Professional Friday visits CBS and Al Jazeera America

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[pullquote]”We will tell any story that we think is important” – Jeff Fager[/pullquote]

Last Friday Stony Brook University journalism students visited the headquarters of CBS News and Al Jazeera America on the latest Professional Friday trip.

First, students visited the offices of CBS News, which was in full swing after the launch of CBSN, the company’s online news channel. Chairman of CBS News and the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes Jeff Fager spoke at length about the company’s commitment to producing hard-hitting news. Later on, the students met Stony Brook alumni who are working at CBS News. So far, there are 11 Stony Brook alumni at CBS News.

[pullquote]”You’ve got to figure out ways to stand out” – Marcy McGinnis[/pullquote]

In the afternoon, students were invited to the headquarters of Al Jazeera America, one of the newest broadcast news channels in the U.S. There students met with Senior Vice President of Newsgathering Marcy McGinnis. Formerly the associate dean and a founding member of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, McGinnis offered advice on how to be successful in today’s journalism world. She also introduced students to Al Jazeera America’s news gathering philosophy.

[pullquote]“Now I know what I need to do to get hired” – Eric Santiago[/pullquote]

Journalism student Basil John said the trip gave them a “realistic outlook” on what it takes to succeed.

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