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NATAS-Lower Great Lakes Chapter Announcements

Welcome to the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Serving Bloomington, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Muncie, Indiana; Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo, Youngstown, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania


Apply at Deadline March 16

WNEW YORK, NY – January 26th, 2015 – The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its chapters will award more than $200,000 in scholarships this year to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television.

At the national level, the awards include a new $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay. The funds are granted to outstanding high- school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry.

“There is no better way to honor the Emmy® Award-winning excellence of broadcasting luminaries past than to recognize and foster the excellence of television’s future,” said NATAS Foundation Vice President Adam Sharp, himself a 1996 scholarship winner. “The excellence displayed over the last few years has raised the standards of the scholarship program to incredible new heights.”

This is the third year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its sixth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks. It is presented at the Sports Emmy Awards each May.

The $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship was reestablished by the NATAS Board of Trustees to recognize a standout student achievement in the electronic media arts of the last year. The recipient will be selected from the applicants who distinguish themselves in the 2015 McKay/Wallace competition or who were honored with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated for further consideration by their chapter. The 19 regional NATAS chapters award thousands of dollars in scholarships annually.

The online application for the McKay and Wallace scholarships is available at, with a deadline for submissions of 5 pm EST on Monday, March 16, 2015. NATAS Trustees and officials will review applications and creative works, and the National Scholarship Committee will make its final selections in April.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 14,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at

For more information, please contact:
Paul Pillitteri, SVP, PR & Communications, [email protected]



Director/TD (Full-Time)

WTVG · Toledo, OH · DMA #76


WTVG 13abc, Toledo’s #1 news and on-air station, has an immediate opening for a newscast director/TD. Our directors each get a show to call their own and work closely with the producer and talent to create something unique. We produce live nearly 60 hours of news a week, 4 half-hour public affairs shows, and various special events.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director who will work with them on learning the equipment and WTVG’s workflow. This person should thrive on live newscast directing but also expect some non-news program directing and light editing work.

This full-time position qualifies for overtime, holidays, paid time off and health benefits.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Direct/TD weekend morning newscasts.

  • Supervise production crew on a daily basis, and guide them to producing a show with minimal errors.

  • Fill-in for other directors during the week as necessary.

  • Assist with production of commercials, PSAs and promotions.

Minimum Qualifications/Skills:

  • At least one year work experience, any position, in a live production environment preferred.

  • Ability to give calm, clear direction to crew while under pressure.

  • Ability to multitask while under tight deadlines.

  • Preferred Technical Experience:

    • Grass Valley Kalypso or similar 4 M/E switcher

    • VIZrt Graphics

    • ENPS Newsroom Computer System

  • Education: Two or Four Year Degree in a related field, such as Broadcast Arts or Communication, preferred but not required.

Please e-mail resume, work samples and names of references to the Executive Director, Jonathan Mondelli, at [email protected]

Alternatively, mail to:
ATTN: Jonathan D. Mondelli
4247 Dorr St.
Toledo, OH 43607

WTVG is owned by Gray Television and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Next Generation of Media Ratings and Demographics Webcast

by Cynthia E. Zeiden, National Program Chair, NATAS

Learn about the next generation of media ratings and demographics at this fantastic NATAS webcast on Wednesday, October 22nd at Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The live webcast begins at 6 p.m. PT. There is no admission charge for NATAS members!

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Steve Walsh, Executive Vice President of Local Market Television, Rentrak (Moderator)

Steve WalshSteve Walsh has spent his entire career pushing the envelope in audience measurement research.

He says his mission at Rentrak is to put this knowledge to work transforming the local audience measurement ecosystem to provide a better understanding of the viewing behavior of real consumers, and how that aligns with the products they purchase.

In his role as Executive Vice President of Local Market Television, Steve works closely with TV station owners as well as management, sales and research teams to demonstrate how Rentrak can provide a cross-platform audience measurement solution unlike any other.

Steve brings more than 20 years of proven strategic sales and sales management experience to his role at Rentrak. Prior to Rentrak, he held key sales leadership positions at research industry startups and current standard-bearers like Integrated Media Measurement, Inc. (IMMI), Experian Research Services, IAG Research, TNS Media Intelligence and Nielsen Media Research. He is a member of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) and the Radio & Television Research Council (RTRC), and a frequent speaker at prestigious universities nationwide.

