September 14-16, 2022 Indianapolis

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Below is a schedule of what we have planned for you in September. Check back regularly for more details and announcements!

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Wednesday, Sept. 14

Noon-1 p.m.

RTDNA Executive Committee Meeting

1-5 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

5-7 p.m.

Registration & Welcome Happy Hour

Stop by to grab your registration materials and be welcomed to the Circle City over great drinks and even better company. Mingle with sponsors, exhibitors and peers to kick off RTDNA22! Sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Thursday, Sept. 15

8:30-10 a.m.

Opening Keynote & Membership Meeting

In 2022, RTDNA embarked on a groundbreaking fact-finding research project with Magid to determine how local journalists and local newsrooms can gain more trust from their audience. Learn from the team behind the research as they share what you can do to gain more trust from those you serve.

10-10:30 a.m.

Morning Joe: Coffee & Connections

Grab a cup, fill it up and spend time connecting with sponsors, exhibitors and peers in our lounge space. Sponsored by Indiana Broadcasters Association.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Feedback Loop: Critiques

Sit down with the pros and have your reel or resume critiqued in rapid-fire fashion. Leave with tips and tricks, and the confidence to know you’re moving in the right direction.

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Battling The Great Resignation: How to Get 'em and Keep 'em • Andrew Heyward and Tina M. McDuffie

How do you create a diverse, inspiring newsroom? How do you attract the most talented young journalists — and then hold on to them? How do you address your staff's changing expectations post-pandemic? In this session, two veteran journalists, Andrew Heyward and Tina McDuffie, dive deeper into Heyward’s recent piece on the crisis in local newsroom recruitment, retention, and morale. As Heyward wrote for the Knight-Cronkite News Lab at ASU, "The rupturing pipeline for young TV journalists is a major pain point for news directors, and the worsening shortage of new recruits is touching off a snowball or domino effect — pick your metaphor — of stress, burnout and resignations among those who already work in the newsroom." Join Heyward and McDuffie for a highly interactive conversation that will go beyond the problems we all know about to focus on potential solutions — a unique chance to share your own experience and to hear what your colleagues are doing to address these critical issues.

How to Reach Audiences Who Don’t Trust You • Tony Marcano

Tony Marcano, managing editor at Southern California Public Radio, will describe moves at NPR member station KPCC and its website, LAist.com, away from institutional-based coverage in favor of audience-centered content as part of larger efforts to gain and build trust in communities. We’ll discuss the success of SCPR initiatives including its Voter Game Plan and its shift to a Civics & Democracy beat. The session will include hands-on training and discussion of audience engagement principles.

12-1:30 p.m.

Next Gen Journalists Luncheon

Help us honor and recognize RTDNF’s 2022 class of scholarship and fellowship recipients at this luncheon. Ticket required. Sponsored by TEGNA Foundation.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Expert Express

Expert minds in different areas of journalism will be stationed at various tables, ready to talk to you 1-on-1 about how they can help you and your newsroom. Feel free to float from station to station or engage deeply about one topic where you might want more advice.

1:45-4:30 p.m.

Feedback Loop: Critiques

Sit down with the pros and have your reel or resume critiqued in rapid-fire fashion. Leave with tips and tricks, and the confidence to know you’re moving in the right direction.

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

De-Escalation and Personal Safety Workshop • Frank Smythe and Angela Meyer

Journalists, especially individual videographers or Multi-System Journalists (MSJs), many of them recent J-School graduates, have been harassed or attacked at alarming rates across the nation. This workshop would provide best practices for working safely while covering news, conducting interviews, and capturing footage by oneself. We will explore how MSJs can maintain situational awareness to mitigate risk, de-escalate emotional and physical responses from individuals including those who are emotionally unstable, mentally ill, or who may object to media coverage or presence in the area, as well as how to navigate other risks including physical encroachment and attacks.

The training will be led by a pair of instructors and will recruit volunteer participants from the audience. The workshop will be led by GJS Founder & CEO Frank Smyth and GJS Empowerment Trainer Angela Meyer.

Culture Wars: Why Building a Great One Matters • Terri Wanda

Why does culture matter in your newsroom? For any team or organization, culture is the foundation that everything else is built on. It sets the tone for how people interact with each other, how they solve problems, and how they make decisions. However, building a great culture isn't easy. It takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error to get it right. Most companies never really figure out how to build a great culture, which is why so many struggle with low morale, high turnover rates, and poor productivity.

If you're looking to create a strong, positive culture in your newsroom, join us for this hands-on session. You'll takeaway tools to help you assess your newsroom's current culture and learn how to leverage design thinking practices to create the optimal inclusive culture for your teams to win at work every day.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Give Back: Indianapolis Community Service Project

Part of what makes RTDNA22 (and local journalism!) so special is connecting with the community, and while we’re in Indianapolis, we set out to do just that. Take time out of your conference collaboration and contribute some good, old fashioned hands-on volunteer time to our Featured Community Organization, HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

Together, we’ll work to assemble items needed to make those they serve just a little more comfortable. Sponsored by FOX.

4:30-5 p.m.

Afternoon Boost: Snacks & Social

Get the boost you need with some afternoon snacks and gather in our lounge to share what you’ve learned and socialize with peers, sponsors and exhibitors. Sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

5-6 p.m.

Honoring Excellence: Paul White and John F. Hogan Awards Ceremony

We’re honoring the best of the best with our Paul White and John F. Hogan Awards. Hear from each recipient about the power of journalism, their triumphs and tribulations and how they feel about the future of the industry.

Congratulations to this year’s John F. Hogan Award recipient, Richard Engel (pictured, from left) and this year’s Paul White Award recipient, Judy Woodruff!

