Reports of the death of local journalism are greatly exaggerated, says RTDNA’s Dan Shelley. “I tend to view what’s happening now just as part of another cyclical shift in the business of journalism. We have seen this movie before. Waves of deregulation or other kinds of sea change have happened in the past, and journalism has adapted. While the previous waves did produce adjustments — which some skeptics and cynics still deride at every opportunity — the industry did, in fact, evolve. And guess what? The public is still being served well by the Fourth Estate.”
Changes in court rules can come slowly, but RTDNA continues to urge access at all levels.
Winners from across the country received their awards at Gotham Hall in New York City. RTDNA awarded 122 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 15 categories.
The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force is calling on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to ignore a tweet from President Trump seeking an investigation into what he called “Fake News Networks.”
So far this year, according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at least 23 journalists have been arrested merely for trying to do their jobs. More troubling, criminal charges are still pending for more than half of them; at least 12, to be precise.
Longtime RTDNA member and former chairman of the board Dan Shelley officially assumed his duties as executive director of the association and its foundation this morning. Shelley has served as incoming executive director of the two organizations since April.
The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force is offering support to journalists in Charlottesville, Va., who may have been arrested while covering Saturday’s protests involving alt-right nationalist organizations and groups opposing them.
The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force today expressed concern regarding actions taken Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and U.S. Capitol Police officers to prevent journalists from taking photos or videos of officers arresting protesters outside the Senate chamber.
RTDNA is joining the Society of Professional Journalists and a score of other journalism groups, urging the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the state of media in the United States. The groups say an informed public is crucial to democracy and they want to work together to ensure the public has an informed opinion of the press and its role.
“Our new portal gives our members access to exclusive members-only content, job postings, a directory to find and reach out to other members and much more,” said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. “It’s a new way to keep members connected to their Association and to each other.”
Twelve newsroom leaders took part in a recent study on emotional resistance to organizational change in local television newsrooms. They were interviewed to better understand how leaders perceived, responded to, and countered emotional resistance to change. Here are the results.
The news group is backing WPTA Fort Wayne, Ind., in its effort to reverse a court ruling barring it from airing audio of the sentencing hearing of a doctor who pleaded guilty to sexual battery. The Quincy Media station legally obtained the recording through an open records request.
President Trump’s contempt for the news media was again glaringly on display when he chose not to hold a news conference at the conclusion of the G-20 summit in Hamburg. But the impact of his decision goes far beyond simply demonstrating a lack of concern for informing the American people.
The rule, which requires reporters at TV and radio station to tell sources on the phone that they intend to broadcast the call, singles out broadcasters. Journalists at no other media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines or digital outlets have this requirement, the RTDNA tells the agency.
The latest RTDNA-Hofstra University Annual Survey finds the minority workforce in TV news rose to 24.4%. That’s up more than a full point from a year ago… and is the second highest level ever in TV news. The minority workforce at non-Hispanic TV stations rose to the highest level ever. However, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 27 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 12.1 points; but the minority workforce in TV news is up just over half that at 6.6.
CNN’s Jake Tapper will receive the 2017 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.
Waterman Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WBBH Fort Myers, Fla., is being sued for defamation, along with two of its anchors and one of its reporters, by State Attorney Stephen Russell after an investigative report that aired in November left Russell, according to his lawsuit, with “hurt feelings.”
The anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will be honored for a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on Sept. 8.
Stations across the country are recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association for outstanding journalism. Among the many winners are KXAS Dallas and WWBT Richmond, Va., for overall excellence in large market and small market television, respectively.
RTDNA has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and several other media organizations in calling on police in Willows, Calif., to protect a local newspaper editor and reporter who has received death threats during the past two months.
RTNDA’s Voice of the First Amendment Task Force expressed concern Monday about the safety of journalists in the U.S., following the guilty plea and light sentence for Rep.-Elect Greg Gianforte in a misdemeanor assault case, which charged him with physically attacking a reporter last month.
The number of TV stations originating local news accelerated its generally steady slide … dropping nine from last year. The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey shows the number of TV stations originating local news is down to 705 from last year’s 714. There were 717 two years ago. Those 705 TV stations run news on those and another 357 stations. The latter number is another new, all-time high – up 18 from last year’s 339. That total keeps going up, but it’s doing so because a smaller number of newsrooms are running news on more and more outlets.