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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – July 25, 2019

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    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!

    1 - Broadcast Journalism Update July 24

    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.”

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    🎥 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

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    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.

    4- Broadcast Journalism Update July 24

    Finally, the documentary that NYFA faculty members Evgenia VlasovaDee VlachosLexi 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.

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    July 25, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 308

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – June 18, 2019

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    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…)

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    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!)

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    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!

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    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.

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    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 VlasovaDaniel 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…

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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – June 5, 2019

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    Three years ago, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism students Alisa Arvind and Urvashi Ward made history. They became fully credentialed White House reporters—not “student reporters,” but full-fledged reporters, just like the folks from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, and NBC. 

    They were reporting for NYFA News. That’s right, the news magazine produced by students in the 1-Year Broadcast Journalism Conservatory program! Not only that, they were also the first students of any journalism school to accompany the American President on an overseas trip. Think about that for a moment.—we/they accomplished something that had never been done before, or since.

    Broadcast Journalism Update - June 6, 2019
    Broadcast Journalism Update - June 6, 2019

    What Alisa and Urvashi did speaks to the quality of the course-of-study here at NYFA. It is also an example of the type of persistence that journalism requires. It took them months of emails and phone calls to get official accreditation. Then, one morning they started to receive the President’s daily schedule in their NYFA email account. Truly amazing…

    It’s also the first anniversary of Karen Hua starting as a reporter at KGET in Bakersfield, California. Karen is a graduate of our 12-Week Evening Broadcast Journalism workshop. That’s where she learned how to report, shoot, write, and edit. (Of course, she also needed determination, but she had already walked through the door with that…)

    To mark the past year, Karen put together a video of 365 “moments,” one for each story she reported. Most are wonderful, a few cringe-worthy, and a bunch are really funny. Watching it, you can see her build a body of work, which will eventually lead her to a job in a larger city/market.

    Finally, it is just about six years since I responded to an online job posting for a new Broadcast Journalism department Chair at the New York Film Academy. Answering that ad, quite literally, changed my life. Today I get the chance to do the two things I love the most—teach and create compelling nonfiction video. So to everyone at NYFA—administration, faculty, staff, students—past and present…Thanks!

    Broadcast Journalism Update - June 6, 2019
    Stay Tuned,

    Bill

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    June 5, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 332

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – May 17, 2019

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    Avni Mahiji is a graduate of one of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism department’s short-term workshops. She has a great on-camera presence, which we helped her develop. And she knows that to build your career you always have to be ready when opportunities present themselves.

    Or better yet, you create your own opportunities. Recently she was doing anchor/presenter work on a small New York City-area TV station. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her impressive skills.

    Great job, Avni!

    Broadcast Journalism May 17 2019

    I’ve heard from some incoming students who want to know a bit about the neighborhood where NYFA is located. It’s a good question… Here are some pictures for them, as well as any graduates who are feeling a bit nostalgic.

    So this is our neighborhood, downtown Manhattan.

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    This is a closer shot. NYFA is located in the building on the left.

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    We are at 17 Battery Place. Just look for the flags…

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    Now, strictly speaking, the next picture isn’t in “our neighborhood.” But each term, some students get the chance to visit NBC News for a behind-the-scenes tour. Their guide is MSNBC contributor Col. Jack Jacobs, who in and of himself is worth the trip uptown. They are on the set of the NBC Nightly News, regularly one of the most-watched network TV news programs in the country.

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    Finally, you’ll see much of New York through the lens of a camera like this. Believe it or not, all of our students leave NYFA capable of using this high-end HDTV camera. If you look closely, that is the soon-to-graduate Nicole Abebe hidden behind all that equipment…

    Broadcast Journalism May 17 2019

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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – May 6, 2019

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    Life is never a simple, straight line progression. New York Film Academy (NYFA) grad and Austin, Texas resident Nicole Cross made tremendous progress following her graduation. Then, in response to a family crisis, the award-winning anchor/presenter left the TV industry altogether. But, as they used to say on American radio newscasts, “there is good news tonight.” Nicole wrote the following:

    When I stepped away from the tv industry for family reasons last year, I didn’t know if I’d return. Leaving a job I truly loved, turning down job offers outside of Austin to keep my kiddos stably in the same community/schools, patiently working behind the scenes until I was once again free to step in front of the camera.. it has indeed been a journey, but NOW I can officially announce that with best wishes from @kvuenews, I have accepted an offer from @spectrumnewsatx/ @spectrumnewssa to anchor newscasts AND host #InFocusTX, a 30-minute community and public affairs program that broadcasts in #Austin, #San Antonio, and #Waco. This is my dream job… To top that off, my boss is super supportive, my colleagues are top-notch, and the schedule is in perfect harmony with my family time. What I know for sure is that family is worth the sacrifice, balance is key, sometimes you have to pull back to spring forward, and you WILL win if you don’t quit.

    Nicole, we are all happy for you!Broadcast Journalism Update - May 6

    Students who study at New York Film Academy leave here with both a strong production skill set as well as lots of memories. One of the ways they demonstrate those memories is by referring back to their NYFA days online. Recently I was looking at the LinkedIn page of Laura Taglianetti, who is an Associate Producer with NBC News. And her profile picture dates back to her student days at NYFA. (I recognize the old-style “flag” on her microphone.)

