Only 21 percent of U.S. adults say they have “a lot of trust” in information from national news sources, according to 2018 data from Pew Research Center. Local news fares only marginally better, at 28%. It’s not news that trust in news is low. The question is what to do about it. An innovative story format piloted by Cronkite News at Arizona State University suggests one path.
Arizona State University took top honors in a new contest aimed at showing broadcasters how younger viewers want to see TV news presented, and will accept the award at BEA’s annual convention during the NAB Show.
Sponsored by TVNewsCheck and the Broadcast Education Association, the Disrupt the News challenge seeks entries that generally stick to the programming flow of a local TV newscast, but make the format more attractive to younger audiences, especially millennials.
Student journalists who create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news in broadcasting will be awarded monetary prizes.
RTDNA members will judge entries in a TVNewsCheck–BEA challenge asking students to produce the news the way they want to see it. The winners will receive cash prizes and will be showcased at BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas (April 6-9), which overlaps with the NAB Show (April 8-11).
TVNewsCheck and the Broadcast Education Association are looking for student journalists who can create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news. The winners will receive monetary prizes to be presented during BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas.