NEW GOVERNOR SPOTLIGHT: FAITH SIDLOW

New Governor Spotlight: Faith Sidlow

By Nazy Javid

  1. Name? Faith Sidlow
  2. Current job title? Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Media, Communications and Journalism
  3. Where do you work? California State University, Fresno (since 2009).
  4. If you went to school, where and what did you study? San Diego State University: Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science (BA); California State University, Fresno: Mass Communication and Journalism (MA)
  5. Where else have you worked? KPBS-FM 1982-1985; KNX 1070 1983-1985; KSEE-TV 1985-2013; Fresno City College 1989-1991 and 2008-2010.
  6. What other job titles have you had in your career? Assignment editor, producer, reporter, consumer reporter, news anchor, board operator, radio reporter
  7. How did you decide on your profession? I love to write. From a young age I wanted to be a foreign correspondent. My parents always had the news on in the house, and it was part of my life from an early age. 
  8. If you didn’t work in Television, Arts and Sciences, what would you be doing? I can’t imagine doing anything else. Now that I’m not on the air, I’m teaching. But it’s still television, arts and sciences. 
  9. What do you enjoy most about our industry? The storytelling: Being able to find out why things happen, what makes them work, and then tell a story about it through the eyes of a personal character. 
  10. What do you think is the key to professional success? Curiosity and persistence. 
  11. When do you wake up on a workday? 7 a.m. On a weekend? 7 a.m. (I have dogs).
  12. Any awards, recognition or accolades you’re proud of? I won a Golden Mike in 2015, two years after I left television. It was an award for a radio piece on did on Honor Flight about WWII and Korean War veterans traveling to Washington D.C. to see the monuments. I’ve also had three Emmy® nominations, and one of my stories, Extreme Faith, won an Emmy® for editing. I didn’t put my name in on that entry, but it was a story I was very proud of. It was about a group of physicians who played in a string quartet. They hauled their instruments up Half Dome in Yosemite and played a concert at the top. It was a beautiful piece. And, of course, I’m extremely proud of being inducted into the Silver Circle Class of 2012. 
  13. Where did you grow up? Orinda (Bay Area)
  14. Tell us about your loved ones. I was married for 18 years to the love of my life who died earlier this year. We have a blended family of two daughters and two sons. My daughter, Mallory, is a dietitian in Portland; my stepdaughter Emily is a family therapist in Simi Valley; my stepson Tim is a hardware designer at Google and my stepson Marc is a teaching assistant for special ed.
  15. Do you have any pets? Yes. Two dogs (see photo): a golden retriever, Satchmo and chocolate lab, Oscar.
  16. Favorite season and why? Spring and fall. Actually, any season except summer, which is brutal in Fresno. I love all of the flowers that bloom in the spring, and I love the fall leaves.
  17. Are you a risktaker or do you play it safe? In the middle. When I worked in TV, I was a risktaker. But now that I’m older and wiser, I play it safer.
  18. What is something random about you? I was on KTVU’s Romper Room with Nancy Besst and Capt. Satellite with Bob March back in the 1960s.
  19. Favorite nonprofit to volunteer with? Liga (Flying Doctors of Mercy) and Hinds Hospice.
  20. What makes you sad? The loss of my husband who died from mesothelioma on Jan. 29, 2022.
  21. What makes you happy? My dogs and my family.
  22. Who is your hero? My husband.
  23. What motivates you? Deadlines.
  24. How do you motivate others? With empathy and compassion.
  25. Favorite inspirational quote? “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein.  

 

VETERAN PROFILE: SHAWN MURPHY

Veteran profile: SHAWN MURPHY

By Nazy Javid & Larena Baldazo

  1. Please provide an introduction to your military service.

United States Army.

Ended as E-4 P – Specialist promotable at time of honorable discharge.

  1. Please provide an introduction to your current career.

For the past six years, I have served as the Assignment Editor for ‘Today in the Bay,’ NBC Bay Area’s morning show.

