JESSELL AT LARGE

If News Is So Important, Why Isn’t RTDNA?

The group is crucial to broadcasting, as news departments try to absorb new technology and fend off regulations that curb press freedoms. But right now, it has more than it can handle due to the dwindling industry support. Show you care by paying dues, buying a seat at the Murrow dinner and attending the annual conference.

RTDNA Gives Hogan Award To Univision’s Ramos

RTDNA Applauds Utah Court Coverage Move

Proposed rules, if adopted, would make Utah the 47th state to allow electronic media coverage in some form in trial courts. “There can be no doubt [this] will create greater transparency, will increase Utah citizens’ knowledge and understanding of the court system, and will advance the public’s right to know as it pertains to the judicial system,” the group says.

COMMENTARY BY MIKE CAVENDER

Colo. Court Gets It Wrong In Aurora Case

Once again, the public is being denied an opportunity to witness a very important judicial event. The decision by Colorado judge William Sylvester ordering that James Holmes’ latest court appearance be closed to cameras is yet another example of how far we haven’t come in being able to shed light on one of the most basic aspects of American society — its jurisprudence system.

COMMENTARY FROM VINCE DUFFY

When Should Stations NOT Report Info?

Do the media have a responsibility not to talk about certain subjects or raise certain possibilities because it might put ideas in people’s heads? There are numerous examples of media outlets showing restraint.

COMMENTARY BY MIKE CAVENDER

HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ As Pop Culture

The Newsroom is engaging television, set against a backdrop that many people find interesting — the TV news business. I find the show a diversion worthy of an hour of my time each week — especially since now, I can pick which hour that will be!

CBS’s Fager To Receive Paul White Award

Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, will receive RTDNA’s highest honor during the Excellence in Journalism 2012 Conference in Fort Lauderdale this September.

Entry Time For Personal Finance Reporting Award

Four Ways To Get Vital Public Information

WPTV’s Lynn Walsh: “I feel it is important for us as journalists to hold freedom of information and public information laws to the laws and statutes that they are. So, with that in mind, here are a few things to think about when trying to obtain information.”

RTDNA Joins In Brief In FOIA Case

Happy Birthday Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow was born 104 years ago today in North Carolina. His legacy is abundantly prevalent in our industry. On this day, we like to take a few moments to reflect on Murrow’s contributions to our profession. There is perhaps no better way to do that than by listening to and reading Murrow’s 1958 “Wires and Lights in a Box” speech from the then RTNDA Convention.

How To Build A Special Local News Site

When there is a big local trial it usually means team coverage, lots of live interviews with your legal expert and more use of file video than you would probably like. Whether it was a murder or a corruption case, the community wants to know all the details about the person or people in their town that is involved. Here are some tips on how to create a special website for all that coverage.

RTDNA Honors Stations With Murrow Awards

12 small The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

RTDNF Offers Stations Sunshine Week PSAs

RTDNF has produced public service announcements for station to air the week of March 11-17, Sunshine Week, and throughout the year. The PSAs are :15 or :30 in English and Spanish.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Mike Cavender: A Strong Voice For RTDNA

After a relatively quiet few years, the organization is hoping to raise its visibility with its new executive director, an experienced broadcast news veteran who can speak out on the First Amendment and other issues affecting electronic journalists and perhaps restore the annual conference to its former stature.

STATION ADVISORY

The Changing World Of Non-Competes

The landscape surrounding non-complete clauses has changed in recent years. This affects such clauses in contracts involving staff in TV, radio, cable and, now, even Internet and satellite services.

New Year’s Resolutions For Facebook Pages

The key to an active Facebook page for your station is the same as it is for your own personal page. If you have interesting things to say and engage people in conversation, your Facebook audience will grow and the participants will value the page. If your Facebook page is used as a marketing tool, and the only way you get “likes” is with contests, nobody is going to bother with it. Here are some pretty basic things you can do to improve the number of fans and the activity on your station’s page.

COMMENTARY FROM KEVIN BENZ

‘It’s Time For SCOTUS To Let Us In’

The Supreme Court of the United States will soon hear arguments for and against one of the most debated and polarizing pieces of legislation since Roe v. Wade — The Obama health care reform law. If there has ever been a time to open the Supreme Court to the citizens it serves, now is the time.

Mike Cavender Named RTDNA Executive Dir.

The journalism organization says the appointment of the 25-year media veteran reaffirms its commitment to providing best practices for the journalist and advocate for journalism in Washington.

RTDNA Looking For Programs & Events Mgr.

