PRNDI's Breaking News Plan Clearinghouse

PRNDI is attempting to build a clearinghouse of Breaking News Plans to share among member stations. If you'd like to contribute your plan to this project, please contact Matt Shafer Powell at mpowell@wfyi.org. To define what WNYC (New York, NY) means by urgent breaking news, they've created a simple, three-level system so that people inside and outside of the newsroom are on the same page about what kinds of stories could merit a program interruption or a disruption to normal routines. St....

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PRNDI Elects New President, Board Members

Jun 25, 2016

Terry Gildea of KUER in Salt Lake City has been elected PRNDI's new president. Gildea has been an at-large member of the board for the last three years.  He was elected by acclamation to replace George Bodarky of WFUV, who is completing his second and final term.

PRNDI membership also elected board members to represent stations with medium-sized newsroom staffs, and two at-large members.

Plans News Managers Hope They Won't Need To Use

Jun 25, 2016
Jesse Wright/West Virginia Public Broascasting

Imagine... 

It started out like any other day at K-Small, a 5000 watt member station in Smallville, America. It was a mellow morning — the national network show running with some local inserts until 10 a.m. At the 9 a.m. news meeting there were three top stories: a tornado watch, a controversial art exhibit called “Religion Sucks,” and a press release from Smallville State College saying that last month’s test of the campus-wide emergency alert system went well.

The quiet before the storm.

PRNDI is deeply saddened by the deaths in Afghanistan of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and NPR's Afghan interpreter and fellow journalist Zabihullah Tamanna.

You can read and listen to NPR's coverage of this tragic news here and here.

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 will be the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in St. Louis on June 25.

Courtesy Georgia Public Radio

Where do you put commas?

What about abbreviations, is it GA or Ga?

And what about numbers, do you write eleven or 11?

Ack! How are you supposed to know, you're a radio reporter?!?! 

Well, here's where Mercer University's Adam Ragusea can help. Adam held a PRNDI webinar giving basic tips and general guidance on how to move a script from one medium to another.

You can watch Adam's webinar here.

Photo Pop

Oct 30, 2015

Just like a great headline a great photo can make your story pop online, on Twitter and on Facebook.  In this webinar, NPR’s Kainaz Amaria walks through the basics of taking a good photo and what it takes to turn that good photo into a great one. 

Click HERE for the webinar archive.

An Invitation to the Podcast Party

Jul 5, 2015
Panelists Phoebe Judge, Manoush Zomorodi, Sara Sarasohn, and Robert Smith on "Podcastification".
Jeff Coltin

The heat in Salt Lake City averaged 94 degrees throughout the PRNDI Conference but that wasn’t the hot topic on the last day of breakout sessions. What was? Podcasts.

PRNDI handed out 130 awards to public radio newsrooms on June 27, at the organization's annual conference in Salt Lake City. The awards included recognition for excellent journalism produced in 2014 in new arts and sports feature categories as well as or multimedia, nationally edited, and student work. The competition was fierce this year with over 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country.

Editorial units at NPR and member stations are being linked in NPR's new coverage circle.
Collaborative Coverage Project / NPR

Members of NPR’s Collaborative Coverage Project began their session at that PRNDI conference in Salt Lake, June 27, with a simple concept: “collaboration is tricky, but we all want this to work.”

The project, in progress for about a year, has a mission of transforming NPR and member station newsrooms into a true network. Vickie Walton James, NPR National Desk Editor, said the goal is to “move faster, dig deeper, and reflect the fabric of America.”

PRNDI Focuses on Diversity in Hiring and Reporting

Jun 28, 2015
Russell Contreras / AP

Public radio has been doing some collective soul-searching about diversity this year, from Al Letson’s “Manifesto on Diversity” to the on-going #PubRadioVoice conversation with NPR’s Code Switch. PRNDI’s 2015 conference in Salt Lake City followed suit on Saturday, June 27, hosting a pair of breakout sessions focused on diversity — one on hiring, and one on featuring diverse voices. We also spoke to a few attendees at the conference about their perspectives on diversity in public media, what it means and the challenges they face.


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