In 50 years of supporting journalism, 2017 stood out

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has been supporting and protecting responsible journalism for 50 years, and 2017 has been one of the hardest years yet. To face what’s to come, First Amendment believers like us need to step up.
More than three dozen journalists were physically assaulted in 2017. More than 30 journalists were arrested. In more cases than we can count, courts and local, state and federal bureaucrats obstructed journalists by stalling or denying access to proceedings and records.
When these obstructions occur, it’s the public we journalists serve who are harmed.

We don’t know what more threats press freedom will face in the years ahead, and so we must work even harder to ensure newsrooms are prepared and protected.
Help ensure someone is always standing up for the First Amendment and the public’s right to know. Contribute to RTDNF.

50 years of RTDNF
  • More than $1 million in scholarships & fellowships awarded.
  • More than 500 young journalists given the opportunity to attend RTDNA’s conference & receive member access at no cost.
  • More than 30 coverage guidelines put to use in hundreds of newsrooms.
  • More than 100 champions of press freedom honored with First Amendment Awards.
  • More than 1000 broadcast journalists from the U.S. and Germany participated in cultural exchanges.
  • Thousands of journalists trained on their rights and responsibilities.

In the coming year, RTDNF and our sister association RTDNA’s Voice of the First Amendment Task Force will doing more than ever to support and honor responsible journalism by expanding training opportunities, updating existing resources, and setting aside funding to address future challenges.
We’ll also be bringing the First Amendment fight to Washington, honoring those who have stood up for press freedom this year at the 28th annual First Amendment Awards on March 8.
We envision an America in which the press is able to hold the powerful to account, shine a light on corruption, act a catalyst for positive change in local communities without denial of access, undue restriction, or fear of attack.

If you do too, stand with us in Washington or wherever you are.

Help us make this vision real.

We support responsible journalism with resources to help journalists know what they can do legally, like our recent Know Your Reporting Rights broadcast and state-by-state Cameras in the Courts guide.

We're also here to ensure newsrooms know what they should do ethically with a continually updated and growing list of coverage guidelines based on our industry standard code of ethics.
And we’re working to help the public regain trust in journalism by highlighting how journalism makes a positive impact on communities.


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