During the past year, the job of seeking and reporting the truth became increasingly dangerous. Journalists were threatened, assaulted and arrested at an alarming rate while on the job.
For the broadcast journalist in the field, serving both radio listeners and TV viewers, unprecedented levels of verbal and physical violence came courtesy of civilians, police and even, the RTDNA says, “leaders we are meant to hold accountable.”
With that portrait as a backdrop, the RTDNA on Wednesday released “2021 Newsrooms by the Numbers: Data From a Dangerous Year in Journalism.”
The report offers a sobering look at the threats to field reporters that have grown since 2019.