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Newhouse NYC Visits The View

By Lauren Anderson, Junior Newhouse NYC student and BDJ major

Last Tuesday was not our average day here at Newhouse NYC. We took an amazing trip to see a live taping of The View! Thanks to Nathan Geddie, the Digital Producer for The View, we were on a special guest list.

As we waited to go into the studio, we ate breakfast in the ABC cafeteria and answered trivia questions for prizes. Some of our very own even won thanks to their expert “The View” knowledge!

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Next, we were finally moved in to the studio! We had prime, front-row seats, and I was amazed at how close we were. The studio was so fun and colorful, too. While we were in our seats, one of the camera men came up to us and asked us if we wanted to be on TV? And our answer was of course we do!

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While everyone else was filing in to their seats, they had great music playing and a hilarious comedian who kept the crowd entertained. Finally, a few minutes before 11 am, we were told to put our phones away because the show was starting live soon. You could feel the excitement in the room. Soon enough, we were standing up and cheering as Whoopi Goldberg, Candace Cameron Bure, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, and Sunny Hostin walked in to start the show. They started the show with their Hot Topics segment about Beyoncé and Lemonade. As interesting as it was to watch the show itself, it was also so cool to see what was going on behind the scenes. I found myself watching the camera man giving Whoopi her time cues.

During one of the commercial breaks, the hosts took questions from the audience. BDJ Junior Sarah Barth asked the hosts, “What is your favorite interview you’ve ever done?” Joy Behar answered she liked interviewing President Obama and other presidents. Then, the show continued on, and we even to go see them interview Jesse Tyler Ferguson who was promoting Modern Family and his new Broadway play, Fully Committed, where he plays all 40 characters himself. After that, the show ended, and some of my family members were very excited to say they saw us in the audience at least three times!

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They the hosts started their ‘After The View’ segment which is a live 15-minute show on their website. It was a little more candid and casual, as they didn’t have to follow such strict rules like on television. Here, Paula Faris gave us a shout out, and wished us luck, and said their future bosses may even be in the crowd. And, of course, the camera was on us again!

After the after show ended, we got to go on the set. We were honored to meet Paula Faris, who spoke with all of us and shared career advice. Paula was also a Broadcast Journalism major, like myself, and said the best thing you can do is know how to do everything. She said if you know how to write, shoot, and edit, it will benefit you in the end.

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And the day still wasn’t over yet! We still had to go backstage! Here we passed by all the dressing rooms, and stopped in the control room. Then, we sat in an office area to meet with some Newhouse alumni who work at The View. While in the area, a few of the hosts stopped by and said hello.

The alumnae we met were Audrey Jones (Senior Producer),  Jamie Shapiro (Segment Producer) and and Candice Frank (Production Assistant). We also heard from Lauri Hogan (Publicity Director) and Nathan as well. It was amazing to see so many talented Newhouse alumni in one show! They answered our questions about the show and gave great advice. Our biggest take away was what they said about interning. Audrey said to intern as many times as you can, and every job you will get will come from connections you made at an internship. Luckily, all of us have already got a head start on that!

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