24 students. 12 days. 2 cities. 1 incredible adventure.
Led by our fearless leader, Pete Weitzner, “Networking in New York and DC” is a travel course dedicated to creating networking opportunities for broadcast journalism students. It’s a perfect glimpse into the world of television.
For me, taking this class has been a dream since freshman year. The opportunity to have a taste of NBC, CBS, ESPN, and more, is everything I have ever craved. Plus, spending two weeks in New York and Washington, D.C. isn’t a bad gig.
Over the course of the past two weeks, we’ve visited so many incredible places. Because of the sheer amount of them, I have highlighted aspects of them below.
We were able to tour sets guided by a fellow Chapman alum, sit in-studio during New Day, had a Q&A session with CNN talent, and even stand within 20 feet of Anderson Cooper during his special report on the Paris terrorist attacks.
A fellow Chapman alum took us around the entire office where we were able to tour multiple sets and hang out in the control room.
CBS This Morning:
We toured the entire news floor, had a Q&A with talent from This Morning and their new digital platform, and took plenty of photos on set.
We were lucky enough to hang out with all the big guys before their halftime report for the Dallas/Packers game.
We had a Q&A with both the Senior Talent Recruiting Director and correspondent for Nightly News, Harry Smith.
Daily Show with John Stewart
Late Show with David Letterman
The VP gave us a tour of their brand new building, including their pricey new sets. We then had lunch, paid for by the VP, before having a Q&A with him. We ended the visit with a free shopping spree in the ESPN gear closet. Safe to say, the VP is AMAZING!
A fellow Chapman alum took us all around their office, and even allowed us to sit in on him anchoring in the studio.
NY Stock Exchange:
No explanation needed.
We had a special tour around the studio, including a sneak peek of a project they’re working on and had a Q&A with several top employees.
We had a tour of the Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, National Archives, the Smithsonian, and an evening tour of the monuments.
Besides all of the traveling and networking, we were also creating a newscast. The entire class was divided into four groups and was given several stories to cover in NYC via a scavenger hunt. After being given hints, each student embarked on a journey through the city with their camera, tripod, and microphone. Needless to say, we were kept very busy through out our 12 days.
Overall, this class was a once in a lifetime experience. From meeting top network executives, to getting a taste of history, to practicing our craft in the number one television market, this will surely be an experience we will never forget.