The Cleveland Rams move to L.A. Donald Trump and Bill Clinton are born. The EINIAC computing system is unveiled- all 1,000 square feet of it- and the first commercial helicopter is licensed. It’s 1946, and a group of radio newsmen meet to form a professional society to train and advocate for radio news professionals and address industry challenges including newsroom management, news gathering and coverage, writing, and ethics.
Today, the Rams are back in L.A. Donald Trump is running for president against former president Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary. We now carry pocket-sized computers, the FAA has allowed for use of commercial drones, and that group of radio newsmen has grown into a unique community of long-time news executives and emerging news leaders across platforms its founders couldn’t have imagined.
RTDNA is celebrating 70 years of serving electronic news, and we invite you to join us in seeing where we can go next.
Our members are still radio news professionals (see right), but now they’re also students, producers, educators, and news managers like these, across radio, TV, and digital news.
RTDNA still trains and advocates, and we meet many of the same challenges addressed at that first meeting with new approaches.
Advocacy- RTDNA has been a leading voice on expanding newsgathering drones and access to police bodycam videos. MMJ Emily Davies joined when she started her career three years ago because as a member, “I can help support an organization willing to fight for the rights of journalists in our nation.”
Best practices – For multiple-Murrow Award winner Lee Zurik, RTDNA resources on social media and writing “are invaluable and have made me a better journalist.” Professor and chapter advisor Bradley Pfranger “loved the idea of bringing a GoPro and DSLR into a broadcast shoot,” a technique explored in the Ed Talks video series.
Networking – Executive Producer Melissa Luck is a member and contributor because “we may work in different newsrooms and communities, but the challenges we face are the same; [membership is] a wonderful way to problem solve and get new ideas.”
“The benefit of fellowship, common purpose and experience, and RTDNA's leadership on critical issues facing our industry is priceless,” says 35-year member Hudson Mack.
We wouldn’t be 70 years strong without a diverse community of news leader members like these, but what about you? Meet more members from all walks of journalism and join during November for 20% off.
It’s your association- make it #myRTDNA.