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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PRNDI's "Editor of the Year" Award

Apr 3, 2017

NOTE: This competition is now closed. Nominations for 2018's Editor of the Year Award will be accepted starting in January 2018.

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!  

PRNDI: The Conference For ALL Public Media Journalists

Mar 29, 2017

"PRNDI? What's that? Our station has never sent anyone before. Why should we spend the money now?"

“Is PRNDI just like every other conference I’ve been to where people are still trying to figure out diversity and millennials?”

"My boss says I'm not the news director...why should they send me to PRNDI?"

Welcome to the 32nd annual PRNDI conference. Here you can find the schedule and room assignments for each session on for Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24. Thursday evening, join us for a Reception with BBC World Service & American Public Media at 7 pm on the patio between the hotel and the beach. 

The 2017 PRNDI Conference will be held in June of 2017 at the Newport Beachside Resort in Miami, Florida.  The PRNDI Board has begun planning the conference, and we'll post a tentative schedule soon.  

Public Radio News Directors Inc. and emcee Korva Coleman of NPR handed out 173 awards to 72 organizations at its conference in St. Louis over the weekend for work done at stations and other outlets during calendar year 2015.  The annual PRNDI Awards pit local public radio stations against one another in an effort to find the very best public radio reporting in a variety of categories from Arts Reporting to Spot News.  "This year's competition was fierce with over 1,200 entries submitted," according to George Bodarky, PRNDI President.

No Name Change for PRNDI

Jun 28, 2016

Public Radio News Directors Inc. will continue to be known as “PRNDI”.

During the business meeting at the annual conference in St. Louis, the membership rejected a proposal to rename the organization the “Association of Public Media Journalists” or “APMJ”. Objections largely centered around dropping “radio” and how a new name should encompass digital.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When Adrian Florido woke up Sunday morning his phone was blowing up. There was a shooting. In Orlando. A gay nightclub. On Latin Night.

Immediately he knew — most, if not all, of the victims would be Latino.

Florido started tweeting about that fact. The backlash came quickly, replies on twitter that whether the victims were Latino wasn’t relevant. “No need to create divisions where none exist,” @WayneTheCaveman wrote, “or tribalize us.”

NPR/Station Collaborations Show Progress

Jun 25, 2016

Since he became NPR’s senior vice president for news last year, Michael Oreskes has prioritized increasing collaborations between the network and member stations.

At the 2016 PRNDI conference in St. Louis, he could cite the network’s coverage of Orlando as an example of what’s possible when NPR and member stations work together.

“The more you plan ahead, the more you have in the moment,” he said at Saturday morning’s session.

Five Takeaways For Member Stations Starting Podcasts

Jun 25, 2016
Shana Sureck / From the WNPR podcast The Radius Project

The immense popularity of Serial and other podcasts has contributed to a radio renaissance.

Larger organizations, such as NPR, along with member stations are experimenting with podcasting as a new avenue for telling stories. Awareness of podcasts among Americans has more than doubled since 2006, according to 2015 data from the Pew Research Center.

Social Storytelling Made Simple

Jun 25, 2016

Snaps, tweets, Instas and Vines.

These staples of millennial communication can be exciting yet confusing tools for journalism. At PRNDI’s "Social Storytelling" breakout session, social media gurus gave a crash course on the trendiest tools, such as Snapchat and Facebook Live.

Kelly Moffitt, online producer at St. Louis Public Radio; Adam Ragusea, host of Current’s The Pub podcast; and Lori Todd, social media editor at NPR, moderated the panel.

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Alicia Zuckerman

Rachel Osier Lindley

Julie Glenn

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Terry Gildea

Christine Paige Diers