TORONTO, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - RTDNA Canada - The Association of
Electronic Journalists is pleased to announce that Fanshawe College will receive the 2013 "Bill Hutton Award of Excellence."
Formerly known as the "Friend of RTDNA Canada Award" the award was
renamed in 2009 to honour the late Bill Hutton, RTDNA Canada's first
president. The award is given to individuals or organizations, which
have shown a true commitment to RTDNA and the betterment of broadcast
journalism in Canada.
"Fanshawe College is the first educational institution to win this award
and it's very fitting," said RTDNA president Ian Koenigsfest. "With
49 RTNDF scholarship awards in the 33 years of the program, Fanshawe's
commitment to broadcast journalism excellence is apparent. Their
support through student and faculty participation in many RTDNA
projects is much appreciated."
Fanshawe's relationship with the RTDNA is extremely deep, 3 Presidents
attended or worked at the college - George Clark, Jason Moore and Andy
Leblanc. Bob Collins, who taught at Fanshawe for 38 years served as
president of RTDNF and the very first RTDNA scholarship winner was
Jasmine Dooh from Fanshawe in April, 1979.
"We are very honoured to be recognized with the Bill Hutton award," said
Fanshawe College Broadcast Journalism coordinator Jim Van Horne. "The
RTDNA Code of Ethics provides a great foundation as a learning tool in
our classroom. RTDNA members are also such good mentors for our
students and always available for advice. It's so important to have
that support when students are starting out."
The Bill Hutton Award of Excellence will be presented at the RTDNA
President's Gala on Friday, June 14th in conjunction with the association's national conference June 13-15,
2013 in Toronto.
Previous recipients of the award include Global News, the past
presidents of RTDNA, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, The
Canadian Press, CNN Newsource Sales, CNW Group, WIC, VOCM Radio, Golden
West Radio, Broadcast Dialogue magazine, CTV, Taylor Enterprises, media
lawyer Dan Burnett and the U.S. RTDNA.
RTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers 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.
SOURCE: RTDNA Canada
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