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TAPB Judging Comments

Judging comments are now available from the 2015-2016 TAPB contest. Some judges made extensive comments, while others had no comment. You are welcome to use the judging comments in your promotions. Please email AP’s Diana Heidgerd, dheidgerd@ap.org , to get the judging comments emailed to you. Thank you.

Promoting your TAPB awards

Each year the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (“TAPB”) recognizes excellence and achievement in journalism with awards in various categories. Your promotion must state the “Texas Associated Press Broadcasters” (NOT Associated Press) as the award’s source. — Promotional use of the word “Best” will apply only to first-place winners. Any use of a reference to a TAPB award that in any way misleads the public about a TAPB award, including but not limited to distorted or exaggerated claims, is strictly prohibited. Violations of either the spirit or intent of this prohibition may result in the disqualification of the offending entity from TAPB contests for a one-year period. TAPB board reserves all rights to determine the truthfulness of any promotion that uses a reference to TAPB awards. The TAPB will be the sole determiner of whether or not a violation has occurred.

The latest board actions

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Board Actions

Here is an amended review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, with:

_ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco
_ VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas
_ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston
_ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston.
_ PLUS new TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin.
_ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd

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1. NEW BOARD MEMBER:
— Board approved Michelle Chism, assistant news director at KVUE in Austin, as TAPB television vice president. Welcome Michelle!
— There’s still have an opening for TAPB radio vice president.

2. TAPB Balance: $21,139.33

3. BILLS to be paid:
Board approved payment of following bills:
— Level 3 Communications for January conference call: $16.79
— Webmaster Noble Sprayberry: $250 (that’s his regular $50 for February, then Noble has submitted an invoice for four additional hours of website work, $200 on that bill).

4. RADIO/TV CONTEST: (AMENDED to clarify number of TV & radio entries from 36 stations)
_ 2015 total stations entered: 36 (29 TV & 7 radio stations). Total entries: 674 (580 TV and 94 radio). Total entry fees: approx $33,265. (NOTE: Individual entry fees increased $5 this year to help cover higher administrative/processing costs, along with cost of using PayPal).
_ 2014 total stations entered: 43 (33 TV & 10 radio stations). Total entries: 801 (627 TV & 174 radio). Total entry fees: $34,360.

5. TAPB/FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUNDATION OF TEXAS AWARD
_ The deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at www.betterbnc.com

6. SCHOLARSHIPS:
_ Entry information is at www.tapb.org and advisories are also moving on the AP wire. Deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

7. Other business?
_ Jenny Martinez, Matt Thomas, Jack Acosta and Michelle Chism plan to be at the Dallas AP on Saturday, March 14, 2015, for the TAPB board meeting (with AP’s Diana Heidgerd). Board members will review final results of the TAPB & FOIFT contests, decide scholarship funds/winners and other board business.

8. Other business?
_ None.

TAPB 2015 DATES TO REMEMBER:
_ FOIFT & SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 23.
_ JUDGING: Judges for the radio/TV competitions will view entries any time between Saturday, Feb. 28 through Monday, March 9.
_ WINNERS: The lists of winners are tentatively set to move on the AP wire no later than Friday, March 13.
_ BOARD REVIEW: TAPB board members will convene (in person) at the Dallas AP office on Saturday, March 14.
_ CONVENTION/AWARDS: The TAPB convention and awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Headliners Club in Austin.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, with:

 

— CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock

— VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco

— TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston

— RADIO PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas

— RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston

— and Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan & Diana Heidgerd

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  1. TAPB Balance: $21,235.66.

 

  1. BILLS to be paid:

Board approved paying following bills:

— $50 monthly for January to webmaster Noble Sprayberry

— Level (3) Communications, two previous conference calls ($19.09 from November call/board already approved this), then $27.42 from December call: Total $46.33

 

  1. RADIO/TV CONTEST update

— Rules for the TAPB radio & TV contests are moving on the AP wire, with entries now accepted at: www.betterbnc.com

TAPB Dates to remember:

— DEADLINE: Deadline to enter the TAPB radio/TV contests is Monday, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m. CST (NOTE: The betterbnc.com system will lock out further entries after that time).

— PAYMENTS: All contest payments must be received at the Dallas office of The Associated Press no later than noon CST on Tuesday, Feb. 10. NOTE: This year the contest will include online payments via PayPal.

— JUDGING: Judges will view entries any time between Saturday, Feb. 28 through Monday, March 9.

