Election Results are in!

We are proud to announce Ohio University’s Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2012-2013 Executive board! Please help me in congratulating the following:

President: Sara Nealeigh (@saranealeigh)
Vice President: Caitlin Turner (@Cati_E_Turner)
Secretary: Regina Donizetti (@ReginaDonizetti)
Treasuer: Joe Jackson (@joejackson75)
Publicity Chair: Bradley Parks (@Bradley_W_Parks)
Social Chair: Sandhya Kambhampati (@sandhya_k)
Webmaster: Alex Felser (@afelser)


Crisis Reporting with Micah Albert

Micah Albert, photojournalist for the Pulitzer Center, joins OURTDNA and OUSPJ Tuesday, May 8.

Journalists represent the public. It is the journalist’s job to disseminate information to the people. Reporting becomes difficult, however, when attempting to expand coverage to new areas.

Pulitzer Center photojournalist Micah Albert makes it a mission to cover relatively unknown issues in extremely undercovered regions. Albert’s clients include the New York TimesSmithsonian Magazine and National Geographic Traveler among many others.

Albert extended the media’s reach into the food crisis in Yemen, Dinka cattle camps in Sudan and gender-based violence in the rebel-controlled Democratic Republic of the Congo along with many others as well.

Albert will be joining OURTDNA and OUSPJ in a special joint meeting Tuesday, May 8 at 5:00 P.M. in Scripps 114. Please, take advantage of this incredible opportunity and join us for a Skype discussion with the storied photojournalist.


Welcome Back!

Hope you all had a great spring break and are getting excited for a great quarter with OU RTNDA! We’re starting off this quarter with a meeting on Good TV Storytelling on April 4.

Our RTDNA advisor and professor, Mary Rogus, will be teaching us how to craft a good TV story.  Rogus spent 20 years working in local television news and has won several awards including the AP Best Newscast and Best News Operation Awards. She has worked as a producer, reporter and executive producer.  At our meeting this week she will be explaining how you can make your story stand out from others and what the most important parts to a news story are.

We will also be announcing a new contest that we will be having this Spring Quarter! You’ll be able to use all the skills that you’ve been learning all quarter, so get excited!

Our meeting is at 7 pm on Wednesday April 4  in RTV 371. Hope to see you there!

RTDNA to Skype with Senior Writer at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Join the Ohio University Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Wednesday Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Scripps 111 for a discussion about writing for broadcast news with Barbara Raab, the senior news writer at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She will discuss her role at NBC and will share advice about how to write for broadcast news.


 Barbara Raab is senior news writer at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She is part of the editorial team that shapes and writes the highest-rated network evening newscast. She is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches broadcast and interactive courses, and assists with career advising for aspiring broadcast professionals. In addition to her television news experience, Raab has been a contributor to various magazines and web sites, including NYTimes.comSlate.comSalon.com, and MSNBC.com, and national legal correspondent for SiriusXM satellite radio’s OutQ News. She is a graduate of the Poynter Institute’s Multimedia for Journalism Educators training seminar. She has a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University.

Social at Courtside Pizza!

We will be doing something a little different for this week’s meeting! Join us as we head to Courtside Pizza for Slice Night. Meet us at RTV 371 at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, February 15th, and we will walk over together. This will be a great way for you to get to know the executive board and other RTDNA members. Bring your friends!

Also, we will be having our committee meetings right before we head out.

Looking for a way to become more involved in OURTDNA? You can join one of our two new committees! The Fundraising Committee and the Publicity Committee will be meeting in RTV 371 at 6:45 p.m. So bring some ideas and impact the decisions made within the OU chapter!

Get involved, have some tasty pizza, and hang out with your fellow OURTDNA members!

Stand-Up Reporting with Mark Bruce (The Recap)

For those of you who missed our meeting about how to make a great stand-up. We skyped with WHIO Channel 7 reporter and OU alumni, Mark Bruce, who had many helpful tips on how to keep your viewers interested throughout a news package.

“It’s all about movement and flow,” said Bruce. “If you are doing a bridge stand-up, try to make it make sense. It should bridge from one part of the story to the other.”

Most of the interest from the audience focussed on how to make a creative stand-up when working as a one man band.

“You have to think differently when you are a one man band. Where can you put the camera to make yourself look good?” said Bruce.

During the meeting, Bruce answered questions from the audience and showed examples of the best stand-ups in the business. 

Members learned the importance of stand-ups in the broadcast business. Being creative and using your personality will get you far! Mark Bruce also mentioned that now is the time to practice and find what works for you in your stand-ups. Whether it is the writing or your on camera personality, practice will make you a confident stand-up reporter.

“Have fun with stand-ups. Try different things. They may not work but that is ok!” said Bruce.