Location: New York City
Learn the Craft of Broadcast Journalism
Several years ago, NBC approached the New York Film Academy to start an education program where aspiring broadcast journalists could acquire the real-world skill set necessary to thrive in broadcast TV, cable, and internet news. Now, we extend that same caliber of training to teens in our 3-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp, located in the international news capital of New York City.
Through study and hands-on practice, camp students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of broadcast journalism. This is accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration, hands-on production, and the students’ own work. Students study under our world-class faculty, whose work has been seen on local and national television as well as cable and digital platforms.
Each student produces two projects, shot with single-camera setups and edited on industry-standard editing software. This intensive workshop provides a strong introduction to necessary digital and journalism skills. Many of our camp graduates have gone on to further study or internships, which were greatly helped by the foundational skills they learned at the Academy.
3-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp: Projects
As news producers, students have to identify and make arrangements for their subjects, choose and secure locations, prepare equipment, arrange the preparation and setup of the locations, and make final technical checks. Broadcast journalism campers will edit and deliver two final projects for viewing and critiques. Projects are:
- Field Report: 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 1 minute.
- The Interview: Each student produces and edits a single-camera interview of 1-2 minutes. Students are challenged to ask open-ended questions and to follow the conventions of the television interview.
3-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp: Classes
- Broadcast Journalism: In this class, students learn the fundamental principles of newsgathering and digital production. Projects are introduced, viewed, and critiqued. Topics covered include producing and directing single-camera shoots, research, ethics, and broadcast standards.
- Hands-on Camera: 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.
- Hands-on Audio: 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.
- Editing: Students learn fundamental editing tools and techniques for nonlinear editing with industry-standard 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.
- Production Meetings: 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 future endeavors, even if they choose a different direction than journalism.
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