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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:

  • Jackie Bletzer '17

    NAME:
    Jackie Bletzer

    HOMETOWN:
    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    MAJOR:
    Broadcast Journalism

    YEAR OF GRADUATION:
    2017

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS?
    I am hoping to become an anchor for a local newscast. A big dream of mine would be to report for the Today Show!

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES?
    I have always looked up to Katie Couric.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?
    I like the detective work that comes with reporting. No matter how small a story is, you need the full report. That requires some sleuthing and I think that it's the best part of the job.

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)
    Suffolk in the City was an experience that I am SO thankful for. There are very few people that can say as an intern they were producing packages and speaking on live television! Each week I could feel myself improving as a journalist and it's because I got this amazing hands on experience!

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
    I am a self-proclaimed foodie. Also I hate the cold weather- should definitely relocate from New England!

  • Colleen Twitchell '17

    NAME:
    Colleen Twitchell

    HOMETOWN:
    Norton, Massachusetts

    MAJOR:
    Broadcast Journalism

    YEAR OF GRADUATION: 
    2017

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS?
    My professional goal is to start out as a reporter where I can learn the ins and outs of not only the field in general but who I am as a reporter and eventually work my way to the top as either an anchor or host.

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES?
    I have so many! As far as sports broadcasters, I admire Erin Andrews work. I think she has made a name for herself over the past few years and is very knowledgeable about the game. She is someone I aspire to be like one day, I think she has the best of both worlds-sports reporting and hosting an entertainment show. I also have always been influenced by the entire cast on the Today Show, they are so easy and fun to watch, no matter what story or event they are talking about they are very passionate.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?
    Ever since I could remember my interest was to be the next E! Red Carpet host at all the award shows. However, since being at Suffolk and reporting on stories like the Red Sox and Patriots championships, the presidential election, and other historical events, my interest has grown to much more.

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)
    Suffolk in the City was the greatest opportunity that I was given at Suffolk. It taught me so much about myself and who I am as a reporter. The feeling before your live shot every Friday is just indescribable, a little nerve racking but so worth it once the producers at NECN give you a "great job" through the ear piece. I could not have done it without Jerry and Brian at Studio 73 who were there to answer any and all of my questions. I am so grateful for Suffolk in the City and will take everything that I learned and the advice I got, with me in my future.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
    I work at a restaurant in Patriot Place where I once got to serve the entire New England Patriots team. I also blog for my restaurants website, which is cool because a lot of the content I create, is my own. I worked on Wahlburgers as a production assistant and I could tell you every line from the show 'Friends' before the actors recite them.


  • Mariana Silva '17

    NAME:
    Mariana Silva

    HOMETOWN:
    Somerville, MA

    MAJOR: 
    Broadcast Journalism

    YEAR OF GRADUATION: 
    2017

    WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS? 
    To be a reporter for entertainment television.

    WHAT/WHO ARE YOUR BROADCASTING INFLUENCES? 
    Being that I eat live and breathe entertainment journalism; I look up to Ryan Seacrest and how he built his brand.

    WHAT ARE YOUR REPORTING INTERESTS?
    I think people don't realize how important journalism is and how that it's the way most people find out what's going on in the world

    TELL ME ABOUT "SUFFOLK IN THE CITY"? (STUDIO 73/NECN)
    I was so fortunate to have this experience. Being hands on was so beneficial to my learning experience and what I'm going to be able to take with my in my profession. I have learned and taken so much with me from Suffolk In The City and Studio 73.

    TELL ME A COUPLE FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
    I moved to the US from Brasil when I was 6 years old. I love to travel & see the world.