Monday, February 13, 2017

Ned Eckhardt Television Production Scholarship

Rowan Professor Ned Eckhardt with Joyce Kavitsky'98 at the Ned Eckhardt Retirement & Scholarship Event on April 17, 2015

Join alumni, faculty and staff from the College of Communication & Creative Arts and the Radio/TV/Film department as longtime professor and mentor, Ned Eckhardt, is honored. Alumni and friends from the past three decades will be on hand to celebrate Ned and his impact on students and the industry.

Joyce Kavitsky'98 with Gena Lawless Krug'99, Pauline McAuley'99 and Heather Patterson'99 at the Ned Eckhardt Retirement & Scholarship Event on April 17, 2015



This scholarship, in honor of Professor Ned Eckhardt, recognizes the academic achievements of a student who exhibits exceptional skills in video production, including documentaries, episodic television, music based work, journalistic works, narrative stories, and new media video.

One scholarship will be given per academic year.

Requirements for Application

  • Students must be RTF majors with a production specialization
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Full-time matriculated status in the academic year for which application is being submitted
  • Junior or senior status in the academic year for which application is being submitted

Process of Application

Applications should be submitted via email to Diana Nicolae ( Please use the subject line “Ned Eckhardt Scholarship Application.” The annual application period is December 1st through February 1st. Please submit the following materials.

  • Current resume, highlighting academic and creative accomplishments
  • A short portfolio of applicants video/film work. Work may have been produced in a class, for a club, or independently. Links to projects are preferred
  • A 1-2 page statement of why video production and storytelling are important to the candidate
  • Interviews with finalists will also be scheduled

Ned Eckhardt has been teaching in the Rowan Communications Department since 1979. He holds degrees from Colgate University and Case-Western Reserve University. His specialties are television production and writing for television.

The television production courses are a dynamic mixture of technical and creative learning. Students have an opportunity to experience all of the jobs involved in quality productions. Rowan students have won many local and national television production awards, including student Emmys.

Eckhardt has been a producer for WCAU-TV, Channel 10 (NBC) Philadelphia, where his productions have won an AP Broadcaster's Award and have been Emmy and Iris award nominees. He has produced 14 documentaries since 1986. They have won over 20 local, regional, and national awards. Ned is currently writing a text on documentary production titled Life in the Lens.



On a family farm in a southern corner of rural New Jersey, one of the most fascinating stories in American history played itself out during two decades in the middle of the twentieth century. After World War II, thirty different ethnic groups from all over the world and the United States came to Seabrook Farms to live, work and rebuild their lives. In 1950 LIFE magazine called Seabrook Farms “the biggest vegetable factory on earth.” As these diverse groups created their new lives they became the first and only rural global village in the history of America. “I Remember Seabrook” is their story.

Timeline: a Documentary Odyssey

May 2001
I first heard about this extraordinary experiment in multiculturalism from friend and colleague, Charles “Chick” Harrison. He had just finished writing a book on Seabrook Farms for the prestigious New York publisher, Holmes and Meier. The book was called “Growing a Global Village.” One day, Chick walked into my office and said, “Ned, I have an idea for a great documentary!” When he told me the Seabrook story I thought it was compelling, and I’ve always been fascinated in the ethnic mix of America and the inspiring stories of so many immigrants who came to America with nothing. I told Chick, let’s do it!

June – October, 2001
With a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Chick and I researched the people who would tell the story, searched for archival footage, worked closely with the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Museum and its Director (John Fuyuume), and created a detailed outline for a 30 minute documentary. The outline was approved by the Historical Commission.

November – May, 2002
I wrote a detailed Treatment, Segment Rundown, and Narrative Line for the documentary. I secured permission for archival stills and moving footage from the Seabrook Cultural Center, the Luthern Church Immigration Services video archives, the Estonian Film and Video Archives, the Japanese American National Museum Video Archives, the War Relocation Authority Archives, and home movie footage from families that lived the Seabrook Farms story.

I received commitments from 17 Seabrook to be in the documentary, arranged for original music, contracted with a production company (Tommy Productions) for equipment and production crew, and secured a narrator (Larry Litwin) to narrate the documentary. The New Jersey Historical Society and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities approved the script and project, and funded the shooting and editing of the documentary for $20,000.

May – July, 2002
The interviews, B-roll and archival still photos were shot with a Sony PD150. The videographer was Tom Rosa, the president of Tommy Productions. The narration was finalized. The music was written and recorded by Bo Raines, a local19 year-old recording artist. Her grandfather had lived and worked at Seabrook Farms. Her music and lyrics greatly enhanced the documentary. I directed the interviews, B-roll shooting and caturing of the archival footage. Chick was the interviewer the Seabrook subjects spoke to.

