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  • Broadcast Journalism Student Reports on De Blasio’s Press Conference


    Nour IdrissIt is the start of a new term, and what better way to kick-off the semester than to talk about one of the all-star Broadcast Journalism students at the New York Film Academy, Nour Idriss.

    Nour is from Syria, and after being stranded in New York by the ongoing civil war in her homeland, she set out to “reinvent” herself as a broadcast journalist. Not only does she shoot, report, write, edit and produce, but she got access to one of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conferences. The event, making the release of New York City’s only Ebola patient, drew national and even international reporters. Nour was the only student journalist there.

    Set-up in-between camera crews from NBC and CBS, and shooting by herself, Nour documented the press conference like a pro. And she did this after only 8-weeks of study! Imagine what she will accomplish as a 1-year Broadcast Journalism student…


    January 16, 2015 • Broadcast Journalism • Views: 3941

  • Broadcast Journalism Students Go Behind-the-Scenes of “Rachael”


    NYFA students on set of “Rachael”

    Part of what makes the New York Film Academy’s Broadcast Journalism program special is the access students have to New York City-based productions. Recently our students got a behind-the-scenes look at how the hit talk show Rachael is produced. The two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning show, hosted by Rachael Ray, tapes at the Chelsea Television Studios in Manhattan.

    Our Broadcast Journalism students were there for the production of the 1500th episode in the Rachael series! They had a chance to watch the production of a “live” program from the vantage point of the control room, as well as spend time “on the set.”

    After watching a live taping, our students came away with was an appreciation of the complexity of the production process, along with the essential role of collaboration. Media production is a “team sport.” (Sorry, can’t tell you what happened… we’re sworn to secrecy.)

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    Behind-the-scenes of “Rachael”


    November 24, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism • Views: 3890

  • NYFA Broadcast Journalism Grad Hired by ABC-TV Affiliate Station in Texas


    NYFA Testimonial from Dr. Nicole Cross on Vimeo.
    Dr. Nicole Cross came to the New York Film Academy with the goal of setting in motion a total career change. A successful psychologist, she set her sights on a career in Broadcast Journalism. Now, thanks to the skills she learned at NYFA, she is on her way. Earlier this month she was hired by KAVU-TV in Victoria, Texas.

    Nicole is a General Assignment Reporter, as well as a substitute Anchor, on the popular Newscenter 25 broadcast. Among her duties is hosting Victoria Weekend, a feature highlighting events taking place in the Victoria area.

    Congratulations, Nicole! You were an outstanding student, and are now an inspiration to all of the Broadcast Journalism students at NYFA.


    September 19, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6044

  • NYFA Broadcast Journalism School Inspired Award-Winning Career

    Andras Takacs

    Andras Takacs

    It is more than 4,000 miles from Budapest to New York. Yet, when Hungarian videomaker Andras Takacs wanted to learn the skills essential to being a successful broadcast journalist, he came to the New York Film Academy’s School of Broadcast Journalism. That’s because NYFA “seemed to be THE place in the U.S. to learn digital journalism,” Takacs recalls.

    His time at NYFA inspired him, and collaborator Eszter Cseke, to create the documentary series “On The Spot.” According to Andras, the series is “based on the method of working without a crew, getting much closer to people and their stories in the field.” So far the team has created 40 of these vivid, first-person programs, taking the production team from the revolution in Egypt to the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Fukushima earthquake in Japan. The series is seen on Hungarian Public TV, as well as Spektrum TV in central Europe.

    “On The Spot” was honored with the Press Freedom Award in Strasbourg from the Council of Europe, the Prix Jury prize at the Tourfilm Festival and the Golden Nymph as Best Documentary at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

    Recently “On The Spot: Gaza” received a Gold Plaque for Investigative Reporting/News Documentary from the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival, and was selected Best Foreign Short Documentary at the 2014 American Documentary Film Festival. The report received rave reviews in publications worldwide, including the Financial Times.

    Attending the New York Film Academy opens the door to a challenging career, giving you the opportunity to both learn essential skills as well as find your editorial “voice.”


    May 30, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5574

  • Award-Winning Legal Affairs Correspondent to Conduct Workshop for NYFA Broadcast Journalism Students


    truTVFor more than a decade, Grace Wong has covered dozens of high-profile court case. Working first for Court TV, then for CNN’s sister network truTV, on Friday, May 2 she brings her expertise to the New York Film Academy.

    Grace is an expert in a field with a number of unique challenges. First and foremost, you have to explain the circumstances and the personalities involved in a specific case. Next you need to put this particular case within the context of a complex legal system. Then you must communicate what happened in court on a given day, and how it fits in with the testimony and evidence that preceded it.

    Now, do this every day for a month…

    Grace Wong will make a formal presentation, including samples of her work, and then will participate in a Q&A session. The workshop will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning news producer Bill Einreinhofer, the Chair of the Broadcast Journalism department.

    The class starts at 10:00am, and takes place on the Battery Place campus. Current, former and potential NYFA students are invited to attend.


    April 25, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Guest Speakers • Views: 3821

  • Broadcast Journalism Grad to Host Summer 2015 Fashion Coverage

    Marcelle Bittar NYFA

    Marcelle Bittar

    Acclaimed model Marcelle Bittar has achieved much in the world of high fashion. She’s been featured on the cover of numerous magazines, both here in the United States as well as in her native Brazil. She could have gone anywhere in the world to learn television reporting skills. She chose to attend the New York Film Academy‘s Broadcast Journalism School.

