Call in the pros

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By Brittany Arquette
City Times

In the radio/television department at City College, students looking for a career in broadcast news get the opportunity to learn the technical and on-air aspect of producing an award-winning newscast.

They also get first hand experience taping live news broadcasts, which air on ITV every Friday at 6 p.m.

They’ve even been nominated for several Student Emmys.

A large part of their success comes from being taught by professional, award winning reporter Laura Castaneda, who reported for many years for the ABC affiliate in San Diego.

Recently, Castaneda has taken maternity leave, but has enlisted the help of some industry professionals to fill in while she is out.

Castaneda brought in three reporters, who you may have seen on TV, to replace her in her absence.

NBC Nightly News correspondent Rosalind Jordan, nine-time Emmy Award-winning reporter Corrie Vaus, and former KSWB reporter Darlynne Reyes will be joining the department.

Students taking Castaneda’s classes, which include: introduction to news writing, television field reporting, and Newscene, now get the chance to work with three professionals for the price of one.

But Castaneda’s students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from having these talented reporters on campus.

Any student at City who has a slight interest in the business is encouraged to stop by the radio/television department to ask questions.

After all, it’s not every day an NBC national correspondent is teaching classes at City.