By Amy Tardif, RTDNF Chair
Thank you to everyone who helped make 2015 a very good year for RTDNF!
With an overall $9,238 toward our $10,000 annual goal raised, RTDNF can continue to offer scholarships to deserving students and move forward with the member projects the board created during our strategic planning last year.
We have created our first Ed Talks training video. Look for it at rtdna.org this week! It’s the first in a new series of best-practices videos from some of the finest practitioners in the business. Tapping into the expertise of Edward R. Murrow Award winners and other experts, we are using the funds to provide a fresh form of mobile, multimedia how-to content, which are free to RTDNA members and available on a trial basis for a limited time to non-members.
The Murrow Awards are open for a just a few more weeks! Once regional winners are announced in June we’ll use the funds to plan some strategically placed regional meetups to hand out awards.
And we’re using the funds to gather an incubator group of millennial and other professional journalists to inform and advise us on future training, growth opportunities, marketing and the overall success of our Association and the electronic/digital journalism industry. We expect to see our four “NextJ” members again at our First Amendment event in March.
RTDNF is deep into planning our 26th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner and Show March 16 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC where we will honor Jason Rezaian and the Washington Post, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Cami McCormick with CBS News, Robert Garcia of NPR, Rich Boehne of E.W. Scripps Company and Tim Tai of the University of Missouri. We’ll have a special memorial to Allison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia.
RTDNF is a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation which supports protecting our First Amendment freedoms and our rights to free and unfettered media. It’s also a training and educational organization, which provides thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to the journalists of the future and provides training to both entry-level and experienced media professionals.
It’s never too early in the year to support the Foundation with a tax-deductible donation.