Planning Has Begun for the 2019 PRNDI Conference in Washington, DC

Earlier this month, PRNDI board members and staff gathered in Washington, DC for the organization’s annual meeting. The board met for three full days to consider all PRNDI business, and spent considerable time on conference planning.

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The Council on Foreign Relations has asked PRNDI to help spread the word about an upcoming free workshop aimed at helping local journalists draw connections between international events and community issues.  This is the invitation from CFR:

Dear Colleague:

Editors. They’re the unsung heroes of the newsroom. They can spend hours working with a reporter, shaping and guiding a story, helping elevate the piece to something exceptional...and all without a byline!  

We know you’re already thinking about those great pieces from 2018 that will be entered in various contests so your work can be recognized.  While the PRNDI Awards deadline falls later than many, it’s our plan to open the contest early this year so you can get your entries ready at the same time you’re entering other national, state and regional contests.  PRNDI’s new Awards Review Committee has already been busy reviewing the contest in-depth and made some recommendations to the PRNDI Board that were approved at the board’s November meeting.  We wanted to let you know what changes are com

Consider a full-time investigative project supported by $65,000 in salary for nine months, plus travel and housing stipends.

The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism takes applications from Dec. 1 - Jan. 25 for the 2019-’20 academic year.

Early in its history, the Public Radio News Directors Association conducted a survey of stations.  The results were published in the very first issue of the newsletter “Advisory: Not for Broadcast” in July, 1986.  This is what we learned then.


The Cronkite School at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for the first group of newsroom leaders to be trained through the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative.  The project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, seeks to improve the editorial capacity of public media journalism by building the expertise of 100 editors.  The first round of applications is open now with a deadline of January 1, 2019.  

Check out the new PRNDI website feature "From the Archives."  Periodically, we'll be posting items found in old PRNDI (and even prior to that, PRNDA) newsletters.  We'll post articles, messages from the President, and even some descriptions of conference sessions from years past.  What's changed in the business in the past 30 years?  What hasn't?  Here's one way to see what's new and what was happening early on in PRNDI's history.

As seen in the PRNDA (Public Radio News Directors Association) Newsletter "ADVISORY: NOT FOR BROADCAST"

January 1987 – by Marcos Martinez, News Director, KUNM, Albuquerque

People of color are becoming a proportionately larger part of the American population.  They are becoming more important as news consumers, as news subjects and as potential listnere supporters for public radio.  Reaching a greater share of minority listeners makes sense in light of the public radio goal of doubling the audience by the next decade.

PRNDI Executive Director Terry Gildea and NPR Director of Ethics and Standards Mark Memmott presented a webinar on Thursday, October 18 on Social Media Ethics. If you were unable to attend (or want to listen in again), the archive is now available.

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.


Alicia Zuckerman

Rachel Osier Lindley

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Terry Gildea

Christine Paige Diers