Does your school have an RTDNA Student Chapter?  If the answer is “no,” it’s time to start one! RTDNA Student Chapters provide extraordinary opportunities to members, including access to innovative education and resource tools, networking with professionals in radio, television and online news, featuring on our website and newsletter, and more. RTDNA is always excited to welcome new members to our RTDNA family.

Click here to view our current student chapters

Here’s what you’ll need to do:
  1. Become a member. Each chapter needs a faculty/staff advisor and 5 student members to form.
If you’re not sure about your membership status or will be signing up 5 or more members at once, email Karen Hansen at
  1. Fill out the chapter application form.
  2. Sign and submit the Chapter Constitution for approval by the RTDNA board.
  3. Register with your university.
Check with your university’s student government or student association about how to register with the university.  Many colleges require student organizations register to be able to reserve meeting space, hold events on campus, or be eligible for university funding.
All paperwork should be submitted by email to Karen Hansen at
Here’s what you’ll get:
  • A welcome packet with tips on getting started, ways to recruit members, and ideas for programs.
  • Member discounts to RTDNA events, like the annual Excellence in Journalism conference.
  • Access to RTDNA research, trainings, workshops, and the RTDNA professional network.
  • Chapter events periodically featured in our newsletter.
  • Opportunities to submit pieces for our website.
  1. A chapter must have a minimum of five RTDNA students members in good standing, with national dues paid, to form and remain a chapter.
  2. A chapter must have a university faculty or staff advisor who teaches or helps produce broadcast journalism and is an RTDNA member.
  3. A chapter must submit a copy of the RTDNA Student Chapter Constitution, signed by the faculty advisor and chapter president, to RTDNA.
  4. A chapter must submit an annual report to RTDNA each spring.
Chapters failing to meet the above requirements will be given a year to do so. At the end of the year, RTDNA will have the option of revoking the student chapter's status. A student chapter that loses chapter status may reapply when it can give an assurance that it will meet the basic chapter requirements upon reinstatement.
For questions, contact Karen Hansen at