The students were chosen from a competitive pool of applicants earlier this year.
While COVID-19 has disrupted many events and programs, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association found it important to continue our Student Mentoring Program, now in its fifth year.
This year, students will be meeting virtually with their mentors to learn more about the industry/intended career path, gain feedback on their reels, and benefit from feedback that is especially important as they grow into broadcasting professionals.
Let’s meet the four participants for 2020:
Bridget Brogan is a rising Senior at Canisius College, pursuing a dual degree in Communications and Journalism with concentrations in Multimedia Journalism and Media Studies. As an active member of the Canisius College community, Bridget serves as team captain of the Division 1 women’s rowing team, where in 2019 she was acknowledged as a CRCA Scholar-Athlete and a member of the MAAC All-Academic team for outstanding GPA. Besides athletics, Bridget serves as president of her sorority Phi Sigma Sigma and is active in several on-campus organizations such as DiGamma Honor Society, the Communication’s honor society Lambda Pi Eta, and the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu where she also serves as secretary.
This past semester, Bridget began an internship with News 4 where she had the opportunity to shadow several reporters, photographers, and producers, and explore the field of broadcast journalism. Last fall, she also had the opportunity to take a television production class taught by WGRZ’s Claudine Ewing. Within the journalism department at Canisius, Bridget serves as a research assistant for Dr. Barbara Irwin, where the two are studying the origins of the PBS children’s show Reading Rainbow, and she serves as host of the campus podcast MAGIS: The More You Know. Bridget also acts as a news anchor and scriptwriter for Canisius Connections, a student-produced newscast that airs on the campus’ own television station, Griffin TV.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Bridget attended Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School and continues to volunteer in both the Syracuse and Buffalo areas. Her most recent volunteer project is a collaboration with Words & Warmth, a nonprofit that creates new, warm, handcrafted items, to children and families in need. This past school year, Bridget was able to make and deliver over 100 blankets throughout Western New York and has plans to continue volunteering after her graduation from Canisius next spring.
Tara Lynch is an aspiring broadcast journalist and is in her junior year majoring in journalism at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Lynch is a member of the Park Scholar Program, a full four-year scholarship awarded for dedication to academic, community service and extracurricular activities. She has been inducted into the Oracle Society and Lambda Pi Eta Society at Ithaca College. Having to move to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynch launched The Next Big Thing on Instagram, an infotainment entertainment newscast to practice her journalism, production, and creative skills. Hailing from Cheshire Connecticut, Lynch has interned with NBC Connecticut News, the owned and operated NBC Universal station in Hartford, and has worked in the Cheshire Academy Communications Department for four summers. During her tenure at Ithaca, Lynch has represented the Journalism Department as an intern with CNN at the 2020 Iowa Caucus and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Journalism Bootcamp in Washington, D.C..
She is an active member of Ithaca College television, serving as a producer, reporter, and anchor, and she has held an on-air position every semester she has participated. Lynch is the President of the Ithaca College Society of Professional Journalists Chapter, serves as the Secretary for the IC Mentorship Initiative, and is a Morale Captain for BomberThon, a dance marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Isabella DiStefano is a senior at The State University of New York at Fredonia, majoring in Journalism and minoring in English.
She is involved in campus activities as the Public Relations Chair for Fredonia’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Also, DiStefano serves as a social media assistant for the student-run newspaper, “The Leader,” and writes news scripts for “News 11” that airs on WNYF-TV, the campus television station.
Previously, DiStefano has interned for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a videographer/editor, Pretty Deep Media as a staff writer, and iSTANDtv as a social media intern.
While DiStefano wants to accomplish several goals, she sees herself as a producer, creating meaningful newscasts and writing thought-provoking stories.
Sean Mickey is an Assignment Editor at WHAM-TV in Rochester, New York. He was hired before his junior year of college after working there as an intern. At WHAM, he contributed to stations 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing coverage.
Sean is a dogged reporter who has broken stories on campaign finance, sex abuse in the Catholic church and health code violations for several outlets. He also has experience as a technical director for ESPN+. The St. Bonaventure University senior is excited to join the Buffalo Broadcasters Association for this program.