Local news media is undergoing a paradigm shift as the world – and the news audience – undergoes a digital transformation. But is the broadcast industry adapting fast enough?
 
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Staffing
How many people are employed in local broadcast newsrooms? In what positions? Is hiring for news jobs up or down?
2017 report
Past Years' Data

Salaries
How much do local news people make? What jobs’ salaries are growing most? Which markets are the best bet for making more?
2017 report
Past Years' Data


Local News by the Numbers
Who gets what on the air and how? Who owns broadcast stations, and how many of them produce news? How much news do they produce and when is it aired?

2017 report
Past Years' Data
 

Media Diversity
Women and people of color are historically underrepresented in news media, especially in leadership positions. Are newsrooms growing more representative of their increasingly diverse audiences?
Read the Latest Research (2017)
Past Years' Data
New data coming June 2018. Subscribe here.

Digital Media/Tech
What’s new in broadcast news? Which platforms, technology and software are taking off – or about to? Which should your newsroom phase out?
Read the Latest Research (2017)
Past Years' Data
New data coming July 2018. Subscribe here.

The Business of Local News
Is the local broadcast news business profitable? What budget trends are news directors reporting – and predicting?
Read the Latest Research (2017)
Past Years' Data
New data coming July 2018. Subscribe here.

About the Survey
The RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017 among all 1,683 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,542 radio stations.  Valid responses came from 1,333 television stations (79.2%) and 415 radio news directors and general managers representing 1,110 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.
 
About Bob
Bob Papper is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University and has worked extensively in radio and TV news.  He has headed the RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey for more than 20 years. This research was supported by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and the Radio Television Digital News Association.