The big news in the New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism department was a visit by Andy Braddell, Vice President and Managing Director of Global Media Services for the Associated Press. Our students (and some instructors too) had a chance to ask questions about how one of the world’s premiere news organizations is meeting the challenge of an ever-changing media environment. Andy also spoke about his career as a front line journalist, and offered our soon-to-graduate 1-year students some practical job-hunting advice.
NYFA grad Bryanna Reynolds got viewers of Good Morning Melbourne — my favorite Australian morning chat show — a sneak peak of “My Fair Lady Australia,” directed by the wonderful Julie Andrews. (Apparently this is something of an annual event.) She got the inside story from the show’s stars, and seemed to have a pretty good time in the process!
Continuing in southern hemisphere, Vanessa Lorenzini is now working as a reporter at TV Cultura in Brazil. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, the network specializes in educational and cultural programming, but also has sports and entertainment offerings as well. One of my favorite stories from when Vanessa was a NYFA student is a charming report on how to take care of the family dog during a cold New York City winter. (Little kids and animals, you can’t go wrong…) A portion of that story is included in her 2015 Resume Reel.
Finally, Broadcast Journalism alum Myla Kucherezhko was so inspired by what she learned at NYFA that she made a total career change. She left the world of high finance and is now focusing entirely on being a multimedia journalist. One of her recent projects is a profile of Swedish fashion icon Gudrun Sjoden. (You can see the story on aol.)
New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism student Ljuba-Lada Marinovic believes capturing a good story requires both diligence and a sense of urgency. When she and classmate Kyle Morris learned of a devastating auto accident in New York City’s iconic Times Square, they knew they had to leave NYFA’s downtown Manhattan campus immediately. In fact, they left so quickly the only “cameras” they had were their mobile phones. Later, Lada recalled, “I remembered how, in one of my first NYFA Broadcast Journalism classes, the instructor pulled out his cell phone and told us that ‘in an emergency, this is all you need.'”
One person was dead, and 22 others injured in Times Square. Was it an act of terrorism? Or a tragic accident? In fact, it turned out to be a case of drunk driving.
A TV news reporter in her home country of Croatia, Lada came to NYFA to become a multimedia journalist. So did former Alaska resident Kyle Morris. Fortunately Lada still had a microphone windscreen emblazoned with the letters RTL — the initials of well-known European broadcaster Radio Television Luxembourg. Lada did an on-the-scene report direct from Times Square for RTL, with Kyle shooting her stand-up on her iPhone. The story first aired in Croatia, then went viral online.
“It was all super stressful, but super exciting! If somebody told me a few months ago that I would use my phone to report for a TV station, I probably would not have believe it. But with the knowledge NYFA gave me, it felt completely normal.”
According to NYFA Broadcast Journalism Chair Bill Einreinhofer, “Lada and Kyle are examples of the highly motivated, truly creative students who attend the New York Film Academy. The storytelling skills they learn prepare them for careers in a wide range of news formats. But the key to their success is the passion they bring to their work.”
Now in its 25th year, the New York Film Academy has established itself as one of the premier visual and performing arts schools in the world. It has campuses in New York City, Los Angeles and South Beach, as well as locations in Australia, Florence and Mumbai. Information about the NYFA Broadcast Journalism program can be found at www.nyfa.edu/broadcast-journalism-school/.
On any given weekday morning you can find New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism School alumna Gillian Kemmerer reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Asset TV, where Gillian is the senior U.S. anchor, has updated its look with new graphics and the service with new programming. In this business, you can’t stand still. (And when you have an exclusive, you can’t be shy about saying so!)
This Friday, a remarkable news story produced by current NYFA Broadcast Journalism student Delphine Darmency is being shown at an event sponsored by New York Women in Film & Television. They will be screening Delphine’s story “Ellis Island Hospital,” which she created as a class project in the Fall 2016 1-Year Broadcast Journalism course. In fact, it is the first long-form story she ever produced.
It says a great deal about Delphine that her story was chosen to be included in a prestigious professional film series. She came to NYFA from her native France to become a multimedia journalist. Obviously, she has already learned a great deal.
The screening takes place at the Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th Street, Astoria) on Friday April 28 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. RSVP online to reserve a seat. Delphine’s story is part of a series called “Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories,” and is screening along with director Teresa H. Mular’s film “Four Journeys.”
The New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism Department has more exciting news regarding its alumni.
Nicole Cross snagged four Associated Press Louisiana awards recently, including Best Daytime Newscast and Achievement. Nicole came to NYFA to begin a total career change, and she treated class time and project assignments as if they were a “job,” tackling everything with discipline, thoroughness and passion. She even made her way to Washington, DC so that she had stand-ups shot there for her Resume Reel.
Christian Good arrived at NYFA fresh from a degree program in law enforcement. The Toronto Police Department’s loss was our gain. Upon graduation, Christian started building his freelance career as a multimedia journalist. Most recently, he has been traveling the world. He’s working with fashion designer and writer Marcia Sherrill. This past week we found out the two of them were “rolling in rupees” in New Delhi.
Prior to enrolling at NYFA, Akeem Holmes received a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. (He was an outstanding basketball player there too.) Now Akeem is taking the skills he learned at NYFA and returning to his alma mater, where he is building a digital media team to cover the Randolph-Macon sports program. He is training students from the Filmmaking and Journalism programs how to make sports stories that are engaging, exciting and fun.
That’s Akeem back in his student days, waiting to shoot a talk show segment utilizing a green screen effect to create a “virtual set.” He’s with classmates Kecia Gayle (center) and Maia Walker (left).
Finally, congratulations to Spring 2017 8-Week Workshop grad Lizzie Yang, who is working as a full-time freelance Production Assistance at Lincoln Square Productions. “I bet you are familiar with it, but it’s a production company under ABC News. Even though (for now) my contract would only last until the project I’m assigned to is finished, hopefully I can jump onto other projects while I am here and continue working. I am assigned to a 2-hour long documentary production about the last 100 days of Princess Diana, since it’s the 20th anniversary of her death in 1997.”
Congrats to all of these fine Broadcast Journalism alumni!
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!”