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Online News Editor Takes Over as RTDNA Chairman

Emphasizing its reach across the digital media landscape, RTDNA appointed the editor-in-chief of a local news website and a public media news director to key positions on its board this week.

At the close of its Excellence in Journalism 2011 Conference, the organization introduced Kevin Benz of CultureMapAustin as its new chairman and members elected Vincent Duffy, news director of Michigan Radio, as chair-elect of RTDNA.

Duffy is the first first public media news director elected to the position and Benz is the first “pure-play” digital officer in the history of RTDNA.

“Concluding our first joint convention with the Society of Professional Journalists and the very successful inaugural Excellence in Journalism 2011 event, we are poised for the continued growth and transition of RTDNA,” Benz said. “Representing digital, television and radio in our chair positions reflects the energy electronic journalists experience on a daily basis as today’s journalism continues to evolve.”

Here’s Benz talking about RTDNA’s commitment to journalism…

And here’s Duffy outlining his plans for the organization…

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