ACADEMY 2003 -- A HUGE SUCCESS!!!
*** A Shocking & Realistic Story! Also, The First Larry
LaMotte/APTRA Academy Scholarship Prizes Are Awarded! ***
By Hal Eisner
APTRA Academy Founder
|The 2003 Larry LaMotte/APTRA
Academy Scholarship Winners!
(Back Row/L to R) Christine Joubert, Eric Bergstrom, Bess
Hubbard, Lizza Morales and David Reed (Front Row/L to
R) Eevet Khoury and Chelsea Bellows.
By all accounts, this year's boot camp for aspiring reporters
and anchors was a huge success. The sold out workshop at Pepperdine
University's Cottontail Ranch in Malibu featured a role play
story. The story, that played out over a 5 hour period was
one of a meth lab explosion that started a large brush fire,
but the story took on a sensational twist when a U.S. Senator,
played by actor Conrad Bachmann discovers the prime suspect
in the case is his son-in-law!
In the reporting camp the students and their camera crews
followed the action, covered the story and after writing it
and having their mentor-editor cut it, they left with a tape
of the story to help them in finding a broadcasting job. The
plot of the story as aided by terrific performances from Actresses
Nancy Sinclair and Britnny Roberts.
Mentoring the students, who worked in teams, were broadcasters
and others from as far away as Atlanta. Students came from
as far away as New York.
As the 26 aspiring reporters worked the story at the ranch,
10 men and women who want to be anchors were working to make
a tape in APTRA Academy's Anchor Camp not far from the ranch
at Pepperdine University.
For the first time, scholarship prizes were awarded to 9
students who demonstrated great enthusiasm, stick-to-it-ness
and commitment. The Larry LaMotte-APTRA Scholarship was named
after former veteran news broadcaster Larry LaMotte who, for
this reporter, was a great mentor. $50 Prizes awarded in both
camps amounted to $450. We'll have more on the Larry LaMotte-APTRA
Scholarship Awards in next Monday's edition of HalEisner.com
along with more pictures, comments and thoughts!!!
For me, after having produced three prior APTRA Academy workshops
and one APTRA Academy Junior, focusing only on liveshots,
this year's event was remarkably gratifying. My thanks to
all of the students and mentors ... all of them!!!