George Bodarky

President

George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.  George serves as the Training Committee Chair for Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and is the Past President of the New York State Associated Press Board of Directors.  He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism.  George is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training.  Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation.  Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Ways to Connect

NPR Newscaster Korva Coleman goes over the new clocks and the time given to newscasts. For member stations there is less time for the local newscast, that means tighter writing to get all the news in. Korva shares her tips on writing tighter for smaller news windows.

You can access the webinar archive here.

Vincent Duffy of Michigan Radio and Doug Doyle of WBGO discuss their approaches to the election season and how they plan to handle election night.  The veteran News Directors offer ideas for your own election coverage.

You can access the webinar archive here.

Are you scratching your head over the new NPR clocks, trying to figure out how to fit your local programming into the new segments? Well, we all are.

That’s why PRNDI brought you a webinar that looks at what other stations are doing.

You can access the archive of the webinar here.

Society of Professional Journalists

As the nature of our industry rapidly evolves, what does the future hold for journalism organizations, like Public Radio News Directors Incorporated?  That’s a question we’re asking ourselves as we take a very hard look at PRNDI’s bylaws.  

PRNDI is not alone in contemplating its future. Many journalism organizations are faced with similar issues.  That’s why 19 organizations, including PRNDI, got together for a leadership summit at this year’s Excellence in Journalism Conference in Nashville, TN. The session was led by the American Copy Editors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. We talked about the challenges our organizations face and what we might be able to do collectively to advocate for journalists and advance quality journalism.

My name is George and my station dropped NPR newscasts.

When I was first confronted with that proposal, I was like, “we’re considering doing what???”

But, once I got over the initial shock, I took a very hard look at the facts, and seized it as an opportunity to grow WFUV’s news presence. 

First of all, WFUV is Triple A station. By and large listeners come to us for music. That’s not to say our listeners simply want to bury their heads in the playlist and ignore the fact that the world is revolving around them as they catch the latest from Mumford and Sons. Our listeners are life-long learners who want to be in the know about current events, including when news breaks during the day.

So why drop NPR newscasts?

Eliminating NPR headlines did lead to a cost savings of about $50,000 a year. But, that wasn’t the motivating factor. As I mentioned, WFUV is a music station, and the station wanted to increase focus on music programming.

“We were concerned with our ability to retain audience when we cut to three minutes of news each hour across the day, “said WFUV General Manager, Chuck Singleton. “Of course, this was also informed by (and made less of a risk) by our awareness of the experience of our peers in music format stations; we were one of the last to retain the hourly newscasts.”

For the last year, working on a CPB project grant, WHYY in Philadelphia has done research on the media habits and preferences of the digital native audience, and worked on creating a public media dashboard that would chart in new and useful ways how a station is doing at the various stages of the membership funnel, from creating awareness to increasing usage to nurturing engagement and earning support.

Chris Satullo, vice president for news at WHYY, and Don Henry, director of WHYY's NewsWorks digital operation, reviews the research and the dashboard in this PRNDI webinar titled: Rainbow Charts, Dashboard Fever and Other Wonders

Check it out in the archive.

While the benefits of public participation have been widely documented as best practice in areas ranging from sustainable development to public health and the arts, there continues to be no consensus on how to measure it. But technology is opening new doors and furthering the conversation in new ways.

 

Why encourage participation? Or in other words, why give staff time and resources specifically to the task?

It has been documented that when people participate in an activity, they develop a sense of ownership and responsibility, generate more innovative solutions, save organizations time and money, and demonstrate quicker changes in behavior. How might a community transformed in these ways benefit your mission?

 

You can access an archive of the webinar here.

Do you have difficulty finding female experts for your news stories? What’s the difference between language that is “gendered” and language that is “sexist?”

Why does gender even matter in news reporting? This webinar will give you tips and tools for incorporating more women sources and experts in your reporting.

You can access the webinar archive here.

This is a bittersweet moment for the PRNDI Board.  We are sad to have to say goodbye to Kurt Gwartney of KGOU as small station representative, but are pleased to welcome Amy Jeffries of WRKF as his replacement.

Sure, reliable and accurate online information exists. But which sources are the best and what’s the fastest way to find them?

Our presenters are NPR librarians Katie Daugert, Jane Gilvin and Mary Glendinning.

This interactive webinar showcases some of the government, social, and music online resources they use to support NPR’s deadline-driven storytelling. 

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