Anchor and Producer Leadership

Successful newsrooms need leadership and teamwork. 2018’s Anchor Leadership Summit trained more than 70 local news anchors in coaching and trust-building skills.

In July 2019, RTDNA and the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication presented an expanded leadership workshop designed for television and radio anchors and producers and digital producers. Join highly experienced broadcast news trainers Jill Geisler and Scott Libin and a faculty of expert practitioners for two and a half days of hands-on training. Nearly 100 producers and anchors came away with coaching skills and leadership know-how that inspire top performance at the news desk and in the newsroom.

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When: July 10 at 1pm to July 12 at 4pm
Where: Wintrust Hall, Floor 9, Schreiber Center, Loyola University - Water Tower Campus, Chicago


Wednesday July 10

1pm | Welcome

1:30-2:30pm  |  Anchors and Producers: Powerful Partnerships in the Digital Age

Behind the scenes, off the air and offline, anchors, producers, digital producers and EPs play critical roles in editorial decision-making and performance management. This session focuses on practical application of the skills that effective newsroom leaders need to do their best work and to inspire the best work from others. Led by Sue Ramsett, Tracy Davidson, Terence Shepherd, Richelle Rogers, Steve Edwards, and Andrea Stahlman

2:30-2:45pm  |  Break

2:45-4:15pm  |  Breaking News: Leading on All Platforms

When it's all hands on deck and the adrenaline is flowing, how do newsroom leaders produce performance at the highest level while keeping collateral damage to a minimum? Led by Steve Ackerman, Richelle Rogers, Steve Edwards and, Andrea Stahlman

4:30-5:45pm  |  Social Media #1: Smart Strategies to Learn - and Coach

Some of the best in the business share their secrets for social strategies, managing a personal brand and growing your whole news team’s social media engagement.Led by Chip Mahaney and Tracy Davidson

5:45pm Quick look ahead

Thursday July 11

8:30am  |  Continental Breakfast

9-10am |  Angela Davis Drew: Your Leadership Voice

Angela Davis spent the first chapter of her broadcast career in television. Now she’s moved from TV anchor to radio host. But whatever her medium, she’s committed to using her voice for good. The host of MPR News with Angela Davis presents a keynote on leading -- from wherever you are.

10:00am  |  Break

10:15-11:45am  |  Conflict Resolution and Tough Conversations in the Newsroom

Difficult conversations are a part of every newsroom – even the healthiest ones. How do you handle tough talks and still have positive outcomes? How do you avoid needless conflict? We will give you first-hand experience in how to do them rightLed by Jill Geisler

11:45am-1:15pm  |  Lunch Break

1:15-2:45pm  |  Upgrade That Writing - as a Coach

Kick the "fixing" habit. Learn how to build skills, confidence and a culture of quality journalism. Led by Scott Libin and Jill Geisler

2:45pm  |  Break

3-4:30pm  |  Social Media #2: Smart and Safe Strategies

Social media is such a key part of today’s newsrooms, that we’re offering a second session with out experts. This time, sharing secrets for successful social strategies and staying safe when engaging online. Led by Chip Mahaney and Tracy Davidson

4:30-5:45pm |   Brain Trust Breakout Sessions
            What’s on your mind? Let’s gather in small groups to focus on your interests. Our faculty is standing by to facilitate!

  • Small group sessions to include:
  • Powerful Interviews (Richelle Rogers, Steve Edwards)
  • Safety and Security (Steve Ackerman)
  • Producing Tips and Tricks (Andrea Stahlman and Terence Shepherd)
  • On-air Tips and Tricks (Tracy Davidson)
  • Social Media Coaching (Chip Mahaney)
  • Managing the Boss (Sue Ramsett)

Plus additional topics as needed and determined by attendees.

5:45 Quick look ahead

Friday July 12

8:30am  |  Continental Breakfast

9-11am  |  Boyd Huppert: Capturing and Coaching Powerful Stories

Murrow awards, Emmy awards, state and local honors – KARE-TV’s Boyd Huppert has more than most journalists can dream of. His stories are compelling – and the product of thoughtful writing and decision-making.  This master reporter teaches what it takes to not only create but coach memorable stories – step by step – in this keynote session.

11am  |  Break

11:15am-12:30pm  |  Covering Communities - Close Up and in Context

Local news is more important today than ever. But does every potential member of your audience feel their stories are being told? When the news comes on, do they feel included – and covered meaningfully. We share strategies to engage with all corners of your communityLed by Steve Edwards and Terence Shepherd

12:30-1:45pm  |  Lunch Open Forum

Led by 2018 alums Lauren Schmoll Wood and Mary Stoker Smith

1:45pm  |  Break

2-3:30pm  |  Workplace Integrity: Leading in a Happy, Ethical, Diverse, Harassment-free Culture

The media industry was rocked by #MeToo scandals recently – and it raised many important issues about power, culture, civility and trust. Fortunately, there have been strong, positive responses. We’ll talk about how to not only lead, but to be an ally who ensures that your teammates are able to do their best work. Led by Jill Geisler, Sue Ramsett, Scott Libin and Terence Shepherd

3:30-4pm  |  Wrap Up

Led by Scott Libin and Jill Geisler

10 scholarships toward tuition, travel and lodging are available for journalists of color or working in small markets thanks to the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The application period has closed and successful applicants have been notified.


2018 Leadership Summit
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