  1. What motivated you to join the military?

In 2001, I was attending San Jose State University as a Radio, Television and Film major, was active in my fraternity, and was living the life of a young 20-something. Following the devastating events of Sept. 11, there was something in me I just couldn’t shake, much like the rest of the world. But it nagged at me – it was more than fear, sadness and uncertainty. Not to sound cliché, but there was a moment of what I can only describe as a ‘calling.’ I was young, in good health, and had lived a comfortable life. I wanted to give back to a country I love, and I decided one day to visit the military recruitment office. I knew that I didn’t want a career in the military (at least at that time), but I wanted to be a part of something bigger (and there’s nothing bigger than defending your country!). Despite pleas by my parents, girlfriend at the time (now wife), and others, because they knew we were on the brink of war, I really wanted to do it. I decided to leave school – I could always return when my time with the military was complete – and enlisted. And it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I committed to the Army, would serve as a soldier for four years and have experiences that would forever change me.

  1. Tell me a little about your time in basic training.

NOTHING prepares you for basic training! While I was incredibly confident in my decision, basic training was hard. You leave behind your family, your friends, your routine, and in a sense, your freedom. But that’s because they need to train you, make you strong and resilient. I learned a lot about my abilities physically and emotionally, about teamwork and being a supportive teammate, but also how to make it work. Part of this was due to the fact that had a little ‘tread on the tires’; I was the oldest in my basic training class and not fresh out of high school. At the end of the day, no one here is going to hurt you; they were there to condition you and prepare for you any instance. I understood why the training was structured in the way that it was and looking ahead, every moment of instruction and element of training was incredibly valuable.

  1. What was your primary job after training?

I was in a quartermaster battalion – that means that I served in a support unit, however, working closely with the ground and tank units on the front lines.

  1. Where did you serve the majority of time in service?

Given the proximity to Sept. 11, the majority of my time was spent overseas. After training and between deployments I was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state. Immediately upon arrival to Washington (after basic training), I was deployed to Iraq as part of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment during Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom One, where I spent a year. Thereafter, I went back to Fort Lewis and was then shipped off for my final 15 months of service to a tank unit in the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, eight miles from the DMZ.

  1. Which medals or citations are you most honored to have received, and why?

I was honored to receive the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Korea Defense Service Medal. One of my proudest moments of service was being inducted into the Order of the Spur which is bestowed upon soldiers who served during combat time as a member of a Cavalry unit.

  1. Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.

In our initial (19 hour) convoy from Kuwait to Camp Anaconda past Baghdad, we lost half our trucks to old age (mine included), and then half our convoy in Baghdad because someone didn’t want to commit to a left turn at a yellow light. While we appreciated their dedication to the traffic laws, we ended up having to use our crane to put arrows up on light posts for several miles in order to get our lost convoy caught up and back to the highway.

  1. How did your military experience influence your career goals?

What I learned in the military is perseverance, resilience, teamwork, and truly how to compartmentalize. And, though my time serving was invaluable, I was very excited to get back to school upon my return and get to work in the news media. I had originally wanted to work in sports broadcasting. But, having served in wartime, lived in unsafe and volatile places, I wanted to be able to help deliver news to people, to keep them informed, and to ensure we are always practicing the tenants of good journalism. There are so many sides to every story, but people deserve to have the truth, stories to have dignity, and practices of strong ethics. I’m so proud of where I have worked – I truly believe I work with world-class journalists who believe the same thing.

  1. How does your military experience lend itself to the work you do today?

In addition to what I described above, I also think I learned patience, how to thrive under pressure, and how important your colleagues/team are to achieving strong results and your own success.

  1. How does your military experience affect your personal life today?

I am incredibly proud of my time in the U.S. Army. I feel a deep pride and devotion to our country. Having seen firsthand people who live with such hardship and fear makes you appreciate what you have, your own freedom, but is also a sobering reminder of humanity and how imperative it is for us to take care of one another in our country and globally. In the end, we’re all part of the same global village. I have immense gratitude for the safety and freedom we have as Americans.

