Tim Scheld Becomes RTDNA Chair; Board Of Directors Election Results Announced

NBC News’ Richard Engel Earns RTDNA’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award

Engel, the NBC News chief foreign correspondent, accepted the award Thursday evening Indianapolis, and in his acceptance remarks, delivered what came across as “a call to action” to the journalists in attendance, warning that free speech and democracy are endangered — and that journalists have a responsibility to overcome what he calls “censorship by static” that has come to characterize the social media age over the past 16 years.

Study On Trust in Journalism Offers Roadmap To Fight ‘Fake News’ Attacks

If just one journalist from a local news source is not trusted, audiences are overwhelmingly less likely to use the source overall. That is one of several takeaways from a groundbreaking fact-finding research project the Radio Television Digital News Association conducted with Magid. According to the study, 60% of local news viewers are in “strong agreement” that one journalist can compel people to tune out. But that was one of several factors that have a big impact on trust in local news.

RTDNA Announces National Murrow Award Winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the national winners of the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Awards. These awards recognize more than 100 outlets for outstanding work in digital, radio and television journalism in technical and editorial categories. There were more than 5,200 entries this year. TV station winners cited for “Overall Excellence” are WGME Portland, Maine, and KUSA Denver.

NBC News’ Richard Engel To Receive RTDNA’s John F. Hogan Award

Judy Woodruff To Receive RTDNA’s 2022 Paul White Award

Named for the first news director of CBS, the award recognizes an individual’s lifetime contributions to electronic journalism. Woodruff will be recognized during an awards ceremony and reception Sept. 15 at RTDNA22 in Indianapolis.


Taking Stock Of Local TV News, OTT And NextGen TV In 2022

This is the third year for the RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey question: What, if anything, are you doing with OTT? It’s the second year that we’ve asked what, if anything, stations are doing with NextGen TV.

Registration Now Open For RTDNA22 Conference

RTDNA Announces Region 13 Murrow Award Winners

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of consideration, which also includes digital news organization, network and student competitors. Among the most prestigious awards in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.

Cesar Conde, Kim Godwin, ‘Face the Nation’, Steve Kornacki Among 2021-22 RTDNF Award Honorees

RTDNA Seeks Your Help As DOJ Investigates Police Departments For Interfering With Journalists

Application Deadlines Extended For RTDNF’s 2022 Scholarship And Fellowship Programs

RTDNA Issues New Guidelines For Crime Coverage

RTDNA Accepting Entries For 2022 Murrow Awards

The Murrow Awards recognize excellence in broadcast, digital and student journalism. Only work published between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, will be eligible for entry. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 10, 2022. Regional winners will be announced in late spring 2022 and national winners will be announced in summer 2022. National winners will be honored at the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on Oct. 10, 2022, in New York City.

2022 RTDNF Scholarship And Fellowship Applications Now Open

Meet The Newest Members Of RTDNA’s Board

Allison McGinley, news director of WKMG-TV Orlando, Fla., was installed as chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association at RTDNA21 in Denver. McGinley will serve in that role for one year. (BP Miller/Chorus Photography)


Transparency Is Key To Local News’ Credibility

Local TV news may still fare better than national outlets with viewer trust, but transparency is essential for outlets to hold that ground. Partnerships with outside fact-checking organizations helps, as does better sourcing and verification practices, along with being candid with viewers, even if that means admitting being in the dark. Note: This story, which is available to all, would normally be reserved for TVNewsCheck Premium members only.

RTDNA & NEFE Announce 2021 Personal Finance Reporting Award Winners


Delta Be Damned, RTDNA Presses On With Live Conference

RTDNA will be the canary in the coal mine for journalism conferences in September, when it convenes in Denver without the Society of Professional Journalists, its longtime partner. Executive Director Dan Shelley discusses plans for navigating the live event amid the Delta surge and the most pressing dangers and prerogatives facing journalists as unsteady times continue and attacks on reporters persist.

RTDNA Honors Susan Zirinsky With 2021 Paul White Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association will present Susan Zirinsky with the 2021 Paul White Award for her achievements in and contributions to the field of electronic journalism. The award-winning broadcast journalist first joined CBS News in the 1970s at the age of 20 two weeks after the Watergate scandal. In 2019, after a nearly 50-year tenure, she was appointed the first female president and senior executive producer of CBS News, which she held until April 2021. She now has a production partnership with ViacomCBS.

