Amy Jeffries

Amy started her career in public radio at WNPR in Hartford, CT more than a decade ago. NPR flew her in to Baton Rouge to help cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while she was still based in the North. Here she found her journalistic calling.

After getting a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and taking a detour through online media as a local editor for Patch, she finally returned to public radio and to Baton Rouge in January 2012.

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Public Radio News Directors Inc. will continue to be known as “PRNDI”.

During the business meeting at the annual conference in St. Louis, the membership rejected a proposal to rename the organization the “Association of Public Media Journalists” or “APMJ”. Objections largely centered around dropping “radio” and how a new name should encompass digital.

PRNDI Board Wants YOU!

Jun 17, 2016
Uncle Sam
James Montgomery Flagg

PRNDI is seeking public radio journalists driven to make public radio journalismbetter across all platforms to join the Board of Directors.

In addition to masterminding an annual conference, the Board supports public radio newsrooms throughout the year with professional development sessions and recognizes successes with its annual awards contest. 

Board members help grow revenue and membership, affecting the very make-up and reach of the organization. 

Important revisions to PRNDI’s bylaws were adopted by the membership at the business meeting on June 27 at the annual conference in Salt Lake. They were adopted without objection. The revisions pave the way for PRNDI to be a more inclusive, bigger, and more influential organization in public media.

“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.

It’s almost summer, and a new batch of interns will soon be knocking down the newsroom door. 

What, oh, what to do with them?

Interns should learn how to write, record and edit audio, develop a story idea and execute it. Get them going with cut-and-copy, then wraps, then superspots. What works well: treat interns like professional reporters. Logging tape is busy work, don't make interns do it unless it will really contribute to a story for air. Make sure interns have work to show for when they finish their internship. Tell your colleagues about the good ones so they get jobs in public media.

Hear that and much more from George Bodarky — News and Public Affairs Director in WFUV's student-filled newsroom, Doug Mitchell — Next Generation Radio Founder and NPR Talent Developer, and Ann Marie Awad — Morning Edition Maven at WRKF and not-so-long-ago intern at WHYY.

Download George's slides

Download WFUV's news contract

Download Doug's slides

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. 

In light of the “Collaborative Coverage Project” recently launched by NPR, PRNDI collected responses to a survey April 7-11, 2014 asking its membership for their ideas about collaboration. The survey went out to 95 recipients and 20 responded, representing newsrooms at public radio stations across the country.         

More than half of the respondents rated increased collaboration as needed or very needed (4 or 5 on the 5-point scale). The responses were equally distributed among small, medium, and large stations (according to PRNDI's definitions). But small and medium stations were much more likely to rate increased collaboration as needed or very needed.

  PRNDI President George Bodarky is presenting the annual report to members for discussion at the business meeting at the conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 20, at 12:15 p.m. 

The report outlines the organization's goals and details the major successes of the past year, including:

  • development of a full-day training session at the upcoming RTDNA/SPJ conference in Nashville;
  • al la carte trainings in vocal coaching, reporting, and management available to public media newsrooms;
  • the launch of a certification program for new and aspiring news managers;
  • efforts to expand the PRNDI membership. 

View and download the full report.