— WINNERS: The lists of winners are tentatively set to move on the AP wire no later than Friday, March 13.

— NOTE: Deadline for entries into the TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas competition (at www.betterbnc.com) and for the TAPB scholarships will be Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Those advisories will be moving separately on the AP wire.

— BOARD REVIEW: TAPB board members will convene (in person) at the Dallas AP office on Saturday, March 14, to review the results, pick scholarship winners and pick the TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas winner.

— CONVENTION/AWARDS: The TAPB convention and awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Headliners Club in Austin.

 

  1. FOIFT

— Board approved the same rules as last year, with the deadline to enter (online at www.betterbnc.com) set for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

 

  1. SCHOLARSHIP

— Board approved the same rules as last year, with the deadline to enter (via mail or email) set for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

 

  1. WEBSITE: www.tapb.org

— Webmaster Noble Sprayberry continues working with the board to update the group’s website. Jenny Martinez will be in charge.

 

  1. BOARD CHANGES:

— TAPB chairman Benji Snead and TAPB TV president Triston Sanders have resigned as news directors at their respective stations to accept other jobs, and thus both are also leaving the board of directors. Board members approved the following changes:

— Jenny Martinez moves up to chairman

— Matt Thomas moves up to vice chairman

— Jack Acosta moves up to TV president

— Jack Williams moves up to radio president.

Board members have several suggestions for possible new board members, Jack Acosta (jacosta@khou.com) will handle for TV and Jack Williams (jwilliams@kuhf.org) will handle for radio. If anyone at an AP-member radio or TV stations is interested in joining the board of directors, please contact either of them.

 

  1. Other business?

— None.

 

Next TAPB board conference call will be Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. CST.

Dec. 18, 2014 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, with:

— CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock
— VICE CHAIRMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco
— TV VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston
— RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston
— and Dallas AP’s Barry Bedlan and Diana Heidgerd
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NOTE: TAPB Chairman Benji Snead announced he has resigned as news director at KCBD-TV in Lubbock, effective Feb. 1, 2015, to take a media job in the private sector. Benji says he is willing to continue serving on the TAPB board pending his departure from the station. Thank you to Benji for many years of service on the TAPB board!
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1. TAPB balance: $22,104.66.

2. BILLS to be paid: Board approved payment of following bills:
— December webmaster fee to Noble Sprayberry: $50
— Level 3 Communications, for November conference call: $19.09
— AP’s Diana Heidgerd, $44 for renewal of hosting site for www.tapb.org (will submit receipt)
— Contest host Betterbnc.com.: $825. Barry Bedlan says the cost includes $22 still owed from last year’s contest. TAPB had paid to cover 781 entries, which apparently was comparable to a previous total, but ended up with 803 entries. Barry has the betterbnc.com contract.

3. PAYPAL & TAPB CONTEST FEES:
— Board approved contract with PayPal for radio/TV stations to pay for their TAPB contest entry fees. PayPal will be added to the current method of payment (personal/corporate checks still accepted). Bedlan says the PayPal costs will be 30 cents per transaction, plus about 3 percent of the amount being paid. Bedlan says a number of other AP states already used PayPal for their contests.
— Board members, amid the higher costs associated with PayPal and for other anticipated administrative costs, approved raising all contest entry fees by $5 (radio & TV). Radio fees will be $40 per large-market entry and $30 per smaller-market entry. TV fees will be $65 per entry for Division 1 (largest market), $55 per entry for Division 2, $50 for Division 3 and then $40 for Division 4.

4. CONTEST COORDINATOR/CYNDY MOORE:
— The board approved increasing the hourly fee for Cyndy Moore from $20 last year, to $25.
Board noted Cyndy (contract pending) will be responsible for much more administrative/clerical duties related to the TAPB contest & convention, including online coordination/registration of judges, setting up betterbnc.com with categories, doing all convention registration online (via PayPal), coordinating online payment of all funds (PayPal will send the money directly to the TAPB bank account). Cyndy will also be asked to handle more administrative duties such as putting together the banquet program, and making sure the Texas AP Broadcasters top contest winners, in certain affiliated Headliners’ categories, are forwarded to Headliners competition. Diana Heidgerd will still be the main contact for the contest/convention, Cyndy will just be taking over more of the clerical duties.

