Conference Highlights

Super Session: On The Road with Steve Hartman: Lessons in Unique Storytelling

Super Session: Friday, Sept. 28, Noon-1 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Join us for an interactive session with CBS News “On The Road” Correspondent Steve Hartman. Steve is one of Americas best story tellers. He’s well respected in all corners of journalism. Hear Steve describe how he finds, writes and edits his stories, as he breaks down some of your favorites. He’ll have lessons we can all learn no matter what your market size or your role in the newsroom.

Each Friday on The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor, Steve Hartman’s “On The Road” segment brings viewers moving stories with extraordinary people. “On The Road" is modeled after the long-running, legendary series of the same name originally reported by one of America's greatest TV storytellers, the late CBS newsman Charles Kuralt.

Hartman is also well known for his multiple award-winning feature series, "Everybody Has a Story." Hartman proved the adage by tossing a dart at a map of America and then randomly picking an interview subject from the local phone book. Debuting in 1998, and continuing for the next seven years, Hartman produced more than 120 such pieces. In 2010, Hartman reprised the series on a global scale. In partnership with NASA, each "Everybody in the World Has a Story" segment began with an astronaut in the International Space Station spinning a globe and pointing to random locations for Hartman to travel and find a story. In one month's time, Hartman went around the world twice.

In his career, Steve has collected scores of accolades including a DuPont-Columbia University award, three national Emmy’s and nine RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow awards.

RTDNA to honor Bill Whitaker and Pete Williams at EIJ Super Session

Super Session: Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Reception: Friday, Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. | $45   Purchase tickets

RTDNA will present CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker with its Paul White Award at its annual Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism super session. The Paul White Award, RTDNA’s highest honor, is named for the first news director of CBS and recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism.

Since joining “60 Minutes” in 2014, Whitaker’s reporting has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East, including a timely investigation of the vetting process Syrian refugees undergo before coming to the U.S. and an interview with the highest ranking North Korean official to defect in decades. Domestically, his award-winning stories have provided keen insights into the hot-button issue of race and policing in America with his reports from Cleveland, Chicago and most recently, Tulsa, Okla., where he got the news-making first interview with the city police officer accused of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man.

At the same event, RTDNA also will present NBC News’ Pete Williams with its 2018 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Williams is NBC News’ justice correspondent, covering the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his 25 years of reporting for NBC News, Williams has covered the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen spy cases, the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Olympic bombing and search for Eric Rudolph, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the courtroom wrangling over the 2000 Florida election results, the federal government's massive investigative response to the 9/11 terror attacks, and the legal battles over the Obama administration's health care law.

The super session is open to all registered attendees. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the super session. Tickets to the reception are $45 and can be purchased online while registering for the conference.

Opening Night Reception, sponsored by CNN Newsource

Thursday, Sept. 27, 8-10 p.m. | Open to all attendees (badge required)

CNN Newsource is hosting the journalism party of the year at M&T Bank Stadium — home to the Baltimore Ravens. Whether you’re a fan of football, or just want a fun night to reconnect with colleagues and friends, you’re sure to have a good time at EIJs signature event. Join us as we officially kick off the conference with music, cocktails and a picture perfect view of the city. M&T Bank Stadium is a short 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Camden Yards Tour

Friday, Sept. 28 | $10

Oriole Park revolutionized baseball when it debuted on Opening Day 1992. Now's your chance to go behind the scenes of this historic ballpark and learn more about how it has continued to change the baseball fan's experience ever since.

Come see Oriole Park at Camden Yards from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the charm of the ballpark from club level suites, the press level and even the Orioles dugout.

Join your friends at EIJ Friday, Sept. 28, for the Camden Yard Tour. $10 per ticket.

Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. More information is available on the Orioles' website.

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