CPBN's Director of Education
Paul Pfeffer is the Director of Education at CPBN, JMA's primary media
partner. JMA students spend their senior year onsite at CPBN's Learning
Lab, working intensively with industry professionals like Mr. Pfeffer to
develop real world skills which are necessary regardless of career and
college path chosen.
Mr. Pfeffer has worked in journalism and television production for over 30
years, and has received numerous awards for writing, producing, and
directing, including an Emmy nomination for a documentary on foster care and adoption
in Connecticut. He was responsible for the national promotion of "Barney
and Friends," the most popular PBS children's program in history, and also
created Connecticut's Millennial Video. Mr. Pfeffer launched CPTV's first
blogs, podcasts, online chats, and streaming media, and its YouTube,
Facebook, and Flickr channels.
Mr. Pfeffer graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.A.
in English, and a minor in Communications. He also participated in the
screenwriting program at Fairfield University and studied video/music
production and editing at Snow Sound and DCTV in New York City.
Mr. Pfeffer works at CPBN primarily with JMA students, using his wealth of
knowledge to help them grow and develop their own interests and skills in
journalism and video production. "It is extremely rewarding to use all my
journalism and technical experience to provide insight and direction to
help students learn and fulfill their dreams," he says.
After only one year, CPBN's partnership with JMA and Hartford Public
Schools has proven a success. In May 2014, students took home two Awards
of Excellence from the High School Division of the National Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/ New England Chapter, for their
public service announcement "Attendance Matters." According to Mr. Pfeffer,
this accomplishment reflects the high standards of JMA faculty and
students. "Being honored in the inaugural year of our partnership with
Hartford Public Schools is both amazing and expected. Amazing because
gaining technical proficiency and learning how to tell an engaging story
are difficult skills to learn, expected because that is the bar we have set
for ourselves and our students."