RTDNA Accepting Entries For 2012 Murrow Awards

RTDNA To Honor Hottelet, Primo With DSAs

RTDNA Sets Murrow Awards Dinner Presenters

Local Web Editor Becomes RTDNA Chairman

Kevin Benz, editor-in-chief of CultureMapAustin.com, a lifestyle site serving the Texas capital, assumed the leadership of the Radio Television Digital News Association yesterday during its joint convention with the Society of Professional Journalists. Benz is the first pure-play digital editor to lead RTDNA.

EIJ 2011

RTDNA/SPJ Supplying Heavy Dose Of How-To

How do you manage a newsroom? How do you tell a real video from a bogus one? How do you use social media to cover your beat? These are among many questions addressed in sessions at the joint RTDNA/SPJ Excellence In Journalism conference taking place in New Orleans this week.

RTDNA Honors Linda Ellerbee, Lara Logan

In ceremonies at its conference in New Orleans last night, the Radio Television Digital News Association gave its highest honor, the Paul White Award, to broadcasting pioneer Linda Ellerbee and presented CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan with its John F. Hogan Award for distinguished service.

AIR CHECK

Relevance Is Top Priority At RTDNA Show

After teaming with the NAB for its annual conference, the Radio Television Digital News Association has a new partner this year, the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s a move RTDNA Chairman Kevin Benz says gives the group an opportunity to present a conference “that is absolutely and totally journalism-based. We believe that we will be putting on the most important journalism discussion in the country.”

RTDNA To Honor CBS’s Lara Logan

The network’s chief foreign correspondent will receive the journalism group’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award at its Excellence in Journalism 2011 Conference on Sept. 26.

CBS’s Fager To Deliver RTDNA-SPJ Keynote

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced Wednesday that Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer for 60 Minutes, will deliver the keynote address at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 Conference in New Orleans next month. Fager will deliver his Excellence in Journalism 2011 keynote […]

Linda Ellerbee To Receive Paul White Award

The Nick News executive producer-writer-anchor and former ABC and NBC correspondent will receive the Radio Television Digital News Association’s highest honor for “a lifetime of hard work and leadership” at its September conference.

RTDNA Offers 1st Amend. Training For Police

In light of the recent arrest of photojournalist Phil Datz in Suffolk County, N.Y., the Radio Television Digital News Association encourages police departments around the country to maintain an open line of communication with media outlets and, with RTDNA’s assistance, educate officers on proper media practices and First Amendment rights.

RTDNA/HOFSTRA SURVEY

Study: More Jobs, Higher Profits In TV News

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that 2010 marked a turnaround year for local TV news. Stations added 750 jobs last year, recovering all the losses of 2009 (400 jobs lost) and making a dent in the 1,200 jobs lost in 2008. In fact, the survey found that anticipated hiring in 2011 could bring the industry back to its precrash peak by the start of 2012.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

WGRZ: Small Market, Big News Commitment

The Gannett NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., is bucking industry trends with its focus on in-depth reporting. And that effort isn’t going unrecognized. It’s making steady gains in the ratings and was just honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association with an Edward R. Murrow Award for overall news excellence in a small market.

WTHR, WGRZ Cited For News Excellence

WTHR Indianapolis and WGRZ Buffalo won RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow award for overall news excellence by TV stations in large markets and small markets, respectively. They were among 21 stations to win Murrows and four to win in multiple categories. For the third consecutive year, NBC News won for overall excellence in the network television grouping. In all, 62 news organizations are being honored with 95 awards.

RTDNA Exec. Dir. Jane Nassiri Stepping Down

RTDNA Presents Regional Murrow Awards

RTDNA judges awarded 600 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Website.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH KATHLEEN KIRBY

What Worries 1st Amendment Watchdog

As the FCC works on its Future of the Media Initiative, Attorney Kathleen Kirby outlines the state of electronic journalism’s relationship to the government. She says officials have no business making any recommendations as to how to enhance the quality of local TV news. What they should be doing is removing the TV duopoly rule that hinders smaller market stations from achieving efficiencies that can improve local news. Also important to boosting localism is avoiding complicated and unnecessary FCC paperwork.

RTDNA Sets Deadline For Murrow Award Entries

RTDNA Awards Scholarships, Fellowships

RTDNF To Honor Barrett, Blitzer, Schuler

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation will honor three news leaders for their commitment to the First Amendment and excellence in journalism at the 21st Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in Washington. They are Hearst Television’s David Barrett, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Raycom Media’s Susana Schuler.