July – September, 2002
“I Remember Seabrook” was edited by Tom Rosa and myself on a non-linear edit system using the edit program Final Cut Pro. The narrator was Larry Litwin, a reporter and anchor for KYW News Radio in Philadelphia, PA. The final length was 35 minutes.
Monday, October 21, 2002. 8:00 PM

“I Remember Seabrook” premiered in Bozorth Auditorium at Rowan University. A “standing room only” crowd of 140 people attended. Among the attendees were the 17 Seabrook people who appeared in the documentary, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission (Marc Mappen), the Social Studies Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education (John Dougherty), and John Fuyuume, Director of the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Museum.

December, 2002
“I Remember Seabrook” won a Crystal Award of Excellence from the Communicator Awards. This is an international awards competition that drew over 3,500 entries.

March, 2003
“I Remember Seabrook” is being distributed by Holmes and Meier Publishing as a media companion to the book “Growing a Global Village’ by Charles Harrison.


“I Remember Seabrook” was created for two reasons. The first was to document this small but extraordinary story of the American Dream and Democracy in action. The second reason is to place this story in museums and schools so young people can experience and react to this study in multiculturalism.

Seabrook Farms was a success story that was based on hard work, sacrifice and tolerance. These qualities are essential for people to live together in harmony and mutual respect. Hopefully, the story of Seabrook will inspire others, and give them an appreciation of their ancestors and forbearers, who often sacrificed everything for their children.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is a non-profit organization that sponsors creative problem-solving activities and competitions for young people between the ages of 8 and 22. Currently there are 14,000 schools in the United States that participate in the Odyssey of the Mind experience.

Worldwide, over 30 countries have schools participating in the OM program. Approximately 500,000 kids, from kindergarten through college, participate in the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem-solving program every year.

As their video consultant and producer, Ned Eckhardt has created many videos to promote Odyssey of the Mind and train OM teams, coaches and teachers in how to help kids tap into their creative potential. His video productions have won over 25 national and International awards, including a Silver Award from the Chicago International Film and Video festival, 3 Tellys, 2 Cindys, and Awards of Distinction from The American Communicator Association, the International Television Association, The Educational Press Association, and the American Corporate Video Awards.


For a 7 day period in late May, 1998, Ned Eckhardt got a chance to get up close and personal with the imagineers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He was there to shoot a video documentary of a unique, 4-day event: The Odyssey of the Mind 1998 World Finals competition.

The Event involved over 750 teams from 25 countries. The 16,000 people who attended the OM World Finals represented the largest single Event in the history of Walt Disney World. The competition sites were located at MGM Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom and the Wide World of Sports Complex.

The 35 minute documentary has been distributed worldwide by the OM Association and has won two prestigious awards.

A Distinguished Silver Award from the American Communicator's Association. This is the largest association of non-broadcast film and video producers in the world. In 1998 award competition there were over 3,200 entries.


A Silver Award from the International Television Association in the category of Special Events. ITVA is a professional film and video association that has members in 50 US States and over 30 countries.

Rowan Student Television Documentaries

Ned Eckhardt Course Descriptions, Etc.


The Rowan television studios and field production systems feature state-of-the-art production and post-production equipment. Field shooting is done with our new DVCPro digital cameras. Editing is done on DVCPro and Sony linear systems and AVID non-linear systems. Computer graphics are created on two Inscriber computers that produce broadcast level graphics. Digital FX are created on a DVE (Digital Video Effects) machine using a computer assisted production switcher or in the digital editing programs.

These are some of the courses that professor Eckhardt teaches......


This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of TV production. Students work in production teams within a professional television studio setting. Students gain experience in all phases of production, including conception of ideas, scripting, directing, editing, graphics and operation of equipment to produce television programming that airs on Channel 5, the university cable channel. This course is required of all R/TV/F Majors Course Objectives and Weekly Activities


This hands-on course provides experience in advanced television production. Students work in production teams that create, research, script, shoot and edit 28 minute programs for weekly airing on Rowan's cable Channel 5 and other New Jersey cable stations. Students work in the studio and the field, using top-level production and post-production equipment in preparation for professional career work in television. Programming segments are edited on analog and digital edit systems. Many of these programs have won local, regional and national awards. Course Objectives


This advanced production course combines extensive research and scriptwriting skills with sophisticated field production techniques. Students select subjects of local interest to feature in high-quality, 20 minute documentaries.

The documentaries are edited on analog and digital edit systems.Many of the documentaries have won prestigious awards, including a student EMMY. Course Objectives and Weekly Activities



This research and writing course focuses on the specialized field of TV program creation. Students study the structure and content of a wide variety of TV programs, analyzing target audiences, and examining the marketing structure of program selling and distribution. Students prepare a complete, original television program proposal as a required activity. In 1998 a student-created, prime-time program won the University Film and Video Association's Writing competition. Objectives

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