APTRA CONVENTION 2002
It's the Happiest Place on Earth. At least that's what they
call it - Disneyland -- now transformed into the Disney's
Anaheim Resort. If you haven't been there since all of the
changes. The place doesn't look the same at all. Oh sure,
there's the Matterhorn, The Magic Kingdom --- all that stuff
we grew up too but, the place has been transformed into a
mini Orlando with new roads, access areas, a new Downtown
Disney and the equally new California Adventure Theme Park.
It's in this setting that APTRA's 55th Annual convention
takes place. From beginning to end it's a gathering with "moments!"
Here are reflections from two convention goers:
2001 APTRA Academy Grad Mary-Rose Abraham says: "The
panels on Saturday were especially helpful and interesting,
particularly the one with CNN and FOX reporters who had just
returned from covering the war. It was nice to be at a convention
that didn't feel overwhelming, but was small enough to meet
Says Jon Beaupré, now a reporter with KCET in Los Angeles:"This
was my eighth annual APTRA convention. While the recognition
granted by the awards banquet, the seminars and training sessions
serve a vital role in training journalists, the greatest value
is clearly the chance to chat with colleagues and friends
in the hallways and lunch rooms. It was wonderful to get to
chat with Steve Cohen, Sabrina Hughes, Brian Bland, and of
course Rachel Ambrose, our patron saint! I got to share a
hey there with Wayne Ludkey, and Andy Lippman,
and Brett Burkhart. Oh yeah, it was great seeing Hal too!"
Actually, there were two Hal's around the convention. The
guy with that name so familiar around the Disney Resort --
Eisner :) The one who stole the show, though, was Hal Fishman.
At the Awards Banquet not only did he win Anchor of the Year
honors, Hal Fishman was also the recipient of the APTRA's
first Lifetime Achievement Award. His words had everyone's
attention as he spoke about the attack currently waged by
some against the Media and talking about that all so important
term in this business "team work."
From beginning to end the convention, organized by then APTRA
President Gary Daigneault and his wife Cindy, was memorable
for all in attendance. The awards banquet, flawlessly orchestrated
by another APTRA Past President, Lance Orozco and Mark Drew
(who created the evenings video magic on the big screen was,
itself, an award winner!
The AP Wire Story
is the AP wire story on the APTRA Convention Award Banquet
Saturday night March 2nd. It ran on both the print and broadcast
wires at 8pm.
ANAHEIM-- KTVU-TV, Oakland, was named "Station of the
Year" Saturday night by the Associated Press Television-Radio
Association of California and Nevada. Channel 2 was recognized
for all-around daily news cooperation with the AP and consistency
in sharing information. Andrew Finlayson is news director.
This is the 30th year the prestigious award has been presented.
The award is named for Mark Twain because of Twain's 1906
quote that "There are only two forces that carry light
to all corners of the globe: the sun in the heavens and The
Associated Press down here." The "KTLA (Los Angeles)
Morning News" was named the "best 60 minutes newscast,"
and KXTV (Sacramento's) "News 10 at 6" was named
the "best 30 minute newscast" during APTRA's 50th
awards dinner here.
More than 90 awards were handed out to honor the best in
broadcast in California and Nevada.
KGO Radio, San Francisco, won the award for "best newscast
over 15 minutes," while KQED, San Francisco, took home
the award for "best radio newscast under 15 minutes."
In the smaller market categories, KGET, Bakersfield, captured
the award for "best 60 minute television newscast,"
while KSBY, San Luis Obispo, garnered top honors for "best
30 minute newscast."
In small market radio, public radio station KPFK, Los Angeles,
won the award for "best newscast over 15 minutes,"
while the award for "best newscast under 15 minutes"
went to KUZZ, Bakersfield. In a special ceremony at the Disneyland
Resort, veteran Los Angeles television anchorman Hal Fishman
was named the first recipient of an "APTRA Lifetime Achievement
On the Web: complete results at www.aptra.org
THE NEW APTRA
The reinvention of a 55 year old organization
For as long as anyone can remember APTRA has served the needs
of Broadcast Journalists with seminars and workshops. Now,
it's preparing to go to the next level!
For those of you not familiar with APTRA, it stands for Associated
Press Television and Radio Association and IF YOU WORK IN
A NEWSROOM THAT IS A PART OF AP --- YOU ARE A MEMBER!!!! It's
amazing how many people simply don't realize that. That means
there are hundreds of APTRA members who don't know they're
APTRA members of an organization that had it's first state
meeting back in 1947.
At APTRA's recent convention a new administration and spirit
started moving to change all of that. A new board led by APTRA
President Bret Burkhart and Hal Eisner as Vice President decided
to expand the organization's outreach. The thought? By, first
making members aware they are, in fact, members perhaps more
people would want to participate in our activities. Since
many think APTRA only caters to aspiring broadcasters, it
was widely felt that we should offer more programs of interest
to folks who have been in the business for a while. More speaker
programs -- perhaps some social events! First, though, is
making all of our members aware they are part of the organization.
In the next year, membership cards will be distributed to
all of the AP's California & Nevada Radio and TV stations.
They won't get you any discounts at the movies or on rental
cars but, hopefully, they will make you feel connected. On
the back of the cards will be that all-important California
Penal Code 409.5 -- a good reason to keep the card on your
ID chain or in your wallet.
Once you receive your card -- benefits will be outlined on
APTRA.org. The best thing about it all ---- IT'S FREE!!! You
pay for activities but, not for membership!!!
The goal is to get more of you involved in the organization's
activities, the California-Nevada News Report and give APTRA
a new sense of vitality. You see, just the sheer number of
folks in AP member newsrooms in California and Nevada, a few
thousand, makes this the largest broadcast journalist organization
in the West. Now, imagine if that large number of those folks
were actively involved. That's the goal!
Oh, one other thing: You don't have to wait for your membership
card to feel vested in APTRA. If you work in a Radio or Television
Newsroom that is a part of AP -- YOU ARE A MEMBER!!!
NEW STUDENTS MEMBERSHIPS
During the recent convention two Northern California college
students asked how they could become members. Up to that point
they really couldn't. Membership was really for folks who
work in AP member newsrooms. But, how do you turn away the
very people you hope to help through seminars and such programs
as APTRA Academy? So during the Board's convention ending
meeting, it was decided to create a new Student Membership,
and like all APTRA memberships, make it FREE!
Now, those two Northern California college students have
offered to help in an outreach program to make other college
broadcast journalism students aware of APTRA's seminars &
workshops, APTRA Academy for aspiring broadcasters and encourage
other students to join in on our annual convention activities.
To them we say THANKS!
If you're a college student and want to join, you can sign
Just fill out some information and help us grow!
THE NEW BOARD
Here's the official list of the New APTRA Board of Directors.
elected last year -- others at the convention in Anaheim.
APTRA Board of Directors
BRET BURKHART, KGO Radio, San Francisco
Hal Eisner, KCOP-TV, Los Angeles
GARY DAIGNEAULT, KCDZ, Joshua Tree
RACHEL AMBROSE, AP, Los Angeles
BRIAN BAHOUTH, KUNR, Reno *
SABRINA HUGHES, KNTV, San Jose *
DANIELA LOPEZ, KERO-TV, Bakersfield *
CY MUSIKER, KQED Radio, San Francisco *
FRANK STOLTZE, KPCC, Pasadena *
ROB ARTIGO, KFBK, Sacramento +
DEBORAH CLAYTON, KVBC, Las Vegas +
LLOYD LACUESTA, KTVU, Oakland +
MICHAEL MARCOTTE, KPBS, San Diego +
TROY MCGUIRE, KTVN, Reno +
JOHN PALMINTERI, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara +
Term expires Spring, 2003 * Term expires Spring, 2004 +
APTRA ACADEMY 2002
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
When the 2002 APTRA Convention opened March 1st, so did registration
for APTRA Academy. This will be the Academy's third annual
2 day hands-on workshop at Cottontail Ranch in Malibu. It's
designed to help aspiring TV broadcasters, those who want
to make the transition from Radio to TV or those who just
want the opportunity to spend twos days learning the ropes
from real pros! This year we'll have THREE Academy programs
running simultaneously! We're adding a new RADIO NEWS ACADEMY
to our already established REPORTING and ANCHOR programs.
This year the Anchor Academy will take place at Pepperdine
University's new state-of-the-art television studio. The Reporting
& Radio Academy programs will effort a terrific mock news
story -- something we've done very
successfully the last two years.
Students who join spend two days working with real television
reporters, anchors, photographers and editors all voluntarily
giving of their time and energy in what, at the end of the
weekend, clearly feels like the ultimate in mentoring. APTRA
Academy - learning how to anchor or report a story with the
help of real professionals and, on top of all of that, you'll
Sunday with a tape in your hands of your work. The price for
all three programs is the same-- $300. Applicants can put
$150 down now and finish payment by the last business day
of August at 5pm. That is also the last moment refunds will
be permitted. Once we reach 10 students in the Anchor Academy,
24 in the Reporting Academy and 10 in the Radio News Academy
we'll have reached our limit and will begin a waiting list.
If you want to sign up check out the APTRA Academy pages
on this site. Then, go to www.aptra.org
for applications and where to send your payment.
GET READY FOR...
THE NEW APTRA ACADEMY JUNIOR
Coming to APTRA's 56th Annual Convention, April 4th - 6th,
2003, at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf -- APTRA ACADEMY JUNIOR!
If APTRA Academy is a chance to spend two days rubbing elbows
with the pros, learning the ropes and making a tape, APTRA
Academy JUNIOR is the next best thing! It's a short version
but, the same deal taking place the Friday of convention weekend.
We'll simulate a story at the Hyatt and students will have
to turn it around for a fast action liveshot! We'll have more
on APTRA Academy JUNIOR as we get closer to next year's convention.