Scott Thompson President MBT Marketing

Scott ThompsonScott is an expert in Customer and market research, retail marketing, media strategy, and franchise marketing and advertising. Scott’s career in the marketing and advertising industry spans 30 years. He has worked for advertisers, media companies and presently is co-owner of a Portland-based advertising agency. Scott’s work includes international, national and regional brands including: Dairy Queen, Intel, Lenovo, Clorox, C&H Sugar, Fred Meyer, Smith’s, QFC, Kroger, GI Joe’s, Fisher Broadcasting, Clear Channel Radio, CAR Auto Group and Tire Factory. Scott has been a Partner at MBT since 2004 and Managing Partner since 2006.

Scott holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

John Tamerlano President/GM KATU TV

John TamerlanoJohn Tamerlano is Vice-President and General Manager of KATU-TV ABC and KUNP-TV Univision in Portland, Oregon. He is originally from Cleveland, OH and attended Bowling Green State University. John began his television career in 1979, as a Sales Account Executive, with WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. He was named Local Sales Manager there in 1980. In 1984, as General Sales Manager, he helped launch, new station, WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. John returned to Cleveland, in 1984, where he was the General Sales Manager for the ABC Scripps Howard station and the NBC Gannett Television station. John was recruited to Portland, OR, in 1999 be Lee Enterprise’s CBS affiliate, KOIN-TV, to be their Director of Sales and Research. He also oversaw the local sales efforts for their sister stations.

Tiffani Lupenski News Director KATU TV

Tiffany LupenskiTiffani Lupenski has been the News Director at KATU in Portland, Oregon since August 2012 after having joined the station as the Assistant News Director in 2010. Her career began in radio in her hometown of San Antonio more than 20 years ago. Since then, she’s held reporting, producing and news management positions in seven markets across the country including Atlanta, Denver, and Seattle. Tiffani is a multiple Emmy® award-winner and has also been honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards for her work as a journalist.


NATAS/IBEW Master Class Series 2014

by Cynthia E. Zeiden, National Program Chair, NATAS

NATAS SF/Nor Cal and IBEW SF are partnering to present a Fall series of master classes in TV production/post production free to NATAS and IBEW members, $25 each for non-members and $5 for students with a current ID in San Francisco. The classes will also be live webcast to NATAS and IBEW members and then archived on YouTube. RSVP's are required, use the link under each class description.

Each webcast will begin at 11:00 a.m. PST. The online audience will be able to ask questions of the instructors during Q&A periods, along with the live audience. Each class will be divided into three segments. The classes will end at 1:30 p.m. PST.

Get in-depth tips and techniques from the Bay Area Television Masters! Each class will begin with basic principles but will quickly accelerate into advanced concepts in each craft area.

Master Class Schedule

Editing-Steve Shlisky, Beyond Pix, Saturday, October 25th

Steve ShliskySteve is a 35 year veteran of Bay Area television production (KTVU, KICU, and KNTV). A major chunk of that time spent editing local programming from short form PSAs, promotion, and commercial spots to longer form news features, sales presentations, and full length entertainment and documentary programs (½ hour to 2 hours in length). Many of these long form programs, Steve has helped to produce, direct and write.

Among his many honors Steve has received twelve local Emmy(R) Awards (based on fifty nominations), thirteen Telly awards and six RTNDA awards.

Since 1999 Steve has lectured at San Francisco State University (in their BECA program) and Laney College where, since 2011, he co-chairs the Media Communication department. Past subjects have included: Video Production, Audio Aesthetics with Pro Tools; Advanced Editing; Work Experience; and Media Literacy. Currently he teaches one of the few semester-length DSLR workflow classes in the Bay Area.

Steve Also Chairs the Education Committee for the NorCal National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). His responsibilities include: Overseeing the judging and awarding of $16,000 of College Scholarships Awards in seven categories each year; facilitating the judging of the chapter’s High School Awards; developing a media literacy program and arranging for a speaker’s bureau.

Link to RSVP for Webinar:

Writing/Storytelling- Wayne Friedman, KGO Saturday, November 15th

Wayne FriedmanI'm the bald-headed reporter who likes to shoot many of my own stories. It's what I have always done. In ninth grade, I published my first regular column for what is now The Los Angeles Daily News, and continued it through high school.

In 1977, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from UCLA while working as a network page assigned to the newsroom at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. In 1978, I finished my Masters Degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri. It's a great school. If you want to be a reporter, go there. Seriously.

I have been on San Francisco television since 1981, beginning at KRON. Before that, I worked at stations in Louisville and Dallas. In 1989, CBS Network News hired me to produce and report national feature stories for CBS This Morning.