  1. What have you learned about yourself?

I learned that I am capable of a lot. I can take risks, make scary decisions and navigate them. More than anything, I learned to think beyond my nose – that there is always a much bigger picture to see and to not get swept up in the ‘now.’

  1. Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?

Being a part of the military truly is a selfless act. The people who serve give their time, energy, and in some cases, their lives to protect our freedoms. Regardless of how they may feel about a certain topic, a decision or otherwise, they fall in line and follow orders. That is an incredibly honorable act and I hope that civilians respect that about the people who serve.

  1. Are there any military nonprofit organizations that you encourage civilians to support?

DAV – Disabled American Veterans – this amazing organization helps more than one million injured and ill veterans annually transition from service to civilian life and provides them a full range of benefits including healthcare, disability, employment education and financial benefits. They also help to advocate for the veteran community on Capitol Hill.

  1. What is your favorite inspirational military quote?

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”– Elmer Davis (journalist and broadcaster, NY Times reporter, appointed by Roosevelt as head of Office of War Information)

 

VETERAN PROFILE: JESSICA BURCH

Veteran profile: JESSICA BURCH

By Nazy Javid & Larena Baldazo

  1. Please provide an introduction to your military service (branch/title, etc.)

Army National Guard / 1Lt. Jessica Burch

  1. Please provide an introduction to your current career (employer/title, etc.)

KPIX Weekday Morning Meteorologist CBS News Bay Area

  1. What motivated you to join the military?

The opportunity to fly and be a leader. 

  1. Tell me a little about your time in basic training.

I actually did BOLC (Basic Officer Leadership Course) which was the intro to flight training for the Army. It was a year long. and such an amazing experience.

  1. What was (is) your primary job after training?

I am a pilot for the California Army National Guard.

  1. Where did (do) you serve the majority of time in service?

I am based out of Mather Airbase in Sacramento.

  1. Which medals or citations are you most honored to have received, and why?

Earning my wings was one of the best days of my life.

  1. Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.

I’m grateful there were no cameras on me while first learning to fly Blackhawks, let’s just say I had some bumpy landings at first.

  1. How did (does) your military experience influence your career goals?

It has given me so much structure in my life and a good foundation of morals and drive.

  1. How did (does) your military experience lend itself to the work you do today?

Professionalism is very important both as an on-air meteorologist as well as an Army officer.

  1. How did (does) your military experience affect your personal life today?

I think it gave me more insight to determining what’s important in life. I don’t sweat the small things the same way and I feel comfortable communicating with anyone despite their title or rank.

  1. What have you learned about yourself?

I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for. I am proud of myself and humble because I know there is still so much more to learn and eager because of that.

  1. Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?

Just because I’m a pilot doesn’t mean I am in the Air Force, LOL.

  1. Are there any military nonprofit organizations that you encourage civilians to support?

The USO!!

  1. What is your favorite inspirational military quote?

It’s not a military one… But “we should all take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.”

VETERAN PROFILE: KEVIN NIOUS

Veteran profile: Kevin Nious

By Nazy Javid & Larena Baldazo

  1. Please provide an introduction to your military service.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin Nious/California Air National Guard.

  1. Please provide an introduction to your current career.

I am a producer with NBC News covering the West Coast.

  1. What motivated you to join the military?

As a journalist, we often cover disasters and tragedies impacting our community without directly getting involved. While impartial journalism plays a critical role in a free society, I also wanted to be part of an organization that provides aid and relief to people in their time of need. This inspired me to join the California Air National Guard in 2019.

  1. Tell me a little about your time in basic training.

My experience at Lackland Air Force Base during basic military training felt like jumping into a time vortex. No cell phones, no electronics, the living quarters looked like something out of the 60s and everyone in my flight was half my age. Our only connection to the outside world was through letter writing and we couldn’t leave our dormitory due to the recently declared global pandemic. The isolation combined with the meticulous demands of training took a toll on me mentally, which made graduation day one of the proudest achievements of my life. It was just unfortunate that my family and friends were not allowed to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  1. What is your primary job after training?

