George Bodarky Returns to the PRNDI Board

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. “PRNDI really holds a special place in my heart,” says Bodarky. “It has been a big...

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Penn State Public Broadcasting announces “Think Outside the Pipes,” a local reporting initiative for public radio stations. 

KUOW's Arvid Hokanson will be available at the PRNDI conference in Houston, TX to answer questions about the ND position.

Interested in a career in the Big Easy?  WWNO in New Orleans is in the market for a News Director.

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.

Colorado Public  Radio  Assistant News Director Judith Smelser's new blog Scribbles and Scruples:

There’s an interesting piece on the Poynter website today called How to pitch (stories) like a girl.  Author Jillian Keenan is bemoaning a report from a group called the OpEd project, which tracks gender representation in print editorials.  Not surprisingly, women wrote only 20% of Op-Eds in traditional papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post during the group’s 2011 survey period.  Women were more active in so-called “new media” outlets, like the Huffington Post and Salon – but they still authored just 38% of Op-Eds in those outlets.

This prompted a discussion of the persistent male dominance in print bylines overall.  Keenan reports on a packed event held in Brooklyn last night that addressed the issue and posed a fairly obvious remedy – female journalists need to pitch more stories.  She says the panelists – editors and freelance writers – talked about how women are more likely to view a rejected pitch as a personal rejection and be discouraged from pitching the same editor again, whereas men often take that same pitch rejection as a challenge and respond with a slew of new pitches.

Sharing Stations’ Local Reporting

Jun 11, 2012

NPR’s Policy and Representation Team has begun a new congressional communications initiative to spotlight station-produced content that is broadcast nationally. 

America Abroad Media says Kevin Klose has joined its board of advisors. The president emeritus of NPR, who currently serves as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, brings more than 40 years of experience in public affairs broadcasting and journalism to AAM. 

How WUSF Tries to Avoid, Correct Errors

Jun 11, 2012

In light of my conversation this week about errors and corrections with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute, I thought it would be good to let our audience see how we deal with errors in our stories. Here's our current policy. It is always a work in progress. Please let us know what you think in our comments section:

WUSF Public Media strives to provide timely, accurate and fair information to our audience every day. They demand that we “get it right” the first time – and in those cases when we don’t, we promise to be as transparent as possible in fixing the error.

First, we should make every effort to prevent errors. The main person responsible for preventing errors is the journalist who is writing and producing the story.

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.

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Terry Gildea

Rachel Osier Lindley

Johnathan Reaves

Johnathan Reaves

George Bodarky

Alicia Zuckerman

Alicia Zuckerman

Business Manager

Christine Paige Diers