More than a billion people celebrated the Lunar New Year last week. And New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism alumna Grace Shao brought that story to millions of viewers around the world on the China Global Television Network. (The network was formerly CCTV News, and was re-branded for the new year… solar new year, that is.)
Back here in the United States, Starla Sampaco has started working at TVW – Washington Public Affairs Network. (That is Washington State, not Washington, DC.) Her first story was about proposed legislation that will greatly increase penalties for distracted driving.
And while NYFA Broadcast Journalism alumnus Bryanna Reynolds is based in Melbourne, the Seven Network sports production assistant is going to be spending some time in New York. She just covered the Australian Open, and next up will be the Australian Football League season. Bryanna was kind enough to write: “It’s all thanks to what I learned at the Academy. I cannot thank you enough.”
Last week saw the start of the Spring Semester. Which meant the first camera instruction session for our incoming class of one-year students. This group (starting on the left) came to NYFA from Turkey, New Jersey, Nigeria, Spain, Croatia and Delaware. They are working with a Canon C300, the primary camera we use in the Broadcast Journalism program.
New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism grad George Colli was in the middle of all the activity taking place in Washington, DC last week. First, the Cox Media Group correspondent covered the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, starting early on Friday morning. The next day he covered the Women’s Rights March organized by a number of women’s groups.
In other Broadcast Journalism alumni news, recent graduate Amanda Salvato had her first freelance assignment recently, reporting on a major retail-industry trade show taking place in New York. As her client is a Brazilian company, the story is in Portuguese. But even if you don’t know what she is saying, the story still looks great.
Amanda was kind enough to write: “Once I finished my first video I was very happy, tired but very proud of myself, and I also thought about all the things I learned at NYFA. I want to share my video with you… and to thank you and the school teachers for all the teaching and patience with me 🙂 I am a MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST thanks to you!”
The new term is well underway, and the incoming Spring Broadcast Journalism class will soon be here. Before we look to the future, we thought we’d highlight more of our successful Broadcast Journalism alumni.
NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad Nour Idriss is still working at CBS News, but now she has two jobs… She continues to be part of the production team for The CBS Evening News Weekend Edition.
“I produce and edit VO’s and teases, and some packages by myself. I also oversee the headlines and help with research and material gathering for other producers.” During the week, she is over on the digital side at CBS.com as a freelance Associate Producer for video. “Basically I publish CBS content on the web, using a variety of software.”
Regular readers will recall some of the stories we featured when Yasmine Muffoletto was a NYFA student. After graduation back in May, she returned to France and a job at Vice Media. Here is the latest from her…
“I recently joined the VICELAND production team and am no longer with Vice Digital. I also want to thank you once again for everything you taught me. I would not be at Vice anymore if I didn’t know how to edit or even write a script. Those long hours in the edit room actually paid off.”
We heard from Summer Session grad Starla Sampaco as well.
“I just wrapped up an internship at KING 5 (Seattle’s NBC affiliate station) and am about to move to Olympia, Washington for a full-time internship at TVW (Washington state’s version of C-SPAN) during the legislative session. My internship will require me to do on-air reporting, write scripts and interview legislators. I would not have had the skills necessary for this role if it weren’t for NYFA.”
Finally, last week we featured Francielle Maines’ marvelous “summer in the city” story, with one of the most remarkable “stand-ups” I have ever seen. (That’s a street dancer flying over Francielle in City Hall Park in New York City.)
Well, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Francielle was there as part of a production team. (Who do you think shot the video?) That team included Barbara Makarevich, who for two years hosted a TV talk show in her hometown of Moscow. Barbara has now moved to another famously cold city — Chicago — where she is working on a Masters Degree in Journalism at DePaul University.
Francielle wrote: “Had a great time studying at the NYFA. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned a lot! Remember that hot day, Barbara?” Who responded:”Sure, I don’t forget things like this. You really did a great job, and I was glad to be a part of your team!”
A number of Broadcast Journalism graduates from the New York Film Academy got in touch with Chair Bill Einreinhofer over the holidays, to inform him of some of the success they’ve achieved in 2016. Below are just a few of the graduates who have gone on to begin their careers in the industry.
