About Us

About RTDNA

RTDNA Canada is a progressive organization offering a forum for open discussion, educational information and action in the news industry. The Association speaks for the leaders and members of Canada’s radio, television and digital news operations on the issues that impact news coverage and journalists. RTDNA Canada fosters education, career development, national and regional awards recognition, and an active dialogue with the membership.

RTDNA Canada is the voice of broadcast and digital journalists as well as news managers and leaders in Canada. The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTDNA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

Message from The President

Welcome to RTDNA Canada, the Association of Electronic Journalists. We are extremely proud of our 59-year history as an association.

RTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic and digital journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect their freedom; to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. RTDNA Canada’s Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession and is regarded as the industry standard. The RTDNA is committed to protecting and strengthening the position of electronic and digital journalism and collaborating with other media organizations sharing the RTDNA’s goals.

Code of Journalistic Ethics

An informed public is vital to a democratic society. Canadian journalism’s purpose is to serve the public interest. It is our responsibility to act independently, to be fair and respectful, and to report the facts.

This Code of Ethics is based on more than a century of journalistic experience and represents our membership’s guiding principles. We welcome its adoption by all practicing journalists.

Join the RTDNA Canada Board

Interested in playing a more active role in RTDNA Canada? Consider joining the RTDNA Canada Board of Directors.

Email us at admin@rtdnacanada.com for more details.

Our Team

Executive Committee

Fiona Conway

President and International Representative, RTDNA Canada // Principal, Initial F

Corey Bellamy

VP – Social and Digital, RTDNA Canada // Head of Digital News Product, CTV News, CP24 & BNN Bloomberg

George Browne

VP – Business Development, RTDNA Canada // Executive Producer, Global News and Corus

John McKenna

VP – Membership and By-Laws, RTDNA Canada // Executive Producer, News, CHCH TV

Joanne MacDonald

Business Manager, RTDNA Canada // Co-Founder, Short Street Media

Ian Koenigsfest

Past President, RTDNA Canada // Media Manager Trainer
RTDNA Directors

Owen Leitch

Conference and Central Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Executive Producer, Narcity Media

Jonathan Whitten

Conference Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // News Director, City News Toronto

Beatrice Politi

Conference Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Principal, MacPhie Consulting // Professor, Seneca College

Karen Mitchell

Awards Committee Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // News Director, CTV News Winnipeg

Mieke Anderson

Awards Committee Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Senior Producer, Network TV – Corus Ent. and Global News

Colleen Schmidt

Awards Committee Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Product Manager, Digital News Local, CTV News

Joanne McPherson

Sponsorship Chair, RTDNA Canada // Managing Editor: CBC News Program Content and Strategies

Rhonda Brown

Atlantic Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // News Director/Station Manager, Global News Halifax/NB

Dan Appleby

Atlantic Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // News Director, CTV Atlantic

Ron Kronstein

Central Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Manager, News and TV Operations, Global Peterborough

Tina Cortese

Central Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Station Manager/News Director, 105.9 fm // Journalism Professor

Tim Parent

Prairies Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // News Director, 660 News

Sherri Clark

Prairies Region Co-Chair // Managing Editor, Global Calgary

Kathryn Stewart

West Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Executive Producer, Radio Network Programming, Corus Radio

Peter Wagner

West Region Co-Chair, RTDNA Canada // Managing Editor, NEWS 1130

Lis Travers

Chair, RTDNF // Media Consultant & Writer