Learn the Craft of Broadcast Journalism
Offered in the international news hub of New York City, the New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp is a full-time, hands-on workshop that equips aspiring journalists with the skills and know-how they need to begin their career paths as journalists.
If you’re involved with your school’s newspaper or student-run news program, you might already be thinking that journalism is the right field for you. However, even if you’ve never tried news writing or broadcast journalism but think it is something you want to explore further, NYFA’s Broadcast Journalism Camp is the ideal outlet to help you decide if it’s the right career path.
Through study and hands-on practice, students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of broadcast journalism. This is accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration, in-class hands-on production, and the students’ own work. Students study under our worldclass faculty, whose work has been seen on platforms as diverse as ABC World News Tonightand NBC Nightly News, as well as Vice and the New York Times video website.
Each student produces two projects, shot with single-camera set-ups and edited on Avid Media Composer. This intensive workshop provides a strong introduction to necessary digital and journalism skills. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study or internships, which were greatly helped by the foundational skills they learned at the Academy.
So what can you expect to do at NYFA’s 4-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp? Below we break down the projects and classes our students complete over the course of the camp.
As producers, students have to identify and make arrangements for their subjects, choose and secure locations, prepare equipment, arrange the preparation and set up of the locations, and make final technical checks. Student news producers are required to edit and deliver their projects for viewing and critiques. Projects to be completed are:
Each student produces a field report. In crews of two or three, each student directs, produces, writes, shoots, and edits a short field report of 30 seconds up to one minute.
Each student produces and edits a single camera interview of one to two minutes. Students are challenged to ask open-ended questions and to follow the conventions of the television interview.
In this class, students learn the fundamental principles of newsgathering and digital production. Projects are introduced in the class and it is the venue in which they are viewed and critiqued. Topics covered include producing and directing single camera shoots, research, ethics, and broadcast standards.
In this class, students learn the functions, operation, and use of the digital video cameras and associated equipment in training for shooting in the field and in the studio. Students are taught basic principles for a variety of shooting environments and conditions.
Students learn to record quality audio. Training encompasses wireless, interview, and boom microphone techniques.
Digital Production Workshop
In these teacher-supervised labs, the process of directing, shooting, and sound recording for digital news projects is put into practice. Each workshop is an opportunity for students to implement and examine the techniques they are learning in class in a controlled environment.
Students learn nonlinear editing training with Avid Media Composer. Students are taught fundamental editing tools and techniques using this software. Students edit their own digital projects and can supplement classes with individual consultations at the editing station. Students are taught concepts of editing nonfiction material, both practical and aesthetic.
This class introduces the process of sound editing and design. It provides concepts, technical information, and hands-on demonstration. The class challenges the students to use sound as an additional tool to enhance their storytelling and takes them through the complete post-production process.
Before each production, students meet with the Broadcast Journalism instructor by crew in preparation for the upcoming project. Students are required to bring all preparatory materials to their production meeting. These may include storyboards, scripted material, location details, and a shooting schedule.
Through learning how to operate a camera, professionally record audio, and edit it all into a compelling package, students obtain a vital set of skills that will continue to help them both in school and in their careers, even if they do not go into journalism. Click here to learn more about the application process.
Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are open to change.