Having “Guest Speakers” for instructional classes isn’t unusual. But it is unique when the guest calls-in from the middle of a raging wildfire she is covering in Southern California…
Late Monday, after putting in a full day at KGET in Bakersfield, NYFA alum Karen Hua was sent to cover a wildfire burning out of control. It meant doing live shoots that evening, sleeping in the station SUV, and doing more live shoots Tuesday morning.She found time to share with the NYFA Broadcast Journalism Summer School participants what it is like to work as a multimedia journalist (MMJ), the challenges of meeting deadlines and how it really is a very small world. (Her roommate is a reporter at a rival TV station in Bakersfield.) If you want a role model, someone who embodies contemporary TV journalism in the United States, I can’t think of anyone who better fits the bill than Karen. Note she is wearing high-visibility fire gear…Fifteen years ago I created a documentary that still remains special to me…August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It also marks the 75th anniversary of an amazing rescue. During the final days of World War II, small groups of specially trained American troops parachuted into prison camps in Japanese-occupied China, liberating innocent children, their parents, teachers and friends. They had been imprisoned for the “crime” of being American, British, Australian and Dutch, confined to camps where hunger, disease, brutality and despair were their everyday companions.These are the real-life stories behind Steven Spielberg’s epic film “Empire of the Sun,” as told by those who actually lived them.Decades later, those now-grown children still felt Very Far From Home. Because, to them, “home” would always be China. See their stories now on Vimeo.
This Spring’s graduation was a graduation like no other. Not just here at the New York Film Academy, but across the United States and around the world. COVID-19 pretty much changed everything.As you might expect, our grads — working at local, national and international news organizations — are in the middle of covering what is the story of a lifetime. But one Broadcast Conservatory program grad, award-winning investigative journalist George Colli, has been involved in a singularly unique way.
George is developing a new, online news platform, but he put everything on “hold” after he spoke to news sources across his home state of Connecticut about what was then a potentially deadly shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Put simply, initially there wasn’t any. George used his reporting skills to not only reveal the depth of this problem, but also find critically needed supplies, then put together an organization to distribute them to the places where they were needed the most. That included literally millions of face masks.While we are proud of all of our grads, there is a special place in our hearts for George Colli. He helped (and continues to help) save countless lives…Earlier this year, former NYFA Broadcast Journalism student Sura Ali signed up for one of our short-term Broadcast Journalism workshops. Her “modest” goal was to to do nothing less than change her life. She wanted to reinvent herself. And, based on a recent LinkedIn posting, it looks like Sura found what she was looking for.“When I was 28, studying at the New York Film Academy, I was told ‘you are talented, outgoing and lively.’ I did a double take… wait what? They appreciate my voice and activism here? I finally felt at home.”Thanks, Sura. We’re glad to know that you found what you were looking for at NYFA.
As most of you know, I normally spend a lot of time traveling. Over the past three months, beyond weekly trips to the supermarket, I haven’t gone anywhere. But I did have a chance to travel “virtually” to Manila, to participate in an online event tied to World Press Freedom Day. It was great to interact with 125+ journalism students. Thanks to the American Embassy in Manila for the opportunity to participate. (And in the spirit of “Where’s Waldo,” can you find me in the picture below?)
This week I am “virtually” attending the Cannes International Film Festival, in support of my indie feature film Invisible Love. While I’d love to share it with you’ll have to wait until Spring 2021 for its release. But I can share with you the preview/trailer. A period piece, this China/Vietnam/U.S. co-production takes place during the 1930’s in what was then known as French Indochina. Today, it is Vietnam.
For the time being, we are only offering our 4-Week Broadcast Journalism workshop online. You can find more information here.Stay Tuned,Bill EinreinhoferChair, NYFA Broadcast Journalism Department
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TV news programs around the world have changed the way they operate. Our own NYFA News is no exception. All NYFA classes have moved online. Plus, our student producers/reporters face the challenge of creating a news program while everyone in New York is encouraged to stay at home, and all of us are expected to maintain “social distancing.”This makes their accomplishments especially impressive, as they have found innovative ways to produce solid, information-based stories. They are also shooting entirely on-location, transforming NYFA News into a reporter-driven program.Watch for yourself how the current NYFA 1-Year Broadcast Journalism Conservatory students have met what could be the challenge of a lifetime.The skills NYFA students learn can take them in a number of different directions. For Grace Shao, that includes time spent reporting for China Global Television Network (CGTN). She then joined CNBC, based in their Singapore bureau. She is now a media consultant and creative director for PayPal’s podcast series focusing on business innovation in the Asia Pacific region. She is also the Hong Kong Chapter Lead for SoGal, the largest global platform for the education and empowerment of diverse entrepreneurs and investors. (You can read more about SoGal’s mission in the New York Times.)
