Professor Nortz has been an instructor in the Department of Mass
Communication at Winthrop for the past 10 years. He received
his associate's degree in radio and television broadcasting from
Herkimer County Community College and his B.S. in communications from Fredonia
State, both located in New York State. Nortz worked 13 years in
television broadcasting for a CBS affiliate in Watertown, N.Y. While at WWNY TV
7, he held the position of chief photographer, news photographer, video editor,
reporter, and segment producer for "7 News This Morning." His
last three years at Channel 7 were spent on the management team as the
assignment editor for the station’s news shows. During his time at Channel 7,
Nortz was recognized for his work by the Associated Press, the New York State
Broadcasters Association, and the Syracuse Press Club. While serving as
assignment editor for WWNY TV 7; he began working on his M.Ed. at the State
University of New York at Potsdam.
While in the midst of his graduate studies Nortz accepted a position
with the Jefferson Technical Center in Watertown as an instructor for a new
program called New Vision. The program was designed for high school seniors
looking to pursue a career in the field of mass communications. Because this
was a new program, Nortz had to build it from the ground up. It required a
curriculum that encompassed all areas of mass media while at the same time
fulfilling the New York State requirements for English 12, government, and
economics. It was during his time at the Jefferson Technical Center that he
completed his M.Ed. degree. Also during this time he served on and chaired the
Public Relations Committee that oversaw and produced a 20-minute recruiting
video, a printed view book and brochure, and launched the "180 Degree"
campaign that encouraged students to turn their lives around 180 degrees by
enrolling at the Jefferson Technical Center.
Nortz also served as lead advisor and team leader for the student
organization "Skills USA." After seven years at the Jefferson
Technical Center, the time was right to look for new challenges. A job
posting on the Winthrop website led him to apply for a vacant faculty position
in the Department of Mass Communication.
At Winthrop, Nortz teaches courses in broadcast and video production.
His Advanced Television Production class is responsible for 11 half-hour weekly
news shows each semester. "Winthrop Close Up" is a student
produced video news magazine that focuses on news in and around the Winthrop
community. The show is available to the local community every Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday on the local cable station. It also can be seen on campus Monday
through Sunday on Winthrop’s campus movie channel as well as the classes own
“You Tube” channel. The show also has
its own Facebook page and Twitter account.
The show has received numerous silver and gold awards from the Radio
Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas over the past ten years.
In addition to the lab classes, he also teaches a survey class that
introduces students to mass media, a broadcast writing class, and the freshman
human experience class. In addition to his teaching duties, he served on the
committee that researched and developed Winthrop’s new Digital Information
Design major. He also serves on the Electronic Media Board and is the advisor
to the Video Production Club and the campus radio station; WINR. Outside of the classroom, Nortz, along
with colleagues, has produced two video documentaries. "Losing Their
Voices: A look at Local Radio" highlights the condition of local radio and
“Duncan Park: The First 85 Years” looks at the rich history of a small town
baseball stadium. Both documentaries aired on ETV as part of its "Southern
Lens" independent film producers' series as well as on numerous PBS
stations across the country. Nortz served as video photographer and editor
for both half-hour documentaries. Since arriving at Winthrop, he also has
produced marketing/promotional videos for the Office of the President, the
College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the Department of
Interdisciplinary Studies, University Relations and the University’s Global
Nortz is not only a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association
of the Carolinas, but he also serves on their board and conducts sessions on
video production for the organizations yearly student workshop. Nortz
also belongs to the South Carolina Broadcasters Association and produces videos
for their annual awards show and archives.
He is also a member of the Broadcasters in Education Association and has
been a part of several discussion panels at their annual conference. Nortz is a
member of the Industry Professionals Board for the video production classes at
Fort Mill High School, served as the public address announcer for the boys Fort
Mill Lacrosse team, and has worked with the York County Cultural and Heritage
Museum on their "Keeper of the Culture" project.
Mark’s wife Laurie '09 works for the United Way of Central Carolinas. They
have two children.