Although many of our clients have graduated with a background in journalism, the majority are surprised to learn that there is much more to learn. Angela Randle, a recent college graduate with a degree in journalism, shot her reel this past weekend in New York with Smitha Rao, Enrollment Director for Reel Media Group.
“My experience with Reel Media Group was like no other. I thought I knew everything about being on camera and my writing skills because of constant feedback I would get from putting out my own content. When I met Smitha she helped coach me step by step,” Angela said.
The process of working with an RMG Coach goes further than filming a real. We are teaching our clients to be authentic storytellers.
“Whether it was on appearance, voice dictation, pronunciation of words and what I’ve been lacking the most CONFIDENCE. They are more than a group, they are family,” said Angela.
If you are interested in filming a reel with Reel Media Group, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. With coached in nine different cities, we are creating a network of broadcasters to form the next generation of storytellers.
Please join us this Friday, October 20th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET for an important discussion on the First Amendment and reporters rights! This discussion is a part of Free Speech Week and will be hosted at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and moderated by Reel Media Group co-founders Stephanie Siegel and Bram Weinstein.
The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live here.
Reel Media Group along with RTDNA, National Press Club Journalism Institute, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass communication are co-sponsoring the event, at which students and professional journalists will have the opportunity to learn from media law experts.
The panel will include:
- Vikram Bhagat, in-house counsel at American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio
- Ellen Crooke, VP of News for TEGNA and an RTDNA Director-at-Large
- Scott MacFarlane,Veteran investigative reporter for NBC Washington
- Paul Safierof the Media and Entertainment Law practice group at Ballard Spahr
Media law and journalism classes, as well as professional journalists, are encouraged to tune in and submit questions via Facebook Live at https://www.facebok.com/RTDNA.RTDNF/, or reserve a seat in the studio audience. The video will also be archived online for viewing later.
Here are some of the highlights from last week’s Social Media Takeover with Justina Coelho! Justina is currently a MMJ at KCBY in Oregon.
Justina shows our members that as a MMJ you have to know how to handle it all, interviews, b-roll, live shots and social media.
Justina covered a story about an organized march against hate and bias crimes that took place at a local high school. After getting her story she still had to make time to touch up and get back to the studio to go live… but there is always time for a selfie!
Check out Justina’s full story here: http://nbc16.com/news/local/north-eugene-holds-march-of-solidarity-following-anti-semitic-graffiti and make sure to follow Reel Media Group on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook for more Social Media Takeovers!
This past weekend Smacker Miles shot her reel in Dallas. Smacker is a former college athlete and is looking for her first job in news or sports broadcasting. One of the things that differentiates Reel Media Group is the one-on-one coaching from a RMG coach. Coaches become close to their clients, and give them constructive advice on how to be a unique storyteller. Smacker worked with Diana Zoga, a reporter at KDFW in Dallas. “I learned so much from my coach Diana. She gave me great examples and it was the best hands on experience I’ve had so far.”
We provide the basics, you provide the story.
When doing a reel shoot with Reel Media Group, YOU are the one choosing the stories and finding the interviews. We want our reporters to feel passionate about their stories. Our clients will show up with the stories and interviews, and from there, we take over. Our coaches will perfect your voice, breathing, posture, and body language so that when the reel is finished, you are sending out a product you are proud of.
Today, Emily Tyree was busy in New York on her reel shoot, with Founder Stephanie Siegel and photog Parish Smith. Emily did a story on Burgerology in Huntington which made for very tempting b-roll. She took the business angle and discovered the burger restaurant is serving more than 400 milkshakes a week. The chocolate company who makes custom chocolate cups for the shakes can’t keep up with the demand.
If you are interested in shooting a reel with Reel Media Group, now is the time to take the plunge. RMG is growing and has coaches in nine different cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Denver and Birmingham. Our coaches are experienced, no-nonsense professionals who will guide you through the process and help you discover what kind of story teller you want to be.
Get a behind the scenes look at an RMG reel shoot, follow us on Instagram- reel_media_group and Twitter- @ReelReporting
RMG members are making moves!! Our signature Job Catalyst Program, which helps our broadcasting talent land on-air jobs by putting them into direct contact with hiring News Directors, made two placements in ONE DAY (!) earlier this month.
Nicolette Perrone, who shot her reel with us last year, just accepted a position at KFDA in Amarillo, TX. Check out the reel she made with us below!
Shonna Narine, who came to us through a News 12 internship referral, landed a job at WVII in Bangor, ME within ONE MONTH of joining the Job Program!
Congrats to Nicolette and Shonna on their exciting new on-air positions!
