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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George Bodarky Returns to the PRNDI Board

Oct 6, 2017

After spending eight years on the Public Radio News Directors Inc. board, including two terms as president of PRNDI, George Bodarky accepted an invitation from current President Terry Gildea to return to the board. He will serve out the remaining year of Deanna Garcia’s term as an at-large representative.  Garcia resigned her post in September.  Bodarky says he is excited to be back on the board of directors.

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The PRNDI Board of Directors is having a board retreat November 1-5.  During this retreat, the 2018 PRNDI Conference will be planned.  We need your help!!  What would you like to learn during the 2018 conference?  We are taking suggestions and comments as we plan the general sessions and the panel discussions.  A one-question survey has been created, which you can find here.  Please fill this survey out.  Thank you for your time. 

Grant to Equip 30 Stations with Enhanced Emergency Communications Systems

Sep 28, 2017
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A $419,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be given to NPR to equip 30 stations with enhanced emergency communications systems.  The stations are located across ten Midwest, South Central and Gulf Coast States.  These states usually are hit by very destructive weather.    This is a collaboration between the CPB and the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) to assist with public safety.   Learn more about this grant here.  

How to make listeners care about your story

Sep 26, 2017

One of the basic elements of speech is the message.  It should be crafted in such a way that the receivers of the message care about what you say.  In this NPR Training segment, learn how to make listeners care about your stories, backed up with data about what works.  View the article here.  

NPR Training gives advice on working with sources

Sep 26, 2017
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We all know sources are important.  But this refresher from NPR Training gives some great advice on working with sources.  How can you find them, vet them, and develop a relationship with them, and quoting them?  Read the article here.   

Editor's note: The words we use matter

Sep 22, 2017
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Excellent advice and information, courtesy of Shula Nueman, St. Louis Public Radio.

It feels like we’ve been here before. Three years ago, the region and the nation witnessed the passion and furor of protesters in Ferguson who came out to decry the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

Meet NPR's Newest Bureau Chief: Phyllis Fletcher

Aug 30, 2017
Paul Loofburrow

In this interview, PRNDI's Small Station Representative Johnathan Reaves talks with NPR's Bureau Chief for the Western United States, Phyllis Fletcher.  She talks about why editing is important, what makes a good editor, and her excitement for her new position.  

She also told Reaves after the interview that she was excited about the "regional hubs" proposal from NPR and believes it will because "I think it has potential to be helpful to everyone--our audiences most of all!"  

Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated presented its annual awards at a banquet honoring the best in public radio reporting on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.  The awards are designed to honor the very best reporting in a wide variety of categories.  

You can find the entire list HERE.

The membership of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated elected two new board members and re-elected two other members to their seats at its annual business meeting on Saturday, June 24th.  Treasurer Rachel Osier Lindley was re-elected to another two year term on the board, as was Large Station Representative Teresa Collier. 

Striving for Diversity in Public Radio

Jun 25, 2017
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During lunch at the PRNDI Conference on Saturday, while conferees ate a plain dish of chicken and rice, NPR's Keith Woods delivered a well-seasoned speech about diversity in public radio newsrooms.

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Alicia Zuckerman

Rachel Osier Lindley

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Terry Gildea

Christine Paige Diers