broadcast journalism

  • MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Speaks at NYFA Battery Place


    Today, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) welcomed Rachel Maddow, the popular American television host, political commentator, and author, as a guest speaker at NYFA’s New York City campus.

    Ms. Maddow hosts the nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Her syndicated talk radio program of the same name also aired on Air America Radio.

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    Rachel Maddow at New York Film Academy Battery Place

    NYFA’s Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein, led the lively and informal discussion with Ms. Maddow to a standing room crowd of more than 100 NYFA students, including those enrolled in the broadcast journalism, documentary filmmaking, producing, and directing departments.

    The educational setting allowed for the unique opportunity for students to engage with—and learn from— an industry luminary in a wonderfully unfiltered way. Ms. Maddow described her rather circuitous route to her current place in broadcast history and brought laughter by telling the audience about the roster of myriad jobs that she took to survive after earning a doctorate at Oxford in political science.

    maddow at nyfa

    She sympathetically gave the American paleoconservative and politician, Pat Buchanan, just-dos for helping to launch her career when he chose her to be his on-air adversary for primetime political debating. She shared with the broadcast journalism students the ingredients that she feels helped her to build her career and gave an honest appraisal of the current state of the television news industry.

    “I think in broadcast journalism, the camera is a little bit like an x-ray,” said Maddow. “And you can tell if the person on camera has done their own work, has done their own reading, has come up with their own ideas or if they are just reading something that somebody else wrote for them.”

    Of keen interest to many is Ms. Maddow’s engagement in current political and societal issues from her perspective as a longtime activist, and her passion for numerous causes shone through in today’s discussions.

    nyfa with maddow

    Ms. Maddow provided students with invaluable professional and personal wisdom, and the New York Film Academy is grateful to her for taking the time out from her busy schedule to impart it to our students.

    Before departing, Ms. Maddow left our students with some words of advice: “Don’t tell people how you feel, create a feeling in them and let it be their own experience.”

    The Rachel Maddow Show airs on MSNBC at 9:00 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday, and is rebroadcast at midnight Eastern.


    May 4, 2015 • Broadcast Journalism, Guest Speakers, Producing • Views: 10932

  • Award Winning Journalist Kimberly Wallace to Speak at NYFA


    kimberly wallaceFriday morning Kimberly Wallace, a field reporter and in-studio anchor with ViOS 1 News, will be visiting New York Film Academy. An award-winning and Emmy nominated journalist, during a two hour Q&A session with Broadcast Journalism students she will discuss the challenges of reporting from the field, as well as the skills necessary to be a successful studio anchor.

    ViOS 1 News is an example of how content distributors (in this case, Verizon) are becoming content creators. ViOS 1 News is also the kind of production unit where being a multimedia journalist (MMJ) is an absolute necessity.

    The Q&A session will take place 9:00 am this Friday March 6, at NYFA’s 17 Battery Place campus. Current students, as well as potential Broadcast Journalism students, are invited.

  • NYFA Grad Marisol Tudela: The Fashionista Chica


    marisol tudelaSuccessful fashion, lifestyle and event journalist, as well as New York Film Academy alum, Marisol Tudela will be the guest speaker this Friday at the graduation ceremony of the February 4-week Broadcast Journalism students. A native of Lima, Peru, Marisol has created the online persona of The Fashionista Chica, and regularly covers red carpet events including New York Fashion Week and the Miss America pageant for the PressroomVIP website.

    The Fashionista Chica series incorporates celebrity styles, fashion education, and real-world use, by spotting upcoming trends, finding why they intrigue the present culture, and showing viewers how to make those trends part of their lifestyle.

    Following her graduation from NYFA in 2013, Marisol was the Associate Producer of the Emmy Award winning CUNY-TV magazine series Nueva York.

    The graduation ceremony takes place this Friday, February 27, at 12:30pm at the NYFA Battery Park campus.


    February 25, 2015 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5525

  • 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: 4569

  • 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: 4654

  • 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: 6956

  • 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: 6520

  • 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: 4672

  • 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: 4875

  • 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: 3699