RTDNA To Honor CBS’s Lesley Stahl

The news organization will present its 2015 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism to Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes. The award will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 19, at RTDNA’s Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando, Fla.

Pierre Thomas Wins RTDNA Hogan Award

The ABC News correspondent will be honored for his contributions to journalism and freedom of the press in a ceremony on Sept. 19 at the RTDNA’s Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention in Orlando, Fla.


Social Media Use Grows In Newsrooms

The latest survey from RTDNA and researcher Bob Papper finds that TV and radio newsrooms are making greater use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Nearly three-quarter of TV news directors reported doing something new with social media in 2014. Overall, newsrooms with Twitter accounts didn’t increase over the prior year, but the percentage saying they use it “constantly” increased by 12 points

RTDNA Names Regional Murrow Winners

RTDNA has announced the 2015 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, RTDNA awarded 673 regional awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Website.

Compton Wins 2015 First Amendment Award

Ann Compton, the longtime ABC newswoman and White House press corps vet, has been named RTDNA’s 2015 First Amendment Award honoree. She was the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization.


Bob Simon: A Reporter’s Reporter

RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender says the passing of 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon reminds us all too starkly of who and what really matters in the world of journalism.

RTDNA Condemns Paris Terrorist Attack

RTDNA joined millions of people around the world in condemning the terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. “Violence against any member of the press, whether correspondents on the front lines or artists employing satire to comment on society is an affront to free people everywhere,” said Mike Cavender, RTDNA executive director. “Those behind this attack must be brought to justice.”

Hearst Is RTDNA’s Newest Corporate Member

Hearst Television joins other major station groups including Gannett, Nexstar and Sinclair in partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Association.


RTDNA Accepting 2015 Murrow Entries

RTDNA Hands Out National Murrow Awards

CBS won five in television and three in radio, and NBC won two awards in television. Univision won for best network television website.


FCC & Redskins: This Isn’t The Way To Do It

Regardless of which side of the controversy you’re on, RTDNA sees this latest issue as a simple matter of free speech—and one in which the government has no role. If the FCC bans this term, what’s next? Will there be other words determined as not fit for current social conventions? And do we want those decisions made by a government bureaucracy? We think not.

’60 Minutes’ Report Wins Al Neuharth Award

The award and $5,000 cash prize from RTDNA is in recognition of the show’s Lethal Medicine report on tainted steroid injections from a now defunct pharmacy that caused a meningitis outbreak deemed responsible for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

Appeals Courts Pressed For Same-Day Audio

As the judicial branch’s policymaking body convenes this week, the Coalition for Court Transparency, of which RTDNA is a member, is calling on judges who sit on the Judicial Conference to implement a uniform, same-day audio policy for hearings conducted in the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals across the country.

RTDNA Confab To Focus On Practical Issues

The RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference that kicks off tomorrow in Nashville will place “an emphasis far less on theory and more on practical application,” says the group’s Mike Cavender. “It’s not enough to be a broadcaster. It’s not enough to be a print journalist or a digital journalist. You’ve got to be able to translate to all the other platforms,” he adds.

RTDNA On Ferguson: Journos Need Access

Radio Television Digital News Association’s Executive Director Mike Cavender wrote a letter to Ferguson, Mo.’s chief of police on Wednesday urging “Ferguson police to work with journalists.”

RTDNA Honors Personal Finance Reporting

The Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) today announce the winners of the 2014 RTDNA/NEFE Award for Personal Finance Reporting. As part of the two organizations’ ongoing efforts to encourage radio, television and online news outlets to report on personal finance issues, three winners have been chosen for […]


TV Stations Producing News Inch Up to 719

The number of TV stations producing new rose by two to 719, but total newsroom employment dipped 1.5% to 27,700, according to the latest joint annual survey of RTDNA and Hofstra University. The decline in employment may be due to the poor response to the survey from stations in the top 25 markets, Hofstra and RTDNA said. The survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013.

24 TV Stations Take Home Murrow Awards

This year, RTDNA awarded 98 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories. “The work of our honorees speaks volumes about the quality and diversity of electronic journalism available today,” said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. “Each winning entry demonstrates how powerful a well-told story can be.” The awards in New York on Oct. 6.

