Why be an RTDNA member?

Journalism today is under attack more than at any time in our country's modern history - from verbal assault to death threats, physical violence, murder and terrorismBut providing the public with the truth is more important than ever. Fear will not silence facts. The solution to ‘fake news’ in all its incarnations is more and better journalism. That starts in local newsrooms. It starts with news professionals. It starts with the backup RTDNA provides.


Watch: Know Your Reporting Rights

Our mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism.

courts, in legislatures, in governors’ mansions and newsrooms, RTDNA is standing up for journalists and the important public service they provide.

RTDNA supports responsible journalism with resources to help journalists know what they can do legally, like our 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.

anchor leadership


In the coming year we'll be doing even more to help newsrooms rebuild the trust of their audiences. We'll be conducting research on what works, and helping newsrooms build their news team's leadership skills by growing on the success of the anchor leadership summit this summer (members save on tuition) and our annual conference next September in San Antonio focusing on newsroom management.



We're also working to help the public regain trust in journalism by recognizing the best stories by newsrooms large and small with coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards. In the annual competition, newsrooms can submit pieces highlighting how journalism makes a positive impact on communities - and members save on entry fees.




Communities rely on local news to stay informed and, sometimes, even to stay safe. To keep up with industry trends and be sure your reporters’ rights are protected, you can rely on RTDNA. We’re your support system and your ally in your fight for the public’s right to know. 


30 more reasons to become an RTDNA member.