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Survey Indicates Radio Newsrooms Favor Digital Gear

Digital recording/editing equipment used daily, finds RTDNA/Hofstra study

The majority of radio newsrooms, 94.6%, are using digital audio recording and editing equipment daily.

That’s according to a survey conducted by Hofstra University journalism professor Bob Papper for the Radio Television Digital News Association, part of a larger survey, “2012 TV and Radio News Staffing and Profitability Survey.”

Everything except for field laptops rose 30% compared to his last survey two years ago; field laptops went up about 20%.

Commercial stations were more likely to use digital equipment or cellphones as well as MP3 technology on a daily basis, while noncommercial stations were more likely to use field laptops for editing.

Generally, the larger the staff size the more digital technologies the newsroom uses daily, according to the survey of 260 radio news directors and general managers representing 743 radio stations.

Asked what technology purchases they plan to make this year, nearly 38% said none, while 18% said more or all digital gear and nearly 14% said Internet-related equipment. Planned transmitter and HD Radio-related purchases were even at 2.5%.