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Your News Director is Most Likely Named Mike, Julie or David

Male_ND_NamesAccording to Hofstra University professor emeritus Bob Papper who is doing his 20th annual survey of the broadcasting industry for RTDNA, news directors are most likely to be in their mid-40s and be named Mike, Jim, or David if they’re men and Jennifer, Kelly, or Julie if they’re women.

“Apparently I have too much time on my hands,” Papper wrote in the study.

He also says the above named news directors have been at their stations for an average of 5.7 years.

[Poynter.org]

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TV News Staffing Way Up, More Hiring Expected

Here’s some good news: TV news employment is soaring.

According to the annual RTDNA-Hofstra University survey on the state of TV news staffing and profitably, TV news employment is up to the second highest level ever and more hiring is expected over the next year.

The survey found that TV news added 1,131 jobs in 2011 to reach a total full-time employment tally of 27,653, representing a 4.3% gain over the previous year.  (The highest level of TV news staffing occurred in 2000). Read more