Summer Post-Production, Dateline NBC, and NBC News With New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism SchoolIn the previous update, you got to see the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism summer students out in the field shooting … but following “production,” there is “post-production.”After screening and logging your footage, you have to write a script (which is sometimes a collaborative experience). If you look carefully, that’s Olivia Newton-John on the poster for the movie Grease, peeking through the window … No, she didn’t participate in the script writing.Once your script is approved (perhaps by instructor Lexi Philips), it’s time to record your voiceover.But audio tracks do not magically record themselves, so your classmates monitor your delivery of the script and make sure it gets organized into digital files.Then all you have to do is edit the story … and re-edit the story … and re-edit the story … and re-edit the story, making sure sure you make deadline to submit it. (What could possibly go wrong?)If you work hard, you’ll have the skills that will make you competitive in an always challenging job market. Traditionally that meant going to a small-market TV station to prove you “got what it takes.” That’s exactly what NYFA Broadcast Journalism grad Linda Zhang did. She went to Monterey, California and, as her Reporter Reel demonstrates, she got a chance to “do it all”: live shots, news packages, live inserts from a control room studio. And how well did she do all these things? Obviously very well, as she has been hired as an Associate Producer on the Los Angeles unit of Dateline NBC.Congratulations, Linda!By the way, Linda joins fellow NYFA grad Sergei Ivonin at NBC. Sergei was a multimedia journalist at Dateline, then moved on to become a producer of long-form and live NBC News programs. His stories run the gamut from confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, to pop music superstar Ed Sheeran’s admission: “I am insecure.”Fabulous, Sergei!
Sergei Ivonin came to the New York Film Academy to learn the skills essential to becoming a successful broadcast journalist. Thanks to his hard work, and his intensive course-of-study, Sergei was hired by NBC News. Now he is using the skills he first learned at NYFA to bring the story of the 2014 Winter Olympics to millions of American television viewers.
As a producer at Dateline NBC, Sergei has worked on a wide range of assignments, including criminal justice stories as well as a remembrance of Grammy-Award winning singer and actress Whitney Houston.
In Sochi he was on-the-ground well before the actual start of the Olympic Games, working on the kind of moving personal stories that NBC is famous for.
Following the Olympics, Sergei will be returning to the New York Film Academy for an exciting Q&A session with NYFA faculty, current and former Broadcast Journalism students, as well as potential students. The session will take place at 1pm on Thursday March 13 on the NYFA Battery Place campus, and will be moderated by Broadcast Journalism Chair Bill Einreinhofer.