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How Digital Trends & Technology Have Changed the Way We Get Our News

The way we watch TV and get our news has changed. Technology has dramatically disrupted the way people access information. One of the biggest changes to information consumption has come in the way that people get their news. As much as consumers have changed the tools they use to get information, newsrooms have changed the tools they use to present the news and gather it.

Ivy Charmatz, Executive Producer, News & Special Projects, News 12 New Jersey, and Robert Bonardi, ABC NEWS RF Engineer/ Video Editor, will have a candid discussion explaining how the news industry has adapted, and continues to evolve, in an age of live streaming, social media, personalized news, and mobile video.


5:30-6pm: Networking

6-7pm: Presentation

7-7:15pm: Q & A

7:15-7:30pm: Networking


Cash bar, light food provided by SEMGeeks.


Meet the Speakers: 


Ivy Charmatz is the Emmy® Award-winning Executive Producer for News and Special Projects at News 12 New Jersey. She first joined the station in 1996, and currently oversees the station’s production of specials, including the very popular On The Road series. She was the executive producer and co-writer of the ground-breaking special that took a powerful and emotionally-charged look at the state’s heroin epidemic.


A graduate of Rutgers, Ivy has also worked on nationally syndicated television programs and is an experienced Public Relations expert with an emphasis on message identification and development. Among all of her awards and accolades, she is also the proud recipient of a 2012 Gracie Award for her story on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love. Ivy was most recently honored as the 2018 Beacon of Hope Award winner for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. She proudly serves on the advisory board of Allaire Community Farm, which fosters healing and hope for special needs and at-risk children.

Robert Bonardi is from Freehold N.J. He is a two time Emmy Award Winning Editor. Along with several nominations, Rob has 20 years’ experience in broadcast television news. He holds an Associate’s degree in Broadcasting from Brookdale Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University. Rob started working in television in 1998 for the Brookdale Community College television station, from there, he interned and then worked full time as a Staff Video Editor for MSNBC. He has worked on several Primetime and Daytime shows for MNSBC, as well as doing work for PBS and Fox News Channel. For the past 16 years he has been with WABC-TV as a Freelance Video Editor/ RF Engineer for Eyewitness News. Rob is an active member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Most recently he was elected to its Board of Governors as Governor of creative crafts. He is also volunteers as a Communications Adviser for Brookdale Community College, Montclair State University and Rutgers University. 




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