Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” to headline RTCA Annual Dinner

Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” to headline RTCA Annual Dinner

Dear RTCA members:

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce Roy Wood, Jr., a correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” as its headline entertainer at the 73rd annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

Wood became part of “The Best F#@ing News Team” as a correspondent in 2015 and in 2017 was named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, “This is Not Happening.” In 2017, his first one-hour standup special, “Father Figure,” premiered on Comedy Central along with an extended uncensored album released by Comedy Central Records.

Entertainment Weekly describes the thought-provoking comedy of Wood as “Charismatic Crankiness.” His comedy has entertained millions across stage, television and radio. Prior to The Daily Show, Wood co-starred for three seasons on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wood began his comedy career in 1999 while attending Florida A&M University, where he has a degree in broadcast journalism. In October 2006, he made his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2008, Wood appeared on HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam and was selected as one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing on NBC in 2010. Since then Wood has made appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He has also performed for American troops on numerous USO tours to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Guam and the Philippines.

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association aims to promote the radio and television news gathering fraternity and strives to protect the rights and privileges of radio and television news reporters, and assist in every way possible to maintain the high standards of reporting news by radio, television, wireless and other similar means of transmission. The RTCA credentials approximately 3,700 broadcasters from more than 100 news organizations to cover the United States Congress. 

For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.

http://www.roywoodjr.com

RTCA 2017 Annual Award Competition: Barone, Bloom and Thompson Awards

RTCA 2017 Annual Award Competition: Barone, Bloom and Thompson Awards

Dear RTCA members,

We are happy to kick off the 2017 submission process for the Joan S. Barone, David Bloom and Jerry Thompson awards. Winners will be announced at the 73rd annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner, set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Organizations can submit both the entry application and story content electronically.  See the attached documents for detailed information and instructions. 

The Joan S. Barone Award recognizes excellence in Washington-based Congressional or political reporting in the past year.  The award honors the memory of Joan Shorenstein Barone, a CBS producer known for her tenacity, detailed memory and relentless pursuit of answers from politicians.
To apply, click here: The Joan S. Barone Award 2017 

The David Bloom Award celebrates exceptional enterprise, investigative or enterprise reporting done in the past year, with a particular eye toward journalism that is fresh, daring or undertaken in difficult circumstances.  The award honors the memory of David Bloom, a dogged, creative and gutsy correspondent and anchor for NBC News.
To apply, click here: The David Bloom Award 2017

The Jerry Thompson Award recognizes extraordinary careers in photojournalism production, focusing on the qualities of selflessness, mentorship and commitment to quality.  The award honors the memory of Jerry Thompson, a longtime videographer for CNN known for his generous friendship, willingness to help others and consistently pushing above and beyond expectations.
To apply, click here: The Jerry Thompson Memorial Award 2017

For award questions or clarifications, please contact Mike_Mastrian@saa.senate.gov. For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.  

Media Access on Capitol Hill

Media Access on Capitol Hill

Your Executive Committee continues to pursue ways to protect and enhance our access to members of Congress at a time we frequently reach capacity in the hallways during active coverage of news.

We are compelled to write this letter because of two recent developments.  Within the last few weeks, staff with the Senate Rules Committee briefly banned hallway interviews with Senators, in part due to crowded corridors. 

Additionally, the Speaker’s Office met with our committee early this month to express similar concerns on the House side.  All members of the congressional community – including journalists – are growing concerned about the impact this is having on safety, particularly as it relates to the proliferation of cameras that have turned some of these areas into hazardous zones.

The Executive Committee strongly favors self-policing measures to avoid further restrictions to our access on Capitol Hill, including possible temporary removal of a Gallery member’s credentials for failure to comply with the on-site direction of Gallery staff, who are working diligently to assist us in this effort.   

If you have any suggestions on helping us better enforce the respectful gathering of broadcast media as we encounter members of Congress in congressional hallways, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

Here is a link to our current rules on covering Capitol Hill for your review:

http://rtcacaphill.org/about-rtca/coverage-rules/ 

Thanks,               

Craig Caplan
C-SPAN Capitol Hill Producer
2017 Congressional Radio-TV Correspondents’ Association Chair on behalf of the RTCA Executive Committee

Statement by the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association Executive Committee

Statement by the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association Executive Committee

We as the executive committee members of the RTCA condemn in the strongest possible terms the Senate Rules Committee’s effort to limit press access.

Restricting access in public spaces in the U.S. Capitol and Senate office buildings prevents the American public from hearing directly from their lawmakers.

We are in discussions with the Senate Rules Committee to address their concerns and look forward to developing a solution that does not curtail our First Amendment rights.

73rd Annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

73rd Annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is thrilled to announce the 73rd Annual Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner will occur at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

This year, with a new date in the fall, we are looking forward to honoring our distinguished colleagues and celebrating an extraordinary year in Congressional broadcast news coverage.  We are also partnering with Washington’s leading event production and design firm, Dufour & Co to ensure that the evening is one of the hottest tickets in town.

 

Additional information about ticket sales, the program and sponsorships will be released soon.
For questions, please contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com or call 202-510-9708.
We look forward to seeing you on October 25th!