If you’d like to find out more about our signature Job Catalyst Program, email email@example.com.
Reel Media Group Founders Stephanie Siegel and Bram Weinstein flew to Las Vegas last week for the annual Summer League Broadcast Bootcamp. The Bootcamp took place over the course of 3 days, in which the NBA alum experienced vocal awareness training with Arthur Joseph, participated in mock play-by-plays, and shot segments for their broadcast reels.
There were four participants this year, including former Philadelphia 76ers Jumaine Jones, Los Angeles Lakers Chris Duhon, Boston Celtics Greg Kite, and Clevland Cavalier’s Terrell Brandon.
Greg Kite said that the highlight of his weekend was filming his reel, which he looks forward to sending out to prospective broadcast opportunities, “The Broadcast Bootcamp was a tremendous experience. Stephanie and Bram are real professionals with great industry experience and knowledge.”
For more information on our next boot camp for former NBA players looking to transition into broadcast, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the new RMG Coach Ericka Lewis Mansfield!
Ericka is an award winning journalist and has more than 20 years in experience. If you are near Denver, Colorado and would like to shoot a reel, Ericka is the ideal mentor. Ericka has anchored and reported for major television stations across the country, including the CBS affiliate in Denver.
As a coach for Reel Media Group, Ericka says that she uses a hands on approach to help launch the careers of new journalists and her students “walk away with a resume reel that sets them apart from the competition.”
Ericka recently made an appearance at the monthly meeting of the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, an organization that awarded Ericka with the “Journalist of the Year” award in 2006. At the meeting Ericka was able to have some one-on-one time with the journalists that attended the event. If you are interested in having a coaching session with Ericka or you would like to shoot a reel in Colorado, email us at email@example.com.
Last week Reel Media headed to Manhattan’s Columbus Circle to shoot a reel with aspiring Reporter, Katrina Sandhu. This was Katrina’s first-ever shoot, but with the help of cameraman Parish Smith and RMG Founder Stephanie Seigel, she was prepared for the day ahead of her.
Katrina filmed at several locations near Columbus Circle and prepared for the shoot by digging up stories on a man who was wrongfully incarcerated after being framed, the wealth gap that exists in Manhattan, the library that was dedicated to President Donald Trump’s twitter account and Amazon’s decision to purchase Whole Foods.
After collaborating with Stephanie on her scripts, and shooting several stand-ups, Katrina is now one step closer to her dream of being an on-air reporter!
If you would like to shoot a reel with RMG, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we are featuring RMG member Marcy Jones, who works as a reporter at FOX 10 in Phoenix, Arizona. We spoke to Marcy and learned about why she loves her job, the best advice she has received, and her secrets to sounding natural on air.
Here are Five Things to Know About Marcy!
- Her favorite part about her job is meeting new people everyday.
- The most important piece of advice Marcy has received is to “be so good so they can’t ignore you.”
- A segment that Marcy did about Black Friday got over 60 million views and was picked up by 3 networks.
- Marcy never memorizes a script. “Using facts as ‘mile markers’ is easier and sounds more natural.”
- Marcy’s best piece of advice is to, “believe in yourself and never let anyone else set limits on your life
Marcy’s Pro Tip: “Act like your mic is ALWAYS hot” (aka always act like someone is listening.)
Check out one of Marcy’s most recent stories here!
Our community is growing and so are our events! Our newest members in the Johnstown, PA market met at Boulevard Bar & Grill last Wednesday for a Meet and Greet hosted by RMG Ambassador, Lauren Petrelli who is currently a Social Media Reporter at WJAC.
After a few drinks and introductions at the bar, the group of nine moved into the dining area of the restaurant to enjoy some dinner and talk further about what they have all been up to and what is going on in the world of broadcast.
If you are unfamiliar with our Meet and Greets, let us fill you in. Once a month Reel Media Group wants to give their members a chance to relax and talk about what is going on in an informal setting. Meet and Greets usually happen at a local bar or restaurant (the location and time is shared in our ‘All Members Group’) and then the rest is up to the group! Any topic, any question you have, just like a group of friends meeting up to catch up over some food and drinks. This is also a great opportunity for current members to bring new friends or colleagues and introduce them to the rest of the RMG community, and the best part is, the drinks are on us!
If you would like to get into our growing community of broadcasters, our Meet and Greets are the perfect opportunity! One of our ambassadors will take down your email, we will set you up with a free membership, and then send you the log in info to get you started on creating a profile! This is also a great opportunity to network and meet some new friends in the broadcast industry!
You can also receive updates on our Meet and Greets and other RMG events by registering for a free membership here:http://reelmediagroup.com/register/