broadcast journalism

  • Broadcast Journalism Students Filming in New York City


    NYFA Broadcast Journalism 2014The January Broadcast Journalism students at the New York Film Academy had been in class for a little more than a week when they got their first assignment. They went out with TAs to shoot cover footage for a 30-second voiceover segment they scripted that morning.

    If you’re interested in enrolling in NYFA‘s Broadcast Journalism program, CLICK HERE for more information.


    January 21, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4186

  • Editor of iMediaEthics Website to Participate in Seminar with NYFA Broadcast Journalism Students

    Rhonda Roland Shearer

    Rhonda Roland Shearer

    Ethics form the essential foundation for effective journalism. Yet in the current hyper competitive media environment, there is often a temptation to “move” a story before it has been fully vetted. That’s what happened at CBS News when ’60 Minutes’ broadcast the dramatic story of an alleged “eyewitness” to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The story turned out to be false, and resulted in the suspension of the CBS correspondent responsible for the report.

    On Wednesday January 29, Rhonda Roland Shearer — editor-in-chief and publisher of iMediaEthics, a media watchdog website — will conduct a seminar for Broadcast Journalism students at the New York Film Academy. A project of the Art Science Research Laboratory, which was co-founded by Ms. Shearer and her late husband, Harvard Professor and scientist Stephen Jay Gould, iMediaEthics regularly explores the “hits and misses” of the news media. The winner of a 2012 Mirror Award from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, the website provides a lively forum for the exploration of high-profile media issues.

    This seminar will take place on Wednesday morning, January 29 on the 17 Battery Place campus of the New York Film Academy. All current, and potential, NYFA students are welcome to attend. The discussion will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Bill Einreinhofer, Chair of the NYFA Broadcast Journalism department. For more information, contact him at or 862-755-1203.


    January 2, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Guest Speakers • Views: 4966

  • Emmy Award Winner Jane Hanson Speaks to Broadcast Journalism Students


    Jane Hanson

    We had an early Christmas present recently, as three-time Emmy Award winner Jane Hanson visited New York Film Academy‘s Battery Park campus to meet with our Broadcast Journalism students. Jane brought along samples of her primetime reporting, drawn from her WNBC-TV series Jane’s New York.

    The students were fascinated by the “behind the scenes” stories of how Jane put together these exciting programs. (One involved Jane recording a “stand-up” sitting in a chair bolted to a piece of plywood, hanging out the window of an office at 30 Rockefeller Center. It was an amazing shot!) Still, they appreciated even more Jane’s insights into real-world Broadcast Journalism, and the struggle many women often have finding a balance between family and a successful television career.

    We’re deeply indebted to Jane Hanson for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit NYFA. Thanks Jane!

    -Bill Einreinhofer


    December 20, 2013 • Broadcast Journalism • Views: 5108

  • Nontraditional Students Welcome in NYFA Broadcast Journalism Program

    Dr. Nicole Cross

    Dr. Nicole Cross

    The Broadcast Journalism program at New York Film Academy attracts students from across the United States and around the world. Some are practicing journalists in their home countries, others recent college graduates looking for the digital production skills necessary to stand out in a competitive job market.

    But some students come to NYFA in preparation for a total career change. One of those students was Dr. Nicole Cross, a practicing psychologist from Texas. Having gained initial media experience as a guest and host on programs in her hometown of Houston, Nicole decided the time was right to change careers. Her goal was to become nothing less than an outstanding digital journalist.

    NYFA’s 8-Week Broadcast Journalism program offered exactly the kind of intensive training Nicole was looking for. Our “hands-on” emphasis gave her a chance to first learn, and then practice skills essential for success.

    At first her news stories were a bit rough, as was her on-camera reporting. Still, that’s to be expected of someone just starting out. Over the following weeks, we gave her guidance and support. Eventually she became not only a proficient reporter, but was comfortable both shooting and editing her own stories.

