About Our Advocacy Work
RTDNA believes the role of journalists is to seek and report the truth on behalf of the public, and that a healthy democracy depends on a healthy journalism environment. It is our role as an association to advocate for policies on a state and local level that empower journalists to serve the public. We do this in partnership with our members, state and local journalism associations and other First Amendment groups.
Since our founding, RTDNA has engaged in advocacy to create an environment where journalists can safely and responsibly do their jobs. We serve as a unified voice for the profession, educating and informing policymakers and influencers, and supporting policy and legal efforts to ensure responsible journalists are able to seek and report the truth on behalf of the public.
POLICY 1: Open Government
Make public proceedings, documents and data broadly accessible to journalists to inform the public and help them make decisions.
POLICY 2: Open Records
Public records are already the domain of the public, and government agencies should make them easily accessible to the public.
POLICY 3: Access to Public Officials
Public officials should not restrict journalists, limit access to briefings or restrict public employees from speaking with the media.
POLICY 4: Credible Public Officials
Public officials cause mistrust and fuel a disengaged public when they conceal information or obstruct the public’s right and need to know.
POLICY 5: Government/Journalist Climate
RTDNA advocates for a healthy relationship between government and those journalists who are following professional standards.
Report an Issue
Check out the latest on our policy framework from President & CEO Dan Shelley.
- Alert us to issues in your state
- Identify opportunities for presentations
- Introduce us to influencers in state and local government
- Join us in making public statements
The Journalist Protection Act (Draft)
Social Media Toolkit & Sample Letters
RTDNA's Five-Point Policy Framework