Journalism Training: Rochester NewsTrain on Sept. 23-24

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is hosting a News Leaders Association two-day journalism training for print and broadcast professionals and students on Sept. 23-24 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta. Journalists and students will discuss cutting-edge techniques for reaching diverse audiences. The training will also cover how to most effectively use data to tell revelatory stories and …

Issue Advertisements: The Difference Between the FCC’s Federal and State Issue Ad Requirements

With the political season in full swing, a number of stations have asked questions about the placement of issue advertisements in their political file. These are advertisements not purchased by a candidate’s campaign committee but by a third party. Sometimes they may mention a candidate. Nonetheless, there are slightly different political file obligations concerning “federal issues” and “state issues.” Noted …

Facebook Decides to No Longer Pay for News

A recent article in TV NewsCheck by Barbara Ortutay stated that Facebook has reversed its polity with respect to paying U.S. News organizations for content. The article noted: “Meta Platforms says it will no longer pay U.S. news organizations to have their material appear in Facebook’s News Tab as it reallocates resources in the face of the economic downturn and …

Local Journalism Sustainability Act Not Included in Reconciliation Package

As we reported last week, NYSBA, NAB, and the newspaper associations were working to include a tax credit for newsroom employees into the reconciliation package that passed the Senate. While there was significant support for the tax credit as a way to promote local journalism, it was ultimately decided that the reconciliation package was not the appropriate vehicle to accomplish …

Court Strikes Down Some (Not All) Foreign Program ID Requirements

For years, broadcasters have been required to provide sponsorship identification on advertising and paid sponsored programming. This issue moved to the “front burner” when the FCC expressed concerns about paid programming from foreign governments, especially China and Russia. To address this problem, the FCC required stations to investigate these programs beyond the questions raised in the typical sponsorship ID context. …

As Cord Cutting Accelerates Where are Viewers Going?

An interesting article appeared in Next TV titled “Cord-Cutting Quickens in Q2 for Comcast, Charter, and Verizon, But Where Are All of Those Customers Going?” Written by Daniel Frankel, Managing Editor of Next TV, the article lays out the issue with traditional cable and satellite services as well as streaming services. Mr. Frankel noted: “Things are tough all over in …

Submit Your “Serving New York” Award Entries Today

We have survived COVID and now inflation. Through it all, local broadcast stations remained true to their mission: providing vital information to their communities. We invite you to participate in the 2022 “Serving New York Awards” to recognize your station’s extraordinary efforts to serve your community. These efforts include working with community groups in your market and we want to …

Registration Open for Excellence in Broadcasting/Serving New York Awards Luncheons

A special thank you to the 450 stations that entered the 2022 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards. Congratulations to all the winners in this important state-wide competition. As we have done in the past, we will be presenting these awards at our regional “Excellence in Broadcasting” and “Serving New York” Awards Luncheons. The awards luncheons will run from 12 noon to …

Registration Open for Sales Training in Upstate Markets

Back by popular demand, the Swagger Institute’s Derron Steenbergen will be conducting “in-person” sales training sessions in several upstate markets. Derron’s exciting sessions from last year received tremendous reviews from sales executives from across New York State. So, we brought him back for another year with new material to help you sell in this challenging environment. The sessions will run …