I primarily serve as a Public Affairs Specialist documenting rescue missions, facilitating internal communication and archiving my wing’s history.

  1. Where do you serve the majority of time in service?

I serve with the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California.

  1. Which medals or citations are you most honored to have received, and why?

Graduating from the Defense Information School as a distinguished honor graduate was a huge accomplishment for me because it marked the end of my yearlong training journey and allowed me to finally join my unit.   

  1. Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.

Everyone leaves basic training with a peanut butter addiction because for two months, it’s the only thing sweet you’re allowed to consume, and it’s scarce. People have been known to do some crazy things all for a taste of peanut butter.  

  1. How does your military experience influence your career goals?

Splitting my time between NBC News and the National Guard makes me appreciate the work I do for both organizations even more.

  1. How does your military experience lend itself to the work you do today?

My military experience has taught me a tremendous amount about leadership. The Air Force expects all airmen to be leaders and helps develop those skills. I have been able to parlay these lessons to my civilian career as a producer. 

  1. How does your military experience affect your personal life today?

My short time in the military has introduced me to people all over the world that I have been able to develop lasting friendships with. 

  1. What have you learned about yourself?

I learned a lot about my physical and mental limits as well as new techniques to push through those limits and reach new heights.

  1. Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?

I wish more people understood the nearly impossible juggling act some of my fellow members of the National Guard have to balance. One day, you could be working an 8-hour office job, preparing to pick up your kid from school when you get a call to fly out to Texas or Florida to provide disaster relief for the next month. These service-members drop everything on a moment’s notice, switch on their military training to complete the mission and seamlessly integrate back into their civilian life.

  1. Are there any military nonprofit organizations that you encourage civilians to support?

The USO provides tremendous assistance to service-members away from home. The staff couldn’t be any nicer and sometimes a gesture as small as a free snack makes service-members feel appreciated.

  1. What is your favorite inspirational military quote?

“These Things We Do, That Others May Live.” This is the motto for U.S. Air Force paratroopers. These men go through some of the most rigorous training to be able to dive into some of the most dangerous situation imaginable. Their motto serves as a constant reminder to me the importance of my wing’s mission.

Board Retreat Renews Enthusiasm and Ignites Ideas

Board Retreat Renews Enthusiasm and Ignites Ideas

Great minds from the newly seated NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Board of Governors met in-person and virtually, for a fruitful day focused on serving our Chapter and its members.

For some, it may have felt like the first day of school. The excitement spilled throughout the meeting rooms and event space at OakStop in downtown Oakland on a sun-filled Saturday in August.

“The enthusiastic interaction and collaboration was quite wonderful,” National Trustee Alison Gibson said. “It shows we are all working together in earnest to make this Chapter stronger than ever.”

As the newly-elected President, it was my first time leading a retreat to culminate new ideas, provide structure, and aim to get every board member involved in one or more of our hardworking committees.

The retreat began with introductions and then breakout sessions between our markets including the Bay Area, Sacramento, Hawaii, Fresno, and other smaller markets. It allowed the Vice Presidents who represent those areas to discuss what mattered most, including how the organization could better serve those markets.

While NATAS is often only associated with the coveted Emmy Awards, our efforts in producing programs, funding and awarding scholarships, and providing valuable mentorships for our members, are just a few other key objectives.

“This was among the most productive board retreats I’ve attended in over a decade on the board,” said Finance Co-Chair Julie Watts. “Our newly elected board members brought energy and fantastic ideas.”

Those ideas for new initiatives led to robust discussions about events, sponsorships, member benefits, outreach and diversity. Stay tuned.

Great strides were also made to bolster key committees, including the Education Committee.

“This year’s smaller and much more focused group came up with many more innovative ideas for us to devote ourselves to in the coming year,” said Toby Momtaz who chairs the committee.

