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PRNDI gave John Barth the Leo C. Lee Award at our annual conference in St. Louis in June. Below is a transcript of the speech he gave at the ceremony.

 

Thank you George Bodarky and the PRNDI Board for this honor. It is very meaningful and I am extremely grateful…

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.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When Adrian Florido woke up Sunday morning his phone was blowing up. There was a shooting. In Orlando. A gay nightclub. On Latin Night.

Immediately he knew — most, if not all, of the victims would be Latino.

Florido started tweeting about that fact. The backlash came quickly, replies on twitter that whether the victims were Latino wasn’t relevant. “No need to create divisions where none exist,” @WayneTheCaveman wrote, “or tribalize us.”

NPR/Station Collaborations Show Progress

Jun 25, 2016

Since he became NPR’s senior vice president for news last year, Michael Oreskes has prioritized increasing collaborations between the network and member stations.

At the 2016 PRNDI conference in St. Louis, he could cite the network’s coverage of Orlando as an example of what’s possible when NPR and member stations work together.

“The more you plan ahead, the more you have in the moment,” he said at Saturday morning’s session.

Five Takeaways For Member Stations Starting Podcasts

Jun 25, 2016
Shana Sureck / From the WNPR podcast The Radius Project

The immense popularity of Serial and other podcasts has contributed to a radio renaissance.

Larger organizations, such as NPR, along with member stations are experimenting with podcasting as a new avenue for telling stories. Awareness of podcasts among Americans has more than doubled since 2006, according to 2015 data from the Pew Research Center.

Social Storytelling Made Simple

Jun 25, 2016

Snaps, tweets, Instas and Vines.

These staples of millennial communication can be exciting yet confusing tools for journalism. At PRNDI’s "Social Storytelling" breakout session, social media gurus gave a crash course on the trendiest tools, such as Snapchat and Facebook Live.

Kelly Moffitt, online producer at St. Louis Public Radio; Adam Ragusea, host of Current’s The Pub podcast; and Lori Todd, social media editor at NPR, moderated the panel.

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.

HeatherLWilliams / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Gone are the days of radio as, well, just radio.  

Audiences are engaging with content across a multitude of platforms, and public “radio” newsrooms are doing far more than just producing for broadcast. In today’s ever-changing media landscape, innovation and collaboration are key to engaging with new and younger audiences. Public radio newsrooms across the nation are forging unique partnerships, and creating and distributing stories in ways we never would have imagined even just 10 years ago. Radio newsrooms are producing video for the web and social media, and developing programs that sometimes never even broadcast on a radio frequency.

The bottom line: as the media have evolved so have our newsrooms.

That said, we believe it’s time to consider a name change for Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated, a.k.a. PRNDI.

Join us to discuss the proposed name change Thursday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. EST. Log on to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7795435561073409027.

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