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Brooklyn College students win national award for TV news

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These student-journalists are making headlines of their own.

Three Brooklyn College students took home the top prize from the College Television Awards held in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 23.

Anthony Tart, Michael Gomez, and Nickesha Johnson took home the first-place award in the newscast category.

The the so-called “college Emmy” award came with a cool $2,000, but it was the trip to California that was the real treat for Tart.

“To go to L.A. — I’ve never been anywhere in my life,” Tart said. “It was really magical, and I thank Television Academy Foundation for nominating and recognizing us.”

Tart and fellow broadcast journalism students Gomez and Johnson led their capstone class’s summer project, in which they produced a half-hour newscast. The trio oversaw production and contributed their own stories.

For his own part, Tart put together a piece on security cameras being installed along 86th Street in Bensonhurst, as well as a story on a blood drive the New York Mets held at Citi Field.

“That was my favorite one,” said Tart, adding that as a life-long fan he bleeds orange and blue.

Sports are actually what got Tart into journalism, he said. He wanted to play professional baseball, but realized he wasn’t cut out for it, and chose a field that would keep him near the turf.

“I knew if I wanted to get close to sports, news was the best way to go,” he said.

After graduating earlier this month, Tart is now working as a freelance videographer for NY1, covering crime and human interest stories, but he said he hopes to move to the station’s sports department.

During the three-day awards trip, Tart and his colleagues got to meet with TV personalities to help them plan out their career paths. A chat with actor and producer Fred Savage left Tart with a sage piece of advice.

“He told us, ‘you gotta hustle — you gotta be aggressive,’ ” Tart said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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