By assigning governors to specific roles or tasks in committees, plans are already being charted to encourage greater participation and expand our Chapter’s reach.

Ultimately, all of us on the board volunteer our service for the betterment of our Chapter, to serve our members, and to acknowledge and reward excellence.

I speak for all of us when I say, we are always open to new ideas, criticism, and finding ways to evolve and innovate.

“The retreat was just what we needed to discuss our needs, as a chapter and from a committee standpoint, to collaborate and restructure things,” said Marketing Chair Larena Baldazo. “I am excited to see how we evolve from here.”

If you have ideas or feedback, please email brooks@emmysf.tv

Welcome to the Off Camera Blog!

Welcome to the off camera blog!

By Larena Baldazo

Marketing Chair

Off Camera has been a special member benefit for almost 60 years, so the idea of changing the monthly digital (can’t forget award-winning!) newsletter into a blog raised some eyebrows.

What would this look like?

How will our members be notified when a post goes up? 

 All of these concerns were valid, and I am relieved to have been met with more support than concern. As with any change, it is only right to need clarity about what to expect. 

The goal of this blog is to deliver the same behind-the-scenes content you have always trusted us to cover, but in real-time and on our new blog page. Blog posts will be published to the site and shared to social media, and at the beginning of the month, you will receive an email from us, recapping new posts.   

The blog is long overdue, and I could not have launched this without the support of our Chapter President, Brooks Jarosz, Executive Director, Darryl Compton and our executive team. Our regular contributors (and some new!) have also been instrumental in the progress of the new blog, as well as Frontera Interactive

As Emmy® SF’s Marketing Chair and Off Camera Publisher, I want you to know that your stories are what keeps this newsletter/blog going. I want to hear from you, and I encourage you to share your latest project with us, an update about your advocacy journey or any new passions you have developed as a NATAS member, governor, media student, or chair. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the more voices there are, the more truth there is, and we learn and grow by sharing ideas and information. Let’s empower one another to do just that as media professionals in the SF Bay Area.  

The world sees what you are sharing on camera, let’s showcase the behind-the-scenes tidbits for this community.  

To submit a story, please email your submission on a Word document to Lhernandez@email.jfku.edu and attach photos. Please do include any captions needed, the title/headline and byline. Submissions will not be considered outside of this format, and you can learn more about our content requirement here. Remember, content from the blog will also be shared on social media, and with members in an email blast, at the beginning of each month.

To read past issues of Off Camera, click here. To learn more about me, Larena Baldazo, Marketing Chair and Off Camera Publisher, click here.    

Nominations For The 2021-2022 National Student Production Awards Announced

Nominations for the 2021-2022 NATIONAL STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS Announced

The NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter submitted 18 regional recipients of excellence to the National Student Production Awards, and 16 (89%) were nominated.
 
The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 2022 National Student Production Awards. Nominees were selected from high school student entries across the country in 25 programming and craft categories.
 
“The EMMY® Awards are the ‘gold standard’ in the television broadcast industry – recognizing the very best of the best,” said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “Similarly, our National Student Production Awards recognize the very best from our industry’s next generation of media creators and leaders. The work they’re doing today promises an amazing future ahead – for them, and for the entire television community.”
 
“The work created by our nominees is exemplary,” said Danielle Mannion, Education Chair, NATAS. “Each year the students and their teachers raise the bar of excellence higher. The future of the industry looks bright with these talented individuals leading the way!”
 
“Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter (18 nominations), San Francisco/Northern California Chapter (16 nominations), and Suncoast Chapter (15 nominations) lead the pack in this year’s national competition,” said SF/NorCal Education Chair Toby Momtaz. “Our chapter is honored that the work of our talented high school students has been acknowledged in this way.”
 
This year’s submissions were successfully culled from over 2,000 entries from the regional chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Entries were judged by selected industry professionals and media academics.
 
The 2022 National Student Production Award recipients will be announced November 17, 2022, beginning at 10am (PT) via a web stream produced by NATAS. This and all NATAS ceremonies are available on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys® apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, Roku and Samsung TV (full list at apps.theemmys.tv).
 