If you live in or visit Stockholm, you’ve probably heard the voice of NYFA grad Emilie Olsson, a radio news anchor for Bauer Media, so it’s probably not surprising that she explored the relatively new field of podcasting. She created Älskade Psykopat (Beloved Psychopath).
When asked about the podcast, Emilie says,”in the podcast we meet men and women who anonymously tell their story or experiences they’ve had with a psychopath or narcissist. It could be in a love relationship, family or at work. Here, real stories are highlighted that rarely can otherwise take place, and my hope is that the podcast will help, support and change!”
She was also recently featured on the TV4 morning show in Stockholm. Congratulations Emilie!
Imorse vad jag med i Nyhetsmorgon och berättade om min podd "Älskade Psykopat" som släpptes förra veckan! 🙂 I podden möter vi män och kvinnor som anonymt berättar sin historia eller erfarenheter de haft med en psykopat eller narcissist! Det kan vara inom en kärleksrelation, familjen och på jobbet. Här lyfts verkliga berättelser fram som sällan annars får ta plats och min förhoppning är att podden ska hjälpa, stötta och förändra! I veckans poddavsnitt möter vi Relationsexperten Michael Larsen som berättar mer om det här viktiga ämnet! Hela tv-inslaget finns att se här: https://www.tv4.se/nyhetsmorgon/klipp/att-dejta-en-psykopat-saknar-empati-12603932
Posted by Emilie Olsson on Monday, May 4, 2020It is always exciting when the paths of two NYFA grads cross. Bryanna (“Red Carpet”) Reynolds moved from Melbourne to Los Angeles last year. And while LA is a big place, she found herself interviewing fellow Broadcast Journalism alum Alisa Arvind. Alisa, now a published author, is using the communication skills she developed at NYFA as a life coach and motivational speaker.
This week we began offering a 4-Week Online Broadcast Journalism workshop. There are people around the world who want to study at NYFA. But for many, travel isn’t currently an option. Others need to stick close to home because of family commitments and work. Now there is a 4-Week Broadcast Journalism Workshop for them too.
Faculty member Evgeniia Vlasova put together a fun little video about how we do distance learning at NYFA.
As for me, I am hoping the barber shops open up again soon. My beard is taking on Santa Claus-like proportions…
We’re only a few weeks into the New Year, but it already feels like months have gone by. That is the essence of digital journalism today. And with the coming of the New Year, I’ve heard from some more NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates.
One of the last times I saw Alyssa Cruz was when she was sitting in our Green Screen studio, getting ready to record on-camera segments for her Resume Reel.
Following graduation, she spent time in New York, then returned to her home country, the Philippines. But then she was on the move again. She wrote recently:
“I am currently a video editor and narrator for a media company which features food documentaries, here in Singapore.”
Having worked in Singapore, I can tell you that it is an important hub for Asia-Pacific media production.
Another graduate, Tommy Germain, was here at NYFA a few weeks back. And he arrived with a camera crew! Tommy is originally from Cameroon, and from there he went to Brazil. He’s had a successful acting career, but now he is working behind the camera as well. His first digital project is all about New York City. He and his team flew all the way from Nigeria, just so he could include NYFA in this program.
Six months ago, a series of devastating earthquakes hit southern California. NYFA alum Karen Hua, as part of a series of end-of-the-year stories, went back to see how people living in the communities hit hardest by those earthquakes were coping. And the news director at her station sent her by herself…
This is what it means to be a multimedia journalist (MMJ.) Karen brought along all of the camera, lighting, audio and editing equipment needed for the assignment, packed in the back of the station’s SUV. Karen herself described the trip:
“Nothing like solo MMJing in the desert, popping your tire and having limited service! It’s one big adventure!”
Working “on the road” may sound glamorous, but the truth is it often involves plastic dinner plates and lots of coffee…
If you are one of my former students, you know that I have a tendency to launch into personal stories that I feel help “illuminate” the subjects we deal with in class. (And if you are Evgenia Vlasova, you have probably heard all of those stories at least four times…)
One of those oft-told stories is about me traveling on-the-road for a month, trying to record voiceover narrations in a different hotel room every night. (Rooms similar to the one pictured above.) The one way I finally was able to get good audio was to go into a hotel room closet, close the door, put a blanket over my head, and read my script by flashlight.
