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Join us for RTDNA’s National Conference, June 21-23, 2012 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, and help us celebrate over 100 years of experimental and commercial electronic journalism. Find out where we’ve come from and our accomplishments as a medium along the way - those things will truly shape our future!
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Wednesday, June 20
 

9:00am

RTDNA Board Meeting
Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:00am - 3:00pm
Gingersnap Room
 
Thursday, June 21
 

9:00am

CTV News Directors Meeting
Thursday June 21, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pinnacle - 43rd

1:00pm

Registration
Sponsors

Thursday June 21, 2012 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Mezzanine Foyer

4:00pm

5:00pm

Central Region Awards Reception & Banquet

The RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during their careers in broadcast journalism. This year RTDNA will honour Warren Beck and Dave Wright. Plus, the coveted 2011 RTDNA Awards will be presented as RTDNA Canada honours the best in electronic journalism in the Central Region.


Speakers
AM

Anne Mroczkowski

Anchor, Global News Toronto
LR

Leslie Roberts

Anchor, Global News Toronto

Sponsors

Thursday June 21, 2012 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Civic Ballroom

9:00pm

RTDNA Opening Reception

Mingle with old friends and meet new ones as we kick off our 50th Anniversary.

Guest speaker: Lubor Ptacek, Vice President Strategic Marketing, OpenText

As an executive at Canada’s largest software company and a thought leader in tech, Lubor will discuss The Future Upon Us, and how technology trends are impacting people and society in an increasingly digital world.


Thursday June 21, 2012 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Conference B & C
 
Friday, June 22
 

7:00am

Registration
Sponsors

Friday June 22, 2012 7:00am - 2:00pm
Mezzanine Foyer

7:30am

9:00am

Super Session - Reflections From a Career at the Centre

Lloyd Robertson, former CTV chief news anchor and current chief correspondent for CTV’s weekly news magazine W5, has kept Canadians informed for decades, reporting on all the major news events of our time.

Hear how he views the evolution of events coverage through the years, the secrets to his success and his thoughts on where the news business is going. The session wraps up with a question and answer period.


Speakers
LR

Lloyd Robertson

Co-Host, W5

Moderator
BT

Beverly Thomson

Co-Host, Canada AM

Friday June 22, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
Essex Ballroom

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Friday June 22, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Foyer

11:00am

Leading Change in a Digital Newsroom

Your viewers are changing the way they get their news. So why does your newsroom still act and look as it did 10 or 20 years ago? If you’re hiring the same types of people for the same jobs, you’re falling behind. The newsrooms that will thrive (even survive) in the years ahead are those ready to rebuild themselves from the inside out.   At this leadership-focused session, you’ll hear from industry leaders who are helping newsrooms make those necessary changes.


Speakers
RB

Richard Bloom

Managing Editor, CityNews.ca at Citytv
AL

Andrew Lundy

Director, Global News
Director, Globalnews.ca
KN

Kevin Newman

CTV Digital Evangelist & Co-host Question Period
RN

Rachel Nixon

Director of Digital Media, CBC News and Centers

Moderator
MK

Mark Kraham

Chairman of the RTDNF (Radio Television Digital News Foundation)

Friday June 22, 2012 11:00am - 12:30am
Essex Ballroom

12:30pm

RTNDF Luncheon with guest speaker

RTNDF will provide scholarships to deserving individuals from across the country as well as one broadcast educator will receive the Michael Monty Memorial Award


Speakers
BK

Brianna Kellar

CNN White House correspondent

Sponsors

Friday June 22, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Dominion Ballroom

2:30pm

Powerful Storytelling Techniques

Compelling storytelling is the very heart and essence of broadcast news -
The "Powerful Communicator Principles" are based on three points:

  1. Tell the Truth
  2. Make it Matter
  3. Never be Boring!

There are no BORING stories, only boring storytellers. Using these proven techniques, you'll learn to become a more powerful storyteller, to find and develop stories that will engage, inform and entertain, and even inspire and grow your audience.


