While journalism faces more threats than ever, RTDNA is stronger than ever

October 24, 2018 01:30

It’s “more important than ever that we have each other’s backs,” said ABC World News Tonight Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir, accepting ABC’s award for newscast, at Monday’s Murrow Awards Gala.

Most journalists and fans of journalism know RTDNA as the home of the Murrow Awards, the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news since 1971.

But RTDNA has been promoting and protecting journalism in many more ways since our founding in 1946.

As CBS News Executive Vice President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews said Monday evening, “It was 227 years ago that the First Amendment was adopted, giving us the freedom to do our jobs as journalists. Yet today, we find ourselves reaffirming the right to a free press.”

Journalism today is “under near-constant attack – rhetorically, to be sure, but, sadly, in too many cases, also physically,” as RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley noted, opening the Murrow Awards with a moment of silence for murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Just today, CNN offices were evacuated following a bomb scare. Journalists are facing death threats more than ever.

In the last year, the importance of standing together as journalists in support of the public’s right and need to know has never been clearer than at any time in RTDNA’s 72 years.

RTDNA has doubled down on defending press freedom, recognizing outstanding responsible journalism and providing journalists the tools and training to do even more and better journalism.

Today, RTDNA membership is higher than at any point in more than a decade. This year’s Murrow Awards Gala was the largest ever, selling out, with more to come.

“It’s going to be a busy year,” says Chair Jerry Walsh, with planning already under way for Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio, expanding on this summer’s anchor leadership training, and more. “Our goal is to make those even better and fight for that First Amendment, fight for the reporters’ freedom’s across the country.”

RTDNA has been promoting and protecting journalism for 72 years and, while journalism faces more threats than ever, RTDNA is stronger than ever.

Become a member today and give to support press freedom for decades to come.


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