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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Newswriting Tips from Korva

Nov 26, 2014
Korva Coleman
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Advice from NPR's veteran newscaster.

  1. When writing, keep sentences short and conversational. Like this.
     
  2. Organize and time your stories so that you are able to stop reading a piece of copy before you get to the end of the story. Each story should be written so it can either be cut short or run long. You should be able to fit key elements into the first few sentences and have it make sense if you decide to cut away early for time. Stories should also be able to run long without dragging or boring listeners if you need to fill extra time.
     
  3. Story counts will vary on the amount of news you have available. Don't be wedded to a particular number of stories per newscast.

What’s more fun than hiring three people to replace reporters who left your news room? Hiring four reporters, a local journalism collaboration reporter, and getting the opportunity to train all of them!

While in the process of hiring a grant funded education reporter and filling a general assignment opening, two of my veteran reporters approached me and said they’d be leaving in a couple of weeks. One took a better paying job; the other decided to quit to deal with some personal matters. Hiring two people was going to be a challenge already, but hiring four people was daunting. 

All Things Football: Sideline Reporting Public Radio Style

Oct 28, 2014

"Innovate or die" is one way to describe my approach to journalism. This past August, that meant hosting Georgia Public Broadcasting's All Things Considered live from a Friday night high school football game.

Another piece of this experiment was covering a half hour with a local special about -- you guessed it -- football. Naturally, it would become All Things Football.

The structure of public radio newsrooms is changing. And that’s prompting PRNDI, a.k.a. Public Radio News Directors, Inc., to revisit its bylaws, which layout the organization’s objectives, who it represents, and the balance of power in the organization. The newly formed Bylaws Committee, which I am chairing, is looking at drafting revisions for consideration by the general membership at the conference in Salt Lake City this June. 

Society of Professional Journalists

As the nature of our industry rapidly evolves, what does the future hold for journalism organizations, like Public Radio News Directors Incorporated?  That’s a question we’re asking ourselves as we take a very hard look at PRNDI’s bylaws.  

PRNDI is not alone in contemplating its future. Many journalism organizations are faced with similar issues.  That’s why 19 organizations, including PRNDI, got together for a leadership summit at this year’s Excellence in Journalism Conference in Nashville, TN. The session was led by the American Copy Editors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. We talked about the challenges our organizations face and what we might be able to do collectively to advocate for journalists and advance quality journalism.

Takeaways from PRPD: Best Practices for New Clocks

Sep 21, 2014
Behold: the new NPR magazine clocks.
Jonathan Ahl

NPR member stations around the country are working feverishly to figure out how they will insert local content and cover the breaks in the new clocks for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekend news magazines.  

Determining and implementing the best practices for using the new clocks was the topic of a breakout session at the PRPD Conference in Portland, OR on Sept.10.

My name is George and my station dropped NPR newscasts.

When I was first confronted with that proposal, I was like, “we’re considering doing what???”

But, once I got over the initial shock, I took a very hard look at the facts, and seized it as an opportunity to grow WFUV’s news presence. 

First of all, WFUV is Triple A station. By and large listeners come to us for music. That’s not to say our listeners simply want to bury their heads in the playlist and ignore the fact that the world is revolving around them as they catch the latest from Mumford and Sons. Our listeners are life-long learners who want to be in the know about current events, including when news breaks during the day.

So why drop NPR newscasts?

Eliminating NPR headlines did lead to a cost savings of about $50,000 a year. But, that wasn’t the motivating factor. As I mentioned, WFUV is a music station, and the station wanted to increase focus on music programming.

“We were concerned with our ability to retain audience when we cut to three minutes of news each hour across the day, “said WFUV General Manager, Chuck Singleton. “Of course, this was also informed by (and made less of a risk) by our awareness of the experience of our peers in music format stations; we were one of the last to retain the hourly newscasts.”

KETR-FM is a university licensee in Commerce, TX located in Hunt County about 65 miles northeast of Dallas. The 100,000-watt station serves eight counties but has just one full-time news reporter and host. So the station has recruited staffers at nearby newspapers to help fill out local newscasts. 

“Our staff is short,” said KETR General Manager Jerrod Knight. “Having active newsroom participants with a home base in the various communities we serve is one of the best ways, and at times, the only way, to get at that information.”

PRNDI Signs Letter Urging Obama for Transparency

Jul 18, 2014

On July 8, the Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to President Obama and about 25 high-level White House staff asking the administration to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public. PRNDI was among 38 journalism and open government groups that signed on.

The relationship between NPR news and member station newsrooms took center stage at the recent PRNDI conference in Washington, D.C. During their session members of the “Collaborative Coverage Project” team assembled by NPR — Kelley Griffin of Colorado Public Radio, John Dankosky of WNPR, Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Radio, and Vickie Walton-James of NPR — shared some of the ideas that have emerged since the project got going in March of this year. 

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