Webinars

RTDNA Canada is committed to providing value to our membership. We are proud to launch our new series of webinars, full of news you can use.

Upcoming Webinars

Tackling Misinformation

Research & Investigations

YouTube for News

Missed a webinar? View all of our past digital events here!

Making it Matter: How to Cover Climate Crisis – In a webinar with RTDNA Canada, Laura Lynch draws on her experience being immersed in climate reporting to talk about where to find stories, what to watch out for and how to tell tales of the crisis with heart and even humour. 

Powerful Writing – In case you missed our recent webinar with CTV National News correspondent Tom Walters, you can catch-up now. In a webinar with RTDNA Canada, Tom shares tips on writing to pictures, emotional engagement, and one vital question.

How to Write Financial Stories for Real People – In case you missed our recent webinar with Global News’, Craig Lord, featuring some great take away tips that will help you write interesting financial stories, you can catch-up now. In a webinar with the RTDNA, Craig shares tips on how to break down the big financial news of the day and turn it into a story your audience understands.

Sharpening your skills to survive as a VJVideo Journalist Kier Junos with CityNews Vancouver has covered everything from unhoused issues to natural disasters. In a webinar with the RTDNA, Kier will talk about getting into video journalism, sharpening technical and creative abilities, and succeeding at a multi-pronged job every day. 

Journalism by the Numbers – pollster Darrell Bricker on the impact a global crisis has had on news consumption, habits, preference and trust. 

Bear Pit session – our annual accountability session with news leaders at the major networks. They will outline their goals and plans for the year ahead, and take questions from our moderator and online participants.

Diversity and Inclusion in Journalism – In a year of racial reckoning, this panel will look at what changes have been suggested, and whether any progress has been made. We will discuss representation in management, representation on-air, transparency around salaries, representation in newsrooms in general, racism training, safety, story choices, the language we use, and how we cover police.

Innovation in Storytelling – Gen Z and Millennials are least likely to depend on traditional platforms for their primary news. This panel will explore innovations in storytelling during the pandemic, from digital publishers to podcasters, and examine how journalists can reach younger audiences and connect with a new generation of news consumers.

Keynote speakerPierre Thomas, ABC News, Chief Justice Correspondent. Moderator: Reshmi Nair, CP24. Thomas discusses covering the Trump Justice Dept. and year of racial reckoning in America and American newsrooms, including events he covered – the death of George Floyd, interviewing U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and the first exclusive tv interview with U.S. Capital Police officer Harry Dunn following the January 6th attack on the Capital.

The Rise of the TV Doctor – They have become some of the best-known faces of the pandemic. How do these doctors feel about their role in journalism, what do they think works and doesn’t work when it comes to stopping the spread of misinformation, and what advice do they have for us in our role as journalists in a pandemic.

Journalism Education and Underrepresented Groups – In a year that heard accusations that journalism schools were way behind on diversity – we hear three perspectives on addressing the concerns of BIPOC students and also how students are being prepared to cover issues of race. 

Newsroom Trauma – support for journalists who are suffering through an unprecedented year of violence and hate. In newsrooms that are often understaffed and regularly under attack, stories with a personal impact can lead to stress and exhaustion. This session looks at coping strategies, and how to recognize the signs of stress among colleagues.

Victims, Survivors and the Media – what we report and how we report it can further traumatize victims. In this session we will look at how to lessen that impact, and how more compassionate reporting can make a big difference to the lives of those we cover.

Take a quick look at how the language we choose in our stories can sometimes do more harm than good when it comes to reporting on issues of addiction. Here’s a compelling message, with some helpful tips, from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

Life After Mainstream Journalism – It is no secret that the landscape of broadcasting and journalism in Canada is constantly shifting. One thing that many of us forget in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day, is that the skill-sets we have built are very valuable outside of the daily news. In this webinar we will discuss some of the alternate avenues that may be available to us.

Journalistic Objectivity, Inclusion, and BIPOC Journalists – The notion of journalistic objectivity underpins the traditional understanding of how to do journalism. As journalists, we are trained to think we can be impartial observers of the truth. But what truth are we reflecting? Whose truth are we reflecting? And is this notion of objectivity – this sense of impartial observation – acting as a barrier to entry for journalists of colour?