Month: June 2014

hkinneyinternCongratulations to Hollie Kinney ’14, recent graduate, who is now interning at WFSB Channel 3!

Hollie heard about the paid internship from some of her classmates who were interning at WFSB. In fact, two of her former classmates are now working there. She made a connection about the internship with her Broadcast Journalism class instructor, Patience Hettrick, who is the Assistant News Director at WFSB. She also knew people who worked at WFSB who recommended her.

“The industry is about 60/40,” said Hollie. “Forty percent is what you know and sixty percent is who you know.”

Since many programs in the Center for New Media require a hands-on internship, it’s important to become familiar with the internship process. Hollie described the process of obtaining the internship as lengthy, so she was even more excited and thrilled when she found out she was accepted for the position. Hollie felt that where was a lot of competition out there for internships, especially in the broadcasting and media fields, but she was determined to not give up.

And her hard work did pay off. During her internship orientation, she found out that only 5 interns were pick out of 200+ applicants. She was also the only applicant from MxCC to be given the chance to intern at WFSB this summer. Her internship is completely hands-on. She has been the teleprompter for multiple newscasts including the noon show, the 5 p.m. show, the 5:30 p.m. show, and the 6 p.m. show.

“It was very nerve wracking when I did my first show on my own,” she said. “But everyone there is so helpful so if I ever have any problems, I never feel uncomfortable asking for help.”

She has also gone out with reporters on location to shoot breaking news stories and interviews and has sat in on multiple edit sessions with some of the editors that work on putting the news shows together. She has also worked with the web producers wrote a news piece that was published on the website.

“Without the experience that I had at MxCC, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to work in such a competitive and fast-paced environment such as this one,” said Hollie. “Without earning my Associate’s Degree in Broadcast-Cinema I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be currently working for my (hopefully) future employer.  The program teaches you about the technical aspects of the media world, but also about writing for all media outlets (web, social media, news, tv, etc), the importance of networking in the industry, and having self-confidence and determination to reach your goals.  I plan to return to school to earn my Bachelor’s Degree, but Middlesex has given me a foundation to stand and grow on, and I am proud to be an MxCC Broadcast-Cinema graduate.”

Hollie is hoping to turn this opportunity into a career after the internship ends in August. Good luck, Hollie!

Since this blog post was written, Hollie has finished her internship and has accepted a job as Morning News editor at WTNH News Channel 8. Congrats!


The Connecticut Broadcasters Association has selected an incoming Middlesex Community College student as one of its annual scholarship recipients. Cobi O’Connell of Essex received the award because of her proven talents and desires to pursue a career in broadcasting. She will formally enter the Broadcast-Cinema associate’s degree program at MxCC in the fall.

O’Connell recently graduated from Valley Regional High School. During her senior year of high school, she has earned college credits at Middlesex Community College by taking a course in computer graphics through an articulated class at Valley, known as the College Career Pathways program.

“I chose to join the College Career Pathways program to expedite my college career by earning college credits while I am still in high school, which will get me into the industry sooner,” said O’Connell. “I’m really excited to be coming to Middlesex and I am honored that I received this scholarship.”

O’Connell already has a head start in the industry. She currently works as a private contractor for Paulson Training in Chester where she edits training videos and she directs two public access shows in Westbrook. After graduating from MxCC, O’Connell’s ultimate career goal is to direct a broadcast in Connecticut.

“Cobi O’Connell was one of 10 Connecticut Broadcasters Association scholarship awardees, selected from more than 110 impressive entries from all over the state by a judging panel of Connecticut radio and TV station managers,” said Don DeCesare, president and general manager at WLIS-AM and WMRD-AM, and a past chairman of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. “Cobi is an exceptionally impressive young woman. She’s already completed numerous college credits during her high school years and enters Middlesex Community College able immediately to concentrate on study in her chosen field, which is broadcasting and communications,” added DeCesare. “We are so pleased to assist her financially as she moves toward a career in Broadcasting.” DeCesare also was the 2014 Commencement speaker at MxCC.

In 2012, another Connecticut Broadcasters Association scholarship honoree, Shavandalice Davis of New Britain, selected MxCC to pursue her studies toward a career in broadcasting.

This year, the Connecticut Broadcasters Association ( presented $50,000 in scholarship funds to students pursuing a career in broadcasting, communications, marketing, engineering, or electronics. Awards are made to Connecticut residents who are entering their first, second, third or fourth year of study in a broadcasting-related area at any university and college in the country.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College ( is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.

Since its establishment in 1955, the Connecticut Broadcasters Association has been a respected industry leader in legal, governmental, education and community issues on both the State and National levels. Members include broadcast TV stations, radio stations, vendors and companies with a business interest in broadcasting, educational facilities, and individuals with involvement in the broadcasting industry. Member radio and TV stations also participate in Connecticut Broadcasters Association public service campaigns supporting the work of the Connecticut National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Connecticut Department of Public Safety’s Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications – Emergency Alert System (EAS) and AMBER Alert programs, among other efforts. For more information about the Connecticut Broadcasters Association and its annual Scholarship Program, visit or call (860) 305-2038.


Check out the show opener video for the 2014 Arts and Media Festival called Food For Thought. In this film, the Food Network holds a 100 million dollar cooking competition at MxCC. The competition brings out the best and worst in MxCC’s faculty, staff and students.

This parody of the Food Network’s show Chopped ended the hiatus we’ve been on. It’s been five years since we’ve done an end of the year video, but since this was the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Media Festival, we decided to pull out all the stops and do something Rick Ericksen and I envisioned years ago: Taste-O-Vision. Thanks to the Elena Sanchez and Rose Picarelli, a script was created and production began. Thanks to everyone else in the department pitching in! After a couple of really late nights of editing, we were able to pull this one off in a few weeks.

This is the first “End of the Year Video” to shoot most of the scenes “television style”, using up to three cameras at the same time. President Anna Wasescha makes her debut in this video.

There’s a short introduction at the beginning that explains how Taste-O-Vision works. At the Arts and Media Festival, we actually handed out 100 “Flavor Trays” to the audience. However, if you want to experience this film in Taste-O-Vision you’ll just need seven Jelly Belly (jelly beans) with the following flavors in this order:

1. Tangerine
2. Root beer
3. Strawberry Daiquiri
4. Green Apple
5. Buttered Popcorn
6. Cinnamon
7. Dr. Pepper

–Dan Nocera

Dan Nocera is the coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center. He also teaches production classes throughout the school year. For more than 15 years, MxCC’s Corporate Media Center (CMC) has been producing award-winning corporate videos. The CMC’s productions have won over 17 awards and 10 national awards for clients such as CT’s Department of Environmental Protection, CTDepartment of Labor, Unilever, Stanley Tools, United Technologies, Hamilton Sundstrand & Sikorsky Aircraft.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.

The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.

We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.

Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at

This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.