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ProDev 2004 a success

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LONDON - About 150 news directors, reporters, producers and students converged on London's Fanshawe College last Saturday for RTNDA's latest professional development seminar, ProDev, 2004, says the RTNDA newsletter.

ProDev 2004 was a resounding success thanks to the joint sponsors -- CTV, Global, Fanshawe College, Curran Events Media Inc. and MQI News and, of course, RTNDA's three special partners � Broadcast News, CNN Newsource and Canada NewsWire, says the newsletter.

The RTNDA thanked Fanshawe journalism professor Jim Van Horne who organized and promoted the event and his colleagues who served as "fantastic hosts."

The day included suggestions on the art of storytelling from veteran broadcasters Andy Oudman and Neil Everton, a timely legal update from long-time RTNDA friend Stuart Robertson, on-air performance tips from Halina St. James and a valuable discussion on multi-tasking. In the final session of the day, students from Fanshawe and Mohawk Colleges took advantage of a candid chat with three news directors on what impresses them (and turns them off) when it comes to filling vacancies in their operations.

The next meeting of the RTNDA Board of Directors is set for Saturday, Feb. 5th in Toronto. BN's National Editorial Committee will meet a day earlier for its annual winter meeting.

The 2005 RTNDA National Convention is set for June 9-11 at the Marriott Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. The convention committee, under the leadership of chair Melanie Kurzuk of Canada NewsWire, met again last Friday and got updated on some exciting content plans and early registration incentives, says the newsletter.

Other 2005 dates to remember:
April 18-20, RTNDA@NAB, Las Vegas
May 5-7, RTNDA Atlantic Regional Meeting, Saint John, N.B.
May 12-14, RTNDA Prairie Regional Meeting, Edmonton
May 26-28, RTNDA B.C. Regional Meeting, Kelowna

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Left to right ; Mike Omelus of Broadcast News, Jason Moore of CKLW Windsor and Renato Zane of OMNI TV Toronto.

Lynda Cooper of CKNX Wingham and Neil Everton of Global TV Halifax.
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Delegates at ProDev 2004. Photos courtesy Terry Scott, RTNDA.

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