Speakers
Moderator
DT

Dave Trafford

Managing Editor, Global News Toronto

Friday June 22, 2012 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Essex Ballroom

2:30pm

Process Storytelling

Process storytelling gently but consistently reinforces the viewer perception that our newscasts and stories are fresh, immediate and active. It reminds viewers that we provide significant content whenever and wherever they want it, and highlights the benefit to the viewer if they watch us. Process seeks to restore trust while making newscasts more interesting to watch.

In this example-packed session, Graeme Newell lays out best practices for process storytelling in our newscasts.


Speakers
GN

Graeme Newell

602 Communications
PR

Paul Rogers

Senior Vice-President, CTV Toronto


Friday June 22, 2012 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Windsor E & W

3:15pm

Never Lose a Listener or Viewer

Do you ever find you're working on a story that might not connect or matter to your audience?
In this session learn techniques and methods to find your audience's "engage point."
Here you'll come away with solid techniques to make every subject, story and topic in your newscast universally relevant!


Speakers
Moderator
SS

Stephanie Smyth

Senior Breaking News Producer, CP24

Friday June 22, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Essex Ballroom

3:15pm

Social Networking Best Practices: Building Genuine Viewer Relationships

Delivering information over social networks requires that you rethink your presentation strategy. Social Media isn't just about informing, it's also about listening, building friendships, and fostering genuine bonds with viewers. In this example-packed session, audience marketing expert Graeme Newell shows how busy newsrooms find the time and resources to build the systems that make social media a huge asset to their news operation.


Speakers
GN

Graeme Newell

602 Communications

Moderator
PA

Peter Angione

News Director, CTV Ottawa

Friday June 22, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Windsor E & W

4:00pm

RTNDF Live Auction

The RTNDF auction is always filled with bargains and laughs. The 50th Anniversary Conference will have our guest auctioneers offer up the best in deals.


Speakers
AL

Andy LeBlanc

President, RTDNA Canada


Friday June 22, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Conference B & C

7:00pm

President's Gala Reception
Speakers
AL

Andy LeBlanc

President, RTDNA Canada

Sponsors

Friday June 22, 2012 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Foyer

8:00pm

RTDNA President's Award Gala

Join us as we present the 2012 Distinguished Service Award to Peter Angione and the RTDNA President's Award to a very deserving industry colleague.

RTDNA is proud to have the following RTDNA Past President's join us for our 50th Anniversary, those confirming their attendance at this year's event include:

  • Don Johnston
  • Frank Flegel
  • Karl Sepkowski
  • David Knapp
  • Dick Smyth
  • Eric Rothschild
  • John Hinnen
  • George Clark
  • Gerry Phelan
  • Eldon Duchscher
  • Terry Scott
  • Cal Johnstone
  • Bruce Hogle
  • Hudson Mack

Sponsors

Friday June 22, 2012 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Dominion Ballroom
 
Saturday, June 23
 

7:00am

Registration
Sponsors

Saturday June 23, 2012 7:00am - 4:00pm
Foyer

8:00am

Breakfast & Murrow Awards
Speakers
KB

Kevin Benz

Chair, RTDNA International
TS

Terry Scott

RTDNA International Representative

Sponsors

Saturday June 23, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
Dominion Ballroom

9:00am

Super Session - Network Anchors

Canada’s two Chief Anchors: CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme and Global’s Dawna Friesen, along with top investigative journalist and former local news Anchor Diana Swain, express their views on the way we cover the news, what’s changed and what they expect to see in the future. Then take the opportunity to ask Canada’s top journalists questions of your own. It’s a super session you won’t want to miss.


