Students Assist with Live Broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
November 04, 2015
Photo (left to right): Students Ashley Motta '17, Karen Ejiofor '16, Emma Bishop '18, Nick Petromelis '16, Thomas Case '18, Sam Brandeis '18; second row: Garrett Meyer '18, Phoebe Ferraiolo '17
The phrase "live from Saint Anselm College" took on a whole new meaning to nearly 200 Saint Anselm College students, faculty, and staff who watched MSNBC's "Morning Joe" broadcast live from the college coffee shop on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6 - 9 a.m.
The show, hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, featured in-person interviews with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairman of the N.H. Republican Party Jennifer Horn, journalist Mike Barnicle, and Republican presidential candidates U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Donald Trump, who, later that morning, also spoke at a "Politics & Eggs" event co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Students started lining up in front of the coffee shop at 3:30 a.m. and by show time at 6 a.m., there was standing room only. During the three-hour show, Scarborough and Brzezinski discussed the previous night's GOP debate, talked Republican candidates, interviewed Mr. Trump's sons, and during commercial breaks, chatted up their audience.
"It was such a great experience," says audience member and senior communication major Rosemary Lausier. "I really appreciate that opportunities like this not only happen on campus but are available for students to participate in."
For some, being behind the scenes gave them a whole new perspective of broadcast news.
"I liked being behind the scenes," says Phoebe Ferraiolo. "I learned about the extent to which they plan, including framing shots."
Student opportunities didn't end with watching the live broadcast. When television networks visit campus, a handful of students are typically selected as "runners," assisting the production crew with various tasks leading up to, and during the broadcast.
Politics majors and NHIOP ambassadors Ashling Stanek '17, Marc Tetreault '17, and Andrew Keyes '18, helped MSNBC behind the scenes. Assisting the producers, they gathered the day's newspapers, greeted guests, and distributed documents about the various show's segments.
Reflecting on her experience, the busy morning confirmed for Stanek that a career in TV would be a delightful prospect.
"Honestly the day was more amazing than I can put into words," says Stanek. "It was also a clear indication that live TV is where I belong. Whether it is behind the scenes, or in front of the camera is still a question, but I am so thankful for the NHIOP for exposing me to broadcasting!"
Eight students also assisted with the final set preparations on Tuesday afternoon as stand-ins, including Ferraiolo.
Following the broadcast, students took their requisite selfies with Scarborough and Brzezinski and headed off to class happy to have added another notable Anselmian moment to their undergraduate experience.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discusses Hillary Clinton, drug addiction in New Hampshire and a government shutdown. (Video length - 7:12)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), discusses the GOP field, and U.S. ground troops in Syria. (Video length - 8:10)