By Vincent Duffy, RTDNA Chairman
You made it to Anaheim! Congratulations and get ready for another fantastic gathering of more than a thousand journalists from around the country. This is our third Excellence in Journalism conference produced jointly with RTDNA and the Society of Professional Journalists, and we’re happy to welcome the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to the conference this year, too.
On behalf of the leadership at RTDNA and our partner organizations, thank you for joining us at EIJ13 and we hope you have a productive and fun time here.
In addition to all the professional development and training that you can experience here, there are other ways to make the most of your time at EIJ:
Download the mobile app. You can keep your hands free and not have to carry that program with you everywhere you go, if you just download that app, and it’s free. Just search for “EIJ13” on your mobile device or grab it here, and you’ll have daily schedules, maps of the hotel and expo floor, speaker bios, and social media links.
Do stuff. Go to the major events, the Super Sessions, the breakout sessions and the parties. You didn’t come here to spend time in your hotel room. The quality of your convention experience will be directly related to all your experiences outside the room. Learn stuff, meet people, have a good time. The planning committees have put together an awesome blend of training, social events, interesting things to hear, and just plain fun things to do. Go do them.
Take some time in the Journalism Expo. Whether you want to schedule time with a network recruiter, find new field gear for your station, explore going to graduate school, or just pick up swag to take back to your newsroom, the Journalism Expo is the place to do it. It’s like Grand Central Station in there. Feeling lonely? Stand still in the Journalism Expo for a few moments and someone you know will walk by. (Heck, stand still for two moments and one of the vendors will be your new best friend.)
Meet someone new and then stay in touch. Some of the coolest people I know I met at journalism conventions. I know, that may say more about how uncool I am than it does about the hipness factor of convention attendees, but put yourself out there. Make it a point to introduce yourself to other people and spend some time hanging out with them.
Yes you can leave the convention with job prospects and potential business clients, but new friendships are easy too.
Use your Disney tickets. Sure, we know you came all this way for professional reasons, and you really should be training, and networking and fighting for the rights of journalists, but you know… it’s Disney!
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