 
Following are the nominees for the National Student Awards from the SF/NorCal chapter:
 
PROGRAM CATEGORIES
 
Newscast
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Buchanan High School, Clovis – “BNN 2022”
Lucille Malcolm, Producer; Gabriel Munro, Producer/Anchor/Camera/Editor; Rylee Gonzales, Producer/Anchor/Writer; Kelton Oliver, Ellianna Sandoval, Reporters; Daniel Hall, Reporter/Camera/Editor; Parker Wyatt, Alejandro Piedra Granados, Makayla Wyckoff, Camera/Editors; Phoenix Sadler, Ray Williams, Editors; Daniel Pearce, Advisor
 
Fiction – Short Form
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Moanalua High School – “Pan de Vida”
Sara Brekke, Leigh Antoinette Medina, Producers; Caydie Furutani, Actress; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor
 
Fiction – Long Form
NATIONAL NOMINEE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy – “Come Home”
Avery Hazard, Kevin Lau, Noah Lillywhite, Kai Willey, Samuel Zurek, Producers; Ellie Hebert, Advisor
 
Sports Story or Segment
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Whitney High School WCTV19 – “Punching Her Fears Away”
Makena Locsin, Reporter; Alyssa Eimer, Photographer; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor
 
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Franklin High School – “Johnny”
 Marcus Farrar, Writer/Director/Animator; Brad Clark, Advisor
 
Commercial
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Buchanan High School, Clovis – “Amanda Rogers Photography”
Rylee Gonzales, Gabriel Munro, Producers; Daniel Pearce, Advisor
 
CRAFT CATEGORIES
 
Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Whitney High School WCTV19 – “Shawn Singh Reel”
Shawn Singh, Graphic Artist; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor
 
Audio/Sound
NATIONAL NOMINEE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy – “Come Home”
Noah Lillywhite, Audio; Avery Hazard, Foley; Ellie Hebert, Advisor
 
Director
NATIONAL NOMINEE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy – “Come Home”
Kai Willey, Director; Ellie Hebert, Advisor
 
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Tamalpais High School, Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM) – “The Letter”
Cameraman Ford, Director; Mike Goldstein, Mike Lavezzo, Sharilyn Scharf, Advisors
 
Editor
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Moanalua High School – “Forever”
Sara Brekke, Editor; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor
 
Photographer
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Buchanan High School, Clovis – “Boboland”
Braden Estes, Director of Photography; Levi Hull, Camera Operator; Daniel Pearce, Advisor
 
NATIONAL NOMINEE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy – “Come Home”
Kevin Lau, Sam Zurek, Cinematographers; Ellie Hebert, Advisor
 
Talent – News or Sports
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Whitney High School WCTV19 – “Ken Munoz Reel”
Ken Munoz, On Air Talent; Ben Barnholdt, Advisor
 
Talent Performer
NATIONAL NOMINEE: Moanalua High School – “Forever”
Leigh Antoinette Medina, Talent; Mark Ikenaga, Advisor
 
Writer
NATIONAL NOMINEE: El Diamante High School Media Arts Academy – “Come Home” 
Kai Willey, Writer; Ellie Hebert, Advisor
 
Mark your calendars Thursday, November 17, 2022 – 10am (PT) Watch.TheEmmys.TV
 

Más Fuertes Juntos, Stronger Together

Más Fuertes Juntos, Stronger Together

By Kris Sanchez
Governor

¿Como estan? ¿Como estamos? How are you? How are we? 

Those were the big questions this Saturday as your Emmy® SF Awards committee hosted a forum for NATAS NorCal members who compete in the Spanish categories. I was honored to deliver the welcoming remarks as the Awards Committee vice-chair for the Spanish Contest.

This is a new position and one dedicated to making the Spanish contest the most viable and successful it can be. I hope that as a bilingual journalist who works in a duopoly, I can be a resource. If you have questions, need clarification or even just want to vent, please reach out. I put my contacts at the bottom of this post. 

