A York College journalism professor recently welcomed two graduates back to speak with current students in the journalism program.
Professor Tom Moore, a senior journalism professor in York, is always happy to invite his graduates to let them know what they are doing in this area, what they need to prepare for in advance, and the challenges they will face in this competitive field of study.
Guests usually come to campus for individual seminars, but this time they appeared effective and gave a remarkable presentation. Jane Hunter of the York class 2015 presented at the March 18 event; And Lever Alonso in the 2017 class. Miss enrolled in York with credits from York College Early Academy (YECA). Hunter earned at least 60 credits from college during his high school years, including graduating from York College. In just two years. She is a graduate of the CUNY School of Journalism.
Before Hunter switched to CBS News, she began her career as NY1 News (now Spectrum), where she first worked on the additional streaming side, and is now a segment producer of the 7pm broadcast. Her job is to prepare guest interviews for those who appear on the show. She will talk for 5-7 minutes, or ask a few questions, create and show graphics, and prepare questions for the presenters. Everything airs on the show at 7 p.m.
After graduating from York College in 2017, Shri. Alonso. He began working for local newspapers such as the Manhattan Express and the Downtown Express. Following those activities, Alonso went to the NYU Graduate School of Journalism, where he trained in two different locations, one of which was “60 Minutes”. After graduating from the School of Journalism in 2019, he worked as a News Associate and Broadcast Associate at CBS.
His responsibilities include cutting voiceovers, producing voiceovers, and creating over-the-shoulder graphics. He also threw a lot of pitches. He then left and joined the CNN + team, where he now works in the feature unit. Their CNN + show, interview club, encourages anyone who wants to be a part of it and share their thoughts and opinions, but if there is breaking news, they will find someone who can talk about their views on it.
The graduates told the students that it is crucial to prepare clips and portfolios as journalism majors enter the real world.
“The bylines show clips and articles that say, ‘Hey, I can do this, I’ve experienced this, it’s not new to me, I’ll come here and do this stuff,'” Hunter said. Do it, put it in a folder or, if it’s a video, save it so you can show it to anyone you want. “
Experience plays a big role in any job, even journalism. That’s why it’s important to have plenty of bylines so you can get through articles written in journalism classes, college newspapers, and internships.
“The experience was invaluable because a lot of people have asked me what my experiences in the newsroom were,” Alonso said.
Hunter and Alonso encouraged students to enroll in graduate school if they would like to learn something new or experience related to their field. Hunter wanted to broadcast and learn how to use a camera, so she went for it when she saw a journalism school advertising that it would teach students to edit video, use the camera, and shoot video.
For Alonso, he was able to study various aspects of the camera through NYU. It gave him an extra boost and enhanced his experience. Journalism grade schools assist in writing, reporting, editing and networking skills. One of the participants, Lisa Sim, asked Hunter, “Do you feel the need to write articles in your portfolio even though a student like me is broadcasting?”
“I think you should always write articles, because anything that proves you can write well will always help you in the long run,” Hunter told her. “Regardless of the network, if you can not write well, you will not go further in this business.”
Another partner, Jeremiah Duffy, asked Hunter if he could tell what makes a good pitch. In response, Hunter said a good story must have strong visuals.
“I don’t like to pitch something if I don’t know what I can say visually. That should arouse interest, “said Hunter.
Guest speakers believe there are clips that show you already know these things and know how to write well. Internship and grade school are useful for gaining experience. It is also a good idea to make connections that can help you in this area. Before leaving, Alonso shared with the students one last piece of advice that can be helpful when entering the news industry.
“Lead with your best shot first, because everyone wants to see the best first.”