April Broadcast Journalism Update


While the NYFA New York City campus is closed, we in the Broadcast Journalism department are all safe and sound. Our students are finding new ways to tell important stories. And just like media outlets around the world, we had to reinvent our biweekly news magazine NYFA News. Students are shooting stories with what they have — personal DSLRs, GoPros and cell phones. Here Avery Kelly demonstrates how to maintain social distancing…

Broadcast Journalism student Avery Kelly on the streets of NYC

Since the Edit Lab is currently closed, video editing is an at-home enterprise using a range of nonlinear software. Our current students are attending online classes from their kitchens and living rooms. One is in the middle of a 14-day quarantine in South Korea (ROK).
Shadab Khan is cutting stories on Staten Island. Lexi Fernau is in South Dakota. And Selin Telek is somewhere on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

NYFA student Shadab Khan edits at home on Staten Island

The tables were turned on NYFA grad, and the Broadcast Journalism department’s superstar TA, Fabiola Torres recently. She was interviewed by a TV station in Puerto Rico about what life is like in New York City. (Or Nueva York, if you will.) And don’t you know, she provided them with some great sound “bites.” She knew exactly what the producers needed…

Fabiola Torres is interviewed by TV station in Puerto Rico

Washington state was hit early, and hard, by the COVID-19 virus. Former NYFA Broadcast Journalism student Starla Sampaco is helping to explain what is going. I’m anchoring daily news segments on KCTS, Seattle’s PBS station on channel 9. I get a kick out of living 8-year-old-Starla’s dream (although the newsroom is pretty empty these days)… Hope you’ll tune in. It’s more important than ever to get your news from credible sources you can trust.”

Former NYFA Broadcast Journalism student Starla Sampaco

We have a saying in the news business, “there is a local angle to every national story.” New York-based (OK, Nova Iorque…) NYFA grad Viviane Faver is demonstrating that there can be “an international angle to every local story.” A freelance journalist, Viviane writes for a number of different Brazilian online news sites and magazines.

The Sardina Sisters (12-week grad Camile Sardina, and her sister Paloma) joined forces on an article about what it’s like to be a pregnant doctor during the #Coronavirus. Expertise + Experience from Paloma, an MD, PhD, who is 8 months pregnant. Writing + Interviewing from Camile.

“I felt that Paloma’s pregnancy experience during the virus needed to be shared in order for other pregnant doctors to not feel alone, and for the public to have a better understanding about pregnant healthcare worker’s lives through #COVID19. And of course, because she’s my hero and the world’s. 

1-Year Broadcast Journalism alum Idris Sulun is thousands of miles away from New York, working as a journalist in his native Turkey.

“I have been working for the Anadolu Agency as a multimedia journalist. It is basically the biggest news agency in Turkey, and one of the biggest agencies in the region. |

What I am doing is completely the same as we did in our Personal Journalism class… Pitching the story to my chief editor, and if I get approval I shoot the interview and take broll I need, then go for editing. At the same time, I’m writing the news text and taking photos for the news package.”

Idris is creating wonderful, family-oriented stories. The kind of stories we really need just about everywhere these days…

1-Year Broadcast Journalism alum Idris Sulun

Finally, Hannah Palmhagen — another 1-Year Conservatory program graduate — is back home in Sweden. She is proving just how glamorous working in digital media can be. Note her practical footwear. When you work around cattle, you’ve gotta watch where you step…

Alum Hannah Palmhagen takes images of cattle in her home country of Sweden


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Published on: April 15, 2020

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