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 2013 Winter/Spring Student Reporters.
Hometown: Dracut, MA
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class Year: Junior
Professional Path: I would love to become a reporter or Anchor. I would also love to work for a program like Chronicle.
Broadcasting Influence: Brian Williams
Interested in Covering: A lot of hard news stories. I have a passion for politics, transportation, and urban development.
About “Suffolk in the City”: This experience is truly incredible. What person gets to say that they were a reporter for a major news outlet before they even graduated?!
The most memorable moment so far has been visiting NECN. Meeting with Bridget and Steve (the anchors of The Morning Show) was an incredible experience and they had a lot of great advice for us.
More about Dan: At first I thought I wanted to work in print but soon realized that it was not for me. Not long after taking my first broadcast class here at Suffolk I knew I wanted to be on camera. I also really like to dabble in the technical side of productions.
I write my own blog called "Boston to a T" and it has actually gotten quite popular. Singing and acting are also a large passion of mine. I am currently playing the role of Princeton on Suffolk's production of Avenue Q
Hometown: Ashby, Massachusetts
Class year: Junior
Professional Path: I've always wanted to be famous. I want to invent the future of music.
Broadcasting Influences: Jerry and Keith in studio 73 are dynamite guys. They inspire me with their genuine realness.
Interested in Covering: I want to report on the news that people are scared to speak up about, and deliver it in a humorous and mobilizing way. I want to uplift people.
About “Suffolk in the City”: I like to think I'm on an even level of happiness. That's not to say that I wasn't giddy as a school girl when Jerry called me to tell me I had the job.
Meeting Steve and Bridget of the Morning Show in the NECN studio, hands down the most exciting experience so far.
More about Chris: I have an endless array of hobbies and interests. Everything stems from the Greek philosophy of constantly heightening the mind and strengthening the body. I like to box, I like to run, I like to lift. I love to read and write. I journal my day's events, and also write about metaphysical theories and neuro-behavior. Really I'm all about making myself better.
Travel is one of the biggest priorities in my life. I spent my Sophmore year in Madrid, ESP and used my free time to promote clubs and concerts. From Madrid I moved to Los Angeles, CA where went from being a background actor to the boom operator on the feature Farah Goes Bang. After that I built a modest career in production sound; the last gig I did was for Subway sandwiches.
I landed back in Boston in September 2012 and took work as a Talent Agent with Model Club Inc. I still Scout for the Agency, although I've since left the office to bring it to the people Live on NECN!
Hometown: Lowell, MA
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class Year: Junior
Professional Path: Ever since I was little I used to put on little reports and shows for my family! I would use a wooden spoon as my microphone, or the handle of a bicycle. My report cards in Elementary school would always say I talked too much in class, so right then and there I knew I wanted something with the entertainment/ reporting business: I can talk all I want!
Dream Job: My ideal job would have to be something that is going to make me happy. I know it's hard to be happy every single day, but in general I want a job that I can wake up and be proud of myself! I really see myself doing television or something along those lines, so hopefully my skills continue to grow.
Broadcasting Influences: I really look up to Anderson Cooper and Giuliana Rancic. Both have overcome so many things in the public eye. Cooper coming out process just shows people how far this country has come – there is still a ways to go but it makes me happy that equal rights for everyone is getting there! He is such a serious and great reporter! The beautiful Giuliana is filled with poise even though she is constantly watched, from battling breast cancer to infertility. These journalists show that anything is possible and to always be professional no matter what.
Interested in Covering: Sports, entertainment, and things I wouldn't see myself talking about. It's all about exploring and learning.
About “Suffolk in the City”: This experience is just amazing. I will take these memories with me forever! I am learning so much from my fellow student reporters and even myself!
My most memorable experience in Suffolk in the City so far is learning all the cool tricks that go into making this possible. It isn't just about looking pretty on television; it's about getting to learn everything from setting up the camera, to writing news topics every week.
More about Carla: I actually just made it onto Suffolk's Rampage Show Choir! I love to do theatre and dance the night away, from salsa to jazz. I have been a gymnast since the age of 3 (I'm a better walker on my hands than feet). I'm Colombian and speak, read and write fluent Spanish; one day you might see me reporting in both languages so I can communicate and travel to different parts of the world!
Hometown: Braintree, MA
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class year: Sophomore
Professional Path: I always wanted to try broadcasting in college, but have been set on working behind the scenes. I could sit in an editing room for hours. I love the fast-paced news atmosphere and my classes have shown me that although the pressure is high, I want to follow this passion. Doing so will mean dabbling in other areas, like in front of the camera. But who knows what I’ll want to do in two years!
Dream job: I’d like to work my way up to being a producer for a New England station, after traveling around the US post-graduation.
Broadcasting Influences: Although I have had the obvious idolization for Katie Couric, and the former Channel 7 WHDH anchor Anne Allred, currently I find myself much more inspired by recent Suffolk graduates and my classmates. I’ve seen just how much each course has turned them into even better journalists and I’m really focused on my transition into adulthood – which I admire so much in them.
Interested in Covering: I’m up for anything. I love current events, the NHL, entertainment. I know I’ll love anything that will get interesting, varied responses from the people of Boston. Hard news is my focus for my career, but “Suffolk in the City” will let me have a little fun. The conversation-based interviews will make me far more comfortable in front of the camera.
About “Suffolk in the City”: This experience means a push to get myself out there. I had no idea that I would be doing this for the next six months, or ever at all. I hope that afterwards I’m not satisfied unless I’m involved. The professional atmosphere I’ve been introduced to will be a motivation. I want to constantly be forwarding my career as a young journalist, and have great memories to go along with it.
My most memorable moment of SITC has been our tour of NECN. Most of my career has been focused on inside the classroom- seeing first-hand the pressures of a newsroom (even a minor mishap in the control room!) really gave me that hunger to work hard and excel that a good journalist needs.
More about Ashley: I’m very future-oriented. I invest a great deal of my thought and energy into growing up – which is one thing I’d like to pause a bit. Performing keeps me happy, as well as writing. I’m on the E-Board for Rampage, Suffolk’s show choir, and recently began writing for the Voice.
My family is the most important part of my life by far, so I’d have to say my backbone is my support system. Being an only child, I hold my tight-knit group of friends dear as well.
Although I try to be a serious student, I admit to being a sucker for good television and movies, my pets, blogging, and anything and everything a 19 year-old girl should indulge in.