PRNDI 2017 Conference Schedule & Registration

You asked for it, now it's here! It's the schedule for this year's annual PRNDI Conference which will be held in Miami in June. The schedule is below as we know it. We'll continue to update the program as we finalize more details, but in the meantime, go ahead and get registered for the conference HERE .

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Newscasts Without Panic

Jun 27, 2015
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You're in the newsroom, prepping stories for your newscasts, and before you know it, it's two minutes to air. Then *BAM*, breaking news comes across the wire, email and on Twitter. There’s a fire near City Hall. Time to panic?

Strength in Numbers

Jun 26, 2015
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There are approximately 1,800 journalists working throughout the NPR network. That's "strength in numbers," says NPR's new Senior VP of News Mike Oreskes. Speaking to the PRNDI conference over lunch on Friday, June 26, along with NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn, Oreskes emphasized the need for local stations and NPR to work together to strengthen their connections and, in turn, build a more powerful network.

KERA Series Wins Inaugural Financial Reporting Award

Jun 25, 2015

The Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), proudly announce that Courtney Collins and the news staff at KERA in North Texas have received the first-ever Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in Salt Lake City on June 27.

Download the complete 2015 Annual Report

Strategic Planning

Each year the PRNDI board holds a retreat to plan the annual conference and set the organization’s goals for the year ahead. Among the initiatives in the works (or already achieved) as a result of that meeting are:

“PRNDI is for news directors” — that’s what we’d been hearing. And it’s true. But we didn’t mean that to exclude other editors and news managers, or, for that matter, reporters, producers or anyone else who wants to participate in the professional development, discussions of our industry, networking and camaraderie that PRNDI is home to.

What’s in A Name?

Apr 20, 2015

Now that radio is, well, no longer just radio, what does that mean for the future of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)? I’m not talking about the future of PRNDI as a journalistic organization — that I’m confident is not in doubt — but just what the group is called. In an age where our newsrooms are doing much more than what we broadcast over the air, does “radio” still have a place in our title?

Morning Edition Hosts Need Vacation Too

Mar 13, 2015
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I’ve been hosting Morning Edition (or working the early morning shift) for the better part of the past 35 years. It’s my time of day, I like it!
The 3 a.m. alarm isn’t my most favorite part, but being the first on the roads, the first in to work and (most of the time) the first to go home has its benefits.

But as much as I love my job — and I really do — I value my vacation time.

The new clocks presented challenges for most newsrooms producing local newscasts. The biggest concern was, of course, how to fit everything into a smaller news hole.

In my newsroom, we’ve nicknamed our newscast spots “news haikus."  There was a lot of copy left on the proverbial cutting room floor in the first weeks of the new clocks as reporters adjusted to writing for a smaller hole.

“It’s just too short to provide a meaty newscast,” said one host in response to PRNDI’s call for comments.

Near-live mid-day newscasts are fed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Louisville Public Media and air on four of the five member-stations that make up the Kentucky Public Radio Network.

Todd Mundt (LPM) has led the workflow changes for his newscast unit.

“Until we have an interconnect for live transmission, we are producing and recording the newscasts each hour around 20-30 minutes before broadcast," said Mundt.  “The Master Control system automatically grabs the two-minute audio file and forwards it to FTP servers, making it available to WKYU, WEKU and WKMS several minutes before broadcast.”

Each station can originate the newscasts as a backup to LPM, additionally any station can opt out of a newscast in a breaking news situation. 

The PRNDI Board is pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the Leo C. Lee award. 

The name of this year’s winner is synonymous with public radio. Tanya Ott’s contributions to the industry are many-fold. 

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