5. TAPB CONTEST RULES/RADIO & TV: Board approved keeping all the same rules as last year, plus adding several more (as approved during the April 2014 TAPB business session during the group’s convention in Austin. Includes:
_ NEW CATEGORY APPROVED: Sports Anchor or Anchor Team category will be added to both the TV and Radio contests. The language will be the same as the current News Anchor or Anchor Team category.
_ NEW TV CATEGORY APPROVED: A Sports Special category will be added to TV with the following rules language: “Sports Special: Any extended coverage beyond a routine sportscast. It may fall within a scheduled newscast.” The board decided the entries must be no longer than 30 minutes (edited).
_ TV CATEGORY REINSTATED: Board unanimously approved reinstating the Commentary-Editorial category for TV. The rules language was approved as proposed: “Commentary by TV station personnel regarding significant community issues. Originated by a local station. NOTE: This category will have just one winner across all four TV divisions.” (NOTE: Same rules as radio).
— The board also agreed to expand the time limit for the category of Photojournalism-Individual to 15 minutes (previously was 10 minutes).
NOTE: The FIVE TAPB contest days in 2014 for competition in the categories of Newscast, TV Morning Newscast, TV Daytime Newscast, Sportscast & Weathercast were:
_ Tuesday, March 25.
_ Saturday, June 21 (only weekend TAPB contest day).
_ Friday, September 12.
_ Wednesday, November 12.
_ Thursday, December 18.

6. JUDGES: Here is a list of confirmed judges for the upcoming TAPB television & radio contests.
TELEVISION:
— Eddie Perez, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, North Carolina (bilingual)
— Gary Detman, WTLV-WJXX, Jacksonville, Florida (bilingual)
— Rafael Sanchez, WRTV, Indianapolis (bilingual)
— Jonathan Ruiz, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, NC (bilingual)
— Mark Engel, former CNN, Atlanta.
— Audrey Prywitch, KPLR-KTVI, St. Louis.
— Stephanie Scurlock Thornton, WREG, Memphis, Tennessee.
— Kelli Cook, WATN, Memphis, Tenn.
— Brad Neuhoff, former KOIN, Portland, Oregon
— Erika Edwards, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, North Carolina
— Mike Thomas, WUPA, Atlanta
— Scott Galloway, WFIE, Evansville, Indiana
— Tom Triol, former WRTV, Indianapolis
— Chuck Maulden, KOLR, Springfield, Missouri.
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NEW TV judges for 2015
— Deneige Broom (pronounced: duh-NAYSH’), WFTV, Orlando, Fla. (bilingual)
— Brett Feinberg, WCAU, Philadelphia
— David Hughes, WFLA, Tampa, Florida
— Shayla Teater, KTHV, Little Rock, Arkansas
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RADIO:
— Larry Marino, KRLA, Los Angeles
— Ninette Sosa, WYAY, Atlanta (bilingual)
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NEW RADIO judges for 2015:
— Bob Butler, KCBS, San Francisco.
— Kim Shepard, KIRO, Seattle
— Jon Repp, KOMO, Seattle.
— Joseph Guerin, KPBS (Public Radio/TV), San Diego.
— Corwin Haeck (HAYK), KOMO, Seattle
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TAPB 2015 DATES TO REMEMBER:
— CONTEST ENTRIES: The online contest website betterbnc.com should be ready to accept entries no later than Jan. 12. Rules will move on the AP wire and also be posted at:www.tapb.org You must be an AP member to enter.
— DEADLINE: Deadline to enter will be midnight CST on Monday, Feb. 9 (NOTE: The online contest site will lock down after that time, no longer accepting entries).
— PAYMENTS: All contest payments must be received at the Dallas office of The Associated Press no later than noon CST on Tuesday, Feb. 10. NOTE: This year the contest will include online payments via PayPal.
— JUDGING: Judges will view entries any time between Saturday, Feb. 28 through midnight CST Monday, March 9.
— WINNERS: The lists of winners are tentatively set to move on the AP wire no later than Friday, March 13.
— BOARD REVIEW: TAPB board members will convene (in person) at the Dallas AP office on Saturday, March 14, to review the results, pick scholarship winners (the TAPB scholarship entry/advisory will move on the wire no later than early February) and pick the TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas winner.
— CONVENTION/AWARDS: The TAPB convention and awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Headliners Club in Austin.
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8. TAPB WEBSITE:
— Updates pending. Benji Snead handling.

9. OTHER BUSINESS?
— None.

Next TAPB conference call will be at 10:45 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.