A new report from the Knight Foundation shows that local TV news hasn’t yet been hit by the same forces as local newspapers, but a lot of challenges are coming.
“Local TV News and the New Media Landscape,” published today, comes in four parts and is based on surveys and analysis of 705 local stations in the United States. The Knight Foundation recently invested $2.6 million in local TV news innovation. (Disclosure: The Knight Foundation funds my coverage of local news and is a funder of Poynter.)
Karen Rundlet, Knight’s director of journalism, told Poynter via email that she was struck by a renewal in investigative journalism among local stations.
“Many top station leaders say they have to get beyond coverage of daily crime and car crashes to produce content that’s relevant to today’s audiences,” she said. “There are some great examples in the report. WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina has increased its enterprise coverage through beat reporting. And there’s innovation here, too. Tegna station WXIA-TV in Atlanta produces episodic investigative reports that they release online before they’re broadcast on air.”
You can read the full report here, and here are some key findings:
As a business, local TV news is thriving …
That’s thanks, in part, to consolidation, which made the news this week in coverage of Sinclair’s network-wide messaging. Seven hundred and three local newsrooms now produce news for 1,072 stations. TV’s making most of its money from advertising (about 55 percent of total revenue), political ad spending
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/report-local-tv-doing-great-now