Cameron Costa started a new job just days before she graduated from the September 12-week Evening Broadcast Journalism Workshop. Costa’s hard work got her a job on the CNBC show Squawk Box. She reports for work 4:30 am weekday mornings at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange here in Manhattan, and helps produce the leading cable business news morning program in the United States. In fact, the program is seen globally as well on CNBC International. Congratulations, Cameron!
Francielle Maines, a Summer Session graduate from Brazil, is now working a video editor at Record TV in her home town of Santa Catarina. She has been assigned to a wide range of projects, and we have no doubt she is doing remarkable work. We will always remember her for the fabulous story she did on a sultry August afternoon about dancers in City Hall Park, not far from NYFA’s Battery Place campus. (Don’t miss her remarkable stand-up, at :44 into the story.)
Laura Isern is also from Brazil. She attended the September 2016 4-week Broadcast Journalism workshop. Just before the Christmas holiday, she told me that she was hired as a Journalism Intern at media giant Globo. (Globo dominates the media scene in Brazil, across print, broadcast, cable and digital media platforms.) “During my interview, it was clear that my experience at NYFA was the one thing they liked the most about my curriculum,” said Isern. “I’ll be writing articles, but mainly, I’ll be practicing my audiovisual skills, producing content for their social networks.”
The first class Einreinhofer taught at NYFA when he became the Chair of the Broadcast Journalism department was the 12-week Evening course, and one of the graduates from that first class was Linda Zhang. Born in China, she moved to New York as a teenager. Bilingual and bi-cultural, she is a talented reporter. Last year she joined the news staff of KION in Salinas, California. While the Central Coast is generally considered a small TV market, Linda is right next door to Los Angeles, the #2 market in the country.
Congratulations to all of our graduates! We wish them much success as they continue represent the Academy all over the world.
New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism graduate George Colli, along with the investigative team at NBC-Connecticut, has been honored with a 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. This is one of the most prestigious honors in American journalism, and we are so proud of what George has accomplished!
In July 2015, Colli and his team broke the story about dozens of homeowners in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties who discovered their concrete foundations were deteriorating. The homes with faulty basements were all built between the early 1980s and the early 2000s and most began to show signs of deterioration between ten and 20 years after construction. Their investigation was the catalyst for the State of Connecticut to launch its own multi-agency probe into the cause and scope of the problem.
“Thank for for all the support and mentorship,” said Colli to Broadcast Journalism Chair Bill Einreinhofer. “I really appreciate everything NYFA did to train me for this career.”
Every year about a dozen news stories and films are honored by the duPont-Columbia University Awards for the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact in the public interest. The winning pieces are selected by the duPont jury from hundreds of entries vetted by a board of screeners.
This year’s duPont Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday January 25, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library. It will be co-hosted by Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, and Jane Pauly, host of CBS Sunday Morning.
All of us at the New York Film Academy are so proud of what Brazilian Broadcast Journalism alumna Paula Varejao has accomplished. Last week she won a prestigious Rio WebFest award. Paula is a multimedia journalist in the fullest sense of that term, and we are glad that she took the skills she learned in the Broadcast Journalism program and turned them into a new career. Bravo, Paula!
Her online travel series, 7 Dias no Atacama (7 Days in Atacama) is nothing short of amazing.
While Paula has extensive experience as a TV journalist, this was her first totally MMJ project. I am deeply touched by the kind words she had for us. “Thanks a lot, Bill Einreinhofer! I’m so grateful to you! All the knowledge I acquired from NYFA was very important to finding new paths and opportunities in my career! Thanks a lot for everything.”
Creating this series was anything but easy.
Here is a (translated) excerpt from Paula’s Facebook posting about the award: “Maybe some people more experienced here in my timeline might think that I’m overreacting, but to me it means so much! They say that the crisis is to get us out of the comfort zone and I think it was more or less what happened to me. After working years on TV, I had to create my own opportunities. I started again, sought new ways, took a chance on something different, I performed various functions at the same time: I created, planned, wrote, produced, filmed, edited, I tabled and look there… it was worth it!”
