TV News Reporting

A four-week course led by Emmy Award-winning journalist and former ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler.

Thinking you’d like to be a TV news reporter? This four-week camp is led by two time Emmy Award-winning journalist and former ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler. Students will be provided hands-on experience in the exciting field of broadcast journalism.

THE WORKSHOP
Classes will culminate in the production of a 20-minute newscast featuring 3-minute video stories found, developed, filmed and edited by the students.
EQUIPMENT
-Desktop/laptop with webcam, microphone & audio capability
-Internet connection
-Camera, such as prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage
THE TEAM
JAY SCHADLER, Instructor
DAVID BIBBEY, Technical Advisor
LEIGH ANNE SIDES, Editor
WHEN 
4 weeks: July 12 – August 5
Workshops will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 
from 10:00 to noon
WHO
High School through college, freshman year.
COST
The cost of the program is $450. Tuition assistance is need-based.

  TO APPLY:

Please write a brief statement (100-150 words) addressing why you are interested in news reporting.

Send completed application or for any questions contact: Alex Giannini at agiannini@westportlibrary.org 

COURSE CONTENT:

Research & Investigation:

Students will begin by researching and investigating possible stories in the Westport area, although topics of national interest with a local angle are certainly welcome. Discussions will include: What makes a story newsworthy? Investigations versus human interest. The importance of immersing yourself in multiple points of view.

Sourcing:

Laying the groundwork for collecting information and sources for the story. Discussions will include: What makes a source credible. Background sources versus on-the-record.

Interviewing:

The keystone of every great news story will be found in the quality of your interview(s). Discussions will include: Preparing for an interview. Developing your questions.. The essential art of listening.

Story & News Writing:

There is no room for waste in a 3 minute TV story so how you structure, write, and edit your piece is critical. Discussion will include: Developing your lead and open. Crisp and clear writing as the focus. Developing a point-of-view.

On Camera:

An on-camera stand-up can help elucidate an idea and jumpstart a sluggish portion of a script. Discussion will include: Choosing an on-camera location. Weaving your stand-up seamlessly into the story.

The Newscast:

Using the state-of-the-art production facilities of the Vero Studios at the Westport Library we will record a 20-minute newscast using each of the 3 minute stories developed by the students.

MEET THE TEAM:

JAY SCHADLER: Instructor

“Jay has the eyes of a journalist and the heart of a storyteller” Oprah Winfrey

Jay Schadler is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and Associated Press “Reporter of the Year.”. As a correspondent and anchor for ABC News he reported and told stories from around the world for more than three decades. IHis work has been aired on ABC News World News Tonight, 20/20, Good Morning America, Nightline, and Prime Time. In addition, he has contributed special reports to National Geographic TV, Discovery, Bravo and PBS.

The Hitchhiker
Known nationally for groundbreaking ABC News Specials “Looking for America.” With hand-held cameras Jay hitchhiked more than 13,000 miles in 3 years, interviewing everyday Americans along the way. His first hour long special for Prime Time Live generated the largest and most positive viewer response in the program’s history and is credited with being one of the first examples of what was to become “Reality TV”.

For more information about Jay’s career: http://jayschadler.com/

DAVID BIBBEY: Technical Advisor

Our media studios producer and technical advisor for the Filmmaking Camp, David Bibbey, is an Emmy Award winning broadcast TV producer, host/presenter, corporate videographer, event emcee and a poet laureate.

David hosted and produced CPTV’s ‘All Things Connecticut’, ‘Connecticut Cultural Treasures’ and was the concept creator, producer and host of the ‘Breaking Bread’ series.

LEIGH ANNE SIDES: Editor

Leigh Anne Sides is a director, editor, producer, and writer who has been working in the entertainment industry for many years. In addition to work on documentaries for PBS and National Geographic, Sides worked as an editor/producer for CNN's Amanpour & Co, Sides has worked for CBS, NBC, The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel and many other major broadcast, cable and digital outlets.

Sides was invited to take part in the Sundance Institute's Filmmakers’ Workshop and she has received various awards and honorable mentions for her work, including an Oscar, a Peabody, nine national Emmy nominations and a Ciné Golden Eagle for her work on the Exposé episode “In a Small Town”.


The TV News Reporting Camp is made possible by the continuing generosity of Roz and Bud Siegel.
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