Channel Zero provides a unique glimpse of the TV news industry, told from the perspective of working professionals and students within the Chicago/Midwest chapter. Whether it’s tips, advice or anecdotes, if you have a story to tell and would like to contribute to the blog, email your pitch to chicagoemmy@gmail.com.

Check out the stations in our chapter:
Chicago, Illinois
CLTV
WBBM (CBS 2)
WCPX (Ion)
WCFC (TLN)

WCIU
WFLD (FOX 32)
WGBO (Univision)
WGN
WJYS
WLS (ABC 7)
WMAQ (NBC 5)
WPWR
WSNS (Telemundo)
WTTW
WYCC

Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois
WAOE
WEEK/WHOI
WMBD/WYZZ
WTVP

Rockford, Illinois
WIFR (CBS 23)
WQRF (FOX 39)
WREX (NBC 13)
WTVO (ABC 17)

South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana
WBND (ABC 57)
WNDU (NBC 16)
WNIT
WSBT
WSJV (FOX 28)
WYIN (Lakeshore Public Television)

Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin
WACY
WBAY (ABC 2)
WFRV (CBS 5)
WGBA (NBC 26)
WCWF (CW 14)
WLUK (FOX 11)

Madison, Wisconsin
WISC-TV (CBS 3)
Wisconsin Public TV
WKOW (ABC 27)
WMSN (FOX 47)
WMTV (NBC 15)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WCGV
WDJT (CBS 58)
WISN (ABC 12)
WITI (FOX 6)
WMLW
WMVS (Milwaukee Public Television)
WTMJ
WVCY

Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin
WFXS (FOX 55)

WAOW (ABC 9)
WJFW (NBC 12)
WSAW (CBS 7)

 

 

 

Sports Emmy Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…BRENT MUSBURGER TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 38TH ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS

New York, NY – March 9th, 2017 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today proudly announced that Brent Musburger, one of the most recognizable and accomplished voices in sports broadcasting will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports this year. Continue reading

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Next TV Summit

View videos from Next TV Summit, streamed by the NATAS – San Francisco Chapter.  Next TV Summit & Expo is a high-level, future-focused conference, expo and networking event presented on both coasts annually, providing insights into the impact of new video devices, delivery systems and consumer expectations in the OTT era. Topics covered at Next TV include:

  • OTT Growth and Business Models
  • Transformative TV Technologies
  • Video Consumption Trends and Measurement
  • Talent and Content in the Digital Age
  • Valuation Drivers for Online and Offline Video Content Companie
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Silver Circle on Friday

Silver_circle_2016_2 (2)By Steve Novak, Board President

When I was growing up I would stare at a 21 inch tube in an ash box as the world was brought to my living room.  This magical box influenced me that there was a big world outside of my home and I could see it from my couch.  I was in awe of the  people could make this happen.

From the world of news and sports to children’s programming and other entertainment these people were some of the most influential in my life.

The Silver Circle Honors have over the past quarter century profiled some of the pioneers in our medium.  This continues this Friday, May 20th, when we come to honor some people who have made an extraordinary impact in the world of television both in front and behind the camera.  We also honor the memory of some broadcast legends who are no longer with us.

I encourage you to join us at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago for the Silver Circle Honors Program as we induct the Class of 2016,  Honorees include Emily Barr, former General Manager of ABC 7, Lilia Chacon, former Fox 32 reporter, Mary Ann Childers, former CBS 2 and ABC 7 anchor, Jay Levine , chief correspondent at CBS 2, Dean Richards, entertainment reporter at WGN TV and Frank Whittaker, vice president of news and station manager at NBC 5.  We will also honor posthumously, P.J. Hoff, Len O’Conner and Tim Weigel.

I hope to see you there. 

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Sports Emmy Awards

vernewNew York, NY – May 10, 2016 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 37thAnnual Sports Emmy® Awards
at a special ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.  They also honored the iconic broadcaster, Verne Lundquist.

See http://emmyonline.com/sports_37th_winners for more information.

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New Job Bank

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new Job Bank.  Job Bank is a free source of available job openings in the television and media industry throughout the U.S., with hundreds of listings for job seekers. Employers in the television and media industries are invited to post job openings as a service to the members of the Academy.  First-time users of Job Bank can begin posting jobs by registering at “POST A JOB” on the site: http://jobbank.emmyonline.org/ 

Once registered, job listings can be entered.  Please allow a 24-hour period for your registration to be approved before the postings appear. 

For your information and convenience, we have created an easy-to-use instruction booklet to help you get started.  Here is a link to use: https://app.box.com/s/6rc7dp88viy42is3qlzielyqy24vpauo 

If you have any questions or need assistance at any time, feel free to contact the Job Bank team at:  jobbankadmin@emmyonline.tv

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Message from new Board President Steve Novak

01 steve novak.jpgI’d like to take a minute to introduce myself.  I’m Steve Novak, the new president of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of NATAS.  I have been in the television industry for over 30 years and have seen a lot of changes take place.  From film to tape to digital we are finding better and more efficient ways to preserve our media.  The cameras are smaller, lighter and better.  We can go live from almost anywhere and bring back stunning images that otherwise would not be seen.  Social media is exploding and providing a forum for those who would otherwise be unheard. All of this comes with a tremendous responsibility.  Let’s use this technology wisely and give our viewer, on whatever platform that are watching, something to see.  We can’t and shouldn’t pander to the lowest common denominator, but rise above and take the high road in telling our stories.  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is dedicated to excellence in television and we must continue to hold ourselves to this standard.

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Social Media and the News Experience

Joshua Conner is an aspiring media mogul and philanthropist on a mission to Joshua Conner Headshotlearn, innovate, volunteer, and engage. In 2014, he was a Northwestern University-Medill School of Journalism Social Justice News Nexus Chicago Reporting Fellow. He has reported for Chicago Tribune-The Mash, Columbia Links, chelseakrost.com andfitnetx.com.

Nancy Loo is an Emmy Award-winning reporter for WGN News, but she also manages her own blog, “Big Tiny World” on WGN’s web site. Loo’s social media chops have allowed her to create a platform to engage viewers both on television and online. I spoke with Loo about her favorite apps and advice on how other television professionals can use social media to give more creditability.

How has social media changed the news landscape?
“The web is a vital frontier for reaching news consumers. There is plenty of evideNancy Loo Courtesy of Nancy Loo WGNTVnce to show that fewer and fewer people are getting their news content via live television, unless there’s major breaking news, of course. I jumped onto the social media bandwagon about eight years ago when I started blogging. Back then, social media was a very new platform for journalists. But I instantly loved being able to interact with viewers.”

What are your favorite apps and how do they help you in the field?
“Facebook is the platform that drives the most web traffic. Being on Facebook is a no-brainer for journalists.”

Loo has more than 480,000 likes on her Facebook fan page and is also experimenting with live video in its Mentions app.

“Twitter is another must. The 140-character limit requires more strategic posting, and it’s quick and easy to respond to people,” said Loo, who has more than 18,000 followers on her Twitter page.

Loo also enjoys using Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare and Periscope, but most importantly, she’s willing to experiment.

“Always be ready to adapt and evolve with social media,” Loo said. “Technology is changing all the time. Some of the apps I experimented with in the past decade no longer exist, while others, namely Facebook and Twitter, are now mainstream. I think journalists who commit to having social media accounts should be the ones managing the accounts, especially if they’re verified. Viewers and followers deserve to know who they’re really
interacting with.”

 

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