McCarthy is a member of the Director's Guild of America.