“If you’re done learning, you’re done,” RTDNA Chair-Elect Terence Shepherd’s grandmother used to say. Shepherd has taken that lesson to heart as a career-long learner himself and as a mentor to others in the news business. Currently, he’s chairing RTDNA’s conference planning committee, which is already planning for Excellence in Journalism 2019, September 5-7 in San Antonio, Texas, presented by SPJ, NAHJ and RTDNA.
The news business is changing faster than ever, making career-long learning even more crucial for news professionals who want to not only keep up, but get ahead.
Before the year is up, make your plan for how you’ll build your skills to keep your career and your newsroom moving forward in 2019.
Plan for EIJ19
“RTDNA and SPJ together with EIJ is something that never disappoints. You leave here more motivated about your craft, and we need that,” said member Brett Hall at EIJ18 in Baltimore.
Planning ahead and getting training dates - Sept. 5-7 in San Antonio! - on the newsroom calendar now is one way to get your boss closer to that “yes” (more here) when it comes to asking for time and resources for training.
Excellence in Journalism is all about innovation and inspiration. We ask the big questions like ‘what’s next for local TV news?’ and rediscover passion for the craft when role models like Steve Hartman get real about their writing processes. We tackle the latest in digital skills and social media trends. We dive into industry challenges like access to officials and PIO communications and challenges to press freedom.
And we want to hear from you. Shepherd says at every RTDNA event, from the Murrow Awards to EIJ, he meets someone he can learn from or he can teach. What do you want to learn, and what do you have to teach? Help us shape the training at EIJ19. Submit your ideas and proposals for training sessions by January 18.
“Coming to a place like this and seeing that there are other likeminded people that may operate the same way you do and want the best and demand excellence, there’s no other feeling like that,” says Hall.