outside the Cable Box
By Natalie Tejeda
When people hear the word public access they tend to think
of Wayne's World type amateur programming. But for some of
us budding reporters working for Garden Grove's Channel 3,
we tend to put our finished product on a much more professional
For almost a decade, the city of Garden Grove has housed and
funded a weekly news show that provides an excellent opportunity
for us newbies to the business to get the skills required
to become talented journalists.
I started working at Channel 3 my senior year in college.
While finishing my degree, I was able to work in my field
and be part of the news operation. On a daily basis I work
with great photographers, edit packages and cover stories.
Now I know what you're thinking. What can a city news show
cover that could possibly compete with the Los Angeles market.
Lots. We provide in depth coverage of Garden Grove as well
as the rest of Orange County.
Our news show helped to expose Russel Floan, a man who allegedly
swindled millions from elderly women. We helped bring down
the slum lords who owned Haster Gardens, one of the worst
apartment complexes in Garden Grove.
We rival network coverage when a story breaks in Orange County.
Whether it be shootings, bomb threats, protests, fires or
homicides. I've seen and covered it all. I've been given the
chance to be part of a community. I know the local politicans
on the city, state and national level. And they know me. When
we go out on location, the community recogonizes us. They
know Channel 3. And at the end of the day, I leave the station
feeling proud of the job my team and I have done.
"This Week In Garden Grove" has received numerous
awards from NATOA, the National Association of Telecommunications
Officers Advisors. From best news series to election coverage
to best documentary. True we're not affiliated with one of
the major networks, but that doesn't mean our show doesn't
matter to our viewers. And we have quite a few of them.
About the Author
NATALIE TEJEDA was a participant of APTRA's very first Academy
for aspiring journalists last year. She is a graduate of California
State University at Fullerton. Natalie has just been hired
by KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona; where she'll be reporting from
the field. Congrats Natalie, and Good Luck - Another APTRA