Broadcast Journalism is a real world, hands-on experience for students of all ages. Students regularly receive local, national, and international awards for their videos.
Broadcast students produce a monthly news show, "Today from the Heart," using an actual set from the Today Show. Students in all four classes produce videos that can be entered into our annual film festival.
Broadcast Journalism is a popular elective in the Upper School. Students begin by taking Into to Filmmaking, and then they may choose one of three classes:Broadcast Journalism, Creative Filmmaking, or Real World Filmmaking.
Broadcast Journalism is not merely an elective at our school… it is the first step of a lifelong journey for many students. Our alumnae go on to study at top media and filmmaking programs. We connect students with media professionals and internships to help our alumnae pursue careers in communications, media, and filmmaking.
The Sacred Heart Greenwich Alumnae Media Network presented the “Mix and Mingle: Navigating the Media Industry” event on November 18. Panelists included five Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae, Ms. Kate Benjamin '11, Ms. Caroline Keller '13, Ms. Erica Jorgensen '04, Ms. Erin Manning '13, and the emcee of the event, Ms. Caroline Burch '15.
Grace Sutherland '16 graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from USC. She said, “The Broadcast Journalism department was the greatest outlet for me. Yes, it was a class, but I always looked at it as the peak of my day. Because of the Broadcast department, I was able to find my loves of news, politics, and film. I learned the unpredictable nature of the news is what I love. I love that every day is different. I learned the basic ideals of patience, spontaneity and quick thinking.”
ESPN Production Assistant and Sacred Heart Greenwich alumna Bridget Scaturro '14 spoke to the Introduction to Filmmaking class via Zoom on October 29.
"Sports broadcasting is a scary industry to go into. It's really competitive, and women are often put down in the industry just because it's a male-dominated industry. Sacred Heart definitely gave me the confidence to decide that that's what I wanted to do and pursue it and not just blow it off because I heard that it could be hard," Bridget said.
The eighth annual All-American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) features 25 Sacred Heart Greenwich student films. This is nearly twice the number of Sacred Heart films that were accepted last year!
Co-Founder and Executive Director Tom Oliva said, "This year, our organization received 2500 submissions from the top student film programs and independent student filmmakers from all over the world. Most programs are thrilled to have one film selected for a screening at our annual festival... Sacred Heart's 25 Official Selections is an outstanding achievement and further proof of both the quality and dedication of their students and overall program."
This school year, Sacred Heart alumna Ms. Aggie Ryan ‘16 will be assisting in the David J. Bloom Broadcast Suite alongside Studio Director Ms. Ellyn Stewart and Broadcast Instructor Mr. David Pisani.
Ms. Ryan graduated in May from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At Sacred Heart Greenwich, Ms. Ryan took part in the Broadcast Journalism Creative Filmmaking class all throughout high school.