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November 18, 2014 11:00

November 18, 2014

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

If you who joined us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in September I hope you’re hard at work practicing something you learned at the Excellence in Journalism Conference, whether it’s staying true to the story as one of the lessons learned at Ferguson, taking Margaret Low Smith’s advice for women not to be shy but ambitious about wanting to do great things, or making use of Samaruddin Stewart’s suggested free online techniques for verifying user-submitted images.

If you were not able to attend, I hope you followed along online as RTDNA and SPJ combined forces for the fourth year with awards, workshops, Super Sessions, a remembrance devoted to the late John Seigenthaler, a concert by Freedom Sings and so much more. About 24 past RTDNA chairs gathered for a reunion. Many hadn’t seen each other in more than 20 years. They were supposed to meet in 2001 at Opryland, but 9/11 cancelled that conference.

I hope you’re budgeting now for EIJ15 September 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. RTDNA/SPJ will be joined for the second time by NAHJ.

As your board moves into 2015 we’re preparing to invite students to enter the Edward R. Murrow Awards for the first time. We’re planning to start producing training webinars. We have a new diversity committee investigating the creation of a mentoring program to help news staff of color rise into news management. And we are reviewing past RTDNA strategic plans so that we can embark on a future plan in the coming year.

Our 25th Annual RTDNF First Amendment Awards Dinner is Wednesday, March 11 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. RTDNF is a charitable and educational foundation which supports protecting our First Amendment freedoms and our rights to free and unfettered media. It also provides scholarships and training.

But we can’t do it without you. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution of $25, $40 or whatever amount you can. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation. Checks can also be mailed to RTDNF, 529 14th Street NW, Suite 1240, Washington, D.C. 20045. The RTDNF is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization and your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

RTDNF and RTDNA rely on your support to keep electronic journalism strong and vibrant. We thank you, in advance, for your support.

Sincerely,
 
Amy Tardif
RTDNA Chairwoman

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