SUPPLEMENTAL RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES
UNDERTAKEN BY THE STATION(S)
claiming credit: WBGT-TV Rochester, NY
of activity under new EEO Rule: [job fair, scholarship program,
etc.]: JOB FAIR
of station participation: [on date; from date to date]: ,
Participating employees Bill Christian & D. J.
Host/Sponsor of activity: NYS Broadcasters Association
Brief description of activity and station participation: WBGT
participated in a virtual Broadcasting Career Fair on the
Internet put together by the New York State Broadcasters
Association. Over 400 prospective applicants attended. Both
resumes and applications were accepted for both stations, and
information regarding both stations was distributed to
interested attendees. Resumes and applications that were
collected and are being stored at WBGT-TV in Rochester.
Established internship and co-op program. Ongoing. Jennifer
Mattison, On-Site Coordinator.
always been committed to the education of youth interested in
the broadcasting field by way of internship programs that are
designed to meet their individual needs. This program has
included students from a diverse age range and educational
background. These students have come from area high schools such
as Corning East, Corning West, and Addison High School. As
well, students have also been recruited from area colleges such
as: Corning Community College, Binghamton University, Mansfield
University and Alfred University.
Participating students have learned broadcasting-related skills
under the close supervision of all station employees. Areas of
study that have been explored are: commercial production,
website editing , public service coordination, traffic
assistance, master control and various other aspects of
videography and editing. Length of participation has also varied
depending on individual needs, and has ranged from one-day
shadowing experiences all the way to year-long internships. All
internships have been on a volunteer basis, with
employee/instructor evaluation and feedback given for the
student to earn academic credit.
Co-operative Job training program through BOCES.
Communications successfully participated in a year-long
work/study program to train students for careers in
broadcasting. The unique partnership with this regional trade
school allowed for students to get real life training, while
getting paid by the television station and receiving high school
or college credit. The school partially reimbursed the
television station for this part time position. Because the
program lasted longer than a typical internship, the students
receive in-depth training and ultimately perform the task of a
true employee. Students that have completed this program
previously were hired outright by the TV station for part time
and eventually full time employment. Areas of training include
master control, traffic, production and accounting.
Scholarship Program. DJ Schimizzi, coordinator. During our High
School Football games of the week, WBGT awarded “student of the
game” scholarships promoting both sportsmanship and academics.
Schools were probed for input to recognizing not just good
athletes but more importantly good students. On-air recognition
and a modest college scholarship was presented.