The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has announced the winners of the 30th annual First Amendment Awards. They represent the role journalists play in local and national media to practice the First Amendment. A total of seven awards will be given, to ABC’s David Muir, 60 Minutes, NBC’s Bob Horner, Hearst’s Barbara Maushard, Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and WFLA’s Steve Andrews.
Barbara Maushard is promoted to news SVP overseeing an expanded news team; Andrew Vrees named news VP Lori Waldon is now regional director of news.
The station group is honoring the long-time newsman and executive who spent 46 years at the company by naming its two-year-old fellowship program for TV news producers after him. The goal of the Fred Young fellowship is to continue Young’s legacy, identifying talented college graduates with leadership skills and give them the training they will need for a fast start and swift rise in the TV business.
The annual NewsTECHForum from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will begin Dec. 14. A gathering of leading TV station group news executives will address operational and technical challenges that news pros face in covering stories, particularly big breaking stories, as well as how local TV news can compete with — and take advantage of — digital media. The TV Station Group Perspective panel features Scott Livingston, VP of news, Sinclair; Barbara Maushard, VP of news, Hearst; Bart Feder, VP of news, Tribune Broadcasting; and David Friend, SVP, news, CBS TV Stations. For more information on NewsTECHForum and to register, click here.
The company’s VP, news, Barbara Maushard, is tapped to succeed Brian Bracco in overseeing the company’s news product — on-air, online and on mobile platforms.