RTDNF Scholarships Entry Form
The Radio-Television News Directors Foundation was established by the RTDNA in 1978 to offer financial assistance to students in Canada.
This year, seven scholarships will be awarded to Canadian students, bringing the total amount awarded to students by RTDNF to more than $343,500.
- APPLICATION DATE: Entries must be received by March 29, 2019: Entry Deadline
STEP 1: Review the Qualifications
You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian broadcast journalism course at either a college or university;
You must be a Canadian citizen;
Or be enrolled in other college or university program and studying a broadcast journalism course option;
Or be enrolled in a college or university program and be actively involved in news gathering at a radio or TV station or digital news media site on or off campus.
Entrants for the RTDNF Scholarship, the Marketwired Award, Broadcasters of Atlantic Canada Scholarship and The Canadian Press/Eric Murray Scholarship must submit online a completed entry form, and one of the following: a Radio or TV documentary or online feature, newscast, sportscast, or spot news or sports report.
Applicants for the BNN /Jim O'Connell scholarship must be interested in business journalism, and submit a short essay explaining their interest along with their completed online entry form, in addition to a business story designed for either television or radio.
A full broadcast script indicating the total running time must accompany the entry.
The total scholarship presentation time must not exceed 10 minutes.
- A Cover sheet and Resume must be submitted. The Cover sheet should speak to your individual work in the submission, the topic selection, research, interviews and reaction to the finished story.
- The Resume.
- Be organized and consistent. Keep the formatting simple and easy-to-read so that key information like your name stands out.
- List activities chronologically within each section so the most recent is highlighted.
- Be detailed and results-oriented. "Produced X stories per week for student news channel with viewership of X" is much better than "Reported for student news channel."
- Things you might want to include on your resume are you relevant experience, achievements, and skills. As a student, you may not have much journalism work experience, but internships or even volunteer experience counts too. Achievements might include awards, scholarships, or professional organization memberships. Specialized skills or experiences like expertise in video editing software, fluency in a foreign language, or attending a journalism conference can set you apart from other candidates.
Submissions are limited to one per applicant and work must have been produced in the Fall 2017 – Spring 2019 school year.
Deadline is: Friday, March 29, 2019
All entries must be submitted online.
STEP 2: Review the List of Scholarships
Please review the List of Scholarships and prepare your application materials.
STEP 3: Start the Online Process
Submitting your scholarship entry online is a simple process and we recommend you start well before the March 29, 2019 deadline.
You have to select the scholarship for which you want to make a submission, supply us with the required application materials, as well as your contact information including your e-mail address.
Once you have submitted the information outlined above you will be able to sign into the website to complete your submission details and upload your media files. You may edit your submissions until the submission deadline as many times as you want to either complete or modify your entry.
Depending on your computer system the email may go to your Spam or Junk inbox. We suggest you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email list.
STEP 4: Review the Technical Guidelines for permissible Media
Before you complete your Awards Entry as outlined in Step 5 below, we recommend that you review the Technical Guidelines
in order to prepare the media file (sound or video) that you are required to upload prior to the submission deadline.
STEP 5: Complete your Scholarship Submission and Upload your Media File
Log in to the submissions site using the e-mail address and password which you registered with. Click the "Begin new submission" button to start a new submission, or click the "Edit" link next to an existing submission. On that web page, you will be asked to answer some questions regarding your scholarship submission as well as a description of your entry. Your submissions can be edited until the submission deadline and you can revisit that web page as many times as you want to either complete or modify your entry.
Finally, you will be asked to upload your media file. Depending on the size of your file, this may take a while. Your uploaded file will be converted to HTML5 video by our system, processing of which will also take some time, but you do not need to remain on the web page during this process. On subsequent visits to this web page, you will be able to review/listen to the file that you have uploaded, and if desired, you may upload a revised file.
Should you have any technical questions during this process please use the Help Button located at the bottom of that web page. This will put you in direct contact with our technical staff, who will be pleased to assist.