Local Broadcast Newsroom Survey
The RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Newsroom Survey
is the only comprehensive annual research of radio and television newsrooms, providing unique insight into staffing, salaries, business operations and how local broadcast news is surviving in a pandemic-driven, digital world. Local broadcast news is a fiercely competitive business – local TV and radio newsroom managers need to know what their competition is trying and to stay ahead of trends. These informed insights into the broadcast business are only found here – at RTDNA.
Special Edition: Data From a Dangerous Year in Journalism
Local Broadcast News Business Trends
Local Broadcast News Salaries
Local Broadcast News Staffing and Hiring
Local Broadcast News Digital Trends
Local Broadcast Newsroom Diversity - Coming June 23
Prior year reports
About the Survey
The RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2020 among all 1,762 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,379 radio stations. Valid responses came from as many as 1,358 television stations (77.1%) and 765 radio news directors and general managers representing 2,310 radio stations. Some data sets (e.g. the number of TV stations originating local news, getting it from others and women TV news directors) are based on a complete census and are not projected from a smaller sample.
Bob Papper is Adjunct Professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and has worked extensively in radio and TV news. He has headed the annual Survey for more than 25 years. Our thanks to Bob for his dedication and uncanny ability to hold a quarter-century of local news trends in his head and recount them with ease.