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What To Do With Interns

Apr 16, 2015

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

Media Guru Sree Sreenivasan shares tricks of the trade.

As stations reach for a greater share of the audience, we’ll need to hear from a bigger swath of the community. Getting these new, more diverse voices on the air and online can be tough. In this webinar, we’ll take a look at a major sourcing project underway at NPR and share the 7 top ideas that come from stations and the network, all aimed at helping public radio look and sound more like America. Our presenters are Keith Woods, NPR's Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations and Luis Clemens, NPR's Senior Editor for Diversity.

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

What would you do if your newsroom has been reporting on a high-profile missing girl for months. She returns, putting her face and name back into the news, only to have accusations surface of sexual assault. Do you still use her name? That was the issue recently facing New Hampshire Public Radio. News director Sarah Ashworth discussed how they grappled with covering the story.

NPR’s senior editor of standards and practices Mark Memmott offers the top ten sticky ethical issues that surface regularly at the network. You can check out his Power Point here

NPR Newscaster Korva Coleman goes over the new clocks and the time given to newscasts. For member stations there is less time for the local newscast, that means tighter writing to get all the news in. Korva shares her tips on writing tighter for smaller news windows.

You can access the webinar archive here.

Vincent Duffy of Michigan Radio and Doug Doyle of WBGO discuss their approaches to the election season and how they plan to handle election night.  The veteran News Directors offer ideas for your own election coverage.

You can access the webinar archive here.

Are you scratching your head over the new NPR clocks, trying to figure out how to fit your local programming into the new segments? Well, we all are.

That’s why PRNDI brought you a webinar that looks at what other stations are doing.

You can access the archive of the webinar here.

For the last year, working on a CPB project grant, WHYY in Philadelphia has done research on the media habits and preferences of the digital native audience, and worked on creating a public media dashboard that would chart in new and useful ways how a station is doing at the various stages of the membership funnel, from creating awareness to increasing usage to nurturing engagement and earning support.

Chris Satullo, vice president for news at WHYY, and Don Henry, director of WHYY's NewsWorks digital operation, reviews the research and the dashboard in this PRNDI webinar titled: Rainbow Charts, Dashboard Fever and Other Wonders

Check it out in the archive.

While the benefits of public participation have been widely documented as best practice in areas ranging from sustainable development to public health and the arts, there continues to be no consensus on how to measure it. But technology is opening new doors and furthering the conversation in new ways.


Why encourage participation? Or in other words, why give staff time and resources specifically to the task?

It has been documented that when people participate in an activity, they develop a sense of ownership and responsibility, generate more innovative solutions, save organizations time and money, and demonstrate quicker changes in behavior. How might a community transformed in these ways benefit your mission?


You can access an archive of the webinar here.