What makes people trust the news?

What makes people trust the news?

You already know that Americans have little confidence in what they see, hear or read in the news media. Last year, according to Gallup, trust in media set a new low with just 7% saying they have a great deal of confidence in the news. What’s to be done? A new study offers some clues. The Media Insight Project asked […]

More TV news means more jobs

More TV news means more jobs

The “more with less” mantra has become so ingrained in TV newsrooms that the latest data may come as a surprise. Yes, once again, local stations set a new record for the amount of news they aired but they also staffed up to do it. On average, stations aired 5 hours and 30 minutes of local […]

Tips to increase social media engagement

Tips to increase social media engagement

We all know by now that social media are meant to be, well, social. It’s not enough to post links on Twitter and Facebook to something you’ve written and consider the job done. What you really want is for people to retweet, like and comment on your posts, to take advantage of the multiplier effect of social media. […]

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 […]

TV news and the mobile mind-set

TV news and the mobile mind-set

by Tim Blotz The Associated Press alert that chimed on my newsroom computer a few years ago was short and direct.  “Bulletin: Jeane Kirkpatrick has died.” I leapt from my desk and shouted across the room to my 5 p.m. newscast producers, “Folks, we have to add an important story. Jeane Kirkpatrick is dead!” The silence was […]

Farewell to a digital news pioneer

Farewell to a digital news pioneer

Insightful, creative, provocative, irritating. Choose your description–they all applied to Jeff Gralnick, who died this week after a long battle with cancer. He spent more than 50 years in the news business, starting out as a desk assistant at CBS. He served as a senior producer at all three broadcast networks as well as CNN. […]

The online face of local TV

The online face of local TV

For years, many local TV websites were just promotional vehicles, featuring smiling anchor photos and broadcast schedules. No more. The latest RTDNA/Hofstra survey finds local news is now front and center on TV sites, including the websites of many stations that don’t even have news on the air. But while there’s been progress on the […]

The future of VJs

The future of VJs

We’ve all read the stories about the sea change in television news. From the ABC network news division to local stations from coast to coast, VJs are taking over, the stories say. The “one man band” reporter who shoots and edits once was found primarily in small markets but is now common in the top […]

Doing more in more places

Doing more in more places

It’s not news that local television newsrooms are doing more with less. But the latest RTDNA/Hofstra survey shows that even as the economy struggled last year and TV newsrooms laid off more staff, stations produced more news on the air and on other platforms and outlets than ever before. The average amount of on air […]

Where we get the news

Where we get the news

Most stories about the latest poll from the Pew Research Center focused on the growing popularity of the Internet as a news source. But the headline for me was the enduring popularity of television news, both local and network or cable. The trouble is, I’m not sure I believe it. Sixty percent of Americans told […]

Why viewers like opinionated news

Why viewers like opinionated news

At first glance, the results of a new survey appear to simply state the obvious. Viewers see Fox News as more ideological than other television networks, according to the Pew Research Center. Almost half the respondents described Fox as mostly conservative, compared to about a third of viewers who see the rest of the networks–all of […]

Broadcast journalists swamped by technology

Broadcast journalists swamped by technology

New results from the RTNDA/Hofstra University study (pdf) show only 38% of TV and radio news directors say their staffs are “really on top of new technology and where they’re headed.” The rest have “a long way to go” (48%)or are “mostly winging it” (13.7%). The study shows 99.1% of all TV stations surveyed have […]