Tuesday, April 27
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Meeting Number: 187 925 6028
Session: Tuesday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. – Broadcasting Adventures with Steven
Presenter: Steve Sellers
Session Description: Steven Sellers, a proclaimed broadcast journalist, will discuss the time when broadcast journalism was rather of a nomadic existence. He will also be comparing working conditions, salaries, and job-hunting strategies with today’s conditions. Join Steven as he shares 55 years of broadcast journalism experience.
Bio: Steve Sellers began his 55-year broadcast career in a slightly unusual way; playing his guitar on his local small-town radio station at the age of 14. A year later, the station needed a weekend announcer, and since he was spending most of his weekends at the radio station, Steve got the job and he held on to it until graduating high school.
Steve spent a couple of semesters studying at San Antonio College and then went full time for market leader KONO, holding down the early evening shift with an energetic presentation of the day’s Top 40 hits
The KONO job was a great launching pad for Steve to adopt the gypsy lifestyle that dominated the radio business at that time. Steve made stops in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, San Diego and Los Angeles as well as special assignments in Britain and Jamaica.
In addition to offering his talents as an on-air personality, Steve also held down positions as news director and public service director at several of the stations where he was employed as well as hosting hundreds of live music shows and remote broadcasts
In addition to radio, Steve has appeared on camera in a number of television projects, including hosting the popular Public Television arts show “Art Beat” in the 1980s on KLRN-TV. He continues to do voice over work and on camera work for KLRN-TV
Some of the local San Antonio broadcast outlets on his resume include KONO AM/FM, 99.5 KISS, KITY-FM, Metro News and Traffic, TXN, the News of Texas, KLRN-TV and others
Today, Steve provides voice-over services to radio stations and commercial clients around the country and keeps up his music career with songwriting and performing.
Session: Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. – News Gathering During a Pandemic: What had to Change & What We’ll Never Go Back To
Presenter: Amanda Emery, Journalist for News 4 & Fox San Antonio
Session Description: A look at how local newsrooms continue to evolve and what had to quickly change in the last year due to restrictions and safety measures during a worldwide pandemic. We’ll have an open discussion about lessons learned, proactive changes made and the things journalists never thought they would need to do, that they now can’t imagine doing their jobs without.
Bio: Amanda Emery has worked in local news in Texas & Oklahoma for more than twenty years, with the majority of that time spent in the San Antonio market. She started in Production running prompter and studio cameras, then moved to the News Department editing and producing newscasts for all time slots, eventually moving into managerial roles for the last 15 years. She now leads a team of producers and reporters that creates content for two television stations working out of the same newsroom.
Amanda has worked through some of the biggest breaking news stories in recent history including the Columbine school shootings, 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, an economic recession, multiple hurricane and other severe weather incidents, and now the Covid-19 pandemic.
Session: Tuesday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. – Doing it all as a “one-woman band”
Presenter: Angélica Casas
Session Description: The life of a video journalist is not glamorous and it sure isn’t always fun. But it’s rewarding, fulfilling and a true calling. In this session, Angélica will walk you through a day in her life telling video stories for the largest global news organization. Learn about her storytelling process, what makes a good visual story and how she deals with reporting on trauma.
Bio: Angélica M. Casas is a bilingual journalist from Texas telling visual stories for BBC News. She travels throughout the United States producing, filming, animating and editing videos on the effects of policy on underrepresented communities, the coronavirus pandemic, fronteras and immigration. In front of the camera, you can catch her hosting the BBC’s Facebook Watch show “Cut Through the Noise” or reporting for World News America or World Service Radio.
Her reporting and growing expertise on Latino issues have taken Casas to Colombia, where she reported on the exodus of Venezuelans, including women who resorted to selling their hair because it’s all they had left. She was in Guatemala and Mexico reporting on the migrant caravans that travelled by foot to reach the United States. It was in the Mexican border city of Tijuana where she reported on deported US veterans, American children who moved there with deported parents and traced the impact of gun smuggling into Mexico from the US.
Her work has also appeared on PBS Newshour, AJ+, the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED and the San Antonio Express-News.
Casas has a Master of Journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where her thesis reporting focused on the long-term effects of gender violence in Ciudad Juárez and the arrival of Haitian migrants in Tijuana. While at Berkeley, she served as the president of the student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Spanish from Our Lady of the Lake University.
“No two days are alike in the world of a journalist,” Angélica M. Casas.