Deadline for 2018 PRNDI Annual Awards Contest March 1!

Just a reminder entries are being taken for the 2018 PRNDI awards. The deadline is rapidly approaching! You have until March 1 to get your entries in. For 2018, the PRNDI Board made no changes to the awards categories or pricing. All entries for this contest must have aired in calendar year 2017. We'll once again be using the Better Newspaper Contest entry system. All entries must be submited through this system no later than the deadline of midnight EST on March 1, 2018. Full awards...

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The membership of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated elected two new board members and re-elected two other members to their seats at its annual business meeting on Saturday, June 24th.  Treasurer Rachel Lindley was re-elected to another two year term on the board, as was Large Station Representative Teresa Collier. 

Striving for Diversity in Public Radio

Jun 25, 2017
NPR

During lunch at the PRNDI Conference on Saturday, while conferees ate a plain dish of chicken and rice, NPR's Keith Woods delivered a well-seasoned speech about diversity in public radio newsrooms.

PRNDI Looks To Start Foundation

Jun 25, 2017

At PRNDI’s annual conference in Miami, board president Terry Gildea said he wants to create a new foundation called Public Radio New Director Foundation, or PRNDF. This foundation would be a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Currently, PRNDI exists as a 501(c)(6). Under its current affiliation, PRNDI is able to lobby, but is not eligible for a number of grant opportunities and opportunities to build scholarship.

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2017 PRNDI Conference.  The conference concluded Saturday night with the awards banquet honoring the very best in Public Radio reporting.   Al Letson of Reveal took the podium as the emcee for the evening.  

NPR Wants 'NATO For Public Radio' in New Regional Hubs

Jun 25, 2017
PRNDI's Twitter

At the PRNDI Conference on Friday, NPR leaders outlined a new effort to collaborate with member stations through regional hubs. They said the initiative would better synthesize local member station coverage within regions, and improve the network's ability to cover stories nationwide.

NPR's Collaborative Coverage Senior Editor Bruce Auster, who's heading the initiative, held a breakout session entitled Imagining a Collaborative Journalism Network.

"We want this to be like NATO  for public radio," he said. 

Six Things Every Reporter Should Know About Guns

Jun 25, 2017
Rebecca Lewis

When he asked a room full of public radio journalists how many had never owned a gun, Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins was met with a room full of raised hands. He was not particularly surprised.

“Of all the things I ever thought I would be talking to PRNDI about, guns were not on my guess list,” Tompkins told the room at the start of his information session on covering guns.

Of course, gun ownership is not a prerequisite to gun knowledge. But if you have never had a gun, it stands to reason you may not know as much about them. This poses a problem for some journalists.

Making a Case for Editorial Independence

Jun 24, 2017
Michael Dobuski

Jacqui Helbert was a reporter for WUTC in Chattanooga, Tennessee last March when she embedded with a high school gay-straight alliance. The students were travelling to their state legislature to speak to their representatives about an anti-transgender bathroom bill. Some of those representatives, according to Helbert, were “less than nice.” While there, Republican Sen. Mike Bell questioned the idea of transgendered people, calling it “hogwash.” This caused some of the students to cry. They had more luck with GOP Rep.

Fighting Fake News with Real News

Jun 24, 2017
Michael Dobuski

On June 22, Edgar Madison Welch was sentenced to four years in prison under charges that included assault with a deadly weapon. Last December, the North Carolina man walked into a Washington DC pizza parlor with an AR-15 rifle and fired a number of rounds into the ceiling. According to Welch, he was investigating a baseless conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate” that had gained traction online.  It claimed the Democratic Party was running an illegal child sex ring out of the basement of the building. NPR never covered the conspiracy theory, but it did cover the shooting incident.

We Asked You: What Makes A Good Editor?

Jun 22, 2017
Pixabay

At PRNDI 2017, we’re celebrating editors, those unsung heroes of the newsroom. The folks who lurk in obscurity, tirelessly slaying superfluous “that” use and reminding reporters to write with the “fewest and most powerful words,” stronger verbs and active voice. The people who - at their best - inspire, challenge, and nurture their staffs. This one's for you guys.

Join PRNDI in congratulating our 2017 early career scholarship winners: Karen Rouse and Stephen Fowler.

 

“The PRNDI early career scholarship program allows journalists to experience our conference without placing that financial burden on their stations," says PRNDI president Terry Gildea. "Karen and Stephen represent an incredible talent pool of rising stars in public media. Our future is bright!”

 

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