AWARD ENTRIES JUDGED!
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK!
By Rachel Ambrose, AP California-Nevada Broadcast Supervisor
is it! The week we announce this year's APTRA Awards. But,
first here's what happened after you sent your entries in.
You had to be there. Packages everywhere and many of them
arriving just in time. Nothing like just making a deadline?
But, that's why overnight delivery was created. For APTRA's
50th annual news competition. The Radio and TV entries, which
were piled up in an office at AP/Los Angeles, arrived in envelopes,
padded packets and boxes--the bulk of them on deadline day
-- January 17th. They wereprocessed, Friday, Jan. 25, at Disneyland
Resort offices in Anaheim. That's a new location for our processing.
The judges were flown in from Portland and Phoenix the next
day to listen and view the entries at the place. The APTRA
board decided it would be easier to attract sorters and judges
if they knew they could slip out to Disneyland and stay until
the park closed once their work was done. The judges made
the usual considerations: content and presentation. But there
are specific criteria for the new categories of Lifetime Achievement
and Community Impact.
The Lifetime Achievement award is intended to honor a broadcaster
who has shown continual excellence during the course of his
or her career. APTRA wants to honor broadcasters who have
not only contributed to the industry,
but to the community as well, through their off-camera involvement.
"APTRA Impact" Award will honor a television OR
radio station in both classes
for impacts each has had on its community. Winners will demonstrate
ongoing commitment to community causes or a single cause adopted
in the wake
of a news story.
Our bilingual judges considered entries that include broadcasts,
community references and/or letters of praise along with special
the cause from their
own or other media outlets. A written summary is required
to help the
bilingual judges determine the "Impact" of a station's
All the winners except Best News Broadcast will be announced
You'll be able to find a list of them on the AP Newswire,
and right here at HalEisner.com. Finalists in the Best News
categories will be posted as well, with those winners to be
announced at the
awards banquet the evening of March 2.
Also, look at www.aptra.org
for details on the 55th annual APTRA convention
at Paradise Pier at Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim. Those staying
at the hotel
will receive tickets for California Adventure. Why the 50th
awards and the
55th convention? It took APTRA, then CAPTRA, five years to
come up with an
See you there!