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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Creatively Compensating a Collaboration

Jun 8, 2012
Charles Compton

In a recent collaboration between Louisville Public Media, public radio’s Innovation Trail and WEKU, three-fifths of the stories were done by freelancers.  The series examined the impacts of technological advances on the horse racing industry, and was shared, at no cost, with public radio stations in eight states.  Eventually, portions of the series were also picked by “Here and Now,” WNYC and NPR.  As a journalistic collaboration, it was great success, but, was it a success for our freelancers?

All three are dedicated journalists who are pleased their stories reached a wide audience.  They are also people who need to eat.  Each was paid a standard fee by WEKU and they were free to sell their content to other buyers.  However, one could argue they had undercut themselves.  Why should a news director buy a cow when she can get the milk for free?

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.

Jonathan Ahl has informed the PRNDI Board that he is no longer serving as News Director of Iowa Public Radio, and therefore has submitted his resignation as PRNDI Board President effective immediately.

The PRNDI Board has since named PRNDI small station representative, George Bodarky, as the organization’s Acting President until the board election on June 30th. George is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM in New York.  He has been serving as PRNDI’s Training Committee Chair since joining the PRNDI Board in 2008.

A Well-Mannered Reporter's Secret Weapon

May 31, 2012

I have a reporter in my newsroom who thanked me yesterday for her new “secret weapon.” I gave her a simple tool that takes very little of her time, and has resulted in high level sources calling her back quickly, public relations people smoothing the way instead of blocking it, and people who don’t frequently listen to our station still remembering her name.

She is so impressed with the difference it’s making in her reporting that she may very well be angry if she discovers I’m revealing it here. She believes it gives her an edge over the other reporters on her beat. 

What is this trick that melts the hearts of the coldest CEO, and gets busy PR people to move your name to the top of their “call back” list?

The hand-written thank you note.

Funding and Firewalls

May 17, 2012

One of the most popular requests for help on Newslink and PRNDI’s Facebook page recently has been in the area of Funders and Firewalls. People want to know how to fund their shows and positions without creating a conflict of interest.

WFUV-FM (Bronx, NY) is offering 3 graduate assistantship awards, starting in Fall 2012.

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