SAVE THE DATE! The RTDNAC Fall Convention is set

Mark your calendars for the annual RTDNAC Fall Convention. The gathering of student and professional journalists will take place on Saturday, November 12th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The yearly event will feature a guest speaker and an announcement of the winners of this year’s contest. More details to come.

Students learn from pros at RTDNAC workshop

The WBTV newsroom was a bundle of energy on Saturday, Feb. 13, as students from around the Carolinas descended on Charlotte for the 2016 RTDNAC Student Workshop. A whopping 106 students listened as newsroom leaders from around the region discussed how to thrive in the news business. Read more ...

Now accepting entries for 2016 RTDNAC/AP Awards contest

RTDNAC and The Associated Press are now accepting entries for the 2016 RTDNAC/AP Awards contest, which recognizes the best of TV, radio and website work in North Carolina and South Carolina from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The entry deadline is Aug. 12 for professionals and Sept. 16 for students. View contest rules and categories.

RTDNAC presents 2016 Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) presented scholarships to two students at the annual RTDNAC Student Workshop held on February 13, 2016, at WBTV in Charlotte, NC.

The 2016 winner for North Carolina is Jaclyn Lee, a junior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Peace, War and Defense. Abbey O’Brien is the 2016 South Carolina winner. Abbey is from Acworth, Georgia. She is a senior attending the University of South Carolina majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

(Read more about the winners).

Mark your calendar for NC Sunshine Day 2016

Sunshine Day 2016 is right around the corner. The event, sponsored by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, will be held in downtown Hickory at the Salt Block Foundation on March 14.

In the morning, NC Open Government Coalition Director Jonathan Jones will lead a public records training session that includes updates on the many new exemptions that the General Assembly put into place last year.

During lunch, the program will feature a keynote speech from Charleston Post & Courier Executive Editor Mitch Pugh on his newsroom's use of public records in telling a Pulitzer Prize winning story on domestic violence and the newspaper's efforts to gain access to records in the criminal case of Dylann Roof.

There will be an afternoon panel discussion on public access to video used or obtained by government agencies, and in particular police video. Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock is among the panelists.

Tickets are available online

RTDNAC/AP Awards winners announced

RTDNAC and AP are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. (View the list.)

Winners were revealed Nov. 7, 2015, at the RTDNAC/AP convention and awards luncheon.