Soon you will be seeing Hollywood stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone on NYFA News as part ofa wonderful story that recent New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism alumna Federica Polidoro produced for us at the Venice Film Festival. NYFA News is a student-produced TV news magazine in which Federica also covered two previous Venice Film Festival stories where NYFA showcased five student films.
With the Venice Film Festival behind her, we thought we’d catch up with the Italian journalist, who is now back in her hometown of Rome working with XL La Repubblica.
Can you tell us what drew you to the field of broadcast journalism?
I am an entertainment journalist in Italy. I used to be a reporter for film festivals for the last 10 years, interviewing celebrities — especially directors. I began to produce videos on my own, but I wanted to refine my knowledge in this particular field and try to get some chances abroad.
What made you decide to attend the New York Film Academy?
Everything in Italy is very theoretical, so I needed some hands-on experience. Studying in New York was my lifetime dream. I couldn’t afford the fee, so I finally applied for a European Union scholarship and I won it.
How would you describe your experience in the NYFA Broadcast Journalism program?
New York Film Academy is the most wonderful academic experience I’ve ever had. In Italy, I taught Editing Technics at the Fine Art Academy, so this is an opinion also as a professor. I think NYFA is a school that you could only imagine in your dreams. The building is terrific, the equipment is tremendous, professors are incredible people and the tasks are so exciting.
With [Broadcast Journalism Chair] Bill Einreinhofer, I found the kind of mentor that you can only get in a movie. He’s a very inspiring person, quiet yet powerful. He is a great example of an educator for me, and it was a privilege to meet him on the path of my life. His generosity and sensibility, honesty and open-mindedness, his precious advice, and his guidance are a treasure for me. He let me express my creativity by pushing the bounds of my intellectual curiosity. He gave me the self-confidence to believe that I was in the right place in the right time and that I can do it. Even if it is a school and not real life, as he reminded us often, his support meant a lot to me. His name was my first reason to opt for NYFA, and it was my best decision. My satisfaction with Bill’s appreciation of my work is priceless.
I can sum up my feelings about the New York Film Academy with one word: happiness.
How was your experience covering the Venice Film Festival for NYFA News?
I worked for the biggest newspapers, magazines and platforms in Italy — especially for web content — but I could not believe I had the chance to produce something for NYFA on my own.
What have you been working on since graduating?
I am currently working on the second phase of the scholarship with a six months internship for the biggest Italian Newspaper, La Repubblica. I will likely continue to produce and edit video for them as a freelancer, but I am submitting some projects to show to other satellite and web channels with a more dynamic approach — a place where I can create “long-lasting” content.
So are you working primarily in Italy now?
I’m working in Italy, but very open to working for the US from European Festivals and for Italy / Foreign Countries from the US as entertainment content creator. I am going to launch my website with a showreel and a catalog of all my previous work. Among my interviews are artists such as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Amos Gitai, Andrei Konchalovski, Andrew Niccol, Anton Corbjn, Asghar Farhadi (Oscar®), Atom Egoyan, Charlie Kaufman (Oscar®), Ethan Hawke, François Ozon, Gabriele Salvatores, Giuseppe Tornatore, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jeremy Irons, Jerzy Skolimoski, Kim Ki Duk, Kirill Serebrennikov, Lav Diaz, Marco Bellocchio, Mike Leigh, Olga Kurilyenko, Paul Haggis (Oscar®), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Wash Westmoreland, William Dafoe, Wim Wenders, Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Is there an assignment or story that you’re most proud of?
My last day in Venice, after 14 interviews, my last interview was with Lav Diaz. He won the Golden Lion, so XL Repubblica got the interview ready while he was receiving the award. After Venice I interviewed the Golden Palm Winner, Ken Loach, for the Italian premier of “I, Daniel Blake.” I edited part of this work for NYFA, too.
This season I am working on Award Season with written pieces and on editing videos on the themes of “Toys in Christmas Movies,” on Rube Goldberg machines in cartoons, and on movies set in hospitals and asylums to prepare for the release of Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness.”
I am managing the trip to the Cannes Film Festival and sending projects to find enough sponsors, and more than one media coverage, so that it’s useful to get more interviews and a better accreditation.
For me it is quite easy to find a job, since I am a very hard worker, but I am looking for the kind of job and creative space where I can do something unique and personal.
