2022 National Conference
Awards Gala

June 10-11, 2022
Hilton, Toronto

RTDNA Canada 2022 National Conference & Awards Gala

Reconnecting in Real Life: Sharing Stories & Lessons Learned
Congratulations to all the 2022 Award Winners!
View the Best Canadian Local News Winners here.
View the National Winners here.
Thank you again to our sponsors who make this event possible.

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 National Conference. We hope you enjoyed it! Please find conference session and gala awards videos below.

RTDNA Canada Bear Pit #1
Moderator: Farah Nasser.
Panelists: Brodie Fenlon, CBC; Michael Melling, CTV; Amar Sodhi, Rogers; Sonia Verma, Global TV.
Welcome to the Bear Pit. Hear from the news leaders of the major networks, and the news organizations that are making their mark. Where is the business going? What are they most excited about? And what keeps them up at night?

RTDNF 2022 Scholarship Winners

Keynote: Journalism by the Numbers
Moderator: Beatrice Politi.
Panelist: Darrell Bricker.
Two years into a global pandemic, Ipsos’ Darrell Bricker brings us the views of Canadians on trust and diversity in the media, coverage choices, news quality, preference and consumption.

Covering Ukraine
Moderator: Piya Chattopadhyay.
Panelists: Adrienne Arsenault, CBC News; Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News, Jeff Semple, Global TV.
From acts of war to evidence of war crimes, Adrienne Arsenault, Lisa La Flamme and Jeff Semple share the challenges of bringing the story home, how reporting has shifted and how the number one responsibility in this David and Goliath story is staying alive.

Bear Pit #2: New Leaders and Business Models of Journalism
Moderator: Brandon Gonez.
Panelists: Jeff Elgie, Village Media; Jenna Zuschlag Misener, COO, The Logic; Linda Solomon Wood, National Observer.
The leaders of three innovative and “new” news organizations join us to discuss their strategies and new models for journalism. In this Bear Pit #2 panel discussion, the focus is squarely on innovators within Canadian journalism. The leaders of three news organizations join us to discuss their strategies and new models for journalism. How did they weather the pandemic? What new revenue models are working ? What trends do they see coming in the future in terms of business models? What advantages do organizations like theirs have over more mainstream media players?

Newsroom Trauma
Moderator: Faiza Amin, CityNews.
Panelists: Michael Dick, Managing Editor-Network Radio, CBC News, Current Affairs; Dave Seglins, CBC; Fatima Syed, CAJ/The Narwhal
Anxiety, harassment, thoughts of suicide. A groundbreaking Canadian study has alarming news about the level of stress among media workers. A look at the challenge and possible solutions.

The Great Divide
Moderator: Tracy Tong, Global News.
Panelists: Travis Dhanraj, CBC News; Adrian Ghobrial, CTV News; Graham Richardson, CTV News
From beer cans to bouncy castles, covering the truckers convoy was destined to be ground zero in the information wars. Some lessons from the reporters who were there.

Beyond Apologies: The Next Steps Towards Reconciliation
Moderator: Karyn Pugliese.
Panelists: Kelly Boutsalis; Nicole McCormick, Senior Manager, Newsgathering, CityNews Toronto; Riley Yesno.
Moving beyond official apologies and hiring quotas, Indigenous journalists will explore what really needs to be done to improve news coverage on the path to reconciliation.

Running for the Exits: Why Are So Many Leaving the Business?
Moderator: Beatrice Politi.
Panelists: Anita Li, Media Consultant and Founder, The Green Line; Marissa Nelson, VP, Consulting, Local Media, Majid.
In some parts of the country “The Great Resignation” has hit newsrooms hard. Strategies of attracting and keeping journalists on the beat.

Gala Awards
Hosted by Anthony Farnell, Global News, Chief Meteorologist and Melanie Ng, Anchor/Reporter, Breakfast Television and CityNews Toronto

Conference & Awards Gala Partner – CBC News

Conference & Awards Gala Partner – Global News

Gold Sponsor – CTV News

Gold Sponsor – CityNews

Silver Sponsor – The Canadian Press

Bronze Sponsor – EasyLive.io

Conference & Award Gala Partners


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