5 Things to Know About PRNDI’s Revised Bylaws

Important revisions to PRNDI’s bylaws were adopted by the membership at the business meeting on June 27 at the annual conference in Salt Lake. They were adopted without objection. The revisions pave the way for PRNDI to be a more inclusive, bigger, and more influential organization in public media.
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An Invitation to the Podcast Party

Jul 5, 2015
Panelists Phoebe Judge, Manoush Zomorodi, Sara Sarasohn, and Robert Smith on "Podcastification".
Jeff Coltin

The heat in Salt Lake City averaged 94 degrees throughout the PRNDI Conference but that wasn’t the hot topic on the last day of breakout sessions. What was? Podcasts.

PRNDI handed out 130 awards to public radio newsrooms on June 27, at the organization's annual conference in Salt Lake City. The awards included recognition for excellent journalism produced in 2014 in new arts and sports feature categories as well as or multimedia, nationally edited, and student work. The competition was fierce this year with over 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country.

Editorial units at NPR and member stations are being linked in NPR's new coverage circle.
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Members of NPR’s Collaborative Coverage Project began their session at that PRNDI conference in Salt Lake, June 27, with a simple concept: “collaboration is tricky, but we all want this to work.”

The project, in progress for about a year, has a mission of transforming NPR and member station newsrooms into a true network. Vickie Walton James, NPR National Desk Editor, said the goal is to “move faster, dig deeper, and reflect the fabric of America.”

PRNDI Focuses on Diversity in Hiring and Reporting

Jun 28, 2015
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Public radio has been doing some collective soul-searching about diversity this year, from Al Letson’s “Manifesto on Diversity” to the on-going #PubRadioVoice conversation with NPR’s Code Switch. PRNDI’s 2015 conference in Salt Lake City followed suit on Saturday, June 27, hosting a pair of breakout sessions focused on diversity — one on hiring, and one on featuring diverse voices. We also spoke to a few attendees at the conference about their perspectives on diversity in public media, what it means and the challenges they face.


Reporting on Faith, Values and Belief

Jun 27, 2015
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“It’s important to treat religion like any other beat,” said Monique Parsons, an independent producer of religion stories. “If you wait until there is a crisis, you’re going to miss some things.”

Parsons joined the Salt Lake Tribune’s Peggy Fletcher Stack and NPR’s Jason DeRose in the session on religion reporting at the 2015 PRNDI conference moderated by KUER’s Terry Gildea. The group talked about its decades of collective experience, sharing stories from Stack’s years of covering the LDS church in Utah to DeRose’s coverage of the clergy sex abuse controversy in Chicago. Here are some of their tips:

Social Media Worth Spreading

Jun 27, 2015
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The room was full of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials during the social media session that opened up PRNDI's main conference in Salt Lake City this year. Some tapped away on their smartphones while others scribbled with pen and paper. Bottom line, all of them were taking notes and posting about the tool many of us tend to underestimate: social media.

Newscasts Without Panic

Jun 27, 2015
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You're in the newsroom, prepping stories for your newscasts, and before you know it, it's two minutes to air. Then *BAM*, breaking news comes across the wire, email and on Twitter. There’s a fire near City Hall. Time to panic?

Strength in Numbers

Jun 26, 2015
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There are approximately 1,800 journalists working throughout the NPR network. That's "strength in numbers," says NPR's new Senior VP of News Mike Oreskes. Speaking to the PRNDI conference over lunch on Friday, June 26, along with NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn, Oreskes emphasized the need for local stations and NPR to work together to strengthen their connections and, in turn, build a more powerful network.

KERA Series Wins Inaugural Financial Reporting Award

Jun 25, 2015

The Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), proudly announce that Courtney Collins and the news staff at KERA in North Texas have received the first-ever Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in Salt Lake City on June 27.

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Strategic Planning

Each year the PRNDI board holds a retreat to plan the annual conference and set the organization’s goals for the year ahead. Among the initiatives in the works (or already achieved) as a result of that meeting are:

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