RTDNA-Hofstra Study Looks At Newsroom Technology, TV News Sharing
June 6, 2014 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The latest information released from the RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION-HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Annual Survey by HOFSTRA Professor Emeritus BOB PAPPER is a look at technology as well as how TV news departments provide news to other stations and operations, including providing news for local radio stations.
On radio technology, a vast majority of radio newsrooms have moved to digital recording, editing, and playback of news material, but projected technology shopping for 2014 is dropping -- in 2012, 38% of radio news directors and GMs said they would not be making technology purchases in the following year, and that number increased to 44% last year and 69.3% this year. If they're buying, digital audio recorders and newsroom computers are tied for the top intended purchase, followed by video cameras, automation equipment, and production/control room equipment.
In the survey, the percentage of stations providing news to other media fell about 2.5 points to 75.9%, with the smallest stations in the biggest markets and FOX affiliates least likely to be providing news to others. The larger the TV newsroom, PAPPER noted, the more likely it is involved with other stations for news, and radio stations and mobile devices remain atop the list of recipients of the news product.
In terms of cooperative agreements, numbers for all other media working with TV station newsrooms have slipped slightly.