UPCOMING WEBINAR: Social Media Ethics

Social media is an important tool for public radio newsrooms to report news and engage with growing audiences. But as the emotional intensity of our country’s political and social issues continues to rise, reporters and station employees find themselves in a difficult place. When is it appropriate to passionately weigh in on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and when is it not? The Culture or Journalism team will tackle social media ethics in a webinar on Thursday October 18 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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Courtesy of Keith Woods

When NPR’s Keith Woods stepped up to the podium in Philadelphia last Summer to accept PRNDI’s 2018 Leo C. Lee award, he told everyone in the room about one of the biggest challenges facing him: training for a 100 mile bicycle ride, The Sea Gull Century, swiftly approaching in October.

Rachel Osier Lindley

Each year, PRNDI honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to public radio news. This year's Leo C. Lee Award recipient will be chosen by the PRNDI Board at its annual meeting in early November.  We are currently accepting nominations from member -stations.

UPDATE: Pre-Election Webinar Materials Archived

Sep 20, 2018

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Online Verification and Discovery Training for Journalists webinar this week from The Information Disorder Project. Archived materials are now available.

David Kovaluk - St. Louis Public Radio

In an effort to raise journalistic ambition and expertise across the public media system, representatives from NPR, PRX, PRNDI and member stations want more information about how newsrooms are serving their audiences.

Equipment Follow-up - Lessons from the Field

Aug 30, 2018

I recently wrote an article for PRNDI about recording and photographing in the field. If things would have gone as anticipated, it would have been a stellar article. Things did not go as planned.

The assignment was to do a piece about the centennial of the reintroduction of elk to Michigan. I was determined to do the story AND get great audio of bull elk “bugling” for mates and photographs of elk. Sometimes the best of plans go awry.

Equipment: It's Not Just About the Audio

Aug 28, 2018

A few days ago, Lester Graham of Michigan Radio posted to facebook about the equipment he was preparing for an upcoming story he was covering.  We were intrigued and asked him to share his insights with our members.

I follow NPR reporter Don Gonyea on Instagram. Occasionally, he’ll arrange all the equipment he takes on the road on his dining room table and take a photo. I like looking over the recorders, microphones, cables, etc.

To me, everyone’s kit bag is a fingerprint of that reporter’s priorities, preparedness and equipment-failure paranoia.

NPR, PRX, PRNDI and member station representatives from Minnesota Public Radio and St. Louis Public Radio brought the Culture of Journalism discussion to PRPD’s Public Radio Content Conference this month in Austin.

For almost two years now, President Trump and members of his administration have chosen to vilify journalists for doing their jobs. The President has on several occasions branded journalists “the enemy of the people,” and labeled their accurate and ethical work “fake news.”  The ongoing rhetoric has launched a dangerous trend in our country where the work, credibility and even the physical safety of journalists are being threatened. It is harmful not just to journalists, but to the public as well; it threatens the public’s right to be well-informed citizens.

Mark your calendar now to attend the 2019 annual PRNDI Conference.  We'll be in Washington DC at the Grand Hyatt located at 1000 H Street NW.  

The PRNDI board and staff will be meeting in early November to begin planning the details of next year's conference, but we know you won't want to miss it. 


Tore a hole in your favorite PRNDI shirt?  That "best ever" PRNDI tote bag has seen it's better days?  Missed a conference and want to get some swag you couldn't pick up earlier?  You are in luck!

PRNDI is having its first-ever Swag Sale.  We're cleaning out our storage, and it's your lucky day!  All items are $10 which includes shipping. 


Alicia Zuckerman

Rachel Osier Lindley

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Terry Gildea

Christine Paige Diers