Today we didn’t attend what was on the study tour as we thought it would be beneficial for us to delve into the film and journalism side of New York as we hadn’t yet seen much.  We went to visit the Paley Centre as we heard it was great for the film industry.  Although when we got there we were informed that it was an archive that you were able to look through and rent from, as opposed to being a museum that it is in LA.  We then stumbled across a nook near 5th Avenue which displayed a piece of the Berlin Wall.  This was fascinating to see and really demonstrates the diverse culture within New York.

We then explored the Rockefeller Center which was quite hectic as they were setting up for the christmas tree lighting.  It was stunning to see the famous Rockefeller christmas tree and iceskating rink.  We analysed how extravagant productions such as the christmas tree lighting seem to be, with security, extravagant decorations, numerous screens for viewings and people already lining up to get the best spot for viewing.

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I was able to see several news rooms around the area including NBC which was great to see something within the journalism industry.  I found it fascinating how the news rooms were so interactive with the audience outside, with wide windows for people to stand behind and be filmed whilst the news is on.  It was great for me as I was able to analyse what the operations of the news room.

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We went back to Rockefeller that evening (after a crazy shop in Century 21- with lots of designer brands for so cheap!) to view the christmas tree lighting! We walked along 6th trying to get a great view but failed miserably! There was people everywhere, I’ve never seen anything so hectic!  We found a spot where we enjoyed the atmosphere for a while, listened to the singers and the crowds-but we couldn’t actually see the tree! We decided it would be a better idea to venture up to the second floor of saks and watch from there, which was successful and we saw the lights turn on! We also went up to the Top of the Rock which had a spectacular view of New York City, there was also video demonstrations of the history of the building which was of great interest to me as it told the story of the history of journalism and how it has evolved over time within the building.

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