THE 62nd ANNUAL

CHICAGO / MIDWEST

EMMY® AWARDS

EMBRACE YOUR INNER STORYTELLER

Took Place on: SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021

Most successful documentarians use storytelling to make their projects come alive and compelling. How can a documentary move beyond the talking head format and find the story in captured footage? How can you continue to be storyteller with commercial and industrial work? Learn from the professionals on our Board about their backgrounds and how they find the right balance between story and argument in their non-fiction work.

Moderator:

John Owens

Board President

Panelists:

Chris Cangilla

Director of Commercial and Program Production, Weigel Broadcasting

Jamie Ceaser

Independent Documentary Filmmaker

Nicolas DeGrazia

Creative Director, Bitter Jester Studios

Ryan Koscielniak

Owner, Clyde Media

Kristin Pichaske

Associate Professor/Filmmaker, Columbia College Chicago

IMPORTANCE OF INTERNSHIPS

Took Place on: SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2021

The panel discussed how to find broadcast and other film-related internships.
Internship advisors from Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University joined us.

Moderator:

John Owens

Board President

Panelists:

Pablo Alfaro

Creative Services Manager, WSNS Telemundo

Nick Blumberg

Reporter/Producer, WTTW

Jennifer Halperin

Career and Internship Advisor, Columbia College Chicago

Michael Limon

Internship and Career Coordinator, Loyola University

NAVIGATING BEING ON-AIR

Took Place on: SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021

This workshop was about being an on-air talent in today’s market. What part of being a “talent” still applies? What skills should you have? How should you put together a reel? Is the route from small market to large market the same path as before?

Moderator:

John Owens

Board President

Panelists:

Melissa Forman

Radio Host, WLIT-FM (93.9 LITE FM)

Jessie Garcia

Editorial Director, WTMJ

Ellee Pai Hong

Host/Writer, Decades Network
Host/Writer & Host, Comcast Newsmakers

Erika Maldonado

Anchor/Reporter, WGBO Univision

Matt Piacente

VP/News Director, WFLD

Larry Stuelpnagel

Faculty Advisor, Northwestern University

Roz Varon

Traffic/Transportation Anchor

CAREER DAY

Took Place on: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hear from outstanding Chicago TV professionals, leaders in their field, about the background needed for a television/new media job. Representatives of most television disciplines on air, as well as those behind the camera, participated in the discussion. After the initial presentation by the panel members, the program was open to questions and answers from attendees. 

Moderator:

Erika Maldonado

Anchor/Reporter, WGBO Univision

Panelists:

Brad Edwards

Anchor/Reporter, WBBM

Michele Jeffrey

Producer, WMAQ

Casey Mitchell

Videographer, WSNS Telemundo

Anita Padilla

Anchor, WFLD

Jennifer Rourke

SEO Lead & Manager, Digital Insights Disney ABC Television Group

Shelley Spencer

Director On-Air Fundraising, WTTW