By Scott Libin, RTDNA Chair-Elect
Hard to believe it's already mid-March, and that early bird registration is now open... we're just a little less than six months 'til Excellence in Journalism 2017 gets underway in Anaheim, California. RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists are the partners in planning this joint conference on the craft that unites us all.
Surely there's never been a time that demanded more of the news media, or a time when the news media were more needed by the communities they serve.
That's why it's so exciting to see the quality of the convention that is already coming together. For the past month or so, representatives of the three partner organizations have been wading through proposals – more than 150 so far – for practical, relevant, engaging sessions that will fill the schedule in September. In conference calls at least once weekly, we compare notes, share feedback and brainstorm ways to make EIJ17 an indispensable experience for news professionals, students and educators.
The greatest challenge so far is how to fit it all into just a few days.
It's a good problem to have. There are more excellent ideas than we can accommodate. And even as we try to narrow the list, compelling new concepts emerge from the discussion.
Good thing we have six months.
As we get closer to convention time, we'll share some of the highlights of the program we've planned, so watch this space. And mark your calendar today for Sept. 7-9. Nobody knows exactly what the news will hold between now and then, but nobody can doubt there will urgent issues to address and important work to be done.