    Thanks for remembering us, Laura!

    Recently I had the chance to travel to the other side of the world, to Kazakhstan in Central Asia. I was there to participate in a conference on digital storytelling, along with folks from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria.

    Broadcast Journalism Update - May 6

    Broadcast Journalism Update - May 6

    It was a fabulous opportunity to compare notes with international colleagues. I even got the chance to test out the news anchor/presenter’s seat at one of the major Kazakh TV channels. But I must admit, I had a bit of trouble reading the teleprompter copy…

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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Student Covers ‘Game of Thrones’

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    The world premiere of the final season of mega hit HBO series Game of Thrones took place last night, and fans of the fantasy series all over the world could not be more excited. HBO is using this excitement to promote the show in every way possible. That included installing “iron thrones” (like the one in the show) in a number of remote places around the world, then tweeting hints so people could search for them.

    NYFA News – Game of Thrones from Bill Einreinhofer on Vimeo.

    One was in New York City. Well, in a very, very remote part of New York. People rushed to Fort Totten Park in Queens to have their 30 seconds with the throne. New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism student Nicole Abebe made the journey—on the subway from Manhattan to the last stop on the 7 line, then another 45 minutes by bus—to see why people were willing to come from across the city, and beyond, then spend hours on line, just to shoot a selfie on the “throne.”

    Game of Thrones Broadcast Journaliism
    Game of Thrones Broadcast Journaliism

    Fernanda Mueller is a graduate of the Fall 2018 8-Week Broadcast Journalism workshop. Recently, I contacted her to get some feedback about her NYFA experience. And, in addition to sending me an email, she put together a short video! It is truly delightful, and not just because I make a brief “guest appearance.” You don’t even need to know Portuguese to understand it…

    Thanks, Fernanda!


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    April 15, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 492

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – April 4, 2019

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    Here at New York Film Academy (NYFA) we take great pride in the fact that our instructors are also active professionally in their specific craft(s). Case in point, Broadcast Journalism’s own Evgenia Vlasova. She is now producing and hosting a series of reports for RTVI, a digital Russian-language programming service that reaches 20 million people around the world. The camera operator for her first story? NYFA instructor Daniel Hernandez!

    Email is a wonderful thing… On a regular basis I hear from NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates I may not have actually seen in years. This week there is big news from Grace Shao. When last we reported on her, she was working for CGTN in Beijing. After a sojourn in NYC, she is joining the staff of CNBC in Singapore. Congratulations, Grace!

    Last week I heard from Mariana Janjacomo, in Brazil. She told me that she is working as a video producer for a radio station in Sao Paulo called Jovem Pan. (Talk about “multimedia”…) 

    “I came here to work as a producer for the brand new daily newscast of ‘Jovem Pan Agora’ (something like ‘Jovem Pan Now’), a newscast that is broadcast daily on YouTube, and the very first one that was conceived as a TV newscast. But I also work as a reporter, and sometimes I host a few shows.”

    

    Closer to home, successful international model, fashion journalist, and NYFA grad Amanda Salvato is based in New York City. It’s only natural, given that New York is a global center for both media and fashion. Recently she had the opportunity to interview Brazilian designer John John, known as the “Alchemist of Jeans.” One of the things I love about her story is the way she had John John explain how a common assumption (“jeans are always blue”) just isn’t true!

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    April 4, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 479

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Alum Covers Kunlun Red Star

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    So what happens to student projects after New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism students graduate? In the case of Alisa Arvind, they take on a life of their own. 

    Now a published author, in 2016 Alisa posted a video about the Holi Hai Festival in New York City on YouTube. The news package was produced for one of her Broadcast Journalism classes. Since then, it’s had 100,000+ views! 

    Three years ago she wrote: “They call it ‘the happiest festival of NYC!’ Holy Hai is an Indian festival of Spring where people come to dance their hearts out and get colorful.” And colorful it is… It wouldn’t surprise me if Alisa was still getting some of that color out of her hair…

    NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad Gillian Kemmerer, now based in Moscow, continues her journey through Eurasia. Most recently she was in China.

    More than 120 Under-11 players arrived at the Little Wolf Arena in Beijing last month to compete in an event run by the Kontinental Hockey League coaching staff. Gillian reports the kids were competing for the chance to head to Astana, Kazakhstan and Sochi, Russia for two tournaments this April.

    Kunlun Red Star is sending a youth team to the Gazprom Cup for the first time in franchise history. The young athletes participated in workshop activities, as well as actual games in which their skill levels were assessed.

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    March 21, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, China, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 675

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Student Covers New York Fashion Week

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    Studying in New York City provides students with opportunities that are simply not available anywhere else. Recently, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism student Nicole Abebe was able to cover New York Fashion Week as an accredited journalist.

    Nicole was backstage and on the runway. She shot, wrote, and edited her stories—all of which were then distributed by a New York media company.

    Obviously, this situation is unique. It is rare a student from any school gets a chance like this. That said, New York City is filled with many tremendous opportunities. 

    But you have to be here to take advantage of them. And you have to go to the right school to get the skills you’ll need…