Our chapter’s Spanish contest was created in 2006. Our members who compete in Spanish add more than another set of categories in a second language. You contribute more voices, more perspectives, and more energy to the contest. To see some of our members doing work that would impossible – or even illegal in some of our countries of origin – is truly inspiring and should remind all of us of the privilege of a free press and the power of journalism.  

Since that first contest in 2006, Spanish entries grew steadily through 2018 when entries peaked. Since then, Spanish entries have been declining. Last year, we only had 124 Spanish submissions, which is a 40% drop. Look at this: 

Why?

The board has gotten questions about the number of categories, how entries are judged, the cost, why Spanish and English entries are not judged together and more. We addressed many of these issues Saturday. If you couldn’t attend, this is a link to the discussion.

If you want to read rather than watch, here is how we addressed some of the issues that came up: 

-Cost: Our chapter has not raised fees since 2016 and fees are tiered for large market, medium and small market entries. Our chapter is a non-profit, and because of the large number of statues awarded on Emmy night, the Spanish contest and Awards Gala run at deficits.  

-Judging: When we submit our work for an Emmy, we agree to judge for other chapters when they send material to us. It’s a requirement that on average, only 20% of Spanish entrants meet. Our chapter has waived the $45 penalty for not judging, but we still need people to fulfill their obligations in both the Spanish and English contests. Bonus, if you want to know what wins, this is good way to see entries from other markets and what’s award-worthy and what’s not. 

-Bias: Some entrants worry about bias, especially from judges with different station affiliations. This would be an unethical violation of judging rules. The judging pool is smaller for the Spanish contest than the English contest, because there are fewer Spanish stations and organizations. Consider this: in 2021, there were entrants from 69 English stations, production companies and other organizations. In the Spanish contest, there were just nine stations, production companies and other organizations.

-Blind Judging: Your entry is scored by members of other regional Emmy chapters. Only our Executive Director knows their markets or identities. He routinely scrutinizes the raw scores, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He has the authority to eliminate a troublesome judge and ask that they not judge for our chapter in the future. 

-Number of Categories: The number of categories is dependent on the number of entries. A viable category must have a minimum of four submissions. When that viability standard is not met, our committee looks for a similar category with which to fairly combine the material. We call that rolling up. All entrants must agree. Entrants also have the option of withdrawing their entry and getting their entry fee refunded. Based on the number of 2021 entries, we expect to have 22 Spanish categories. This will allow more robust competition within each category. If we get enough entries, we can roll out some of that material into more categories. 

-Bilingual Contest: Some members come from markets where English and Spanish entries are judged together. A long-time Awards Committee member points out that often, it looks like a single contest on Emmy night, but behind the scenes, the Spanish and English entries are judged separately by two different panels. As such, it is not a true bilingual contest. A true bilingual contest for our NorCal chapter would require all judges to be bilingual, which would exclude judges who only speak English or Spanish. This would further narrow the judging pool and exclude people with a depth of experience.


You can find a lot of answers in our chapter’s by-laws and in the Call For Entries, which will soon be finalized for this year’s contest. But, please know that the Awards Committee, your Board of Governors and your Trustees are all willing and able to address your concerns, answer your questions and provide clarity and transparency.

¿Y yo? I’ve been a working journalist for more than 25 years, including 18 in the Bay Area. I’ve been an entrant, a nominee but never a winner. I believe that’s a credit to the talent in this chapter! I stepped up to serve on the board when I heard the Spanish contest was struggling. I think it’s worth fighting for, for all of us, Spanish and English members alike.  

Aqui estoy para servirles, por favor no duden en ponerme a trabajar. 

