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The 2013 EDGE Awards

The APTS EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.


NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, received a 2013 EDGE Award for NJ Today with Mike Schneider, NJTV’s weeknight news program, which employs unique technology and partnerships to produce a half-hour, high definition broadcast on-air and online. The EDGE Awards, presented annually to public television stations, highlight excellence in the use of technology, groundbreaking partnerships and other pioneering work in public television.

NJ Today is the only news program that reaches all 21 New Jersey counties on-air, and extends its reach on THIRTEEN, the flagship public television station of the New York City tri-state area. Online, NJ Today serves as an ever-updating source for Garden State news to everyone via its companion website and social media outposts. Hosted by managing editor veteran journalist Mike Schneider, NJ Today not only reports on the breaking news in New Jersey, but provides viewers with in-depth interviews and analysis on important issues and what is happening in local business, arts and culture.

NJ Today marshals the state’s intellectual firepower through a growing number of state colleges and universities that act as content bureaus where students and faculty contribute to the news cycle. These partnerships with educational institutions allow NJ Today to expand its coverage in a cost-effective and socially-beneficial manner. NJ Today guest interviews are coordinated and transmitted via the internet through robotic cameras stationed at the schools to the NJ Today studio in Montclair. There, students working in tandem with our professional staff, are able to learn news production in real time with on-set internship opportunities. NJ Today also collaborates with New Jersey’s major newspapers and other print and online media, public radio and independent producers to extend the reach and coverage of state news, public affairs, arts and culture.

When Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter Athena set a course for the area, NJTV and NJ Today acted as beacons of information for their local communities throughout the storms. A combination of dedicated human resources and new technology made it possible. The news and technical teams worked up to 18 hours a day from the onset of Sandy, often away from their own homes and families, to keep New Jersey informed on-air and online. NJTV provided Governor Christie’s press conferences live on-air and online, and NJ Today changed its format to air live and bring storm news across New Jersey in real-time. Correspondents traveled up and down the Garden State to spotlight fellow New Jerseyans’ brave efforts facing and fighting the weather, and coping with its aftermath. Even amid mass power-outages, NJ Today’s correspondents were able to transmit reports throughout the storm through remote backpack units.

For more information, please read the press release.

Twin Cities Public Television

Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) received a 2013 EDGE Award for the Minnesota Channel (MN Channel), which features a variety of local programming, with groundbreaking local partners, that are from or about Minnesota and its close neighbors. The EDGE Awards, presented annually to public television stations, highlight excellence in the use of technology, groundbreaking partnerships and other pioneering work in public television.

In 2003, tpt envisioned dedicating a full-time DTV channel to sharing the power of public television with exceptional nonprofit, public service partners all across Minnesota. Since then, the MN Channel has proven to be an unparalleled success, creating nearly 700 mission-centered programs in partnership with over 235 nonprofit and public service partners.

The MN Channel delivers the best in local and regional public television, every day, all day long. Programs can take many forms, including: speeches and lectures, town hall meetings, debates, concerts and performances, interviews and documentaries. Programs are available statewide through the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA). This year, tpt will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the MN Channel.

This past year the MN Channel produced over 130 hours of new local programming - including 74 programs co-produced with organizations large and small, all devoted to improving the quality of life in the local communities throughout Minnesota.

For more information, please read the press release.

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