October 2015
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In this Issue:

  • Board of Governors Elections
  • Call for Entries 2015: coming mid-December
  • Congratulations to KFOR 
  • 2015 Heartland Gala highlights
  • Happenings in the Heartland!

Board Elections
Due to a groundbreaking change in our chapter’s bylaws, a majority of board members will now be elected by the members of the Heartland Chapter. With thanks to everyone who voted last month; we’re pleased to announce that all the candidates on the ballot have been elected. They are: Carl Bilek, Leslie Dodson, Paul Drexler, Blaine Howerton, Fritz Kiersch, Caitlin Kingsbury, Julie Lucas, Amanda Mountain, Bill Perry, Carolyn Richards, Traci Bilek and Mike Wallace. We’d also like to send a heartfelt round of applause for outgoing board members David Bondelevitch, Jennifer McRae, Shawn Montano and Dominic Dezzutti.
Officer Elections were held at the October meeting of the Board of Governors, with these results:
  • Blaine Howerton, President of the Board
  • Carolyn Richards, 1st VP
  • Paul Drexler, 2nd VP
  • Caitlin Kingsbury, Secretary
  • Traci Bilek, Treasurer
Committee Chairs:

Awards: Carolyn Richards
Programs: Paul Drexler
Education/Sponsorship: Paula Roth
Silver Circle: Carl Bilek
Scholarship: Dominic Dezzutti
Marketing: Latrice Lee (also our Judging Coordinator)

National Trustees: Lisa Olken, Misty Montano, Carl Bilek
Regional Board Members: Bill Perry and Fritz Kiersch, Oklahoma City; Mike Wallace, Omaha
Affiliate Representatives: Marv Gill, KMGH; Misty Montano, KUSA; Paula Roth, KBDI; Lisa Olken, RMPBS; Maria Mansilla, KCNC
At-large Members: Leslie Dodson, Caitlin Kingsbury, Julie Lucas, Amanda Mountain
KFOR Shines at the National
News & Documentary EMMYs
Congratulations to the team at KFOR in Oklahoma City for their achievement at the National News & Doc awards this year: Outstanding Regional News Story - Spot News, for their amazing coverage of the Moore Tornado. The competition was fierce, including WCBS and WPIX in New York, KNTV in San Francisco, and our chapter's own KUSA in Denver. Keep setting that bar high!!

EMMY Gala Production

Congratulations to our 2015
Silver Circle Inductees!

Stay Connected!


The 2016 Call for Entries
is on its way! 
By mid-December the CFE will be posted on our website. That means it’s time to gather your best work from 2015 to submit it before the Deadline of Wednesday, February 3, 2016. We’re adding a number of new categories based on suggestions from entrants last year, and our upload specs have changed to allow for higher quality video. As always, you’ll receive an email in December to let you know that you’re good to go.

New this year: as an entrant, you must help judge – and we’re keeping track. Currently only 20-30% of our entrants help out with judging other chapters’ entries, and we need everyone's help in order to maintain goodwill with our judging partners. Additionally, judging is the best way to see what’s hot and what’s not around the rest of the country, and get ideas for your own work and your entries: a mini-seminar! All judging is online and does not require you to recruit other judges: just you and your computer. We need your expertise! Please reply to the emails from Audrey and Latrice when they come your way.
Gala, Gala, Gala!
If you missed the 2015 gala it was a exceptional evening streaming live from Denver & Oklahoma City! Almost 300 statues were awarded in 115 categories of excellence, keeping the nominees on the edge of their seats throughout the night. Our Red Carpet Hosts added a special cache to the event, doing what they do best! Thanks to Eden Lane in Denver and Lucas Ross in Oklahoma City for making us feel like stars!
Next year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary so don't miss it, we'll see you July 16, 2016!

Happenings in the Heartland

10 Forward Media Seminar
Get ready to network, learn some new skills and walk away with a brand new perspective at the 10 Forward Media Workshop. There’s still time to register for this seminar on Saturday, October 24, and NATAS Heartland members can take advantage of this continued education opportunity with discounted admission! RSVP Here
Chris Vanderveen, 9News: The art of voicing a story

Tom McDonald, Fireside Production: Ingredients for a successful shoot

Trevor Hughes, USA Today: Video reporting using your smart phone

Shawn Montano, DPStv: Rhythm & pacing in vide editing

Tommy Collier, Tommy Collier Productions: Advancing your skills in Photoshop & After Effects

Robert Butcher, Professional Video & Photography: Sales for the creative video professional
KEYNOTE PANEL: Newsroom Skills Beyond the Newsroom

Don Pearce, Video Production Specialist

Jack Maher, Multimedia Journalist

Ericka Matich: Communication Manager

Josh Winstead: Senior Producer/Engineer
Location: Emily Griffith Video Campus, 200 E. 9th Ave, Denver. 
8am - 6pm
NPPA, CoPVA, NATAS members $10. Non-members $70. Students $25 with ID
On The Horizon…
The Heartland Chapter will be offering a college scholarship in 2016; details to come.

2016 marks our Chapter’s 30th anniversary, and we’re prepared to celebrate in July! We welcome your ideas and thought on how to make this a gala to remember.

Look for the NATAS Job Bank in the next couple of weeks, where you can post a resume or a job. This is a national database among all 19 NATAS chapters, viewable from coast-to-coast, and appropriately confidential. The link will be on our website once everything’s in place.
Learn more about Heartland Chapter!
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