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Broadcast Journalism School

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Broadcast Journalism Program is offered at our New York Campus only

The camera is mightier than the sword
The New York Film Academy’s Broadcast Journalism School is training the next generation of journalists to be prepared to navigate the evolving landscape of the field in the 21st Century.

Working with top broadcast and investigative journalists, the New York Film Academy created an intensive hands-on curriculum to address the pressing demand for multi-skilled, independent reporters on broadcast television, cable, and the Internet.

The New York Film Academy’s School of Broadcast Journalism believes that journalists perform a vital function in our society that comes with power and responsibility.

We rely on journalists to objectively present the truth, keeping us informed of issues and events that profoundly affect our lives. In fact, Walter Cronkite, the great anchorman for CBS Evening News, was widely considered to be "the most trusted man in America."

Our programs train students in a vast array of skills including research, reporting, digital production, editing, anchoring, and show production. It will help prepare you for the profession; whether you ultimately hope to follow in the footsteps of journalists like Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, or Barbara Walters; or investigative journalists like Kevin Sites, Lowell Bergman, or Mike Wallace, Martin Fletcher, David Brancaccio or Maria Hinojosa; or work behind the scenes as a producer, director, editor, camera person.

New York Film Academy students will be challenged to be resourceful digital reporters who can handle every aspect of covering a story. In addition, the Broadcast Journalism School is located at the Academy’s New York City campus, allowing students countless opportunities to film throughout the city, while also giving them access to the many news organizations based in NYC. For students looking to transition into an internship following their time at the Academy’s School of Broadcast Journalism, New York City provides hundreds of opportunities for self-motivated students to follow their professional dreams.

Our programs include a special focus on investigative journalism. Investigative journalists have played a central role in shifting public opinion, from Emile Zola (J'accuse) in his exposé of the Dreyfus Affair, to Edward R. Murrow (See It Now) in his critique of McCarthyism. Our students will be encouraged to dig deep into a story and ask the hard questions.

Students are introduced to cutting-edge digital technology and methods that are now being used professionally in the field. Today’s journalists are expected to research, write, shoot, produce, edit, and even appear on camera in their own field reports and investigative segments. In small crews or even solo, these intrepid reporters are the fastest growing part of the journalism profession. Our School of Broadcast Journalism will challenge students to practice and develop these skills in preparation to enter this exciting and competitive field.

Faculty

The Broadcast Journalism School boasts a prestigious and experienced faculty of professional award-winning journalists who have covered some of the most important events in recent history. Our faculty members possess decades of experience working as producers, directors, and reporters for such legendary networks as NBC, ABC, PBS, and CBS. One aspect that sets our School of Broadcast Journalism apart is that the majority of our faculty members continue to remain active in the industry, allowing them to update students on the latest developments within broadcast journalism while providing them with hands-on instruction in and out of the classroom. Furthermore, our faculty is able to relay their own professional paths to better guide students to find success upon completion of a program or workshop.

Equipment and Facilities

Students work with digital HDTV cameras that afford them the opportunity to shoot in a variety of formats and style. They come to understand the complexities of modern video cameras, which can dramatically enhance their storytelling abilities.

In editing their projects, nonlinear digital editing software gives students a level of content and creative control unheard of until recently. It allows them to create news stories that combine a sophisticated, contemporary look with dynamic, engaging content.

Working in studio space specifically designed for the Broadcast Journalism School, students anchor news programs from a "virtual" set similar to that used by broadcasters worldwide, all made possible by the New York Film Academy’s state-of-the-art Tricaster and control room. They take turns handling key assignments, and "shadow" industry professionals who explain the intricacies of deadline-driven production.

Programs and Workshops

In order to best address the particular needs and goals of students, the School of Broadcast Journalism offers a variety of programs and workshops depending on how much of a time commitment students wish to make. Students enrolling in a program or workshop should expect to fully dedicate themselves to their studies, attending classroom lectures, getting hands-on experience in supervised workshops, and working on their own original news segments. The programs and workshops offered by the Broadcast Journalism School are as follow:

  • One-Year Conservatory Broadcast Journalism Program: As modern journalists are expected to be increasingly multi-disciplined and able to work across a variety of mediums including broadcast television, cable and the Internet, the One-Year Conservatory Program fully immerses students in the field to best prepare them to be as versatile and experienced as possible. Students in the One-Year Program will get interview experience while also creating more than a dozen news packages, which are individual news segments that air within a broadcast or webcast, and include Hard News, Feature and Investigative Packages. Furthermore, students receive extensive experience in every aspect of news coverage as they produce their own bi-weekly news magazine, providing them with a grounding in both studio and location reporting along with new media formats. Over the course of two semesters, students produce a series of news projects shot with both single and multi-camera set-ups and then edit the projects using digital nonlinear editing systems.
  • Eight-Week Broadcast Journalism Workshop: Designed for students who wish to receive training in the foundational principles, techniques, and craft of modern journalism, the Eight-Week Workshop provides aspiring journalists with the hands-on experience they need to make the transition to professional employment. Students can expect to complete a variety of projects that include VO (voiceover), VOSOT (voiceover, plus sound on tape interview excerpt), VOSOT with stand-up, an in-depth interview profile, and complete an original news package. In addition to the hands-on demonstrations, in-class productions, and students’ original work, students are also expected to complete a course load that includes classes on Broadcast Journalism, Hands-On Camera and Lighting, Hands-On Audio, Production Workshops, Editing, and Special Topics that address subjects of specific relevance.
  • Four-Week Broadcast Journalism Workshop: Similar in scope to the Eight-Week Workshop, the Four-Week Workshop is an intensive, full-time program offered at our New York City Campus focused on training students in the fundamentals of journalism. In addition to extensive in-class lectures that provide them with a grounding in broadcast journalism, students also get extensive hands-on experience as producers. Students identify and make arrangements for their subjects, choose and secure locations, prepare equipment, arrange the preparation and set up of the locations, prepare equipment, arrange the preparation and set up of the locations, and make final technical checks. Furthermore, students then edit these projects using digital nonlinear editing systems and present them to their class for viewing and critique.
  • Twelve-Week Evening Broadcast Journalism Workshop: For students who are unable to commit to one of our full-time programs offered by the School of Broadcast Journalism, the Twelve-Week Evening Workshop provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in the foundations of journalism. Meeting three times a week from 7:00-9:30pm in New York City, students use Saturday to compete their workshop assignments. Students complete a series of projects using a single-camera set-up that are then edited using digital nonlinear editing systems and cover VOSOT, an in-depth interview profile, and a news package. At the conclusion of the workshop, students will find themselves equipped with the necessary skills and know-how to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
Whether students are interested in the behind-the-scenes work of journalism or wish to be in front of the camera, the Academy’s Broadcast Journalism School ensures that students achieve their educational goals and are prepared to apply them in a professional environment.


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