The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) department on the San Francisco State University campus is a cutting-edge media training facility housed on campus in Marcus Hall. This mansion to media supports four floors of television studios, control rooms, a radio station, a newsroom, lecture halls, and audio production suite, makeup rooms, a green screen studio, edit suites, lecture halls, and of course, classrooms. All built attending to educating future future content creators in the media arts. This BECA program focuses on aesthetics, multimedia arts, writing for and about media, law and regulation, performance, business, and media management.
On March 4, 2023 our Chapter and BECA hosted a celebration one year after Marcus Hall’s opening. This is the first in what we hope will be a yearly Chapter event – the BECA / NATAS Media Meld. Local Chapter members mixed with BECA alumni, students and faculty for a continental breakfast and to tour the recently activated Marcus Hall.
Five BECA faculty facilitated tours, each one nearly an hour long, shuttled over 100 guests through the whole complex.
Later that morning our Chapter provided four professional production breakout sessions in the studios and lecture rooms. The first two breakout sessions included KTVU’s Studio Manager Robert Erdiakoff demonstrating green screen lighting tips, and KAEF’s anchor and assistant news director Nazy Javid showing her on-camera makeup magic regimen.
The duo of late morning experts included KPIX’s multimedia journalist (MMJ) Max Darrow. He drove his production van into Studio 1 to show off the perfectly news production van’s organization and convenience. KPIX’s Anchor / reporter Devin Fehely led a lively packed room discussion on newsgathering with drones.
Breakout Sessions – Click Picture or Name to Play
Devin Fehely – Drones
CBS Bay Area KPIX5, Anchor/MMJ
Robert Erdiakoff – Green Screen Lighting Techniques
KTVU FOX 2, Studio Production Supervisor
Nazy Javid – Studio Makeup Best Practices
KRCR 7, Assistant News Director/Anchor
Max Darrow – MMJ Truck Tour and Production Tips
CBS Bay Area KPIX5, Reporter/MMJ
Susan Bradley – 219 Images
Mike Moya – 261 Images
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“The event was a great way for students to connect with professionals, not only through the awesome breakout sessions, but also with the networking chats afterward, I had several students approach me after the makeup tutorial to share their resumes with me. It was so inspiring to hear their enthusiasm for broadcast television and eagerness to get more involved in the industry – and what an awesome way to further expose them to it!”
-Nazy Javid / KAEF Assistant News Director & Anchor
All through the day’s event BECA students interviewed various alumni and NATAS professionals, Nazy’s was an enthusiastic interview: “I also really enjoyed being interviewed by the students. They asked fascinating questions, and it’s clear they’re being equipped with the training and skills needed to launch careers in journalism.”
“One of the great benefits of Academy membership is access to our free program events. Our visit to BECA’s brilliant, state/of-the-art studio complex was made even more impressive by the captivating drone and MMJ presentations from our colleagues at KPIX. It’s exciting to know the next generation of content makers will be more than qualified to enter the field. Truly Emmy Excellence in action.”
–Alison Gibson / Media Cool
Marcus Hall offers prospective students of the media arts a remarkable opportunity. This is a place that represents what is perhaps the most sophisticated facility for media arts in the entire country, certainly in the west coast. There are three studios, and an audio production suite already producing content. Under SF is San Francisco State’s very own live-produced variety show. State of Events is a newscast produced by students in BECA 660. During the semester, you can watch every week to get the latest information on current events going on in San Francisco. This show is produced on a news set featuring shades which open and reveal the campus in the background. This media program at San Francisco State University is the largest and most influential program of its kind in the western U.S.
“This event was more than an impressive open house. It was about education, networking, socializing and sharing stories of the past, present and future.”
–Brooks Jarosz / Chapter President
BECA has taught some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television, and new media. BECA is an inclusive and diverse learning community that emphasizes the intersection of media theory and practice, mirroring the wide range of cultural, artistic, and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
“The partnership with San Francisco State BECA builds a bridge between higher education and our professional organization,” Jarosz said. “Our shared mission is to inspire, improve and advance the television industry in a positive way. This is just the first step.”
The Department of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) is the largest and most influential program of its kind in the western U.S. BECA has taught some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television, and new media. BECA is an inclusive and diverse learning community that emphasizes the intersection of media theory and practice, mirroring the wide range of cultural, artistic, and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
“The new facilities for BECA will undoubtedly continue to be a magnet for students pursuing careers in television, journalism, film, broadcasting and communications. Touring the new building was a lot of fun. Today’s SF State students are so lucky to have a world-class. state-of-the-art facility in which to learn and grow from. From the production studios and the control room to the classrooms and the spacious feel of the entire building, there is inspiration everywhere for the students to learn their craft. SF State has done a wonderful job. BECA always prepares its graduates to succeed in their careers. Many of its graduates through the years have gone on to great things. The young people of today will stand on their shoulders and will surely make names for themselves.”
–Kevin Wing / Chapter Vice President, San Francisco Region
Talent nurtured at San Francisco State University has gone on to entertain, inspire, and inform worldwide, garnering Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Drama Desk, Golden Globe, Grammy, Peabody, and Theatre World awards.
Here is partial list of BECA Alumni:
Meredith Speight – Program Director (Class of 2006)
Bess Myles – “Above the Noise” Host/Producer (Class of 2019)
Amanda Font – Dirctor/Producer “The California Report (Class of 2015)
Ken Bastida – News Anchor
Dennis O’Donnell – Sports Director (Class of 1982)
Andrea Nakano – Sports Anchor
Brian Kiley – Photgrapher/Editor
Owen Modeste – Sports Producer
Brian Dea – Sports Executive Producer
Jeremiah Ysip – Photographer / ii Time Emmy Recipient
Brian Yuen – Photojournalist (Class of 1991)
Frank Somerville (Former KTVU Anchor)
Ed Cosci (Former Head Engineer)
From Laney College
Marla Leech (Media Communications Professor)
Steve Shlisky (Media Department Co-Chair MS Class of 2000)
San Francisco Giants
Paul Hodges III – VP of Content & Entertainment
Carla Pennington – Executive Producer
Jodi Sanders – Executive Production Coordinator
Anita Pepper – Senior Producer
Rich Brusa – Supervising Producer – Class of (2007)
Melissa Elfar – Producer (Class of 2008)
BECA Archive – Remembrance of the Way it Was
Darryl R Compton, Executive Director