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Anchor Leadership: Truth and Trust in the Digital Age
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Anchor Leadership: Truth and Trust in the Digital Age

7/12/2018 to 7/13/2018
Where: University of Loyola Chicago Water Tower Campus
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Presenter: Scott Libin & Jill Geisler
Contact: Karen Hansen

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Join highly experienced broadcast news trainers Jill Geisler and Scott Libin and their guest faculty members for two days of hands-on training presented by RTDNA and Loyola University Chicago School of Communication. Move beyond "talent coaching" and delivery polishing to learn "Skills without Script." Anchors, Producers, and News Directors will walk away with coaching skills and leadership know-how to ensure your station's on-air talent leads from the news desk and in the newsroom.

Why does this summit matter? Anchors should be leaders, not readers, which takes off-camera skills.

Registration is now closed, and this event is full. There will be no on-site registration.


Craig Melvin, “Weekend Today” host, “Today” National Correspondent and MSNBC Anchor

Guest Faculty:

  • Lori Waldon, Regional Director of News, Hearst Television
  • Patti Dennis, Vice President & Director of Recruiting, TEGNA
  • Steve Ackermann, Vice President, Raycom
  • Candy Altman, Vice President, Hearst
  • Chip Mahaney, News Director, WCPO
  • Charles Benson, Anchor/Reporter, Today's TMJ4 - TWMJ-TV
  • Tracy Davidson, Anchor/Reporter, NBC10 - WCAU-TV
  • Leah Hope, Reporter, ABC7 - WLS-TV
  • Patrick Paolontonio, WISN-TV, Hearst
  • George Smith, WKOW

Cost: Tuition is $295 for non-members. Join to save - tuition is $249 for RTDNA members. Bring your colleagues: Tuition is half off for additional attendees from your newsroom.

Hotel Information

There is not a room block secured for this event, but there are several hotel options near the Water Tower Campus. 



Thursday, July 12

9am Welcome

John Slania, Dan Shelley, Jill Geisler, Scott Libin

9:15am – The Anchor as Team Leader

Lori Waldon, Candy Altman and Chip Mahaney on the Anchor’s Collaboration with Colleagues – especially producers.

10:30 Break

10:45am – Craig Melvin Keynote with Q&A

Craig’s words of wisdom, then facilitated Q&A with group

12:15 – Class Photo/Lunch/Networking

1:30pm – The Anchor and Breaking News

Steve Ackermann, Patti Dennis, Craig Melvin and Patrick Paolontonio

2:45pm Break

3pm – The Anchor as Coach, Not Corrections Officer

Scott Libin and Jill Geisler - from Story Coaching to Grammar Policing

4:15pm Break

4:30pm – The Anchor and Resilience

Candy Altman, Tracy Davidson and Leah Hope on pressure, stress and work-life harmony

5:30pm – Anchors on the Town: Your Evening Is Free - Enjoy It!


Friday, July 13

9am: The Anchor’s Social Media Master Class

Chip Mahaney, Tracy Davidson

10:30am Break

10:45am The Anchor as Reporter, Fact-Checker and Source-Builder

Jill Geisler, Charles Benson, Leah Hope and George Smith

Noon Lunch Conversation: The Power Shift - Lessons of Lauer, Rose, Halperin and Not You

Jill Geisler, Lori Waldon, Candy Altman and Patti Dennis

1:15pm: The Anchor as Ethicist

Scott Libin, Patti Dennis and Candy Altman

2:45pm: Break

3pm: The Anchor, Conflict and Tough Conversations

Jill Geisler, Patti Dennis, Candy Altman, Lori Waldon, Steve Ackerman, Chip Mahaney, Scott Libin

4:30 Break

4:45: Taking It Home

Scott Libin and Jill Geisler



Nearby hotel options:

Here is a good deal on Groupon

Loyola Lodging at Baumhart Hall (managed by Loyola University)
26 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6178

Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
166 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.523.0905 

Tremont Chicago Hotel Magnificent Mile
100 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL, 60611
Phone: 312.924.2511

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/ Magnificent Mile
160 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312.787.2900

Hotel Cass, a Holiday Inn Express
640 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.787.4030 or 312.447.2952 

Hotel Felix
111 W. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.447.3440 or 312.447.2952

Residence Inn Marriott
201 E. Walton
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.943.9800

Triplex Downtown River North
Aloft Chicago

515 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Hyatt Place Chicago River North
66 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Fairfield Inn Chicago Suites River North
60 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654


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