Broadcasting Students Go Behind the Scenes at News 12

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“I’m sorry we’re going live, we need to ask you to leave,” is not the way most field trips are supposed to start, but for the students in Bellmore-Merrick broadcasting program, it was the start of an amazing experience at News 12 in Syosset on Feb. 27.  

In the world of breaking news, plans constantly change and that is exactly what happened when the students, who are enrolled in the districtwide program that is housed at Wellington C. Mepham High School, arrived for their previously scheduled tour. News 12 made the decision to go live as the Michael Cohen hearings got underway. 

As the students were being escorted to the studio, they were greeted by a flurry of activity as anchor Tara Joyce ran by the class on her way into the studio. The broadcasting students got a firsthand look at what goes into making live television happen as it was happening. After the initial excitement, Joyce, a veteran reporter and anchor with 10 years of on-camera experience, graciously invited the students back into the studio and talked to them about careers in broadcasting and her career path.  

“I think the students also got a master class in the multitasking that broadcasting requires,” said teacher Stu Stein as Joyce answered the students’ questions, monitored and took notes on the hearings going on in Washington, D.C., responded to tweets and talked to the director in the control room.  

“It was a great experience,” added Emily Yucht, a freshman who writes many of the BMB Morning Announcements. “I didn’t realize how much writing and rewriting goes into the news.”

As the tour continued, the students got a look inside the News 12 graphics department with artist Charles Bucci. They also learned some tips on reporting from Shari Einhorn, and Robin Demasi guided them through the business of television news and opportunities that could be open to them in the future.