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  • New York Film Academy Alum Hired by CBS News and Trained by Fellow Alum

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    This week, 2017 NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduate Lara Gato began work as an Associate Producer at CBS News. To add to what is already a proud moment for her alma mater, Gato is being trained by 2015 NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad Nour Idriss.

    Lara Gato  came to the New York Film Academy from her home in Madrid, Spain, to pursue her dream to become a journalist. Her fantastic work was recently featured on the NYFA Blog as a standout example of a professional reel.

    NYFA Alumna and CBS News Associate Producer Lara Gato

    “The reel doesn’t get you the job,” NYFA Chair of Broadcast Journalism Bill Einreinhoffer explained to the NYFA Blog. “The reel gets you the interview which can get you the job. It is the ticket that gets you in the door.”

    Nour Idriss, who is training Gato at CBS News, moved to New York City from her home in Aleppo, Syria. It was while still completing her program at NYFA that Nour was encouraged by a NYFA guest speaker to apply for work at CBS News. She used a story she did as a NYFA student to help secure a role. She works both in the production team for “The CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and as a freelance associate producer for video at CBS.com.

    With “The CBS Evening News,” Idriss told the NYFA Blog she produces and edits VO’s, teases, and packages, overseeing headlines and assisting with gathering research and material. On the digital side at CBS.com, she During the uses a suite of software to publish web content.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Lara Gato and Nour Idriss for their success and looks forward to hearing more from them at CBS News.

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  • Broadcast Journalism Alumni Working with CBS News, Vice Media, TVW and More

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    The new term is well underway, and the incoming Spring Broadcast Journalism class will soon be here. Before we look to the future, we thought we’d highlight more of our successful Broadcast Journalism alumni.

    NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad Nour Idriss is still working at CBS News, but now she has two jobs… She continues to be part of the production team for The CBS Evening News Weekend Edition.

    “I produce and edit VO’s and teases, and some packages by myself. I also oversee the headlines and help with research and material gathering for other producers.” During the week, she is over on the digital side at CBS.com as a freelance Associate Producer for video. “Basically I publish CBS content on the web, using a variety of software.”

    This is the incredible story she did as a NYFA student that launched her career.

    Regular readers will recall some of the stories we featured when Yasmine Muffoletto was a NYFA student. After graduation back in May, she returned to France and a job at Vice Media. Here is the latest from her…

    “I recently joined the VICELAND production team and am no longer with Vice Digital. I also want to thank you once again for everything you taught me. I would not be at Vice anymore if I didn’t know how to edit or even write a script. Those long hours in the edit room actually paid off.”

    We heard from Summer Session grad Starla Sampaco as well.

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    Starla Sampaco

    “I just wrapped up an internship at KING 5 (Seattle’s NBC affiliate station) and am about to move to Olympia, Washington for a full-time internship at TVW (Washington state’s version of C-SPAN) during the legislative session. My internship will require me to do on-air reporting, write scripts and interview legislators. I would not have had the skills necessary for this role if it weren’t for NYFA.”

    Finally, last week we featured Francielle Maines’ marvelous “summer in the city” story, with one of the most remarkable “stand-ups” I have ever seen. (That’s a street dancer flying over Francielle in City Hall Park in New York City.)

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    Francielle Maines

    Well, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Francielle was there as part of a production team. (Who do you think shot the video?) That team included Barbara Makarevich, who for two years hosted a TV talk show in her hometown of Moscow. Barbara has now moved to another famously cold city — Chicago — where she is working on a Masters Degree in Journalism at DePaul University.

    Barbara Makarevich

    Barbara Makarevich

    Francielle wrote: “Had a great time studying at the NYFA. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned a lot! Remember that hot day, Barbara?” Who responded:”Sure, I don’t forget things like this. You really did a great job, and I was glad to be a part of your team!”

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    January 10, 2017 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3902

  • Broadcast Journalism Grad Nour Idriss Hired by CBS News

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    Nour Idriss, a recent NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduate, has been hired to work as a Broadcast Associate at the CBS Evening News.

    Nour came to NYFA to make a major career change. After being stranded in New York by the ongoing civil war in her homeland of Syria, she set out to “reinvent” herself as a broadcast journalist. Her goal was to learn skills that would allow her to be competitive in an always-challenging job environment.

    In addition to learning to report, shoot, write, narrate and edit, she also had the opportunity to network with the guest speakers who visit NYFA.

    In fact, it was one of those guests who encouraged Nour to apply for a job at CBS News.

    Congratulations to Nour on her new role at CBS News. We wish her nothing but the best of luck on her career as a broadcast journalist!

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