By Quedus Babalola
“I thought it would be an interesting challenge to teach something new,” said Lloyd Siegel, who joined the journalism program in the department of communications and film this fall. Siegel is currently teaching Journalistic Interviewing, a cross-listed journalism and broadcasting class this semester.
He has taught many other subjects at the Columbia university graduate school of journalism, and at Montclair state university school of communication and media. However, this is a new task for him, and with all the experience he acquired from his many years in the journalism field, it “felt right” for him. Siegel has previously taught news management, audience engagement, media writing and many other subjects in the journalism and media field.
“I worked for NBC news for 44 years,” he said, starting as a local reporter in Cleveland, Ohio. While living in Cleveland, Siegel was able to jump through multiple fields. He graduated from Ohio State University and has since been living the dream he’s always had.
At NBC universal, he was vice president of news partnerships, and before that the director of news partnerships and a domestic producer for NBC nightly news. He received the first amendment service award from the radio television digital news foundation for contributions to the television industry in 2013.
“I don’t have any regrets,” Siegel said, later saying the only regret was not getting his master’s degree. But Siegel still has hopes in receiving his master’s on top of decades of real-world experience that he imparts to his students.
“My students are actually out interviewing people right now,” Siegel said, while wondering when he’ll be able to grade all his papers. “The journalism field is evolving but [is] also promising, many doors are opening for journalists but you have to be able to learn more than just one side of being a journalist in order to be successful.” Today most students get their news and information from Instagram or Facebook, or any other social media outlet. Compared to the days where you had one person writing and one person shooting video, nowadays one person is asked to do both, and do it quicker.
“I think it’s a great class to have, especially in your freshman year,” said Shakira Clarke, a public relations major who would have liked to take the class. “Being able to interview someone is sometimes hard but with a class like this, I think I would be able to get over what’s holding me back from holding a great interview and probably becoming one of the best,” she added. Siegel is a beloved husband and father, and a new resource in the Post community.