St. Louis Public Radio and KUNR Chosen to Receive Training

Public Media Journalists Association (formerly PRNDI), which represents local public media newsrooms around the country, has chosen two member stations to receive Workplace Integrity training free of charge as part of a pilot project with the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project to work with stations to improve their cultures.

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Each year, the National Press Foundation recognizes the best in American journalism across eleven award categories. These awards come with a total of $53,000 in cash prizes.  This year's deadline to apply for is Friday, Sept. 27. Here is a list of the awards:

The awards presented include the following: 

HINRICH FOUNDATION AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED REPORTING ON TRADE

Registration is now open for this year's HostCon annual conference.

 HostCon is an annual conference providing professional development and networking opportunities for Morning Edition hosts and producers from local stations across the country.   Past participants have ranged from stations as large as New York City's WNYC to those as small as KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The National Press Foundation has two expenses-paid training programs coming up that might be of interest to reporters at public media outlets.  

SPOTLIGHT ON STATEHOUSE AND LOCAL REPORTING

New to our awards this contest year, PMJA (formerly PRNDI) is implementing Newscast days.  We'll have one of these days each calendar quarter during 2019.  Only newscasts from these specific dates will be eligible for entry into the newscast category for the annual PMJA Awards Competition.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 is the third of those four days.  February 19 and April 25 were the other two days. We'll notify you of the final newscast day one day before the scheduled date.

  What cool projects at your station have deepened your engagement with your community? What are you doing to super-serve and diversify your local audience?

Report for America has opened its application process in the annual effort to increase the number of journalists serving under-represented populations.  Interested newsrooms can apply to receive up to half of a reporters salary.  

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.

Chloe Weber / WBAA

The 2019 PRNDI conference was the last of its kind. Voting members have spoken and what is now known as the Public Media Journalists Association will oversee the organization and all future conferences.

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