RTDNA Hogan Award Goes To Harvey Nagler

Longtime CBS Radio News Vice President Harvey Nagler is the winner of the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2014 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. “We’re proud to honor one of the driving forces behind radio news in America,” said Mike […]

RTDNA Now Offering Corporate Memberships

Corporate membership allows groups to enroll individuals from all their stations for $100 per year, versus the usual $199.

Dick Ebersol Named Paul White Award Winner

RTDNA’s 2014 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism goes to Dick Ebersol, former longtime chairman of NBC Sports. “For more than four decades, Dick Ebersol has represented the best of broadcasting,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of RTDNA. “His mark on television is as memorable as it is indelible.”

What’s News? Excellence In Journalism ’14 Knows

RTDNA Announces Regional Murrow Winners

This year, RTDNA awarded 661 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Website. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism and the winners advance to the national competition.

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Social Media Putting Pressure On Journalism

Social media, particularly Twitter, is testing journalistic standards by pushing out large amounts of often unconfirmed information that reporters are expected to compete with. An RTDNA panel discusses how journalists can protect themselves from getting swept up in the frenzy.

RTDNF Offers Newsroom Leadership Guides

When it comes to managing a newsroom, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own. RTDNA and RTDNF offer dozens of training seminars for news leaders at its annual convention, as well as networking opportunities with newspeople from around the country and around the world. And now, for the first time, it’s offering its most helpful and popular newsroom leadership publications at no charge for you to study.

EIJ 2013

Plenty of RTDNA No-Shows At EIJ 2013

Outgoing RTDNA chairman Vince Duffy says he’s disappointed by his group’s attendance at the joint journalism conference, but is pleased that his group is no longer in the red. Overall, EIJ attendance was up, boosted by this year’s addition of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in addition to RTDNA and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Chris Wallace: Better To Be Right Than First

In picking up his Paul White Award from the RTDNA in Anaheim, Calif., yesterday, the host of Fox News Sunday advises his fellow journalists not to sacrifice accuracy for speed in reporting. “Play the long game. Tell your audience we won’t always have it first, not because we aren’t covering the story, but precisely because we are covering the story.”


EIJ13 Conference Casts Wide Journalistic Net

This year’s Excellence in Journalism convention Aug. 24-26 in Anaheim will feature sessions and other content suggestions submitted by RTDNA members and will also be co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The joint sponsorship is reflected in the wide range of sessions and workshops that are of interest to journalists across-the-board, increasingly so as newspeople are required to work on multiple platforms.


Station Interest In Investigation, IRE On Rise

With more television stations and groups investing in investigative journalism, some industry groups, including Investigative Reporters and Editors, are seeing a resurgence of interest and attendance, and not at the expense of other organizations.

National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners

KYW Philadelphia and WVUE New Orleans took overall excellence honors for large and small markets, respectively, in this year’s Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

RTDNA’s Hogan Award Goes To Belva Davis

Fox News’ Chris Wallace Wins Paul White Award

RTDNA Joins Groups Opposing Calif. Bills

RTDNA joins the National Press Photographers Association and other journalism organizations to oppose California proposals to restrict newsgathering. Two bills making their way through the California legislature would broadly redefine personal privacy with the intent of keeping paparazzi away from celebrities, but with the added consequences of severely curtailing legitimate newsgathering, while exposing journalists to criminal prosecution and civil liability.

Murrow Awards Deadline Extended To Feb. 20

Hinds New RTDNA Communications Manager

Cameras in the Court: A State-By-State Guide

RTDNA Rolls Out Revamped Website

RTDNA Hands Out Its Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association celebrated the best in electronic journalism Monday night as it presented 99 Edward R. Murrow Awards to 67 news organizations at its annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York in front of more than 400 journalists and guests.


New RTDNA Chair Sets Aggressive Agenda

Vince Duffy has his work cut out for him, with a goal to boost membership significantly – a goal he’s set himself for the group. He also wants to increase journalism training, but without grant money to do so. But that’s what the news business is about these days – doing more with fewer resources.

RTDNA Elects Officers, Duffy Now Chair

Vincent Duffy of Michigan Radio took over as Chairman of RTDNA as the group completed its joint conference with SPJ, “Excellence In Journalism 2012” in Ft. Lauderedale, Fla. Former Chair Kevin Benz, whose tenure saw the hiring of Mike Cavendere as RTDNA executive director, is now chair of RTDNF, the related foundation.