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2015 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop

Registration is open for the 2015 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop.

The Texas Association of Broadcasters, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are co-sponsoring this daylong seminar featuring national and state speakers.

The event will be Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the JW Marriott, 110 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701.

The newsroom workshop takes place during the day.

The Lone Star Emmy Awards dinner takes place in the evening.

Both events are at the same hotel. Further details on registration fee, program information, parking details, hotels:

The registration fee will include lunch.

    Advanced registration payment required.
    $25 fee for cancellations. Cancellations must be received in writing.
    No refunds after Oct. 23.
  • Questions?
    TAB’s Michael Schneider: 512-322-9944
    Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd: 972-991-2100

Judges Comments Now Available

Some judges in the 2014-2015 Texas AP Broadcasters radio & TV contests provided written comments about the winning entries.

Other judges did not comment.

Please email AP’s Diana Heidgerd:  and put in the subject line whether you want the radio or TV comments emailed to you.

Thank you for entering!

Order your awards duplicates

Do you need a duplicate of your 1st-place award? Just fill out and submit this form: TAPB 1st Place duplicates form

For duplicates of all other awards, please use this form: CERTIFICATE Order form 2015

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, Aug. 20, 2015 Board Actions

Here’s a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, with: _ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco _ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KENS, San Antonio _ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston _ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd …………………………………………   Michael Schneider, Texas Association of Broadcasters, updated the board on planning for the Nov. 7 TAPB co-sponsored seminar in Austin. _ Registration information will be posted in early September at and _ Costs will be $55 per professional (includes lunch) for pre-registration, rising to $70 closer to the event. Students will pay $25 for pre-registration, with $40 closer to the event. _ The daylong seminar will be at the new JW Marriott in downtown Austin. NOTE: Lone Star Emmy Awards will be presented that Saturday night, Nov. 7, at the hotel. _ Michael says the program will include sessions on social media, legal issues, investigative reporting, storytelling, production and how NOT to get a job in radio & TV. Some TAPB board members might be part of the panels. AP’s Diana Heidgerd will also attend.   TAPB Balance: $27,294.66.   BILLS to be paid: _ Board approved monthly payment, $50 for August, for webmaster Noble Sprayberry.   Two TAPB board openings – Radio Vice President & TV Vice President. . _ Board members suggested at least two candidates and will reach out to the individuals. More during the next TAPB conference call.   TAPB Contest? Any issues? _ Diana is still dealing with some AP technical issues related to sending hourly contest day advisories on the AP wire.... read more

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call on Thursday, June 25, 2015, with: _ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco _ VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas _ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KENS, San Antonio _ TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin _ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston _ And Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd   …………………………………………   TAPB Balance: _ Approximately $25,000. Pam Collins, who keeps TAPB the books, is on vacation for another week or so – so no specific balance available Thursday, but Diana subtracted the latest bills, payments, etc., from the prior balance.   BILLS approved for payment: _ Cyndy Moore, $225, for TAPB administrative duties during the April 25, 2015, convention in Austin (She has provided an invoice). _ Webmaster Noble Sprayberry, $150. That’s $50 for his regular June duties, plus two additional hours – at $50 per hour – for website/posting of convention items, photos, etc. (He has provided an invoice)   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUNDATION OF TEXAS — Annual contribution _ Board approved donating $1,000. TAPB last year donated $750 to FOIFT.   Other business? _ Diana mentioned TAPB will be looking for a new plaque maker for next year’s contest. Headliners Foundation officials have forwarded the name of their plaque maker in Austin, for possible consideration. _ TAPB board members/dates to remember: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, Headliners Foundation in Austin annual luncheon. Also Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, TAPB co-sponsored broadcast seminar (along with Texas Association of Broadcasters) in Austin. _ Chairwoman Jenny Martinez asked about TAPB contest dates, whether there’s been a contest... read more

April 25, 2015, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors annual meeting—business session

Here is a review of the April 25, 2015, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors annual meeting/business session at the Headliner’s Club in Austin, with: — CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco — TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin — RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston — and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd …. A. FINANCES: _ TAPB annual financial statement: Balance $47,684.26 (NOTE: Total will be higher following payment of several hundred dollars pending prior to banquet night) B. BILLS to be paid (invoices presented): Board approved payment of the following bills: — Alpha Graphics, $321.50, for banquet night program. — Grubbs Graphics: $699.59, for 2nd place certificates. — Contest assistant/coordinator Cyndy Moore: $1,837.50. — Trophies Inc., $7,573.91, for 1st place (TV) & other trophies. — Level 3 Communications, for April 8, 2015, board conference call: $17.77. C. CONTEST REVIEW: — 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). — Any contest-related issues? Board suggested if nobody enters any of these specific categories next year (2nd year in a row no entries), that the board will consider eliminating the categories: No Entries in Radio Division A: Sports Anchor or Anchor Team Sports Story or Sports Series Sportscast Sports Play-by-Play News Anchor or Anchor Team Commentary-Editorial …… No Entries in Radio Division B: Sports Anchor or Anchor Team Investigative Report Documentary Spot News By A Station Commentary-Editorial ….. No Entries in Television Division... read more