First Results From 2012 RTDNA/Hofstra Newsroom Study Released
July 12, 2012 at 4:21 AM (PT)
The first part of this year's edition of the RTDNA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY annual survey of newsroom staffing shows that the typical median radio news operation has a full-time news staff of one, with the typical news director overseeing news on two stations and 77.6% of station clusters having a centralized newsroom. Major-market all-News stations skewed numbers higher for the largest market category, with a median of five full-timers on staff and an average of 7.9; the number drops considerably for large markets (2 median, 2.6 average) down to 1 median and 1.4 average for small markets.
The numbers for stations' budgetary plans remain similar this year, with over three-quarters of stations looking to keep news staffing the same and 62.9% having the same news budget as last year. Just 13.8% expect to expand their news staffs, but only 0.6% are expecting to cut their staff and 8.4% to cut their budgets.
Read the Part 1 results by clicking here. The RTDNA typically releases BOB PAPPER's annual study in several installments.