Student works for US national news channel

A broadcast student has spent three weeks working for a US national television news channel in New York.

Bea Asare-Djan made the most of the work placement opportunity on her MA Broadcast Journalism degree and went to CBS News at the Albany, New York bureau to work as a reporter.

She covered a range of stories ranging from a drive-by shooting to a press conference with the New York Attorney General.

Part of team

Bea with New York's Attorney General Andrew CuomoBea said: ìI felt very much part of the news team and got stuck in straight away on a variety of stories.î

She was working at the station when the news broke about students being killed at Virginia Tech University. Bea was then sent under cover on a follow up story.

ìWe wanted to see how easy it is for a stranger to get into a school so I visited primary schools in Albany with a hidden camera and in some cases I was able to walk in without anyone asking questions.î She added: ìIt was quite a scary experience at first!î

Bea was given the opportunity to go to CBS after contacting the stationís news producer who she met three years ago whilst living in New York.

She said: ìI did a work placement on another station when I lived there and because I had made such a good contact I thought it was worth getting in touch and seeing if they would allow me to go over. I had such an amazing three weeks that I didnít want to come back.î

Bea with the station's anchor Jack AerneckaBea worked for the BBC for two years before taking the MA course and says she would love to work for CBS permanently after she graduates in September.

She added: ìThe ideal situation would be to return to New York and work as a reporter for CBS so I will be keeping my fingers crossed.î

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