SEEKING INSIGHT FROM LEADERS IN OUR FIELDS

Produced by the Junior Board of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter
of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

S2: Episode 2 Sam Alex

“Basically, hustling like it is crazy! That is the one common denominator between the people who really make it (whatever their definition of it is) and everyone else. Beyond working hard. Saying yes to everything.”

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Episode 16: Jane Clauss

“Is your heart happy? Are you happy? When you wake up in the morning, is there a little zest for life? Do you love what you do? Yes, work is hard, but do you love your work? To me, success is setting a goal, accomplishing a goal and being happy doing it. ”

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Episode 14: Geoffrey Baer

“Don’t ever lose sight of the audience. TV is a very one way medium and it’s easy to forget that you need to engage the audience in an interactive way.”

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Episode 12: Ryan Baker

“Whether it’s through a phone or iPad, that may change. But there will always be a need for storytelling. That will never change. People will still want to be informed.”

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Episode 11: JA Adande

“One of the things that separates true journalists from anybody with a Twitter or Tik Tok account is the accountability and the sense of the responsibility. The dedication to accuracy and fairness. And that hasn’t changed; if anything, it’s gotten more important.”

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Episode 9: Nicolas DeGrazia

“This business that we’re in offers so many opportunities for people who have different skill sets and who are interested in different things to try a lot of stuff out while still being on set or in a pre-production room…you don’t have to get locked into doing any one particular thing.”

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Episode 8: Matt Lauterbach & Reveca Torres

“It’s a scary thing sometimes to ask for help, but the worst that can happen is that they say no, and then you say, ‘Thank you so much for your time, do you know someone else who could help me with this?’” -Reveca Torres

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Episode 7: Pablo Alfaro

In this episode, Melyssa and Pablo Alfaro had the pleasure of discussing what it means to be a Latino/a in the media space, his journey as an immigrant, and how he got to be a Creative Services Manager for Telemundo.

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Episode 4: Pablo Iglesias

“In local news, it’s all about ‘how can you make this relatable to the people at home?’ and honestly, that’s just any story in general… Even if you haven’t been in somebody’s specific position, you have felt that way, you have felt that situation.”

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Episode 3: Joel Weisman

“Try to frame the story well. [The readers] don’t have your background when they pick up that story so it’s important to be concise but at the same time, don’t assume that the reader knows everything you know. Part of it’s an education or revelation.”

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Episode 1: Thea Flaum

“In order to succeed in this business, in addition to being talented and hard-working and smart and skilled and learned in the profession, you also need to be a little lucky.”

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John Owens

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Rebekah Cowing

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Aliyah Muhammad

Graphic Designer, Producer & Editor

Carmen Vincent

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Anthony Landahl

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Melyssa Guzman

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Tiyen Simmons

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Nihar Gagneja

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Larry Larson

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Sam Brief

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Mikey Boyd

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