For those of you who doubt successful video producers actually use such techniques, I submit the picture below of NYFA grad Wes Newfarmer. Yes, this hack actually works…
Finally, just before Christmas, Genia and I spent a week in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. We were there to teach a Journalism workshop for mid-career professionals at Kazmedia, the nation’s dominant TV media company. We weren’t there to tell them what to report, but rather offer suggestions on how to report. The workshop was funded through a contract with the US State Department, one which NYFA won over other colleges and universities. And at the conclusion, one of the national channels there announced they were going to produce a new political talk show based on what we explored in the workshop. (The folks with the certificates in the picture below were some of the attendees.)
We must have done well, seeing as we will be going back sometime in the spring to hold a second workshop. In addition, NYFA responded to another Request for Proposals from the State Department and was selected to offer a three-week Journalism Summer School for early-career journalists this coming July in Moscow.
It’s a good thing one of us speaks Russian…
New York Film Academy (NYFA) is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of Broadcast Journalism. That status was recognized by the US State Department, which chose NYFA to conduct a week-long Journalism workshop for mid-career TV professionals in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. Broadcast Journalism Chair Bill Einreinhofer, and instructor Evgeniia Vlasova made the long journey from New York City to Kazakhstan just before Christmas, a time of year when Nur-Sultan is known for its bone chilling weather and frequent snow.
The goal was not to teach “what to report.” Rather, the workshop was about innovative “ways to report.” It also avoided the typical teacher/student paradigm and instead was structured as colleagues sharing potentially useful information with colleagues.
Einreinhofer drew upon his US network television experience, using the PBS NewsHour and NBC’s Meet the Press as models for how to explore complicated, controversial subjects in a non-partisan and engaging way. Vlasova has seven years of TV experience in her native Russia, and is also a graduate of NYFA’s 1-Year Broadcast Journalism conservatory program. She literally spoke the same language as workshop participants. (Many people in Kazakhstan speak both Kazakh and Russian.)
The culmination of the workshop saw the participants go into a TV studio and create a “pilot program” incorporating the techniques discussed during the week. Their success can be measured in the decision of a major Kazakh TV network to develop an entirely new political talk show based on that pilot.
Einreinhofer and Vlasova will be returning to Kazakhstan next spring to teach a second workshop there. In July they will conduct a three-week Journalism Summer School in Moscow, aimed at early career journalists. Both projects are being sponsored by the US State Department.
While workplace events are starting to give way for holiday events, there is still a lot happening in the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism department.
We start off with good news from NYFA grad Clyde Gunter, who is starting a 13-month paid internship program next month at ESPN. Clyde will spend time assigned to various departments across the company, learning how this sports media giant works. At the conclusion, he’ll be given an opportunity to join the ESPN staff. Of course, this means moving to Connecticut where the ESPN “mothership” is located in Bristol. Congratulations, Clyde!
Continuing with sports, alum Gillian Kemerer—after winning a fellowship to study Russian in Moscow—is now producing a new program for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), which has 24 member clubs in Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Russia. After leaving NYFA, Gillian became the American programming chief (as well as lead US anchor/presenter) for Asset TV. But sports were always her first love, and now she’s found a way to combine hockey and TV. (I wonder how you say “slap shot” in Russian?)
The Fall 2019 1-Year Broadcast Journalism students had a chance to go behind the scenes at NBC News recently. Thanks to Col. Jack Jacobs (USA, ret.), who is a contributor to MSNBC, they got to visit a network control room, go out onto the studio floor where a program was taking place, plus get their pictures taken on the set of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. By the time our students graduate, they’ve already seen major production facilities.
Finally, we said goodbye to our Fall 8-Week Broadcast Journalism workshop students. As always, they came to NYFA with a variety of personal goals. They left with a deep skillset, and the knowledge that they are now multimedia journalists.
New York Film Academy wishes the recent grads the best of luck!
When last we encountered New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism grad Bryanna “Red Carpet” Reynolds, she was quitting a paying job in Australia to follow her dream to Los Angeles. And while she has only been there a matter of months, she seems to have settled in very well! But her big break came on a “black carpet.”View this post on Instagram
🎬RED CARPET REPORTING IN HOLLYWOOD! Dreams come true 😍 So happy to be reporting for @redcarpetreport I spoke to the stars of American Horror Story @ahsfx at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the ‘black carpet’ celebration of AHS celebrating their 💯th episode ✔️ Still can’t believe this happened 😍 A year ago I was dressed up as a bird/pumpkin being boiled in a cauldron on a Kids’ show and this year I am interviewing on red carpets in Hollywood 🤣 Believe in yourself and chase your dreams! Thank you so much to @redcarpetreport for believing in me 👏 and allowing me this opportunity 🤩 Content will be available online soon! Stay tuned for more next week 💕 Thank you to my family, friends and colleagues who also believed in me and got me this far! I couldn’t have done it without you all 💕 . . . . #producer #believe #reporter #tv #dream #achieve #broadcast #aspire #journalist #goals #la #aimhigh #media #bryannareynolds #lovemylife #hollywood #losangeles #freespirit #positivevibes #aussiesinla #beyou #australian #australiansinfilm #americanhorrorstory #fx #redcarpet #ahs #hollywoodforevercemetry
Another alum who is doing well, this time in New York, is Nicole Abebe. Nicole is back from Lagos, and getting some NYC media experience. She writes, “I’m a commerce reporter at the Daily Mail. So I write articles on fashion, beauty and lifestyle products.”
International students who complete the 1-Year Broadcast Journalism conservatory are eligible to remain and work in the United States for one year, in order to receive Optional Practical Training (OPT).View this post on Instagram
Hey guys 👋🏾 so I’ve been working on a little website 😅 to showcase all the work I’ve been doing in New York as well as have my own platform to tell the kind of stories I find interesting. Link in Bio ‼️nicoleabebe.com is live 📡❤️hope you like it!☺️ #multimedia #broadcastjournalist #nicoleabebe #tvproducer #presenter #tvanchor #editor #storyteller
Sometimes it takes a while for news to make its way from Tokyo to New York. So I just learned about a NYFA alumni event that took place in Japan a little while ago. Ryo Matsuo was there to represent the Broadcast Journalism department. (That’s him on the right, in the picture below.) Ryo is a busy multimedia journalist in Tokyo, putting into practice the skills he learned at NYFA.View this post on Instagram
During our visit to Japan this week, Dean of @NYFALosAngeles and Chief Strategy Officer/SVP, Dan Mackler, had a lovely dinner with some of NYFA's Alumni based in Tokyo. They were joined by Kosuke Nishi, writer of the big hit @Netflix show “Naked Director” ✨ Take a look at our highlights for more upcoming locations #NYFA will be visiting in September and October 👆
And speaking of graduates, congratulations to the September 2019 4-Week Broadcast Journalism students. Here they are on Graduation Day. I will leave it up to you to pick out the two faculty members in the picture. Here’s a hint…Daniel Hernandez and Fabiola Torres.
Finally, I am not a NYFA grad. I have been at the school for 6+ years, and I still don’t have a certificate. (Obviously I am not applying myself…) However, I know enough to be heading back to Kazakhstan in early December to co-teach a 1-Week Journalism workshop sponsored by the US State Department. (I was there at a conference in April.)
Given that I don’t speak either Kazakh or Russian (the second national language), I am going to be relying a lot on NYFA faculty member Evgenia Vlasova. As all of our grads know, Genia’s Russian language skills are flawless!
While there are sure to be some warm days ahead, by and large summer is pretty much over here in New York. Looking back over the past few months, NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates have been exceptionally busy.
Two major earthquakes in Southern California had Karen Hua of KGET in Bakersfield putting in long days—and equally long nights. It was a situation where people depended on TV news reporters to provide them with accurate, up-to-date information. When it comes to natural disasters, it can sometimes be a matter of life and death.
NYFA grad Celina Liv Danielsen is North America bureau producer for TV2 in Denmark. She was asked to explain how the President of the United States had announced a desire to “buy” Greenland from Denmark, a massive island that Denmark doesn’t “own.” President Trump cancelled a trip to Denmark after his “offer” was rejected.
One of the secrets in our craft is how there are “news” jobs that don’t involve working at TV stations. Take Bruna Bloch, one of our alums in Brazil. She is now the digital media producer for a company called Hub Coworking. She wrote: “I will be responsible for their social media and content :)”
Broadcast Journalism grad Miraj Haq, who lives and works in Pakistan, recently posted: “This is the good news I have been meaning to tell all of you. I have signed my first drama with Hum Tv/MD Productions.” That’s right, he is poised to become a TV drama star. This follows making the official presidential campaign biography for the current President of Pakistan, and establishing himself as a popular video blogger (vlogger).
NYFA alum Emilie Olsson is a radio news anchor in Stockholm. She recently wrote an episode of Svenska Mordhistorier, a podcast that probes famous (and not-so-famous) Swedish murder cases. She: “Written script for this episode of the podcast Swedish Mordhistorier! Please go into the link and listen!” It’s another example of how the lines between different nonfiction genres have blurred. In fact, these days any project you create really has to be designed for cross-platform distribution.
Regular readers of the Broadcast Journalism Update might remember that I am one of the producers of an independent feature film called Invisible Love. Shot in Vietnam, with post-production in China, over the past couple weeks we have been doing ADR sessions here in New York. NYFA Acting for Film grad Kazy Tauginas plays a leading role. I portray a minor character. It’s a period piece, set in 1930’s French Indochina. We are looking towards a Spring 2020 release.
I think I speak for all the faculty in the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism department when I say we felt a deep sense of pride when we saw the bio of Grace Shao appear on the CNBC website. A NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad, Grace worked tremendously hard to reach this point. And I have no doubt she will continue working just as hard!
We’re in the middle of summer here in New York, and the weather report seems to repeat day-after-day. It always seems to be “hazy, hot, and humid.” It is easy forget that, in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s winter! A fact that was brought home to me by a video posted by former NYFA student Livia Fernanda, who works with Somar Meteorologia in Brazil. That’s an ice crystal in the graphic behind her…
Staying in the Southern Hemisphere, our favorite red carpet reporter—NYFA grad Bryanna Reynolds—is at it again, proving you can interview Hollywood stars thousands of miles (or kilometers) away from Hollywood. Bryanna always impresses me with her ability to communicate in “emoji.”View this post on Instagram
🎥 SURPRISE! Can finally REVEAL the secret! 😍 @kevinhart4real & @tiffanyhaddish got to have a chat with @grandma.daisy and I in Sydney last week 🥳 We chatted all things #secretlifeofpets2 for #9kidswb on @9gokids 👏 Two of the most amazing and down to earth people I have ever interviewed ✔️ Every day I wake up I am so grateful to be able to call this my job 😍 Thank you to everyone who gives me the strength and courage to pursue my goals and dreams 😊 Sending all the love and positivity in the world right back at you 👊💕 You can catch the interview on @9gokids tomorrow Saturday 15th June after 8am 🎬 . . . . #dreamjob #believe #tv #dream #achieve #broadcast #aspire #journo #journalist #goals #multimediajournalist #producer #editor #preditor #video #aimhigh #careergoals #media #melbourne #chasingnews #redcarpetreynolds #reynoldssisters #lovemyjob #kidstv #redcarpet #junket #kevinhart #tiffanyhaddish
You can find NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates in many places. Even newspapers! Here is the latest from Lorenzo Capezzuoli Ranchi about the many, many challenges “dalla A all Z” (from A to Z) facing the Italian government.
Finally, the documentary that NYFA faculty members Evgenia Vlasova, Dee Vlachos, Lexi Phillips and I collaborated on—Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began—is now available on Amazon Prime. So far, it has been broadcast on 180+ American Public TV stations. We’ve also seen more than 7,000 people click on the program website to watch an online preview. Many are teachers who used the free Teacher’s Notes we provided as the basis for high school and college classroom activities.
The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism school gives our students a set of skills, which they can then use to build their careers. Sometimes that means getting a job. Other times it means starting a business. That’s what NYFA grad Meiraj Haq from Pakistan has done. Haq has created Kulture, a production and catering event management company. (Although we take no credit for his ability as a caterer…)
Haq wrote me: “My main aim is to create content and become the biggest YouTuber in Pakistan. I’ve already worked with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and made his official election documentary for the 2018 elections. And I have a few more big collaborations coming in the near future as well.”
In our craft, you don’t wait for things to happen, you make them happen. Lauren Vanney (known online as Lauren O’Connell) has certainly taken that advice to heart. She knows exactly what her subject niche is…
Lauren is the only NYFA Broadcast Journalism student to demonstrate how to exfoliate your lips as part of a class project. (See Lauren, I remember!)
Every month, we have an Open House at NYFA. (It is where I first met some of you now reading this Update…) There is a standard video we play, and I have seen it many times. So, imagine my surprise, when in the latest version I saw for the first time two of our Brazilian grads from back in their student days… Vanessa Lorenzini and Patricia Saad. That January, it was especially cold in New York City. Very different from Sao Paulo. But Vanessa and Patricia were not deterred!
It’s not unusual for graduates to come back and visit. What is unusual is when someone who attended one of our Summer Teen Camps stops by, especially since she lives in China… Helen Wang Zheng and her mother were in New York last week and stopped by NYFA. Based on the experience she had with us two years ago, Helen plans to pursue a major in Communications in college.
Finally, department faculty meetings aren’t usually the highlight of a given week. But the “meeting” we held two weeks ago was certainly memorable. It took place on Robert Ferraro‘s sailboat, out on Long Island Sound. Robert was patient with Evgenia Vlasova, Daniel Hernandez, and myself as he explained some of the finer points of sailing. By the way, he is holding a can of seltzer in the picture below…