SUNY Purchase Packed the House at The Trisha Show

SUNY Purchase students in the audience at The Trisha Show as the theater fills up

About 50 SUNY Purchase journalism students were in the studio audience during a taping of The Trisha Show last week, getting an up-close look at a media extravaganza.

The show is in the style of The Jerry Springer Show and The Maury Show and stars a British host, Trisha Goddard. It most certainly is NOT JOURNALISM. But it was educational, and there was a lot to talk about afterwards.

Goddard’s approach is more therapeutic than Springer or Maury. She has a softer touch, although the show is still all about paternity tests and the like. One student, Jessie Pauli, ingeniously said, “It’s like Dr. Phil and Oprah had a baby – a British baby.”

Prof. Virginia Breen and I led the expedition to Stamford, CT, where the show is  based. Producers paid for the bus up there and back, the pizza and even gave the students $25 each to stay and watch a second taping of the show.

It was a blast. The students were up on their feet cheering and laughing, or letting out long, loud disapproving groans where required.

To cap it off, the show’s producers promised to donate a check (we think about $500) to go towards The Purchase Brick.

The show was taped, not live, and the segments our students were in should air in about a week or so. Stay tuned.

Check out some of the other trips I’ve done with my students here.


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2 responses to “SUNY Purchase Packed the House at The Trisha Show

  1. Jessie

    Loveeee this 🙂
    Feel free to use my name for the quote, by the way. I give permission.

  2. journoprof

    A great quote! I couldn’t remember if it was you who said it or Tanira. I’ve updated it now.

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