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Advice for the transition from print to audio storytelling

If you are taking this journey, there are some things that you need to know. With any great journey, you need a plan for success. This article from NPR Training gives excellent ideas on how to use audio to tell stories. This is good for those new to radio and those who have been in the business for years. Click on the article here .

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KERA Shares Debate Guidelines

Jul 10, 2012

Following are debate guidelines KERA has adopted with the advice of attorneys. We use numerous criteria in addition to polls when determining which candidates will be invited to our debates, and we give ourselves ample opportunity to apply discretion.  We evaluate the candidates to determine if they have active campaigns that include staff; an attempt to raise money, and efforts to communicate with voters. 

Cheat Sheet: Developing Story Ideas

Jul 9, 2012

Even among reporters, there are sloppy note takers.  So, as a service to folks who attended the work session on "Developing Story Ideas" during the PRNDI Conference in Houston, here are the notes used by presenters Erin Hennesey of KPLU and Kelly Griffin of Colorado Public Radio.  

News Maker as Recording Engineer

Jul 3, 2012

Rather than phone tape, news makers can now record themselves with an I-Phone and send good quality audio back to the reporter.  First, ask the interviewee if he or she has an iPhone. If so, ask if they can get to a landline which you record for backup. Then instruct the interviewee to open the voice memo app. A picture of a mic appears. The record button is on the left. A button on the right with three lines on it get to the recordings. 

Tell the interviewee to hold the phone 6 inches in front of his or her face with the screen at eye-level. This way they speak toward the actual microphone but not so close that they have popping "Ps."

Have them hit record, and ask to make sure the counter is going.

Public Radio Celebrates Local Journalism

Jul 1, 2012
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Public media journalist Ellen Weiss is this year's winner of PRNDI's Leo C. Lee Award. Weiss, who appeared in Houston during PRNDI's annual awards banquet, reminded journalists that "public radio is resilient, but you can't take anything for granted." "You've thrived and survived because of great journalism," said Weiss. Weiss, who's now executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity, built her reputation as a news manager at NPR.

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. 

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