Newsroom Diversity In 2020, Pt. 2

The percentage of people of color in local TV news reached a record high for the third year in a row. However, the percentage of people of color in the local TV workforce is up just 0.7 percentage points, and the gap in representation is down just 0.2 percentage points. In the last 30 years, the percentage of people of color among the U.S. population overall is up 13.4 points, but just 8.8 among the local TV new workforce. The representation gap, which widened after 2005, has been shrinking slowly the last four years.

RTDNA Names 2020 Kaleidoscope Award Winners

Groups Ask SCOTUS To Continue Live Broadcasts

Fix the Court, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists have joined with more than two dozen groups to ask Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to continue to provide live audio of its oral arguments.

RTDNA Announces Regional Murrow Winners

Selected from a record of more than 5,000, these 750 regional winners represent the best in local broadcast news. The winning work includes 36 podcasts, a new category for 2020, along with nearly 50 investigative reports and more than 100 examples of excellence in innovation, social media and multimedia.

Local TV News May Never Be The Same

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has universally disrupted newsrooms, and most local TV news directors expect the disruption to be long-lasting. A special edition of the RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey details the impacts of COVID-19 on local TV news stations throughout the country as they strive to provide their communities the best coverage possible, but struggle with production challenges and potential economic effects.

An Open Letter To Journalists Covering Coronavirus

A thank-you from RTDNA Executive Director: Dear Fellow Journalists: The communities where you live and work owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. Most of us got into journalism to serve the public. Now more than ever your public service is important. Stay motivated, stay safe and continue asking questions and reporting stories that will our communities get through this time of uncertainty.”

Linsey Davis To Headline 2020 First Amendment Awards

RTDNA Rolls Out New Logo

In addition to the refreshed look, the association plans new and updated resources on, expanded in-person and online training opportunities and a redesigned curriculum at its annual conference.

RTDNA Opposes State Department’s Ban Of NPR Journalist

Syracuse U., RTDNA To Partner On Annual Newsroom Survey

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the Radio Television Digital News Association will partner to conduct the association’s annual Newsroom Survey. The survey, established in 1972, represents the only comprehensive annual research of radio and television newsrooms, providing unique insight into staffing, salaries, news coverage, business operations — and how local broadcast news is […]

New Categories, Fresh Look For Murrow Awards

RTDNA adds podcast and feature-length documentary categories for next year’s journalism competition.

Best Of Journalism Honored At Murrow Awards

RTDNA presented more than 120 awards to professional and student journalists Monday night. The over 4,600 entries set a record. Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director: “Celebrate these examples of outstanding responsible journalism. Then, return to your newsrooms to continue the never-ending task of seeking and reporting the truth. Nothing less than the future of our society demands it.”

RTDNA Membership Elects 8 Directors, Chair-Elect

5 Ways To Innovate Like A Murrow Winner

Inspiration from creative, interactive award-winning journalism.

Coalition Fights Proposed EPA FOIA Restrictions

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is leading a coalition of 38 media organizations, including RTDNA, in arguing against the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to its Freedom of Information Act regulations.

Ed Godfrey, Former RTDNA Leader, Dies

Godfrey, who served as one of RTNDA’s final elected presidents in 1984, died June 18 in Louisville, Ky., several months after being injured in a fall. He was 88. Godfrey’s legacy includes leadership on a number of pivotal regulatory issues, including, perhaps most notably, the effort to abolish the Fairness Doctrine.

RTDNA Announces National Murrow Winners

From more than 4,600 entries, these awards recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories.  The winners at the national level also include Student Murrow Awards in five categories of audio, video and digital reporting.

Two First Amendment Victories In Fla.

The sun is shining a little brighter in the Sunshine State, thanks to a pair of mid-May court rulings in cases involving press freedom in which the RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force has been involved.

RTDNA Awards Anchor And Producer Leadership Summit Scholarships

Scott Pelley To Receive Paul White Award

The veteran CBS newsman will be recognized for a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism on Friday, Sept. 6, at Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

More Stations Offering Local News

The number of TV stations originating local news is up, and the number of stations running local news is close to last year’s all-time high.

Local Broadcasters Optimistic About Future

Though less optimistic than five years ago, local broadcast companies and news directors are overwhelmingly confident in the future of local radio and TV, including local news. The latest RTDNA/Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University newsroom survey shows that local news directors believe in the importance of local news and the unique position of local broadcasters to provide news and information the community needs.

RTDNA, More Than 100 Other Groups Oppose DHS Surveillance Of Journalists, Others

RTDNA Honoring John Quiñones With Hogan Award

RTDNA Takes First Amendment Fight To States

Local journalists are reckoning with a new reality: The greatest threat to working in journalism is public contempt for us as a workforce. Journalists should be able to go to work without fear of being attacked or intimidated. In addition to providing training on increased safety measures, journalists need legislative action to ensure violence is not an acceptable form of criticism and to penalize those who recklessly interfere efforts to seek and report the truth on behalf of the public.

Common Murrow Award Entry Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

RTDNA Applauds Senate Press Freedom Resolution

Future Journalists Shine At Murrow Awards

2019 Murrow Awards Open Now

Special Guests To Present At Sold-Out Murrow Awards

Terence Shepherd Is RTDNA Chair-Elect

Murrow-Winning Work Tackles Opioid Crisis

Illustrating the devastating impact of opioid addiction on communities, highlighting the hope that recovery can bring, and unveiling the systems complicit in the epidemic’s spread, Murrow Award-winning reports this year covered the opioid crisis from every angle.

RTDNA Calls For Lawmaker To Quit Panel

News Directors To Students: ‘Disrupt The News’

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).

RTDNA Urges Support Of Free Press Campaign

The Radio Television Digital News Association and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force are calling on its more than 1,200 members and their broadcast and digital news outlets to join the Boston Globe and more than 100 other local newspapers across the country on Aug. 16 in a coordinated editorial response to attacks from President Trump on the media.

RTDNA Slams Fox News POTUS Interview

Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, took to USA Today to call out Fox News Channel for its interviews with President Donald Trump — conducted by Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson — following his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but praised Chris Wallace’s one-on-one with Putin.

RTDNA Announces 2018 Student Murrow Awards

What Do Murrow Winners Have In Common?

With more than 100 documentaries, news series, digital projects, podcast episodes, news packages and more recognized this year, the 2018 National Murrow Award winners are fertile ground for new and seasoned journalists alike looking for examples of the best in the craft of broadcast and digital journalism. In looking at the list of winners from this year, a few patterns emerge. These commonalities are clues into what makes good journalism

RTDNA Weighs In On Sinclair Flap, Kind Of

The journalism organization does not directly address the Sinclair flap, saying only that “many questions about been raised recently about the degree to which the news … is truly local and truly independent.”

Weaponized ‘Fake News’ Claims Do Damage

It should come as no surprise — although it is quite disturbing — that a new poll finds 77% of Americans believe responsible journalists report “fake news” at least occasionally. Thirty-one percent believe we report “fake news” regularly.