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APTRA Academy
2004 APTRA Academy Grads SPEAK OUT!
Every year APTRA Academy turns into a life changing weekend for some who travel all the way across the country to participate in this unique boot camp for aspiring news reporters and anchors. They come feeling one way and leave feeling another. And, every year there are some very nice notes that are sent after the weekend is over. This year is no exception.

As the Dean and Founder of APTRA Academy -- and, this year's first-ever APTRA Academy En Espanol -- these notes are very gratifying.
I'd like to share some of them with you. I have edited some of them to shorten them or make or remove more personal thoughts.

Again, my thanks to all of those aspiring broadcasters who came to participate in the camp and, of course, all of the great mentors who gave of their time and put their hearts into helping others who have dreams of being just like them.
Now, a few of those messages ...

I just wanted to thank you for putting together this camp for us. I attended the anchor academy and I feel so lucky to have received this opportunity. I learned so much and the mentors were wonderful and gave a lot of great advice.
I really appreciate you doing this camp. It is such a wonderful opportunity for all of us aspiring broadcasters to get hands on experience. I look forward to attending more APTRA events.
Thank you,
Joy Lambert
Los Angeles

I just wanted to thank you for creating the reporter's academy. I had a great time this weekend, met many talented and creative people, and learned so much about the business.
I was especially impressed with all the mentors who gave so tirelessly. They showed me what true passion and dedication is all about.
Your camp confirmed my decision that I am in the right career.
Thanks again!
Jennifer Kim
Los Angeles


I just wanted to say that I had a great time this weekend and learned so much from this experience. I hope that one day if i get a reporting job (cross my fingers)and I can come back and be a mentor! I would love it...
Thanks again for putting this together....
Christina Son
Los Angeles


Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for a great boot camp. I was really impressed with the caliber of the mentors and participants.
I was thrilled to be able to get into the anchor academy.I am fairly new to the broadcasting arena and am now sure I want to pursue anchoring. I can't wait to get behind another anchor desk.
I have been looking for similar programs and am even more impressed how you provided all that you did for only $300.
Maxx Hamilton
Los Angeles

I just wanted to share a few thoughts about the academy.
First I'd like to say "thank you" for giving students like myself a chance to experience a day in the life of a reporter. Last weekend's experience was tremendous. I was doing things that I only dreamed about doing. I came home with a whole positive attitude and better outlook in life, and determined to make my dreams into a reality.
I made friends, and established connections that will forever have a lasting impression in my life. Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to experience the day in the life of a reporter. I feel so much better about myself, and more confident in myself, because I know I can do it, I just didn't know how to.
The mentors were very supportive and very patient. Sometimes I feel like I have no support system in my everyday life. With the new connections I've made, I feel like I have support and encouragement.
Thanks again for your help and encouragement, and for establishing the academy.

Karla Amador
San Diego State University

I was in the Spanish Anchor Academy. I just wanted to thank you again for doing such great academies.
Selymar Colon
Los Angeles

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for the great program you organized(APTRA ACADEMY). Thanks to it students like myself got the chance to work with real professionals and know what is like to work on a deadline.
I also felt very fortunate to participate in the first ACADEMY EN ESPANOL. I will see you next year for the Anchor Academy.
Thanks again!!!!!
Wendy De Paz
NAHJ Member
Los Angeles

As a result from my experience in Malibu, CA., one of my first packages done at school this semester was a great success. I used every single tip i learned at the camp in the University of Central Florida weekly newscast. My professors and classmates loved it. Thank you and to all the people involved in the event for organizing such an incredible weekend for all of us aspiring to be better journalist and also for making the Spanish Academy a part of APTRA.
To my mentors Claudia, Naibe and Hector: "muchisimas gracias".
Angelica Mayen-Fudacz
Senior, University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

This was my first year attending the Anchor Academy and I really enjoyed it! My mentor was Shari Small from KSBY San Luis Obispo and she really worked with my co-anchor and me until we got it. She was firm, yet supportive -- and she really knew her stuff. It was also so exciting to be in the same room with Phil Shuman, Patrick Healy, Ross Becker, John Beard and you. I look forward to next year -- can't wait.
Best regards.
Sondra Dixon
UCLA Extension
Los Angeles


I had a blast at the APTRA Academy, not only did I learn so much about the business, but I had so much fun in the process. It was too bad it went so quick. I am also grateful there is such an academy because it is very helpful and I have wonderful people through the process.
Thank you so much for everything. You have been of great help.
Miguel Vasquez
Los Angeles

I had a wonderful time at the APTRA academy and will be attending the Holiday Party as well as APTRA Prep. I've been spreading the word around Chapman as well. Your organization is great and something I have found very beneficial to myself as well as others pursuing a career in this field.
Thanks again!
Danielle Najmeh
Chapman University
Orange, Ca.