MBNAB.pngThe newly-named RTDNA (Radio, TV, Digital News Association) is kicking off its annual convention today in Las Vegas with a discussion of one of the biggest news stories of the year: the earthquake in Haiti and how the news media responded to it and covered it. Among the panelists, Parisa Khosravi, SVP of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide and Dr. Mona Khanna, a Medical Contributor for Fox News Chicago as well as NPR and AP correspondents and the president of Canada’s CTV News.

The session begins at 7pmET, we’ll be Tweeting highlights here. The RTDNA website is also live blogging the discussion.

RTDNA is once again partnering with the larger National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) with 80,000+ attendees over the next three days. Attendance is expected to be up this year compared to last year’s 83,842. That compares to 105,259 in 2008 and 111,028 in 2007.

Some of the highlights we’ll be looking to cover on TVNewser, WebNewser and the other mediabistro.com blogs: Tuesday’s keynote with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a conversation with “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner, and the induction of NBC Sports into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. NBC Sports & Olympics boss Dick Ebersol will be here to accept.

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