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RTNDA Offers Opportunites for Students
Gina Mussio art
The Radio Television News Directors Association begins the new year with new possibilities for its members.
From weekly meetings to national workshops, OU’s broadcast organization has many benefts.
Scripps students, freshman or not, are probably accustomedto the lecture about the necessity of getting involved and gaining
journalism-based experience, whatever the sequence. The difcult partis choosing which organization is most tting, especially out of thenumerous organizations associated with the E.W. Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.The Radio and Television News Directors Association is the largesttrade organization for broadcast and electronic news journalists. RTNDA
is dedicated to “training and developing future professionals to maintain
the highest standards in broadcast journalism.” OU was among the rstuniversities to create a student chapter of this professional organizationwhen RTNDA founded its Student Chapter Afliate Program in 1987.Faculty Advisor Mary Rogus has served as an education liaison onthe national organizations board for just over a year and will continue toserve until spring of 2010.“We try to bring in people and talk about what is going on in theindustry, what’s going on in the business, and prepare them for a job,”Rogus said.Students can become members of the student chapter for 10 dollars
a quarter or 25 dollars a year. They alsohave the option to bypass the studentdues by going straight to the national
organization and paying their dues of 65
dollars a year. This will get them access to
all of RTNDA’s Web resources, including
their job bank and research tools.
During the weekly meetings onWednesdays in the Radio and TelevisionBuilding room 371, students hear
professional journalists speak, participate
in workshops and learn specic skills,
such as résumé building and critiquing.
Potential new member Matt Digby isinterested in RTNDA for the experience he
will gain from it.“Jobs are more interested in hands onexperience than course work,” he said.
Many students’ plan of attack is to
attend a variety of meetings to get a feelfor their options and to learn what theywant to do in the future.
President of RTNDA, junior PatHenderson, differed from many students
because he knew he wanted to do
broadcasting from the start and chose OU specically for its broadcast
program.“I wanted to get as involved as possible, because you as an individual
want to do what you can to stand out,” he said. He cites the organization
as a great “learning experience” and has plans for every meeting thisquarter including a producing workshop, a crisis reporting session and
a visit from OU’s new broadcast professor Kevin Greives, a formerproducer for CNN International.Henderson said his responsibility is to make sure “everything is going
according to plan and everyone is doing their job” and also stressed that
RTNDA is a great place to take education outside of the classroom with
people who are willing to help.
“One of the biggest benets for freshmen in RTNDA is the chance
to interact with upperclassman and meet broadcasting majors and learn
about WOUB,” Rogus said.OU freshman Cathy George agrees. “It is such a competitive marketand just to get a chance for a hands-on experience, I wouldn’t want to
pass this up,” she said.
On top of the informational meetings, RTNDA’s national organization
holds an annual spring conference thatis perhaps their most popular event. Theconference provides a chance for studentsto meet professionals who are national
Students can gain résumé skills andcritiques and hear many network speakers
such as last years speaker, Mary TylerMoore. This conference has produced many
internships and job opportunities for paststudents and continues to do so today. As
Rogus said, “it’s as much about who you
know as what you know.”If a student is unable to attend thenational spring conference, there is always
the local conference held by OU’s RTNDA
chapter. It is a daylong event that offersmultiple chances to network, often with
many graduates of The E.W ScrippsCollege of Communication. Many students
have successfully found internships simplythrough the local conference and by
becoming members of OU’s student chapterof the Radio and Television News Directors