    Nicole used world famous New York City landmarks as backdrops for her stand-ups. As a result, her stories looked like they were shot for a major market newscast. Times Square, the United Nations, Central Park, Manhattan’s fashionable Soho district… They are all included on her resume reel. She even took a day trip to Washington, DC where she assembled with other news crews to cover President Barack Obama’s Veteran’s Day address at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Nicole’s determination, mixed with the NYFA Broadcast Journalism curriculum, has given her a shot at success as a digital journalist. One veteran network news producer looked at her reel and concluded it could immediately get her a job in a small to medium TV market.

    We are proud to help our students acquire and sharpen the skills that will help them reach their career goals. Whether those goals encompass hard news, sports, entertainment or fashion, the abilities they learn at NYFA will make them and their work distinctive.

    -Bill Einreinhofer, Chair of Broadcast Journalism

    For more information on NYFA’s Broadcast Journalism Programs, visit here.


    December 2, 2013 • Broadcast Journalism, Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4872

  • 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: 5306

  • New York Film Academy Returns to South Africa



    Once again the New York Film Academy couldn’t resist another trip to South Africa! We are never disappointed and we’re always anxious to get back. Not to mention the overall enthusiasm South Africans have for the arts and the New York Film Academy.

    If you are interested in finding out more about NYFA or would like an audition, check below to see when we’ll be in your area.



    Auditions for partial Talent Based Scholarship to the Acting and Musical Theatre programs


    Portfolio reviews for partial scholarship to Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing programs

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

    WHERE: Johannesburg (Kempton Park)

    TIME: 13:00-15:00


    Open House and General Information Session for All New York Film Academy programs

    WHEN: Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    WHERE: Johannesburg (Kempton Park)

    TO RSVP: You must email 



    Auditions for partial Talent Based Scholarship to the Acting and Musical Theatre programs


    New York Film Academy portfolio reviews for partial scholarship to Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

    WHERE: Cape Town

    TIME: 13:00-15:00

    Open House and General Information Session for All New York Film programs

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

    WHERE: Cape Town

    TO RSVP for this or any event, please email



    1. Portfolio Reviews consist of a panel review of two pieces of creative work pertaining to your desired field of study. Reviews are for partial scholarship to our *full time Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing programs.
    2. Auditions are for partial scholarship to our *full time Acting or Musical Theatre programs.
    3. MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION: Consists of a 60-90 second monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay, and two contrasting musical theatre songs with music backing.
    4. ACTING AUDITION: Consists of 2 contemporary, contrasting monologues of approximately 60- 90 seconds per monologue.
    5. Information session/Open House: A detailed overview of all the programs NYFA has to offer.
    6. *Full Time = 1 Year or longer

    August 13, 2013 • Academic Programs, Road Show • Views: 14449

  • Just To Let You Know I’m Alive


    Italian journalist and former New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism student Emanuela Zuccalà is working on a new documentary, Just To Let You Know I’m Alive, with Italian photographer Simona Ghizzoni (recently awarded at World Press Photo.) The 25 minute documentary covers Saharawi women, both in occupied Western Sahara and refugee camps in Algeria, who have been victims of torture, illegal imprisonment, and enforced disappearances. The project has also been shortlisted at Lisbon Docs.

    We decided to focus on Saharawi women because their issue is severely under reported. Spending time with them in their houses and tents in the desert, we were astonished by a rare peculiarity of these women: being able to speak about the terrible nightmares they have lived always preserving serenity in their eyes and a sincere hope in a better future. Tearing apart any temptation of hatred or revenge.”

    In order to complete the production, Emanuela launched a crowd funding campaign on Emphasis. So far, the documentary has been covered on Italian newspapers and a Spanish magazine. The Saharawi ambassadors in Italy have publicly thanked the team for succeeding in recreating interest for their people.

    Here are links to some of these articles:


    November 6, 2012 • Acting • Views: 6450

  • New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism Graduate Wins Award in Italy!


