Join highly experienced broadcast news trainers Jill Geisler and Scott Libin and their guest faculty members, including two special guest keynotes, for two and a half days of hands-on local news leadership training presented by RTDNA and Loyola University Chicago School of Communication. The 2019 summit is designed for Radio and Television Producers and Anchors and Digital Producers. Join us and walk away with teamwork, coaching and leadership skills.
Cost: Tuition is $295 for non-members. Join to save - tuition is $249 for RTDNA members.
Bring your colleagues: Tuition is just $199 for additional attendees from your newsroom.
NEW: Apply by April 30 for one of 10 scholarships toward tuition, travel and lodging. Scholarships are available thanks to the Knight Foundation for journalists of color or working in small markets.
- Boyd Huppert, KARE11 (Keynote)
- Susan Ramsett, VP & GM, KWQC-TV6
- Terence Shepherd, News Director, WLRN News
- Chip Mahaney, News Director, WCPO-TV
- Tracy Davidson, Anchor, WCAU-TV
- Andrea Stahlman, News Director & veteran Producer/EP, WLKY
- Richelle Rogers, Loyola University Chicago professor and veteran network producer
- Steve Ackermann, former news executive
- Steve Edwards, Chicago Public Media, WBEZ (Chief Content Officer)
Here's a preview of just a few of the planned sessions:
Secrets of Great Storytelling: Master reporter Boyd Huppert teaches what it takes to not only create memorable stories, but coach storytelling - step by step. The goal is to help anchors, producers and reporters work together to build stronger storytelling in their newscasts.
Anchors and Producers- Powerful Partnerships in the Digital Age: Behind the scenes, off the air and offline, anchors, producers, digital producers and EPs play critical roles in editorial decision-making and performance management. This session focuses on practical application of the "soft skills" effective newsroom leaders need to do their best work and to inspire the best work from others.
Breaking News: Leading on All Platforms: When it's all hands on deck and the adrenaline is flowing, how do newsroom leaders produce performance at the highest level while keeping collateral damage to a minimum?
Upgrade That Writing- As a Coach: Kick the "fixing" habit. Learn how to build skills, confidence and a culture of quality journalism.
Social Media Master Classes: Some of the best in the business share their secrets for social strategies and managing a personal brand.
Conflict Resolution and Tough Conversations in the Newsroom: Difficult conversations can have positive outcomes - if you know how to do them right. Learn how strong working partnerships create winning newsrooms.
Covering Communities - Close Up and in Context: Strategies to engage with all corners of your community.
Brain Trusts: Small group sessions for anchors and producers to share production and on-air tips and tricks.
Plus more on "skills without script" and leading in a #MeToo era.
RTDNA/RTDNF has secured a limited block of rooms at the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown. We encourage summit participants to take advantage of the discounted rate, close proximity to the training location and opportunity to stay near colleagues and new connections. Book your rooms soon - we do expect this block to sell out!
AC Hotel Chicago Downtown
0.3 mile (8 minute) walk from the Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus
Group Rate: $192.00
Block closes June 19, 2019 or as soon as sold out.
Book through the block to receive:
Complimentary internet in guest rooms
Double Marriott Rewards Points
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