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  • Broadcast Journalism Grad Andras Takacs Selected for Inaugural “Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Media”

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    Andras S. Takacs

    Andras S. Takacs

    Award-winning Hungarian journalist and documentary filmmaker Andras Takacs took the hands-on training he got as a student in the New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism program and literally travelled around the world. Having interviewed former President Bill Clinton, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, he has now been selected by Forbes magazine for inclusion in their prestigious “30 under 30 Europe: Media” list.

    Andras has produced and presented the current events series On The Spot, with his colleague and wife Eszter Cseke, for 7 years. From the revolution in Egypt to the front lines in Afghanistan, they work with just two small cameras and no crew, giving their programs extraordinary intimacy and honesty. The famed Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa provides their motto: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

    The BBC called their work “rare and exclusive.. “Up-close and visceral,” wrote the Financial Times about their films, adding that “Takacs and Cseke plunge their cameras into the heart of the action, asking questions that are normally suppressed.”

    Andras credits NYFA for giving him the skills to embark on his remarkable career, lessons that he still uses every day.

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    January 29, 2016 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5013

  • NYFA Broadcast Journalism School Inspired Award-Winning Career

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    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.”

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    May 30, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6904