NPR's Northeastern Bureau Chief Andrea de Leon Will Receive PRNDI's 2017 Leo C. Lee Award

PRNDI is celebrating 2017 as “The Year of the Editor,” and there is no better way to bring that message home than to honor one of the finest editors working in public media today. We are pleased to announce that Andrea de Leon is the 2017 recipient of the Leo C. Lee Award.

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You asked for it, now it's here! It's the schedule for this year's annual PRNDI Conference which will be held in Miami in June.  The schedule is below as we know it.  We'll continue to update the program as we finalize more details, but in the meantime, go ahead and get registered for the conference HERE.  Early registration pricing will be available through May 23rd.  After that date, prices will raise to late pricing.

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  The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) are proud to announce that entries are open for the Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award to be presented at the PRNDI Annual Conference in Miami in June of 2017.

  Did Fat Tuesday keep you from completing your PRNDI Annual Awards entries?  Would another week help?  Well, you're in luck.  The PRNDI Board has voted to extend the deadline (with an additional extension fee added to the pricing) for the PRNDI Annual Awards competition. 

Get your hotel reservations now for this summer's annual PRNDI Conference.  We'll be holding our conference at the lovely Newport Beachside Resort located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Florida.  Pre-conference training will be Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.  Full conference sessions will be Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.

The hotel is located half-way between the Miami International Airport and the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, so you can make plans to fly into either airport.

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.

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.

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