PRNDI's Breaking News Plan Clearinghouse

PRNDI is attempting to build a clearinghouse of Breaking News Plans to share among member stations. If you'd like to contribute your plan to this project, please contact Matt Shafer Powell at mpowell@wfyi.org. To define what WNYC (New York, NY) means by urgent breaking news, they've created a simple, three-level system so that people inside and outside of the newsroom are on the same page about what kinds of stories could merit a program interruption or a disruption to normal routines. St....

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A webinar on Thursday, October 26th allows you to look at the answers to the question of what opportunities are available for the growth of local public media in the future.  AIR media will host the webinar at 1 PM EST that features information from Edison Research.  The webinar is a culmination of Edison Research’s "Switch On, Tune In" study that investigated the 'far corners' of local communities where AIR's Finding America teams embedded.

PRNDI's Breaking News Plan Clearinghouse

Oct 10, 2017

PRNDI is attempting to build a clearinghouse of Breaking News Plans to share among member stations.  If you'd like to contribute your plan to this project, please contact Matt Shafer Powell at mpowell@wfyi.org.

To define what WNYC (New York, NY) means by urgent breaking news, they've created a simple, three-level system so that people inside and outside of the newsroom are on the same page about what kinds of stories could merit a program interruption or a disruption to normal routines. 

George Bodarky Returns to the PRNDI Board

Oct 6, 2017

After spending eight years on the Public Radio News Directors Inc. board, including two terms as president of PRNDI, George Bodarky accepted an invitation from current President Terry Gildea to return to the board. He will serve out the remaining year of Deanna Garcia’s term as an at-large representative.  Garcia resigned her post in September.  Bodarky says he is excited to be back on the board of directors.

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The PRNDI Board of Directors is having a board retreat November 1-5.  During this retreat, the 2018 PRNDI Conference will be planned.  We need your help!!  What would you like to learn during the 2018 conference?  We are taking suggestions and comments as we plan the general sessions and the panel discussions.  A one-question survey has been created, which you can find here.  Please fill this survey out.  Thank you for your time. 

Grant to Equip 30 Stations with Enhanced Emergency Communications Systems

Sep 28, 2017
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A $419,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be given to NPR to equip 30 stations with enhanced emergency communications systems.  The stations are located across ten Midwest, South Central and Gulf Coast States.  These states usually are hit by very destructive weather.    This is a collaboration between the CPB and the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) to assist with public safety.   Learn more about this grant here.  

How to make listeners care about your story

Sep 26, 2017

One of the basic elements of speech is the message.  It should be crafted in such a way that the receivers of the message care about what you say.  In this NPR Training segment, learn how to make listeners care about your stories, backed up with data about what works.  View the article here.  

NPR Training gives advice on working with sources

Sep 26, 2017
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We all know sources are important.  But this refresher from NPR Training gives some great advice on working with sources.  How can you find them, vet them, and develop a relationship with them, and quoting them?  Read the article here.   

Editor's note: The words we use matter

Sep 22, 2017
Ryan Delaney, St. Louis Public Radio

Excellent advice and information, courtesy of Shula Nueman, St. Louis Public Radio.

It feels like we’ve been here before. Three years ago, the region and the nation witnessed the passion and furor of protesters in Ferguson who came out to decry the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

National Press Foundation Awards Deadline Nears

Sep 14, 2017
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The awards deadline is rapidly approaching for those who want to enter into the National Press Foundation Awards competition.  Those who want to apply for the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism have until September 29 to apply.  More information on that award can be found here.   

Meet NPR's Newest Bureau Chief: Phyllis Fletcher

Aug 30, 2017
Paul Loofburrow

In this interview, PRNDI's Small Station Representative Johnathan Reaves talks with NPR's Bureau Chief for the Western United States, Phyllis Fletcher.  She talks about why editing is important, what makes a good editor, and her excitement for her new position.  

She also told Reaves after the interview that she was excited about the "regional hubs" proposal from NPR and believes it will because "I think it has potential to be helpful to everyone--our audiences most of all!"  

Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview

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