What do you hope to achieve in your career as a journalist?
I am a storyteller, a content creator, an investigator, a talent scout, and a wacky Italian with the obsession for weird stuff. I am a dreamer, but I am also a problem solver. There is nothing impossible for me. As a journalist I would like to express my own personality, get in depth subjects with anthropological analysis and humor, telling them with ethics and poetically. I would like to show different ways to read the contemporary phenomena delivering stories with visual appeal, originality, but simple language and profound meaning. Stories useful for the soul, pleasant for the ears, spectacular for the eyes.
I would like to get work experience in the US for a short amount of time — maybe one year — to get in touch directly with the industry. I would like to do the job I did for the last ten years, traveling around the world looking for untold stories. I would like to be myself, but better, bigger and cooler. And maybe, once in my life, cover The Golden Globes and The Oscars.
With tomorrow’s election coming up, New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism students are getting more than their share of political news experience in the Big Apple.
We start with a spectacular behind-the-scenes tour of NBC News on Saturday. The tour was made possible by MSNBC contributor Col. Jack Jacobs, Chair of NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program. A great friend of NYFA, he showed the Fall 2016 1-year students how TV news is produced at a major American television network.
In fact, the Election Night sets were still in the process of being built.
Students got a chance to sit in “the big chair” that will be occupied by top news anchors/presenters tomorrow night.
We also had the opportunity to briefly chat with MSNBC anchor Joy Reid before she was off to the production studio for her Saturday morning broadcast.
This tour is offered exclusively to NYFA 1-year Broadcast Journalism students. It’s one of the things that makes studying journalism at NYFA unique.
Finally, Tuesday night, election night, the BroadcastJournalism program is sending out three camera crews to cover the conclusion of what many are calling the most important election in decades. One NYFA News team will be at Clinton HQ, one will be at Trump HQ, and one will be in Times Square to get public reaction.
We believe this is a great learning opportunity, as the students will be covering a “real-world” story that has both national and international ramifications. The night will be unpredictable, and they will have to make editorial decisions on-the-fly. Equally important, they will only get one chance to capture essential footage.
These days, some of the most interesting TV news operations aren’t seen on conventional TV. Case in point, Expressen-TV. Expressen is one of Sweden’s most successful newspapers. But the future is digital, so the news operation has evolved into a cross-platform news service that is now challenging the dominance of traditional broadcasters. And even in Stockholm, much of the talk is about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Last week NYFA Broadcast Journalism students got an “insider” perspective of Expressen-TV from Emilie Olsson, a 2013 New York Film Academy graduate. After working with Swedish state broadcaster SVT and commercial outlet TV-4, Emilie is now a general assignment reporter at Expressen-TV.
She shared with the students her career path since leaving NYFA, and described a typical day for a TV news reporter. She began her fascination for broadcast journalism as early as ten years old. On a two-day trip to New York City, Olsson stopped at NYFA to learn more about its Broadcast Journalism program. It wasn’t long until she was hooked and attending the 8-Week program.
“During the 8 weeks I learned a lot about the camera, editing programs. It prepared be both technically and improving my language. It makes me feel like I can do interviews in New York. I like the motivation NYFA gives to students.”
“If you’re from another country, NYFA will be a change for you,” added Olsson. “But don’t be worried. There are people from all different countries, and you learn from your own path. Enjoy it, and take advantage of your education as much as possible.”
After class, she spent time talking informally with members of the class. Thanks for visiting NYFA, Emilie!
The new term has barely begun, and already we have experienced one of the highlights of the semester. Recently a group of media executives and journalists from Shanghai visited the New York Film Academy. It is always interesting to share information with international colleagues, and it was especially rewarding to talk about the fundamental changes taking place in the field of Broadcast Journalism.
“As someone who has worked extensively in China, it was fun for me to hear about some of the latest developments taking place in Shanghai,” said Broadcast Journalism Chair, Bill Einreinhofer.
The group found the discussion about DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras the most interesting part of the presentation. DSLR cameras are symbolic of the dramatic impact digital technology is having on news gathering and reporting. We passed around several DSLR rigs, so that everyone had a chance to use the equipment.