RTDNA To Honor Soledad O’Brien

The organization will fete award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, philanthropist and host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien during RTDNA21, Sept. 23-24.

RTDNA21 Conference Registration Open

RTDNA21 is described as “a brand-new news leadership retreat unlike any conference you’ve been to before. It’s all about community, connection, service and leadership.” In 2021, the organization is celebrating The Year of the Team with two major pillars: Representation and Resilience at the annual conference set for Sept. 23-24 in Denver.


Reporter Safety A Story That Won’t Go Away

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.

Reinventing Local TV News Part II: The Newsroom Animator Experiment

The storytelling formula adopted across the local TV news industry looks similar to what’s been used for generations. Yet the possibilities for innovation are growing by the day. For several years now, an RTDNA research project, Reinventing Local TV News (RLTVN), has been looking at this gap between practice and possibility.

Reinventing Local TV News: The Case For Video Innovation And Animation Part I

The storytelling formula adopted across the local TV news industry looks similar to what’s been used for generations. Yet the possibilities for innovation are growing by the day. For several years now, an RTDNA research project, Reinventing Local TV News (RLTVN), has been looking at this gap between practice and possibility.

RTDNA Calls On California To Protect Journalists’ Lawful Pursuit Of The Truth


More Stations Produced More Local News In 2020

Local radio and television news played an essential role during 2020 in keeping communities informed during COVID, a nationwide racial reckoning and a treacherous election cycle. The first installment of the annual RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Newsroom Survey shows that despite facing revenue shortfalls, budget cuts and unprecedented operational challenges, more local TV news aired in 2020 than ever recorded by the long running survey.

RTDNA Backs WBFF’s Coverage Of Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office

RTDNA Announces Regional Murrow Winners

RTDNA today announced the regional winners of the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards. More than 750 awards recognize over 350 local radio and television stations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four countries. This year, the awards added Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a new category.

Data From A Dangerous Year In Journalism

During the past year, the job of seeking and reporting the truth became increasingly dangerous. Journalists were threatened, assaulted and arrested at an alarming rate while on the job. We faced unprecedented levels of verbal and physical violence at the hands of civilians, police and the leaders we are meant to hold accountable. Every year, RTDNA releases data from a survey of broadcast newsrooms from across the country. This year, for the first time in our history, the report compiled by the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University included a section on media safety. Our research team wanted to understand how repeated, targeted acts of violence have impacted newsrooms across the country. The responses were alarming.

RTDNA Remembers Paul Davis, Journalist, Past RTDNA President, Treasurer

RTDNA: It’s Time To Strengthen America’s Right To A Free Press

Years of anti-journalist rhetoric trumpeted by those in power has caused a dramatic and disturbing increase in attacks on the media. News organizations large and small are taking security measures they never thought would be necessary in this country. In 2020, RTDNA introduced its Five-Point Policy Framework, designed to strengthen the role journalists and journalism play in a healthy democracy. In line with this framework, RTDNA has identified two legislative priorities in 2021 that will ensure journalists can continue to seek and report the truth on behalf of the public safely.


No Time For Complacency By Journalists

It is a welcome respite, to no longer hear terms such as “fake news” and “enemy of the people” emanating from the White House. But this is no time for complacency among journalists across the country who work hard every day to serve their communities by seeking and reporting the truth. There are still major challenges that need to be addressed.

RTDNA Launches SAFE Journalist Training & Resource Center

RTDNA Accepting 2021 Murrow Awards Entries

Journalism published by radio, television and digital news organizations as well as by student journalists between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, is eligible for entry.

RTDNA’s 2020 Journalists Of The Year

It was a year unlike any other in most of our lifetimes, and RTDNA wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank the journalists who have gone above and beyond this year.

RTDNF Names 2020 Ed Bradley Scholar

RTDNA Honors Pitts, Alcindor With White, Hogan Awards

Stations, Networks Honored With Murrow Awards

Among networks, CBS News took home six awards, NBC News four, with ABC News winning for overall excellence in network TV. Among station goups, E.W. Scripps posted six awards, Nexstar four. Here’s the complete list of national winners.


2020 National Murrow Awards To Be Announced Live