RTDNA teams with NAB, NATAS to launch fund for slain Virginia journalists

August 28, 2015 01:45

UPDATE: You can donate to the fund online by clicking here. Donations accepted until November 1.

RTDNA has joined forces with two partner broadcast organizations to launch a memorial fund to support the families of the victims in Wednesday's shooting of a Virginia news crew. RTDNA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) will contribute to and accept donations from broadcasters for the fund on behalf of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Donations will be accepted through November 1, and $40,000 has already been pledged.

Parker and Ward were shot to death by a former co-worker Wednesday morning while they were doing a live remote broadcast on WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, a CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications. Contributions will be distributed to family members of Parker and Ward. An additional contribution will go to Vicki Gardner, Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, who was being interviewed during the shooting. Gardner suffered gunshot wounds and is currently hospitalized. Any remaining funds will be directed to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based organization dedicated to press freedom and protecting the rights of reporters to work without fear of reprisal.
"This unspeakable tragedy has shocked every member of the journalism community," said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. "We hope donations provided through this fund demonstrate a small measure of our support for the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward."

"Our hearts are heavy with grief over this horrifying act of violence against two individuals with a zest for life and a love of broadcasting," said NAB President Gordon Smith. "We encourage our member companies to join with NAB in supporting the families of these two young journalists, who were taken way too soon."

"This senseless and tragic loss has touched a cord throughout the television industry," said Bob Mauro, President of NATAS. "Our hearts and prayers are with Alison’s and Adam’s families. We encourage our members to support this effort and hope these donations help them in their time of need."

Donations may be sent to:

NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund
1771 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries. www.rtdna.org

About NAB
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1955. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award. Regional Emmy® Awards are given in nineteen regions across the United States. National Emmy® Awards are given for Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering. www.emmyonline.org