Broadcast Journalism Alumni Reporting and Working All Around the World

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New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism graduates continue to represent their alma mater while working and reporting from locations all around the world!

We start with anchorwoman and presenter Ahlam Tabra.

“Since I returned from NYFA to Dubai, I was promoted from being an anchorwoman on Orient News TV — which is the only news source for many Syrians — to being given a long format primetime show of my own,” said Tabra. “This achievement was in great part due to the skills that I learned attending the NYFA workshop, and I am extremely grateful to the very talented and hardworking instructors that I had the opportunity to work with.”

NYFA alumnus George Colli was in the middle of the action when President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate accords. George reported the story to Cox Media television stations across the country.
George Colli
On a far happier note, Broadcast Journalism alumna Federica Polidoro was back on the red carpet again, this time at the Cannes Film Festival.

“I am a correspondent in Cannes for several Italian outlets, print and video,” said Polidoro. “I got an interview with Sofia Coppola and a bunch of other junkets, for instance the Patti Cakes movie that was a hit in Sundance too, and Takashi Miike, director of Blade of the Immortal, a cult/splatter/samurai movie with lot of choreography. I also got a tremendous interview with Eugene Jarecki, a documentarist who presented in special screenings Promised Land, an amazing road movie where Elvis’ life is a metaphor for America. I think that he’s going to be nominated for a 2018 Oscar.”

Staying in Italy, NYFA alumna Chiara Carcano is working on a wonderful digital series called “Chef Save The Food.” Apparently she is playing a number of roles in the production, not least of which is to “clap the slate” (or sometimes simply clap) at the start of each scene. All of the action takes place in the lovely Lombardy region of Italy.

Meanwhile, after a whole lot of emails and phone calls, Broadcast Journalism alumna Sandra Rodriguez has gotten her first job…

“I am super excited to tell you that I got a multimedia journalist position in Yuma, Arizona! I will be reporting for Telemundo and KYMA. I wouldn’t have been able to get this job without your help. You really helped me learn a lot on how to be a great journalist. Once again thank you and thanks to all the other instructors as well!”

Sandra, we always say at NYFA that we share our knowledge with our students, but it is their hard work and determination which leads to success. Congratulations!

KYMA

Down in the Southern Hemisphere (dare I say “down under”) in Australia, Georgia Hammond put together a splendid video for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. (45,000+ views, and counting!) It is easy to forget that there are a wide range of corporate video opportunities out there, as everyone today wants to harness the power of video to tell their story. (In fact, I did a number of video projects for Johnson & Johnson, thanks to Rob Halper.)

Toyosi Phillips has never been accused of being shy… which is a good thing, especially if you want a career in the media. Now she is the host of a new digital series called “As Toyo Sees.” She is gearing the program to the large West African diaspora, as well as folks back home in Nigeria. Toyosi is also an entertainment correspondent fro Smooth 98.1FM in Lagos. Apparently, she is very busy…

Toyosi Phillips ats

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Published on: June 6, 2017

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