Yesterday was a packed day for us. After our trip to Real Simple and a brief time taking in the atmosphere of Rockefeller center we headed into 30 Rock to meet with UVA alum at NBC
Our first meeting was with Ed Swindler who has three degrees from the University. Ed talked to us mostly about the future of NBC once Comcast purchases it from GE and the challenges that broadcast in general faces. What I personally enjoyed about
Ed’s presentation was his no nonsense style. Though his presentation was a bit unsettling for those of us who want to work in broadcast, it was great getting a frank and very intelligent perspective on the industry.
We also had the pleasure of meeting with a couple of more recent UVA Media Studies alumni Amber Payne, an associate producer, and Morgan Whitaker, who works on a program called Next Media. Amber allowed us to listen in on the meeting of
executive producers, writers, correspondents, and Brian Williams
who discussed what would be going on the Nightly News.
Afterward Morgan introduced us to a variety of employees through NBC Universal and gave us a tour of the studio, including Brian Williams chair, which Cecily hesitantly touched, and the SNL studio, where Kristin had a
Though we has a long day in the studio it was an experience worth while. Morgan and Amber were eager to give us their business cards and encouraged us all to apply for internships. Last year Katie Wall, a 4th year major, got an internship out of this experience.
After we left, Professor Bodroghkozy told us to go home, eat dinner, and head to the UVA club for the media panel. So Matt and I grabbed a felafel, my first ever yum, and headed over. More to come soon!