comments posted here are portions of what was submitted to APTRA
by APTRAPrep participants as part of a questionaire on the value
of the organization's tape critique workshop.
From Seth Browning
Los Alamitos, Ca.
"I felt this workshop was invaluable for individuals
who are pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. This tape
critique weekend has molded the future for my future stories
and has better prepared me to land a job in a small market."
From Cary Chow
Villa Park, Ca.
The most helpful aspect of the Vegas 2005 Tape Critique Workshop
was the sheer amount of news directors. Having a private session
with one of five news directors whose sole intentions are
to help us is a rare feat.
From Deborah Villalta
I loved the advice I received. I found the tape critiques
extremely beneficial and helpful in regards to how I should
improve. I must say I have a better understanding and clear
concept on what direction to take in this industry and how
to apply for the job of my dreams as a reporter.
From Jasmine Johnson
Playa Vista, Ca.
I really enjoyed the workshop! The best part of the workshop
was being able to meet with the news directors for 30 minutes
and to receive feedback."
From Allison Zaragoza
"I am definitely glad that I made this trip. The fact
that this workshop was small and intimate made it really great.
I really felt that everyone tried to get to know everyone
and help out in any way. The critique appointments really
worked out great!"
From Joy Lambert
Fountain Valley, Ca.
"I really enjoyed this event. It was a great experience
and I learned a lot. The tape critiques were very helpful
and the panelists gave great advise. I really loved the panel
discussion where "memorable moments" were discussed.
I will remember that and make an effort to create them. This
was a wonderful experience. I learned so much!"
From Jon Castagnino
"I was reassured that this is a tough business to get
into and that I have a talent. I've been pondering whether
or not to stay in the business and APTRAPrep has given me
more confidence to stay in and gut it out. Thank you to everyone!"
From Ruth Castillo-Eggett
"What a great event! Meet media pros that give constructive,
honest assessments of your resume tape. Get ideas on how to
make your tape stronger. Network with news directors, reporters
and photojournalists who are willing to mentor you. Take what
you learn at APTRAPrep and use it! I'm going home to work
on my skills."
From Jennifer Kim
Sherman Oaks, Ca.
"Every time I go to one of Hal's "shin-digs,"
it only confirms my decision that I'm in the right place.
the tape critique session was great ... the mentors were invaluable
with their advice, but more than anything, they were inspiring.
And, inspiration is everything to me. It's what keeps me going
in the business. I loved hearing about their personal stories."
From Julia Scott
The APTRAPrep workshop has opened my eyes to so many more
opportunities in broadcast journalism. All of the panelists
were incredible sources of information about the television
business. I especially liked the one-on-one tape critiques
as well as the 10 minute "blitz critique."
From Alexis Hammack
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
"The most important things I walked out of the APTRAPrep
workshop with were solid connections and real world advice.
The networking opportunities alone were worth the price of
admission for me. The experience represented by the mentors
in this one weekend was more valuable to me than all of my
journalism classes in college. There was no sugar-coating
of the broadcast journalists lifestyle, but the passion they
all showed was a great indication to me of what it takes to
From Sally Showman
Santa Clara, Ca.
"I learned more in two days than I have in some of my
college classes! It was refreshing to hear from people who
are so passionate about their career."