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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
RTDNA and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force have sent letters to the chairwomen and chairmen of the nation’s largest political campaign committees, Democrat and Republican, requesting that they urge 2018 congressional and state legislative candidates not to inflame the passions of those who may be predisposed to lash out at members of the news media.
March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, an “annual nationwide celebration of access to public information,” and a fitting way to follow last week’s RTDNF First Amendment Awards. The motto of Sunshine Week, spearheaded by ASNE and RCFP, is “Your right to know.” It is the public’s right to know where taxpayer money is going, how the public’s business is being conducted, and what actions elected officials are taking.