Educational Outreach

One very important part of the NATAS – National Capital Chesapeake Bay mission is to bring up the next generation of television industry professions. To that end, we are proud to partner with educational institutions throughout the Washington, D.C. area to provide students with opportunities to meet working professionals and get a taste of what a television career might hold.

Here’s what’s available to students:

Outstanding Achievement in Student Production

The NATAS - NCCB Chapter sponsors an annual awards competition that honors excellence in student productions for college news or other student-produced programs at a university, college or technical/vocational school in the NCCB region.

A crystal pillar is awarded to the school. Individual winners will receive certificates.

The Betty Endicott NATAS-NCCB Chapter Student Scholarship

The NATAS – NCCB Chapter is pleased to sponsor an annual scholarship competition in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the scholarships which range from $1000-$5000 (not to exceed $5000), depending on the number awarded.

Face Time with the Pros

The NATAS – NCCB Chapter, together with several other media organizations, co-sponsors this annual student news seminar which brings together news executives and other media professionals with students from throughout the region. This is hands-on, often one-on-one opportunity where, among other things, students get the opportunity to produce their first “live shot” (including the use of a live truck provided by one of our member stations) or anchor a brief newscast and get pointers on how to improve their presentation. The number of participants is limited to give students a truly personal experience and meaningful “face time” with the participating professionals.

Mentoring

The NATAS – NCCB Chapter is also starting a mentoring program for students who become members of the local chapter (membership information on how to become a member is provided elsewhere on the website). What could be better for students then to have the opportunity to consult and meet with a working professional in the region to help prepare you for the world beyond college! All you have to do is become a student member of NATAS – NCCB to become eligible to take part in our mentoring program.