Even the most starry-eyed broadcast journalism majors know they’ll pay their dues writing, sourcing and researching stories for other people before they get their big break on camera. But thanks to a partnership between New England Cable News (NECN) and Suffolk University’s Studio 73, three lucky and talented students are getting a taste of live reporting in a segment called “Suffolk in the City” that airs on the network’s Morning Show.
Unique opportunity for students
Following a rigorous audition process, NECN selects three Suffolk University students each semester to act as the main “Suffolk in the City” reporters. The students work on weekly story pitches with NECN producers, tape person-on-the-street interviews, edit their footage into tv-ready packages, and participate in live Q&As with NECN anchors.
“'Suffolk in the City’ provides an extraordinary opportunity for our broadcast students,” said Robert Rosenthal, chair of Suffolk University’s Communication and Journalism Department. “Through our partnership with NECN and ‘The Morning Show’, Suffolk students are reporting live and producing entertaining pieces seen throughout New England.”
Get to know our Fall 2013 Student Reporters:
Hometown: Kerala, India
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class Year: Senior
Professional Goal: I am fascinated by the ethos of the field. The way so many people come together with one unified goal in mind captivates me. I don't have a preference for on-camera or off, and am trying to get as much behind the scenes work done and also get the on-camera feel. I'd like to someday be a jack-of-all-trades.
Broadcasting Influence: Edward R. Murrow
Interested in Covering: Because I am originally from India, I have seen myself naturally leaning towards Human Rights issues. Broadcast journalism is an amazing medium that has the power to bring so many people into a story. If you have the power to bring attention and open people’s eyes, it just seems like wasting a resource by not doing it.
About "Suffolk in the City:" I've been lucky enough to work with a remarkable fellow student reporter, Dan McCarthy, and the wonderful Gerry Glendye and Keith Erickson, who manage the Studio. They showed me how we're all on the same team. It’s simple. There’s a job to be done: so do it. "Suffolk in the City" is amazing because it pushes you out into the real world of journalism, but slowly. We don't have to work nearly as hard as the NECN reporters, but we get to sneak a peek into what it’s like out there, on camera, in an actual live shot. That is a shot most people in college rarely get. Plus, you get your name out there on a major, renowned newscast
More about Jacob: I'm the President of the Techies Union, a member of the Suffolk Forensics team, part of the Bhangra dance team, and have acted in 15 school productions.
I also ran the Boston Marathon, am a Mixed Martial Artist and Indian monkeys always make it a point to snatch food from me. By now, I'm sure it’s personal.
Hometown: New Milford, CT
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class Year: Senior
Professional Goals: To be heard. And I think the most important means of accomplishing that is by having something worthwhile to say. My goal is to have the ability to write, produce, and deliver stories that will provoke thought and conversation. While that’s pretty broad, I think an open mind and ability to adjust to new opportunities in new media are vital to success. If I'm having as much fun in 20 years as I am now, then I doubt I'll want much more anyway.
Broadcasting Influence: My parents influenced me into taking great pride in whatever your profession may be, so it led to me pursuing the job that I was most passionate about. And while it will mean fewer Thanksgivings and holidays spent with them, they are thrilled to see me trying my best, and having a blast doing it. While I don't think anyone in particular influenced me into pursuing this field, there have been many who have supported me, motivated me, and challenged me to constantly better myself as a person and in turn, a journalist. I am my own reason for pursing this industry, but they are all reminders that I'll never be alone while I do it.
Interested in Covering: Now more than ever, it is hard to keep people’s interest locked on anything for more than a few fleeting seconds. I would like to cover stories that make those seconds count. So whether I'm providing a look into something people have never seen before, or unique answers to the questions of human interest, I want to earn people’s attention rather than demand it.
About "Suffolk in the City": What makes it so special is knowing that Suffolk is the only school East of the Mississippi River that provides students the opportunity to go live on an actual morning newscast. So, to be coy, experience is what I've enjoyed most from the experience. Experience finding stories that I believe will interest viewers; discussing ways to improve my on-air skills with veterans in front of and behind the camera; and dealing with the pressures of a deadline to air stories to potentially millions of viewers. It is a wildly unique opportunity, and one I'm exceptionally fortunate to have.
More about Dan: I just finished an Independent Study as a writer, producer, director, anchor, and reporter for Suffolk U-News, our school’s student-run newscast. I'll have the same positions this spring, but with a full cast of classmates! I've spent the past 2 years working at Suffolk’s TV Studio at 73 Tremont Street, providing me further opportunities in front of and behind the camera for a wide variety of shows filmed there. Past that, I can be found wherever a Suffolk group is giving out free food on any particular day.