    The shorter cut of New York Film Academy graduate Emanuela Zuccalà’s award-winning documentary NON E’ UN PAESE PER GIOVANI

    New York Film Academy graduate Emanuela Zuccalà has won third place in the RacCORTI Sociali Film Festival in Florence, Italy for short documentary No Country For Young Men (also translated as It’s Not a Country for Young People) about revolutionary youth in the Gaza Strip. Emanuela, who took the eight-week Broadcast Journalism intensive at New York Film Academy’s New York campus in January 2011, filmed and produced the project in summer 2011 after graduating from the course.

    No Country For Young Men

    Image from Emanuela’s short documentary

    The judges of the competition comment that Emanuela handles “the complex issue of coexistence of the younger generations of the Gaza Strip, struggling on the one hand with the devastation of a war exhausting and agonizing, and, on the other hand, to the tradition of customs of a rigid palestinian education tax by Hamas.” In their decision to award Emanuela, they add, “the synthesis of the images and the choice of narrative structure are of a clarity praiseworthy.” The film was also shortlisted at Premio L’Anello Debole 2011.

    Emanuela is a freelance contributor to the magazine Io Donna, the Saturday supplement of the main Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Outside of the magazine, she takes time to concentrate on independent projects including Girls from Yeoville, a short documentary Emanuela filmed in October 2011 about the rapes in South Africa. The film was produced by the Italian ngos Ecpat Italia Onlus and Mais Onlus and sponsored by the Italian company Eurovo. Emanuela’s forthcoming projects include a video documentary about Saharawi women in Algerian refugee camps and in Western Sahara, and a book about Italian women who are part or victims of ‘ndrangheta, the most powerful mafia in the South of Italy and Europe.

    Emanuela adds, thanks again to NYFA! It was a great experience for me…I had never even picked up a camera before attending a course!” Follow Emanuela’s blog at


    December 28, 2011 • Acting • Views: 4966

  • New York Film Academy Graduate: From Media Librarian to Top-Rated Producer


    Miriam EryanNYFA Graduate Miriam Eryan, now a producer in Australia for The Morning Show

    Miriam Eryan was formerly a media librarian at the Seven Network in Sydney, Australia. In July 2010, she enrolled in a four-week Broadcast Journalism workshop at New York Film Academy, which she comments was one of the “greatest opportunities” of her life. Eryan explained, “not only did it equip me with career confidence through its technical lessons in camera operation and editing but it also gave me access to one of the greatest cities in the world.”

    Miriam Eryan posing with Joe AlicastroMiriam Eryan poses with NYFA Broadcast Journalism Chair Joe Alicastro at graduation

    Eryan’s New York education gave her opportunities to enter the production field when she returned to Sydney, moving through the ranks as a researcher to a production assistant to a booking agent and producer for the highest rated morning program in Australia. As a producer for The Morning Show, Eryan’s chases and captures have included securing Australia’s first interviews with Piers Morgan, Perez Hilton, Linda Hogan, and Nadya Suleman (Octomom). Eryan explained, “I attribute this success to the tenacity that I discovered I had in New York. Being placed out of my comfort zone taught me how much I love and thrive off being challenged. It taught me to think creatively and taught me that I can survive the industry.”

    Miriam Eryan posing with her NYFA ClassmatesMiriam Eryan with her New York Film Academy classmates

    Eryan adds that she felt “inspired by both the dedicated and professional staff” and touched by the friendships that she formed. “I still keep in contact with half of the class and love that I can travel anywhere in the world and have a place to stay and a journalist to share tales with.” Eryan comments that she regularly keeps up with classmates including Samantha Steffan who now works for E Online, Lizzie Muse who works for Elle Online, Bruna Sinhorini who works for a Brazilian TV Show, Olivia Duncan who reports for a local news station in LA, and Ashley Anderson who now works for The Voice Tribune in Louisville, Kentucky. Follow Miriam on Twitter @MiriamEryan.


    August 18, 2011 • Acting • Views: 6027