Speakers
DF

Dawna Friesen

Anchor and executive editor of Global National
LL

Lisa LaFlamme

Chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News
DS

Diana Swain

CBC News Investigative Unit

Moderator
SO

Seamus O'Regan

Correspondent with CTV National News

Saturday June 23, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
Essex Ballroom

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Saturday June 23, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Foyer

11:00am

Earning Clicks Through Headlines

Learn how to write lively and engaging headlines that will win clicks and help you generate revenue. This panel of online experts will share tips on what works to attract eyeballs from the casual browser and win readers via search engine referrals.


Speakers
BC

Ben Carrozza

Senior Entertainment Editor, MSN Canada
DC

Derek Chezzi

Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Canada

Sponsors
Moderator
GB

Greg Bonnell

Business Editor, The Canadian Press

Saturday June 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Essex Ballroom

12:15pm

5 Minutes with the News Director

Back for a second year, our popular "5 Minutes with a News Director" session features radio and television news directors who meet with different young job seekers. Conceptually similar to how "speed dating" works, session attendees would move to a new news director every five minutes. The session is a perfect opportunity for job hopefuls to get advice, ask questions, and network.


Saturday June 23, 2012 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Centre

12:15pm

Making Sense of our Changing Media World

Grab a box lunch and hear from Andrée Noël, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), and Leonard Katz, Acting Chairman, Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).


Speakers
LK

Leonard Katz

Acting Chairman, CRTC
AN

Andrée Noël

National Chair, CBSC

Moderator
GO

Greg O'Brien

Editor and publisher Cartt.ca

Saturday June 23, 2012 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Essex Ballroom

1:00pm

RTDNA New Board Meeting
Saturday June 23, 2012 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Elgin Room

1:30pm

Refreshment Break
Saturday June 23, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Foyer

2:00pm

Doing More with Mobile Devices

From iPad and IPhone to Galaxy and Blackberry, mobile devices are being used more than ever for news gathering. This session will show you how to get the most out of your device and bring the story home to viewers live.


Speakers
IB

Ivo Burum

Executive Producer, Burum Media
GS

Gary Symons

President & CEO, Veridcoder


Saturday June 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Windsor E & W

2:00pm

Getting the Most from the Web

Every day, millions of people around the world use on-line search engines to find what they're looking for. Journalists, editors, producers, and others in the media have long known just how essential it is to be able to find and use information. This session demonstrates ways to work more efficiently and effectively on the web. Whether you're in print, broadcast, or digital journalism, this session will introduce tips and tricks you can use to search smarter, keep better tabs on your beat, see what's hot and what's not, add a visual edge to your online content, and connect with your audience.


Speakers
RB

Richard Bloom

Managing Editor, CityNews.ca at Rogers Communications
MI

Mathew Ingram

Senior Writer, GigaOm.com

Moderator
SM

Scott Metcalfe

News Director, 680News Toronto

Saturday June 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Essex Ballroom

2:45pm

Closing Super Session - Future of Broadcast News

Evolving without sacrificing content and remaining relevant in this technology-saturated era of news are the key elements to practice according to the panel at the "Future of Broadcast News." The discussion includes topics such as social media networks and how they're being utilized for news gathering, citizen journalism, new portable technology devices used to cover news, and how broadcast news companies are managing budgets to accommodate these new technological systems and devices while staying away from reducing staff members.


Speakers
WF

Wendy Freeman

President, CTV News
JM

Jennifer McGuire

Editor-in-Chief, CBC News
TR

Troy Reeb

Senior Vice President, News & Station Operations, Shaw Media

Moderator
CJ

Carolyn Jarvis

Host of Global News' newsmagazine 16:9

Saturday June 23, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Essex Ballroom

5:30pm

National Award Gala Reception
Saturday June 23, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Foyer

6:30pm

RTDNA National Awards Gala

Radio and television winners in each of the regions compete for national honours while the networks and news agencies vie for similar recognition. The National RTDNA Canada Awards celebrate the very best and are recognized as the highest accolade in Canadian broadcast journalism.


Saturday June 23, 2012 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Dominion Ballroom