NEW YORK, NY – Four students from Truman’s Media Program got an up-close and personal look at the network television news business from the inside, as part of the CBS News Eye on the Future 6-week workshop.
“This was by far one of the most wide-ranging and in-depth experiences that my students have ever had,” said media teacher Dave Roush. “The caliber of people they were working with – from Evening News producers, to 60 Minutes editors – was incredible. I can’t even imagine having that kind of experience and doing that kind of networking in high school.”
Junior Jade Reese and Sophomores Alpha Diallo, Ti-Sean Nelson and Alexia Lydner spent Saturdays inside the Manhattan newsroom where they worked with everyone from entry-level to top executive employees at the network. They learned how the news is gathered, written, edited and broadcast – both over the air and via social media.
All of the CBS staff members volunteered their time for the program. This was the first year that Truman participated in Eye On The Future. They were recommended by CBS News Correspondent Matthew Pieper – who used to work alongside Media Teacher Dave Roush at News 12 The Bronx.
The hands-on workshops included field days which allowed them to hit the streets of the city and interview people about various events. At the conclusion of the program, students were given the opportunity to anchor a story from the set of CBS This Morning. Saturday hosts Adriana Diaz and Michelle Miller coached the students on their poise and delivery – as well as handling front-of-the-camera nerves.
Reese was the first to try her hand at anchoring. She was followed by Nelson and Lydner. Diallo was the last of the Truman students. His performance garnered laughs from the CBS staff as he accidentally snapped a pen in half that was given to him by Michelle Miller to help handle his nerves.
“This program has opened a great door for our students – and I’m confident it will lead to a really wonderful future relationship between Truman and CBS News,” Roush said. “CBS has already indicated they’re interested in having our students back next year, and I can’t wait.”
In the meantime, the students who participated this year have already started formulating ideas to create a news broadcast from their school studio. You can check out an album of all of the day’s photos and videos by CLICKING HERE.