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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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.

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." 

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Brent Wolfe

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

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