Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Major: Media Production
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Media Production
Internships: NBC in Stamford,
"Inside Edition" in New York City,
Adobe Student Representative
Activities: Student Government Association senator, active member of the National Broadcasting Society & Alpha Epsilon Rho honor society, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, member of the WCSU Rotaract Club, work part-time at WCSU Media Services
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List,
Khalda Logan Award - This award is given in memory of Khalda Logan, a beloved professor in the communication department, in recognition of excellence in video production.
"Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges” 2013-14 award recipient
William Trotta enrolled at Western because of the university's affordable price and proximity to New York City. That proximity enabled him to participate in internships relating to his major at NBC in Stamford, and "Inside Edition" in Manhattan. In December, he will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Production and a minor in marketing.
"Media has always been a passion of mine and fuels my creativity, whether I am producing a video for a local event, live streaming a historic broadcast or helping out behind the scenes of a film premiere in New York City," he says.
Helping him refine that passion has been Associate Professor of Communication and Media Production Dr. JC Barone.
"Dr. Barone has been an outstanding professor to work with in every sense of the word — innovative, determined, creative, knowledgeable, reliable, exceptional, effective and a dedicated faculty member ready for any task sent his way," Trotta says. "He is always ready to assist students, faculty and members of the local community, and no job is too small or too challenging for him to take on and make the most of the opportunity."
Trotta credited his professor with helping to transform the Department of Communication and Media Arts into the thriving workspace it is today. "Dr. Barone's work to create a state-of-the-art video editing facility on campus and the nationally recognized "Election Connection" show has put Western on the map," he says. "I have worked directly with Dr. Barone on the election show since 2011 and also had the opportunity to attend the Broadcast Education Association and National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Media conventions with Dr. Barone this year."
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Trotta says, "Working as a videographer and live stream assistant during the visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama."
After graduation, Trotta plans to obtain a job in the broadcast industry working with digital media and marketing. "I would also like to pursue graduate school in order to obtain my master's degree."
Trotta's advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities Western has to offer. Joining a club, student organization or playing a sport can help you get involved and make the most of your college experience."