From the desk of Ron Hedger, EMPA President
SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER
AWARD NAME CHANGED
It is a pleasure to announce that the EMPA Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to change the name of the association’s annual service award from the Art McHugh Award to the Ernie and Marilyn Saxton Award.
While Art McHugh served as Vice President and was a dedicated and valued member for many years before his untimely passing, it was felt that the majority of the current members did not know
him while Ernie and Marilyn have long rep-resented the heart and soul of the organization. Ernie was a founding member and served as President for all but a few years of his many decades of
service while Marilyn was an organizing force behind the scenes. Both enjoy lifetime membership in the association. Together, the “dynamic duo” built the EMPA into a strong, nationally recognized organization and future winners of the award, announced each January at the annual convention after voting by the member-ship, will now enjoy the honor and prestige of being associated with their names.
We have had suggestions recently that it is unfair for low budget productions to be
judged against entries from sportscasters employed by TV stations with far greater re-sources or for “one man” video companies to compete against established outlets with a number of employees.
And “How can someone beat me when I have more viewers?” is a perennial question. In that vein, we have asked the judge to briefly discuss how he judges the entries:“I assure you, audience size has nothing to do with my judging.
I don't even know those stats, and couldn't care less. I look for the quality of the video
work. Yes, a bigger budget can make a prettier set, but I'm more concerned with what you do than what you spend.“For example, if you prefer to wear a t-shirt on camera in a studio setting, at least it
should fit and be washed. That doesn't cost money and if you're covering a race,
the camera should be white balanced. That is basic camera technique, doesn't cost a thing, and there is no excuse for it not to be done. That doesn't reflect budget.
Those are just a couple of examples I've seen in some past entries that have kept them from
winning, but there are many things that can be done without busting a budget to improve a video.
“If members would like to have assistance, I will be glad to help. Training is a service that I offer, but in
this case, I will offer my help for free.
If someone wants my input, all that would be needed would be for them to send me a video and keep an exact copy for themselves. Then, by phone, or by FaceTime (for those who have an Apple computer), I will go through the video while we're both watching the same thing. With over forty years of shooting videos, there should be at least a few little things I could find to improve their work. If a member lives anywhere near me, I'd be glad to help in person. ”
Anyone desiring to avail themselves of the judge’s expertise can contact him at the address in the con-
Those who participate in the photography contest and watch the judging benefit from the comments of
the judging panel as to why they think one photo is better than another and there is no reason the videographers should not enjoy a similar method of improving their work. On a personal note, I will always recall one of my first wins in the writing contest where I beat a highly regarded national reporter for the Baltimore Sun. While it is always great to win, if you persevere and “punch above your weight,”
as the Irish are fond of saying, the satisfaction of winning in any of our three contests will be even greater.
VIDEO CONTEST RULES HAVE BEEN UPDATED FOR 2014 WORK AND ARE SHOWN AT THE END OF THE NEWSLETTER TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS TO COPY THEM FOR REVIEW. WE EXPECT THAT THE NEW FORMAT WILL GIVE MORE MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THEIR BEST WORK FOR JUDGING.
PLEASE ADHERE TO THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME TO REVIEW THE ENTRIES AND ORDER THE PLAQUES FOR THE WINNERS. With the 2015 convention immediately after New Year’s Day, the time factor will be even more critical than in the past.
CONVENTION ACTIVITY REMINDERS:
·If you have topics for discussion at the very popular legal seminar, please forward them to me to
pass along so Rick Yetter will have time to research and prepare his presentation.
·While I have a couple of potential Keynote Speakers in mind and will be working on arrangements, it
is always good to have other possibilities to consider. Many times someone plans on coming but
situations change and a replacement has to be found quickly. If you think someone would make a
great speaker, please send their name and contact info along to me.
Thanks again to Steve Post for his great presentation at the last convention. He’ll be a tough act to
FROM HoF CHAIRMAN EARL KRAUSE
Nominations for the Hall of Fame should be sent to me as early as possible for consideration for
the fall 2014 ballot. Please include a short note explaining why you think the person is a good candidate for our Hall of Fame along with a brief biography of the nominee. I prefer to receive this information by “old fashioned” regular mail. Send it to Area Auto Racing News, ATTN Earl Krause
EMPA Hall of Fame,
2829 South Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08610.
SYRACUSE PHOTO DISPLAY
Many thanks to members Len Sammons and Susan Patrick for setting up the display of winning photos
from the EMPA Brice’s NAPA Photography Contest at the recent Syracuse Motorsports Expo. They were assisted by Susan’s daughter Hannah and her friend Shawna, with longtime photographers Alex and Helen Bruce supervising the popular exhibit through the weekend. Displays such as this have prompted a number of non-members to join and enter the competition in the past and we hope that tradition con-tinues.
Welcome to new members Kimberly Forcellina and Lenny Slemmer Jr. of Race Pro Weekly and Area Auto Racing News, respectively. While AARN represents the largest segment of our membership, it is far from dominant, while Race Pro is the fastest growing segment. A quick check of our database shows some 49 different affiliations.
FORMER MEMBERS DROPPED
We had 19 members who did not renew for 2014 and we have dropped 18 of those names from the mailing list, as only one replied when contacted recently. We also had a reminder in the last newsletter.
Hopefully they will return soon. If friends mention that their newsletters have quit coming, please re-
mind them why and encourage them to renew. I have their info in a separate database ready to use
again, so all they need to do is update their dues status.
Board of Directors:
Ron Hedger, President–518-369-1941 or
Dino Oberto, Vice President –570-401-8168 or
Len Sammons –609-888-3618 or
Earl Krause –609-888-3618 or
Brett Deyo –845-728-2781 or
Until next time.....