    As a student in the Evening Broadcast Journalism Workshop, she shot, wrote, reported and edited her own stories. For her final project, she created a stunning video portrait of model Maria Borges. Here is a link to that stylish, insightful story.

    MARIA BORGES from Marcelle Bittar.

    Now, Brazilian fashion magazine Glamurama reports Marcelle will be hosting fashion coverage for Glitz, the Time Warner-owned satellite and cable channel in Brazil. Among her assignments is reporting on the Summer 2015 fashion shows in São Paulo and Rio. It’s especially gratifying that magazine cites the New York Film Academy as the source of Marcelle’s journalism training.

    Parabéns (Congratulations) Marcelle!


    April 2, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4103

  • Broadcast Journalism Students Don’t Just Cover The News At NYFA

    Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.36.19 AMBroadcast Journalism students at the New York Film Academy just don’t cover stories, sometimes they get covered in the story. Case in point, two of our evening students, at the Holi (Festival of Colors) Festival in Jersey City recently. 
    Wenjing Yang and Nyeisha Scott were assigned to shoot a news package about a cultural event. They chose the annual Holi Festival in Jersey City. A celebration by the region’s Indian community of the arrival of Spring, a key component of the festivities involves participants covering anyone and everyone in bright colored powders. By the end of the day, both Wenjing and Nyeisha’s clothing needed a good washing. But they protected the camera! 

    March 26, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism • Views: 3123

  • NYFA Alumnus Sergei Ivonin Talks with Students About Covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics


    When Sergei Ivonin became a student at the New York Film Academy, he had high career goals but lacked the skills to attain them. Thanks to what he learned at NYFA, he is now a staff producer with NBC News. Recently he returned to NYFA to tell Broadcast Journalism students what it is like to be a Digital Journalist working on Dateline: NBC. He also gave them an insider’s perspective on coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

    An eight hour time difference between Sochi and New York meant that the production staff was constantly on-the-go. Whether it was shooting material for Today, working on stories for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, or conducting interviews for prime time Olympic coverage, sleep was in short supply. Work days that could stretch to 18-hours not withstanding, Sergei was thrilled to play a role in covering what is the quintessential global news event.

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    March 18, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5137

  • What Makes Up a Broadcast Journalism Student?


    Broadcast Journalism

    As a successful broadcast journalist, with more than 25 years of network television experience, I’m accustomed to seeing New York Film Academy students shooting throughout Manhattan. Now, as the new Chair of the Broadcast Journalism department, I’m learning a lot about who those students are and why they chose to attend NYFA.

    There is no “typical” Broadcast Journalism student. They are a remarkably diverse group, with many holding undergraduate degrees. They discovered that they needed to enhance their hands-on production skills, in order to succeed in a highly competitive job market.

    While many want to pursue careers in network or local news, others are interested in sports, entertainment or fashion programming. Some want to take the skills they have honed at NYFA and start their own media outlets, a prospect now possible thanks to the growing influence of online program distribution.

    Roughly half of the participants in the Broadcast Journalism program are international students. They quite literally come from around the world. Some are staff members at well-known national broadcasting companies. They enroll in NYFA to learn the “state-of-the-art” in digital journalism. Often they find out about us from colleagues who used experience they gained at NYFA to advance their careers back home.

    Once broadcasters hired young people for so-called “entry level” jobs, positions that afforded the opportunity for on-the-job training. By and large, those jobs don’t exist anymore. Today you have to be ready to work on day one, and the successful applicant is someone who can demonstrate superior hands-on skills before they are hired.

    That’s where graduates of the NYFA Broadcast Journalism program shine. They have already built their own “demo reel,” with stories and segments they researched, shot, wrote, edited and narrated themselves. This includes students taking both the 4-week and 8-week Broadcast Journalism courses.

    Students enrolled in the one-year program are able to study and practice in-depth production techniques. This includes working on all aspects of NYFA’s own, studio-based newscast. It’s a learning experience that has the look and feel of a nightly news program. The deadlines are real and so are the challenges.

    All of this takes place in New York City, a global hub for politics, government, culture and the arts. Everyday news is made in New York, and the impact of that news is felt worldwide. NYFA students live and work in a fast-paced environment that offers once-in-a-lifetime possibilities right on their doorstep.

    One of the key skills our students learn has nothing to do with cameras, editing software, Teleprompters or video switchers. Instead, it is a process. At NYFA, students learn how to collaborate with others. On-the-job, it is common to work with people from different backgrounds, different specialties, different outlooks and different opinions. NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates experience that firsthand.

    The ability to work as part of a team is essential to success as a broadcast journalist. I have seen that time and time again, working on assignments throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

    I’ve also seen the profound impact experienced mentors can have on the careers of young journalists. The staff at NYFA includes award-winning journalists with extensive national, even international production credits. They enthusiastically share this knowledge with their students, providing unique insights and perspectives.

    Students graduating from the NYFA Broadcast Journalism program aren’t just ready for the “real world,” they are also prepared to change it.

    – Bill Einreinhofer, Broadcast Journalism Chair


    October 7, 2013 • Broadcast Journalism • Views: 4645