6-7 p.m.

Celebrating Excellence: Paul White and John F. Hogan Awards Reception

Join us in celebrating the careers and achievements of our Paul White and John F. Hogan Award recipients at a reception in their honor. Enjoy food, drink and friends — with a little music mixed in, too — at this ticketed event. Ticket required. Sponsored by NBCUniversal News Group.

8-10 p.m.

Opening Night Party

Celebrate Day 1 by hitting the town with us at the Opening Night Party, sponsored by our friends at CNN Newsource, at Punch Bowl Social to get your fill of tunes (who’s up for karaoke?), games and drinks!

Friday, Sept. 16

8-9 a.m.

Mimosas, Marys & Murrows

Join us as we celebrate winners of the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Awards and raise a glass to their success. As you mingle, learn more from winners about their award-winning work and what it takes to win a Murrow. Sponsored by FOX.

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Feedback Loop: Critiques

Sit down with the pros and have your reel or resume critiqued in rapid-fire fashion. Leave with tips and tricks, and the confidence to know you’re moving in the right direction.

10-11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Mind the (Age) Gap: Navigating Multigenerational Newsrooms • Scott Libin

Most newsrooms have three or more generations in the workplace, each often misunderstood, stereotyped and butting heads with the others. This interactive and collaborative training brings understanding to each generation to build empathy, shares tools to bring together the team around a shared mission and vision and creates space for peer-to-peer sharing of ideas and resources that have helped leaders and their teams navigate the newsroom together.

How to Improve Trust in Local Journalism: Create an Action Plan

Take a deeper dive into RTDNA's exclusive findings about what will make your content more trustworthy. Break down the research and action items with your colleagues and peers to create an action plan. What are other newsrooms doing to instill trust within their communities? How can journalists tackle tough topics like sharing personal values in a deeply divided society? We'll cover this and more in a riveting collaborative discussion about trust today.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Check out the list of awesome places you can grab some local eats around the hotel before you head back for an afternoon full of education and self-care!

1-4 p.m.

Feedback Loop: Critiques

Sit down with the pros and have your reel or resume critiqued in rapid-fire fashion. Leave with tips and tricks, and the confidence to know you’re moving in the right direction.

1-3 p.m.

Expert Express

Expert minds in different areas of journalism will be stationed at various tables, ready to talk to you 1-on-1 about how they can help you and your newsroom. Feel free to float from station to station or engage deeply about one topic where you might want more advice.

1-2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Beating Burnout: Fixing the Rise of Chronic Stress • Dr. Kate Steiner

This interactive training with Dr. Kate Steiner, Burnout Recovery Strategist and known expert on happiness in the workplace gets right to the heart of the burnout that’s been plaguing leaders in newsrooms around the country. How do you create space for yourself and show up for your team? In this session, you will be introduced to a model that builds resilience to burnout. Learn techniques to tackle your own stress, anxiety, and exhaustion as well as how to better support your team, especially when we're all working to do more with less.

Managing vs. Coaching: Constructive or Destructive? • Kevin Benz

We're bringing back a new version of one of our most popular sessions with Kevin Benz, who tackles the tricky business of managing people. From difficult conversations to coaching for success and retaining great people, this interactive, collaborative session will make managing people more manageable and help you create a culture of recognition in your newsroom.

Recent Gallup research proved that people who receive the right amount of feedback and recognition are 56% less likely to look for another job and 70% less likely to burn out. It’s not hard to give good feedback but it takes an understanding of what “good” feedback is. Whether you are trying to improve performance, correct behavior, or motivate a talented employee to new heights, good coaching takes practice, and in this session, we will practice together.

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Self-Care Space: You-Call-It

Leaders need self-care just as much as their teams do, and sometimes that comes in the form of fun. We’re here for you with a variety of activities to break up the day, help you take a breath and soak up a bit of enjoyment — you’ve earned it!

3:30-4 p.m.

Afternoon Boost: Snacks & Social

Get the boost you need with some afternoon snacks and gather in our lounge to share what you’ve learned and socialize with peers, sponsors and exhibitors. Sponsored by FOX.

4-5:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote & Membership Meeting

Gather together to round out RTDNA22 by hearing the results of the 2021 RTDNA/F Board of Directors election and what the year ahead looks like for the organization. Then, listen in to a brilliant keynote presentation from Liesel Mindrebo Mertes focused on one of RTDNA21’s conference pillars:

Handle with Care: How to Create a Culture of Empathy at Work

Your people are tired after two and a half years of disruptive life events; empathy is vital for a thriving in the midst of stress. A recent report on workplace empathy showed that 76% of employees linked the presence (or absence) of empathy directly to productivity. 70% said that empathy led to lower turnover.

How your organization supports people during hard times matters; it drives retention, helps to attract talent, promotes mental well-being, and lets people know that you truly care. Yet, many feel overwhelmed and under-equipped to enter into these conversations. Instead of offering impactful and relevant support, we default to silence or toss out a tired cliché.

What if you could feel empowered to competently care for coworkers and empathetically engage with clients? In this interactive and inspirational session, workplace empathy expert Liesel Mindrebo Mertes will equip your staff to be workplace first responders, offering empathy, connection and compassion when it matters most.

7 p.m.

Indianapolis Indians Game

Take yourself out to the ballgame just down the street with your closest RTDNA friends. Ticket required.

Saturday, Sept. 17

9 a.m.-Noon

Board of Directors Meeting


Featured Community Organization

HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

HVAF of Indiana houses, supports, and advocates for all veterans and their families to help them achieve the best possible quality of life. Through a unique partnership with U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and many community organizations, they provide housing and re-integration services for homeless veterans and programs to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless.


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