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RTDNA Skills Summit: Austin

RTDNA Skills Summit: Austin

Building Skills for Success on a Broadcast Foundation

Thursday, March 21, 2024
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (CDT)

UT Austin: Thompson Conference Center

2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78705
United States

* Registration open until 3/17/24 at 11:59 PM (CST)

Event Details

Join RTDNA for a one-day event - held in conjunction with RTDNA's Leadership Lab - focused on the journalism skills you need to tell meaningful stories about the things most important to your community, to dig deep into critical information through FOIA, and to harness AI in ways that elevate your newsroom and coverage while being ethical and responsible.

As an added bonus, mingle with other journalists to celebrate (and commiserate) with a new group of peers. Our Skills Summit is designed to give you learning, inspiration and networking packed into one day.


8 - 8:30 a.m. // Arrival & Coffee

8:30 - 11:45 a.m. // Storytelling Workshop

  • Boyd Huppert, KARE 11

12 - 1:30 p.m. // Lunch (Included) & Burning Up the Burnout

  • Dr. Kortni Alston Lemon, MBA, Ph.D

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. // FOIA: Tips, Tricks and Tools

  • Dave Cuillier, Brechner Freedom of Information Project

3 - 4 p.m. // How AI Can Elevate Your Newsroom

  • Garance Burke, Global Investigative Journalist, AP
  • Ernest Kung, AI Product Manager, AP

4 - 4:30 p.m. // Networking Break

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. // Trust in Elections Coverage

  • Ellen Crooke, TEGNA
  • Sherri Jackson, CBS42

Burning Up the Burnout

We know you're tired and burnout is real. Hear from Dr. Kortni Alston Lemon, a Happiness Scholar, TEDx speaker, and Transformational Trainer.  Her area of research is interdisciplinary combining the areas of positive psychology, business administration and media management.  Her research concentrations value happier workplaces, well-being, and meaningful work. Learn more about the signs and symptoms, practical ways to address burnout within yourself and your staff and keys to better mental wellbeing across the board. 


Trust in Elections Coverage

One year after releasing a groundbreaking research study on trust and local journalism, RTDNA has again partnered with Magid on a new study that asked local news audiences how a newsroom could provide trustworthy coverage of elections in 2024. We'll discuss the results of that study, and attendees can head back to their newsrooms with tools to better plan for 2024 (and beyond). 

For More Information:

Chris Vachon
Chris Vachon
Director of Partnerships Radio Television Digital News Association (317)371-6780

Registration Rates

RTDNA Members: $79

Nonmembers: $99


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