Kris Sanchez

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New Governor Spotlight: Jim Jacobs

New Governor Spotlight: Jim Jakobs

1. Name? Jim Jakobs.

2. Current job title? News Director.

3. Where do you work? KMPH FOX26 in Fresno.

4. If you went to school, where and what did you study? CA State Sacramento, Communication Studies.

5. Where else have you worked? KCRA, KNTV, KOVR, KOCO (Oklahoma City), KFSN (Fresno).

6. What other job titles have you had in your career? Assignment Editor, Assignment Manager, CA Capitol Bureau Chief, Executive News Producer, Assistant News Director.

7. How did you decide on your profession? I wanted to originally do something sports related, but after doing an internship at KOVR in 1994 I realized I loved the news side more.

8. If you didn't work in Television, Arts and Sciences, what would you be doing? Probably something in criminal justice.

9. What do you love about your market? The proximity to so many wonderful places like Yosemite, the coast, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.

10. What do you enjoy most about our industry? Telling stories that make a positive impact on the community.

11. What do you think is the key to professional success? Challenging myself to continually keep learning new things.

12. When do you wake up on a workday? On a weekend? On a workday, 6:30 a.m. On a weekend, 7 a.m.

13. Favorite social media platform? Twitter for work, Instagram for family.

14. Any awards, recognition or accolades you’re proud of? I’m proud of a little statuette I and the entire staff of KCRA received in 1997 for our continuing flood coverage after a major storm on Jan. 1.

15. What’s something you know now that you wish you knew at the beginning of your career? Moving away from home earlier would have helped me in the long term. Don’t be afraid to leave the nest.

16. How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words? Disciplined, focused, dedicated.

17. Where did you grow up? Grass Valley (about an hour northeast of Sacramento).

18. Tell us about your loved ones. I lost my dear wife Karyn to cancer in 2016. I had to raise my 5 kids by myself until I met and married again in 2021.

19. Do you have any pets? Two labs, and my youngest daughter just got a hamster.

20. Favorite hobby? Watching baseball.

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Board Retreat Renews Enthusiasm and Ignites Ideas

Great minds from the newly seated NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Board of Governors met in-person and virtually, for a fruitful day focused on serving our Chapter and its members.

For some, it may have felt like the first day of school. The excitement spilled throughout the meeting rooms and event space at OakStop in downtown Oakland on a sun-filled Saturday in August.

“The enthusiastic interaction and collaboration was quite wonderful,” National Trustee Alison Gibson said. “It shows we are all working together in earnest to make this Chapter stronger than ever.”

As the newly-elected President, it was my first time leading a retreat to culminate new ideas, provide structure, and aim to get every board member involved in one or more of our hardworking committees.

The retreat began with introductions and then breakout sessions between our markets including the Bay Area, Sacramento, Hawaii, Fresno, and other smaller markets. It allowed the Vice Presidents who represent those areas to discuss what mattered most, including how the organization could better serve those markets.

While NATAS is often only associated with the coveted Emmy Awards, our efforts in producing programs, funding and awarding scholarships, and providing valuable mentorships for our members, are just a few other key objectives.

“This was among the most productive board retreats I’ve attended in over a decade on the board,” said Finance Co-Chair Julie Watts. “Our newly elected board members brought energy and fantastic ideas.”

Those ideas for new initiatives led to robust discussions about events, sponsorships, member benefits, outreach and diversity. Stay tuned.

Great strides were also made to bolster key committees, including the Education Committee.

“This year’s smaller and much more focused group came up with many more innovative ideas for us to devote ourselves to in the coming year,” said Toby Momtaz who chairs the committee.

By assigning governors to specific roles or tasks in committees, plans are already being charted to encourage greater participation and expand our Chapter’s reach.

Ultimately, all of us on the board volunteer our service for the betterment of our Chapter, to serve our members, and to acknowledge and reward excellence.

I speak for all of us when I say, we are always open to new ideas, criticism, and finding ways to evolve and innovate.

“The retreat was just what we needed to discuss our needs, as a chapter and from a committee standpoint, to collaborate and restructure things,” said Marketing Chair Larena Baldazo. “I am excited to see how we evolve from here.”

If you have ideas or feedback, please email brooks@emmysf.tv