2020 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Celebration

RTDNA earns Knight Foundations grants for newsroom leadership and safety and security training

April 25, 2019 11:00

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the leading association for broadcast and digital journalists, has received generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build a strong future for local journalism by providing training in two key areas: newsroom leadership and the safety and security of journalists.

 “We recognize the need for leadership at all levels, and in all local newsrooms across the country, as a vital component to creating ethical, responsible news that better informs the public,” said RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley. “But none of that matters if journalists on the ground aren’t safe and protected as they’re doing their job.”

“Ensuring that local newsroom leaders are equipped to tackle new information demands and build models that establish them as permanent fixtures in their communities is vital to reestablishing strong news ecosystems across the country,” said Karen Rundlet, Knight Foundation director for journalism.  “And when we say 'leader,' we must think beyond job titles.”

In July, RTDNA will partner with Loyola University Chicago to host the Anchor and Producer Leadership Summit, an in-depth program focused on supporting established and emerging leaders. Attendees will learn coaching skills, how to build healthy newsroom culture and thrive in high stakes environments and other keys to leading in the newsroom.  

As part of RTDNA’s ongoing commitment to diversity of all types and with Knight Foundation support, scholarships will be offered to ten journalists of color and/or working in small markets to attend the Chicago program.

Later in 2019, three one-day regional training programs will cover safety and security for journalists, both in and out of the newsroom and in digital spaces.

Knight Foundation’s support of RTDNA aligns with its recent launch of a $300 million initiative to rebuild the future of local news, which is essential for democracy to function. Learn more at: kf.org/localnews.
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and industry innovation Join our community of courageous news leaders and friends of the First Amendment or support our work – and local journalism across the country – with a gift that makes a difference in democracy

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.


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