The bigger the market; the more likely there have been attacks, with 39% of news directors in top 25 markets reporting such incidents. Reporters, photographers, and other news employees were also attacked, threatened, or both, in smaller markets as well.
The survey shows that almost half of the attacks were against crews covering what news directors described as riots, protests, and civil unrest, and that many news organizations have made changes to increase the physical security of both their buildings, and their employees.
Attacks included news crews being surrounded and threatened, hit with pepper spray, verbally harrassed, shoved, spit on, and hit with water bottles. One reporter and photographer were even attacked on-air just as their live shot was getting underway.
Jeanne Destro talked to Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation Executive Director, Dan Shelley, about it today.
Dan Shelley, Executive Director, Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation