Since attacks on journalists dramatically escalated last year, station groups have tightened safety protocols and veteran reporters are going into potentially volatile environments with escape routes at the ready. Even after 2020’s violent crescendo, journalists must be constantly vigilant against threats that “can happen spontaneously,” says Ruschell Boone, a reporter with NY1.
Ellen Crooke, Tegna’s VP of news, says the Black Lives Matter movement has promoted greater “intentionality” in the group’s efforts for diversity and inclusion in its news organizations and leadership. She adds that COVID-19 has also supercharged Tegna’s Verify fact-checking project and data visualization efforts.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people and newsrooms, Tegna has implemented corporate policies to keep reporters, producers and news executives safe.
Ellen Crooke, VP of news at Tegna, says the company is doing a top-to-bottom overhaul of its approach to local news led by next-generation innovators with a digital mindset. The goal is drawing in younger viewers with binge-worthy investigative, episodic digital content that finds broadcast iterations afterwards.
The former WXIA Atlanta news director will now work with Michael Valentine in leading news efforts at Gannett Broadcasting’s 46 stations.