George Bodarky

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George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.  George serves as the Training Committee Chair for Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and is the Past President of the New York State Associated Press Board of Directors.  He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism.  George is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training.  Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation.  Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Ways to Connect

KMUW-FM, Wichita Public Radio, licensed to Wichita State University, is seeking applicants for the position of News Director.  KMUW is committed to expanding its local news programming and public service.

WSKG Public Broadcasting seeks a radio Anchor/Reporter to host its news programming, and to produce spots and feature reports for news and public affairs programming. 

St. Louis Public Radio – 90.7 KWMU, The Nine Network, and The St. Louis Beacon’s innovative multimedia news collaborative effort, Beyond November, has an opening for a temporary radio producer (6 month term).

Penn State Public Broadcasting announces “Think Outside the Pipes,” a local reporting initiative for public radio stations. 

KUOW's Arvid Hokanson will be available at the PRNDI conference in Houston, TX to answer questions about the ND position.

Interested in a career in the Big Easy?  WWNO in New Orleans is in the market for a News Director.

Interested in a career in the Big Easy?  WWNO in New Orleans is in the market for a News Director.

Arriving on-time for work.  Dressing in a professional manner.  Staying focused on the job.  These are all traits we expect from people who work in our newsrooms, and perhaps traits we expect most people to have learned somewhere along the way.  However, when you work in an environment where your staff may not only be new to a newsroom, but new to the workplace, you may have to spell out some ground rules. 

With as many as 15 students working in my newsroom at any given time, someone is bound to say they can’t cover an assignment because they have to study for an exam.  Or as the weather warms up, someone may show up to cover the mayor’s news conference wearing shorts and sandals. That’s when I refer them to the newsroom contract they signed when starting at WFUV.

What separates a classroom from a newsroom?  I argue not much.  Like a teacher, newsroom managers have to inspire, encourage, and educate the people they work with every day.  With that in mind, here is the first of what I hope to be a regular installment in a Newsroom as Classroom series.

Teaching is ingrained in the culture of my newsroom.  I’m the ND of WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.  We’re only a two-person full-time news department.  It’s me and my assistant ND, Robin Shannon.  But, we’re a large department when you count up our student staffing.  We have as many as 15 students who work in our newsroom at any given time.  They serve as anchors, reporters, writers and producers.

WFUV-FM (Bronx, NY) is offering 3 graduate assistantship awards, starting in Fall 2012.

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