TV news institute gives high school students experience they’ll never forget

Sara Eckhardt reflects on her experiences at our ninth annual Television News Institute for high school juniors and seniors in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center:

Sara Eckhardt, of Granby, is interviewed about her experience at the Quinnipiac University TV News Institute.

TVNI camp has been the single most productive and helpful thing I’ve gone through in my life.

It has directed me toward my future career goal of a news anchor.  Prior to this camp, I thought I wanted to be a news anchor, but I had a fair amount of doubt and skepticism.

I wondered, “What if I’m awful?” and “What if I hate it?!”

TVNI camp put both of these thoughts to rest.  TVNI gave me, and all the other campers, an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and actually experience a true news environment.

The first day of camp, I was expecting a day or two of introductions and lectures. But I was very wrong.

Only a few hours into learning, I was on camera, actually doing what I hope to do in the future. In an industry where experience is first priority, TVNI is a great way for students to get a head start on their college experiences.

So far, everyone has had the opportunity to use chroma key (what weathermen use to broadcast reports), practice reading prompters, film with state-or-the-art cameras, attempt a live sports broadcast and more.

However, the real fun was being able to meet famous reporters, who are currently in the business.  Lauren Petty, of NBC 30, taught all of us students how to field report, and how to conduct a proper interview. And Rich Coppola of Connecticut’s Fox 61 introduced us to the techniques of conducting a live sports broadcast, which isn’t nearly as easy as it seems.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Kenn Venit, an adjunct professor in Quinnipiac’s School of Communications, and many other faculty who are helping us put together our broadcast for Friday.

TVNI has been an amazing experience, which I am positive I will remember forever.

It has given me confidence in my choice to pursue broadcast journalism, and the confidence to be comfortable in front of the camera. I can’t wait to meet Sonia Baghdady from WTNH later today, and for our final broadcast at the end of the week!

Wherever I end up in the broadcasting industry, I will always know that it started with Quinnipiac’s TVNI camp.


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