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The membership of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated elected two new board members and re-elected two other members to their seats at its annual business meeting on Saturday, June 24th.  Treasurer Rachel Lindley was re-elected to another two year term on the board, as was Large Station Representative Teresa Collier. 

PRNDI Looks To Start Foundation

Jun 25, 2017

At PRNDI’s annual conference in Miami, board president Terry Gildea said he wants to create a new foundation called Public Radio New Director Foundation, or PRNDF. This foundation would be a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Currently, PRNDI exists as a 501(c)(6). Under its current affiliation, PRNDI is able to lobby, but is not eligible for a number of grant opportunities and opportunities to build scholarship.

Six Things Every Reporter Should Know About Guns

Jun 25, 2017
Rebecca Lewis

When he asked a room full of public radio journalists how many had never owned a gun, Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins was met with a room full of raised hands. He was not particularly surprised.

“Of all the things I ever thought I would be talking to PRNDI about, guns were not on my guess list,” Tompkins told the room at the start of his information session on covering guns.

Of course, gun ownership is not a prerequisite to gun knowledge. But if you have never had a gun, it stands to reason you may not know as much about them. This poses a problem for some journalists.

 

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.

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