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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 some of our recent Suffolk in the City reporters:

  • Delaney Facchetti '17

    NAME:
    Delaney Facchetti


    HOMETOWN:
    Wareham, Massachusetts


    MAJOR:
    Broadcast Journalism


    YEAR OF GRADUATION:
    2017


    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS?

    My professional goal is to be working in the broadcast journalism field in a major city such as Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES?

    The thing that drew me into broadcast journalism is the ability to tell an impactful story to millions of people around the world. Whether that be a positive story, negative story, funny story, I have the ability to calm people down, entertain them, or educate them just by relaying a message. One of my broadcasting influences is Maria Menounos. She went to school in Boston and has made a remarkable career dabbling in both the news and entertainment industries. She is someone I definitely aspire to be like.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?

    I am interested in entertainment reporting and human interest stories.

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)

    Suffolk in the City is an amazing opportunity that I am so thankful to be a part of. It is the most “real world” internship you could possibly get. I describe it as getting thrown in the water and just hoping you can swim. Going live is an intimidating thing, and doing it for a major news network definitely adds some pressure, but it’s all about the experience, building my reel, and making lasting connections.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

    I am a makeup enthusiast and love being involved on campus. I do a few fun entertainment shows in Studio 73 and also am a Campus Correspondent for HerCampus here at Suffolk. 

  • Erika Lynch '17

    NAME:

    Erika Lynch

    HOMETOWN:

    Billerica, Massachusetts

    MAJOR:

    Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Government

    YEAR OF GRADUATION: 

    2017

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS?

    My goals consist of becoming a multimedia journalist/reporter; working my way up to become an anchor; and my main goal is to work for the Today Show. I would also love to cover the Olympics some day.

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES?

    I never knew what I wanted to be when I "grew up" until my senior year of high school. I took a media class and it made me realize my love for journalism; I want to tell stories for a living. Some broadcasting influences that I look up to include Savannah Guthrie and Dylan Dreyer.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?

    I'm interested in anything that has to do with news, but I enjoy the government aspect, which is why my minor is government.

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)

    Studio 73 is a small family at Suffolk. Jerry and Brian are there to be our cheerleaders and help us with whatever we need; they're awesome. NECN providing students the opportunity to do Suffolk in the City is amazing. It's the best experience we will get while in college and it's honestly the best learning experience I will get at Suffolk.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

    I transferred to Suffolk University after my freshman year and it was the best decision I've ever made. I'm one of the captains of the Suffolk University Dance Company. I'm also one of the two that runs HerCampus Suffolk for this year.


  • Brianna Silva '17

    NAME:

    Brianna Silva

    HOMETOWN:

    Boca Raton, Florida

    MAJOR: 

    Broadcast Journalism minor in Political Science

    YEAR OF GRADUATION: 

    2017

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS? 

    I aspire to one day have my own late night show! I've been watching Jimmy Kimmel Live for so many years and I've always aspired to be able to have a show where I'm able to make others laugh. 

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES? 

    Jimmy Kimmel and Maria Menounos! Both started on radio and worked their way up to the entertainment industry! 

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?

    I love reporting on pop culture! There's nothing better than getting to report on artists' concerts, albums, music videos, etc. I love being able to report on them and show viewers/ readers how hard these individuals work and how talented they truly are! 

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)

    I initially decided to come to Suffolk all the way from South Florida because I knew of the partnership that Suffolk had with NECN! I made it a mission to one day become a reporter for them. I've been following SITC since 2013, I think it's a great opportunity for students to get their work out there and show others their talent! I encourage anyone even slightly interested to audition--I didn't get it the first time, but sure enough I auditioned a second time and here I am today! I'm eternally grateful for this opportunity.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

    I'm a writer/reporter for Stage Right Secrets an entertainment website that has actually had Steven Tyler on our electronic magazine cover (it was pretty cool). I've also had the pleasure of interning with iHeartRadio which was a dream come true! When I'm not working on packages I'm typically seen on the executive board of Suffolk's Student Government and serving as the Vice President of Theta Phi Alpha! In my spare time I love working out and taking long naps on my couch while having some Netflix show playing in the background! 

  • Melanie Odell '16

    NAME:

    Melanie Odell

    HOMETOWN:

    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    MAJOR:

    Broadcast Journalism

    YEAR OF GRADUATION:

    2016

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS?

    My goal is to become a morning anchor on a local news station in New England. Reporting is something that I'm very passionate about and I want to become a reporter that the community can look to for the newest stories every morning when they turn on their TV.

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES?

    Katie Couric is one of my biggest influences when it comes to becoming a journalist. I remember watching her in the mornings when I was younger and thinking how much I wanted to be like her.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?

    My first instinct is to go after hard news stories, local and national. I minored in political science so if there's a story about new bills or laws or elections I'm all over it!

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)

    Suffolk in the City has been by far the most amazing opportunity I've had in life. Being able to take everything I've learned at Suffolk and represent my university as a reporter has been an amazing experience. No matter how long you study something it's the real life experience that shows whether or not you've found your niche in life. After doing Suffolk in the City I know that I can say I made the right career choice, I'm more passionate about journalism than ever before. I owe the crew at Studio 73 and NECN big time for giving me this opportunity and helping me to grow as a reporter.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

    One of my favorite things to do is travel, I've been to 11 different countries so far! When I'm not reporting I'm manager of an accessory store and I help style people with outfits and jewelry all day, it's one of my favorite things to do. I've always been into acting so since moving to Boston I've been an extra in 3 big movies, and hopefully more in the future!