More TV news outlets target Hispanics

More TV news outlets target Hispanics

The TV business runs on numbers. So it’s really no surprise that networks from ABC to Fox are ramping up their efforts to offer news aimed at Hispanic viewers. The real wonder is that it took so long. For years, Latinos were mostly ignored by the biggest names in broadcast TV, viewed as a niche […]

Why some longtime anchors get the boot

Why some longtime anchors get the boot

A New York station’s decision to dump one of its veteran anchors has people up in arms–and not just the anchor’s fans. Sue Simmons is an institution at WNBC, having anchored the news there for 32 years. But at age 68, she’s been informed that her contract will not be renewed. So what? It’s not […]

Diversity stalls in TV and radio news

Diversity stalls in TV and radio news

When is it news when nothing much changes? When the lack of change signals little to no progress in making broadcast newsrooms more diverse. The latest research from Hofstra University’s Bob Papper, produced for RTDNA, says the percentage of minorities employed in radio and TV newsrooms was up this year, but only slightly. The bigger […]

Improving cross-cultural reporting

Improving cross-cultural reporting

Here we go again. Black leaders in Pittsburgh are complaining that local TV news misrepresents African-Americans. “I’m tired of turning on the news and seeing a sister with her hair all over the place, five teeth missing and looking like she just stepped out of the bedroom,” one activist said at a recent Black Political […]

Diversity in the newsroom pays off

Diversity in the newsroom pays off

What happens when a newsroom values diversity?Reporter Jessica Chapin of KGUN-TV in Tucson, Ariz., says it leads to better storytelling and better decision making. “Tucson is an hour from the border, so diversity in the newsroom and Spanish as a second language is definitely a plus,” Chapin says. “I’m constantly doing interviews in broken Spanish […]

Journalism syllabi sources

Journalism syllabi sources

You’ve just agreed to teach a semester-long course at a University—something you’ve never done before—and the Dean expects to see your syllabus next week.  Syllabus? The good news is that your fellow journalism educators are more than willing to share. Look on the school’s Web site for syllabi from previous semesters. And consult these online […]

TV news research bibliography

TV news research bibliography

Academic research can be, well, academic: hard to read and even harder to understand. But that doesn’t mean it’s useless. On the contrary, research on television news can offer practical tips for improving what goes on the air. With that in mind, we’ve  produced this summary of more than a decade worth of research that […]