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Plans News Managers Hope They Won't Need To Use

Jun 25, 2016
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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.

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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.

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.

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.


Reporting on Faith, Values and Belief

Jun 27, 2015
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“It’s important to treat religion like any other beat,” said Monique Parsons, an independent producer of religion stories. “If you wait until there is a crisis, you’re going to miss some things.”

Parsons joined the Salt Lake Tribune’s Peggy Fletcher Stack and NPR’s Jason DeRose in the session on religion reporting at the 2015 PRNDI conference moderated by KUER’s Terry Gildea. The group talked about its decades of collective experience, sharing stories from Stack’s years of covering the LDS church in Utah to DeRose’s coverage of the clergy sex abuse controversy in Chicago. Here are some of their tips:

Social Media Worth Spreading

Jun 27, 2015
Got Credit

The room was full of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials during the social media session that opened up PRNDI's main conference in Salt Lake City this year. Some tapped away on their smartphones while others scribbled with pen and paper. Bottom line, all of them were taking notes and posting about the tool many of us tend to underestimate: social media.

Newscasts Without Panic

Jun 27, 2015
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Andréanne Germain / flickr

You're in the newsroom, prepping stories for your newscasts, and before you know it, it's two minutes to air. Then *BAM*, breaking news comes across the wire, email and on Twitter. There’s a fire near City Hall. Time to panic?

Strength in Numbers

Jun 26, 2015
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There are approximately 1,800 journalists working throughout the NPR network. That's "strength in numbers," says NPR's new Senior VP of News Mike Oreskes. Speaking to the PRNDI conference over lunch on Friday, June 26, along with NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn, Oreskes emphasized the need for local stations and NPR to work together to strengthen their connections and, in turn, build a more powerful network.

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