RTDNA celebrated successes, honorees won awards, candidates campaigned, and the current chair confirmed his successors.
The executive director and former chairman of RTDNA, Dan Shelley quickly amped up the energy of the room when he shared the organization’s achievements over the past year.
From upgrading webinar training to planning innovative workshops, the organization “has had a very active year,” Shelley said.
As of now, 16 corporate member companies have partnered with RTDNA.
Shelley eagerly announced the newly implemented award honoring audio podcasts and handed off the microphone to RTDNA’s current chairman, Jerry Walsh, to announce the recipients of the existing awards.
By Amogh Matthews, EIJ19 RTDNA Student Newsroom
Newsrooms can improve their approach to reporting social problems by comparing local issues to those in other communities.
At EIJ19, a group of panelists touted the benefits of a storytelling method called solutions journalism.
The session, More to the Story: How 15 Local TV Newsrooms Covered Solutions to Community Problems, described solutions journalism as a way to present their audience with a more accurate view of complex problems.
It aims to do that by examining how a response to social issue is or isn’t working.
Many recognize Boyd Huppert as an award-winning journalist, whose work has earned him 16 national Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Sigma Delta Chi Awards, a National Emmy and the Scripps Howard Award.
Others know him as a broadcast reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis.
But Huppert thinks of himself as a storyteller.
At EIJ19 in San Antonio, Huppert shared some of his personal tips to build powerful stories.
“They hired us as storytellers,” Huppert said. “Turn the assignment into a story.”
He began by sharing an assignment he’d been given about a 5-year-old boy named Moses who needed eye surgery to overcome his blindness.