Craig Carper, WCVE

Local Is Our Mission: Martha Foley's Leo C. Lee Acceptance Speech

On Saturday June 15, 2019, Martha Foley from North Country Public Radio became the 27th person to receive the Leo C. Lee Award.

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With it's recent name change, Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) is accepting proposals to design the organization’s new logo.  PMJA is seeking the creation of a new logo / visual identity that captures the values and mission of the organization and is distinctive and memorable. This logo will be incorporated into the PMJA  website, our Facebook page and Twitter account and other possible future web presence. It will also be used on letterhead, business cards, brochures, banners, and other print materials as needed.

Megan Manata

PRNDI’s annual awards banquet marked the end of an era as it was the last “PRNDI” banquet. After a name change to Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA), the organization held the banquet in an elegant ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Alicia Zuckerman, president of PRNDI, presided over the event.

Guests were treated to a menu that included port-poached pears, fig- stuffed chicken breast, and chocolate cake while awards were announced.

Raymon Troncoso

The first round of debates in the Democratic Primary are two short weeks away and public media must decide what role it can play in 2020 election coverage. That was the central idea behind the last main session of the PRNDI 2019 Conference on Saturday morning.

Jim Schachter, Vice President of News at WNYC; Kelsey Proud, Managing Digital Editor at WAMU; and Adrienne Hill, Senior Editor of the California Dream Project all took the stage to present their vision for how public radio stations should manage election coverage.

PRNDI kicked off its penultimate conference night with a discussion on race and what’s changed in reporting with the current political climate. The panel started with enthusiastic cheers for moderator Audie Cornish (NPR's All Things Considered host) and  ended with an standing ovation. Panelists included Darlene Superville, White House correspondent for AP; Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter for NPR; and April Ryan, Political Analyst for CNN and White House correspondent for  American Urban Radio Networks.

Nearly every seat in NPR’s Studio 1 was filled with a PRNDI member.

The attendees of the 2019 PRNDI conference were welcomed by President Alicia Zuckerman and NPR's VP of News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes before being treated to keynote speaker Jill Geisler of Loyola University, who was joined by a panel of journalists to address inclusivity in the newsroom, how to effectively change work culture and why traditional HR techniques need serious updates.

Opening Remarks at PRNDI 2019

Jun 15, 2019
Raymon Troncoso

The PRNDI 2019 conference began with opening remarks from Alicia Zuckerman, PRNDI's Board President, who discussed a possible name change for the organization, and  Nancy Barnes, NPR's Senior Vice President of News, who covered the role of public media and newsroom collaboration.

Zuckerman, who is also the Editorial Director for WLRN in Miami, highlighted the history of PRNDI during her speech. Last year the organization hired its first full-time employees after being lead almost entirely by volunteers throughout its history.

Naomi Starobin

If you just can't make it to every session that interests you at the conference this year, be sure to check this website for highlights. 

Megan Manata, Raymon Troncoso and Chloe Weber were selected by the PRNDI board to be this year's press corps, and they'll be reporting and posting throughout the conference.  The recent graduates won the honor, which includes free attendance at the conference, for their essays addressing "what public radio means to me." 

For the last few years, PRNDI has awarded two scholarships for early career journalists to attend the annual PRNDI Conference. This year, we had over 20 applicants for these two scholarships, and the decision wasn’t an easy one.  Please join us in congratulating our two winners - Daisy Contreras and Andrea Gutierrez.

Dominique Jack is a 23-year-old Brooklyn College graduate whose high school-obsession with Korean K-Pop music opened the door to a career in radio journalism. Dominique, a Brooklyn-born first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Trinidad, recently completed an internship at New York Public Radio station WNYC.

The station’s New Jersey reporter, Karen Rouse, interviewed her about her experience.

Super Shuttle has offered PRNDI Conference attendees a discount on ground transportation when coming to the PRNDI Conference in Washington, DC.  If you book your Super Shuttle transportation using this LINK, you will receive the following discounts:

-        10% off one-way and 10% off round-trip SuperShuttle shared rides;

-        10% off one-way and 10% off round-trip ExecuCar private sedans; and

-        10% off one-way and 10% off round-trip ExecuCar private SUVs


Alicia Zuckerman

Brent Wolfe

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Gabrielle Jones

Terry Gildea

Christine Paige Diers