George Bodarky


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

AIR and PRNDI recently announced new resources for negotiating rates to support freelance commissioned local stories.  Join us for this webinar to learn more and ask questions.  PRNDI President George Bodarky and AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt are joined by GPB VP of Radio Tanya Ott, Producer Karen Michel, and attorney Spencer Weisbroth who walk everyone through the new contract template designed expressly for stations and freelancers.

Access the webinar archive here.

A workshop featuring Dori Maynard, president of The Maynard Institute.

Maynard presents ideas to:

• Use new tools to strengthen ties to previously underserved communities.

• Avoid technological/community mismatch.

• Create technology strategies to ensure that newsrooms are not inadvertently leaving potential audience members behind.

• Use the Maynard Institute’s Fault Lines diversity framework to build a process of conceiving stories and business practices that include a multiplicity of views across race, gender, generation, geography and class.

The workshop is useful for journalists and for those on the business side of media.

Click here for a link to the archive.

Public radio stations and independent producers will now have guidance for negotiating rates to support creation of local stories, thanks to the efforts of a task force created by AIR and PRNDI  last fall.

AIR has also developed a new contract template designed expressly for station and freelancers. Together, these new resources support stations seeking to tap public media’s talent pool to strengthen their local position, and the interests of freelancers looking to expand their opportunities to contribute to public media outlets and reach new listeners.

The end of the year always provides an opportunity for reflection. It gives us a chance to look back on our accomplishments and failures over the previous 12 months, and provides us an opportunity to look ahead to what we want to get done in the year ahead.

Marguerite Nutter, NPR

This is the true story of eight colleagues who chose to live in a house, to prepare meals together, work to plan a conference and other training sessions, to find out what happens when News Directors get out of the newsroom...and devote their full attention to plotting a course for the future of PRNDI and its members.

The role of a News Director is not an easy one.  Every day can pose a new challenge.  

On any given day, we might find ourselves up against a breaking news situation we never faced before, or dealing with a problem employee who is bringing the morale of the entire newsroom down several notches.   The days can be long, and sometimes just when we shut down the computer, something comes up that keeps us in the office hours later.  But, with these challenges, come countless rewards.  We take pride in comprehensive election night coverage, helping a new reporter get their first feature on the network, and producing investigative journalism that leads to real change in the communities we serve.

Do you have a proven track record in helping young reporters improve their craft and hone their understanding of public radio’s core values?

St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon announced today their intention to explore forming an alliance to better serve the community through journalism.

A letter of intent was signed by Margaret Wolf Freivogel, a founder and the editor of the St. Louis Beacon, and Tim Eby, St. Louis Public Radio general manager.

Arriving on-time for work.  Dressing in a professional manner.  Staying focused on the job.  These are all traits we expect from people who work in our newsrooms, and perhaps traits we expect most people to have learned somewhere along the way.  However, when you work in an environment where your staff may not only be new to a newsroom, but new to the workplace, you may have to spell out some ground rules. 

With as many as 15 students working in my newsroom at any given time, someone is bound to say they can’t cover an assignment because they have to study for an exam.  Or as the weather warms up, someone may show up to cover the mayor’s news conference wearing shorts and sandals. That’s when I refer them to the newsroom contract they signed when starting at WFUV.

What separates a classroom from a newsroom?  I argue not much.  Like a teacher, newsroom managers have to inspire, encourage, and educate the people they work with every day.  With that in mind, here is the first of what I hope to be a regular installment in a Newsroom as Classroom series.

Teaching is ingrained in the culture of my newsroom.  I’m the ND of WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.  We’re only a two-person full-time news department.  It’s me and my assistant ND, Robin Shannon.  But, we’re a large department when you count up our student staffing.  We have as many as 15 students who work in our newsroom at any given time.  They serve as anchors, reporters, writers and producers.