ABC7 hired me in 1991. Since then, I have covered all kinds of local, state, national, and international stories. They include Russia's Second Revolution in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, along with major fires, earthquakes, elections, and NASA space missions. Twice, I crossed the country by train, visiting small towns and taking the pulse of America following the September 11th attacks.

My book, It Takes More Than Good Looks to Succeed at Television News Reporting, now in its Second Edition, is required reading for major college journalism programs in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Since 1990, I have conducted more than one-hundred narrative writing and visual storytelling seminars for newsrooms and national organizations in the United States and overseas.

Many people know me as the recipient of fifty-one Emmy(R) awards. I earned thirteen of them for Writing, and fourteen others in the category of On Camera News Talent. There have been other multiple Emmy(R) awards in the categories of Breaking News, Feature Reporting, Feature Series, Sports Reporting, and News Programming Special. I am also a member of the Northern California chapter's Silver Circle. In 2011, I received my 50th Emmy(R) award for shooting and editing my own stories as a multi-media journalist. After the 51st, I retired from that competition, and now encourage others.

In 2012, I received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for writing.

Link to RSVP for Webinar:

Voiceover-Elaine Clark, Voice One, Saturday, December 6th

Elaine ClarkElaine Clark is the owner/founder of Voice One in San Francisco and the author of the best selling voiceover instructional book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is [now in it’s third edition]. For over three decades she has performed in all areas of voiceovers: commercials, narrations, videogames, animation, and toys. She created the first interactive voice and diction app, Activate Your Voice. Through Voice One, she provides group classes plus one-on-one coaching on-site and via Skype. Preparing to Record Your Voice, an on-line course, is available through

As a coach to many newscasters, multimedia journalists, field reporters, weather forecasters, and financial analysts, Elaine Clark is pleased to collaborate with the NATAS SF/Nor Cal chapter and IBEW bylogo offering this informative and interactive voiceover class to local and nationwide members.

Link to RSVP for Webinar:

Camera/Lighting-Chris Bollini, Academy of Art University, Saturday, January 24th

Chris BolliniChris Bollini, Emmy(R) award-winning editor, photographer, and producer, started his broadcast journey at a public access station in Marin County. After an internship, he was offered a freelance photographer position on a weekly news magazine show.  From there, Chris headed north to KFTY-50 in Santa Rosa where he entered the fast paced word of daily news. After two years, he changed pace and joined the creative service department and began producing, shooting and editing local commercials and promotions.  After six years at KFTY-50, he was hired to work on show that merged the elements of news and production. The station was CBS 5 and the show was Evening Magazine with Mike Rowe and Malou Nubla. Eventually, the series morphed into Eye on the Bay with Liam Mayclem, Brian Hackney and Thuy Vu which aired for 8 years before being cancelled. Currently, Chris is very excited to be at KOFY TV working in the creative service department as well as the local programming world.  With shows like Creepy KOFY Movietime and Dance Party, KOFY TV is a fun  and rewarding place  to work.  

Link to RSVP for Webinar:


WVPX-TV Contract Engineer Job Opening

Contract Engineer

Location: Cleveland, OH

Contact Us: [email protected]

When applying, please reference position and location in the subject line. Or you may mail resume to:

WVPX-TV ION Media Networks
Attn: LaTonya Sullivan
26650 Renaissance Parkway Suite 1A
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

No calls or in person visits


  • This is an on On-Call position
  • Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations, applicable electrical, mechanical, structural and civil engineering methods helpful.
  • Practical knowledge of electrical, plumbing, HVAC helpful.
  • Maintenance and repair of all technical equipment in studio and transmitter facilities/towers, satellite downlink and microwave transmission systems. RF engineering knowledge a plus.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot, diagnose and handle the tools necessary to repair studio/post production equipment.
  • Must be able to effectively present information to Chief Engineer and Station Manager.
  • Have working knowledge of PC’s, networks, routers, MS operating systems and application software such as Word and Excel.


  • Candidates must have 3+ years experience maintaining modern broadcast equipment.
  • FCC license or SBE certification a plus.
  • Must have strong maintenance, organizational, computer and people skills.
  • Must be able to travel, bend, lift and carry up to a maximum of 70 pounds, climb on step-stools, ladders and other necessary equipment.
  • Must work a minimum of 10 hours a month between our two locations in Warrensville Heights, Ohio and Akron, Ohio.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Must be able to work some shifts that require late night/early morning hours.

Posted: June 3, 2014

Equal opportunity employer

Emmy Awards 2015


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