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.