• New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism School Visits NBC News

    So, for graduates of the NYFA 1-Year Broadcast Journalism program, these pictures should bring back some memories!

    This month, the Fall 2017 1-Year students got an exclusive “behind the scenes” look at NBC News. It was all made possible by NBC News military affairs contributor Col. Jack Jacobs, who is also Chair of the NYFA Veteran’s Advancement program.

    While visiting NBC News, the students had the opportunity to meet MSNBC anchor Joy Reid.

    Then, they visited the set of her program “AM Joy,” while the show was in progress.

    Since prime time anchor Lester Holt was off, the NYFA students decided to help out as “substitute anchors” on the set of the “NBC Nightly News.”

    …and made a quick visit to make-up.

    They even had to chance to visit the set of “Saturday Night Live” during rehearsals. (You can hear the band playing here.)

    In fact, they even found out about some of the jokes on that night’s show, 10 hours before air time!

    These tours are available only to students in the NYFA Broadcast Journalism 1-Year Conservatory program. This group seems to have had fun…

  • Aspiring Broadcast Journalists Learn the Ropes with Colonel Jack Jacobs at MSNBC/NBC Studios


    Veterans and Active Duty military students from New York Film Academy and local New York City community colleges were hosted by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair of NYFA Veteran Advancement Program, at the famed 30 Rock Studios in New York City to explore career paths in television news and media outlets with a guided tour of one of the most watched news outlets in the United States — MSNBC/NBC. Colonel Jacobs is one of this nation’s most highly decorated service members; his valor in the Vietnam War led to his being a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Colonel Jacobs is currently the on-air military analyst at MSNBC/NBC.

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    NYFA students tour MSNBC/NBC studios

    Led through the historic hallways of NBC studios, students interested in careers in television were introduced to the fast-paced world of 24-hour news production by Colonel Jacobs, who offered insights to the next generation of aspiring television producers about the ins-and-outs of a dynamic and evolving business.

    Attendees received a behind the scenes look at the various newsrooms and studio sets for such iconic television shows as the “Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Morning Joe,” “AM Joy, and” “The Rachel Maddow Show”. The visit included a glimpse of the famed “Saturday Night Live” studios.

    “Now is the best time to be involved in television, in media in general,” lauded the Colonel. “Content is king. There are an increasing number of distributors out there; Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and they all need content!”

    His words did not fall on deaf ears as the veteran students in attendance were eager to learn as much as they could about careers in television—embracing previously unexplored opportunities that match the skills they honed at the New York Film Academy.

    “When you dream about working in film and television and you have no idea what the first step is–sometimes all you need is just to be in the same room with the people that do it, to see it with your own eyes. This makes that dream tangible, something real that you can touch, something that you can reach out and grab. It makes it obtainable,” remarked André Morissette, NYFA BFA Acting for Film student and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


    April 6, 2017 • Acting, Veterans • Views: 4994

  • Election Week for Broadcast Journalism Students


    With tomorrow’s election coming up, New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism students are getting more than their share of political news experience in the Big Apple.

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    We start with a spectacular behind-the-scenes tour of NBC News on Saturday. The tour was made possible by MSNBC contributor Col. Jack Jacobs, Chair of NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program. A great friend of NYFA, he showed the Fall 2016 1-year students how TV news is produced at a major American television network.

    In fact, the Election Night sets were still in the process of being built.

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    Students got a chance to sit in “the big chair” that will be occupied by top news anchors/presenters tomorrow night.

    We also had the opportunity to briefly chat with MSNBC anchor Joy Reid before she was off to the production studio for her Saturday morning broadcast.

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    This tour is offered exclusively to NYFA 1-year Broadcast Journalism students. It’s one of the things that makes studying journalism at NYFA unique.

    Finally, Tuesday night, election night, the Broadcast Journalism program is sending out three camera crews to cover the conclusion of what many are calling the most important election in decades. One NYFA News team will be at Clinton HQ, one will be at Trump HQ, and one will be in Times Square to get public reaction.

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    We believe this is a great learning opportunity, as the students will be covering a “real-world” story that has both national and international ramifications. The night will be unpredictable, and they will have to make editorial decisions on-the-fly. Equally important, they will only get one chance to capture essential footage.

    November 7, 2016 • Broadcast Journalism, Community Highlights • Views: 4101

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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: 10905