Sammy Harris works for Sky Sport creating content for live sports productions and several of the channel’s magazine shows. He also appears on television in a presenting/reporting capacity on some live sports productions and shows.
“To say that I enjoy my job would be a complete understatement,” Sammy says. “I love that I get to be creative. The fact that every day is different is a bonus. My time at Broadcasting School were some of the best times of my life and the school certainly provided me with the knowledge and skills to have a successful career in the media.”
Jenny Suo is a producer and presenter for Newshub Late on TV3. She joined Mediaworks in 2009, straight out of Broadcasting School. During her time with the company she’s worked for almost every part of the newsroom. She started on the assignments desk, moved to the digital team and then worked as a reporter on Sunrise, Nightline and then the 6pm news.
Jenny has reported on a range of news and current affairs. She’s been around much of the country covering everything from weather to politics. One of the highlights of her career was reporting on the terrorism trial of Abu Hamza in New York. Jenny also enjoys covering the arts.
Attitude Pictures makes television documentaries and online content focusing on disability and chronic health. Last year, Broadcasting School graduate Loren Kett was employed as a media manager to deliver 36 half-hour episodes for TVNZ. “Now I’m an editor cutting long-form documentaries from scratch to air on television,” Loren says.
Working for The Crowd Goes Wild for the past four years has provided Chris Key with countless opportunities to improve upon the skills he learnt at Broadcasting School.
“Writing, interviewing, voicing and presenting are daily occurrences, and the opportunity to sharpen my sense of humour alongside some of the funniest people on TV is one heck of a bonus,” Chris says. “Basically, if James McOnie, Hayley Holt or Josh Kronfeld are too busy to cover a field story then I get the call up. And if we’re really, really desperate, I might even host the show too.”
Polly attended Broadcasting School in 2009, focusing on Promotions and Voice in her second year. She interned at ZM in Auckland as a Black Thunder girl, hopeful of getting some on air experience. What started out for Polly as entertainment news on the Night Show became a full time co-host role with Matt Ward.
The following year she became the anchor of the show and Luke Taplin became her co-host. “After a few years of awesome fun at night, I became the day host at ZM and read the Drive news, plus I did some fill-in bits with Jay and Flynny.”
Then, in 2015 Polly became the Drive show host on ZM with Australian Jason Hawkins. “I’m also still doing the ‘Jase and PJ' show and having a lot of ridiculous fun every day!”
Megan Annear is the national day shift announcer for radio station The Edge and a presenter for The Edge TV. In 2016, Meg and her partner Guy Mansell (who also went to Broadcasting School) started a YouTube channel called MeganOnAir that quickly grew in popularity. It has over 30,000 subscribers, 1.6 million views and grows by the day.
Megan tried twice to get into Broadcasting School, only getting in on the second attempt because somebody dropped out at the last minute. She says it was definitely worth the effort though. “I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to work in media.”
Neti Fa’au currently works as a researcher and director of online content for Attitude, a Christchurch-based production company specialising in documentaries for and about people living with disabilities. She started with Attitude on a six-month internship through Broadcasting School and is now employed by the company.
“I’ve worked on over twenty of the main 30 minute docos which air weekly on TV ONE, and countless shorter online and promotional videos,” she says. “I initially started as a researcher and was gifted more and more opportunities. I record field sound and produce web content. I got to try my hand at getting behind the camera and I trained as a director on one of the documentaries which broadcast on national television.”
Neti says this year she’s been given the opportunity to get out on her own and direct as well. “It’s been the most rewarding experience working here and learning from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the industry. It's a collective effort to give the one billion people who live with a disability the recognition they deserve, and it’s taken me all over New Zealand and overseas.”
After completing his studies at Broadcasting School, Andrew Dalton interned at TVNZ in Christchurch. He’s since transferred to the company’s Wellington bureau. “On paper I'm an Operations Assistant, but my role encompasses a number of tasks,” he says. “I'm a satellite operator, a cameraman, a media exchange specialist and a drone operator.”
In Wellington, Andrew can find himself in any given place at any time, such as filming politicians on their way into parliament or chasing weather around the city. “That's the nature of news, there's never a dull moment. It's fast-paced and exciting, and when a story breaks, you're running on adrenaline.
Andrew says studying at Broadcasting School set him up to achieve what he has so far. “It gave me the skill-set and experiences I needed to go forth into the workforce and launch my career. Broadcasting is a great industry, it's ever-changing and you never know what's around the corner. That’s what makes it so exciting!”