Two-Day Academy for Local NPR News Managers
When: June 18-19, 2014 (prior to the start of the PRNDI Conference).
Where: NPR Headquarters, Washington, DC.
Who: Public media managers, news directors, editors or aspiring managers from any size shop, any experience level. Seating limited to the first 15 applicants.
What: Two-day training on essentials of modern newsroom management, resulting in a custom action-plan and PRNDI certification. The training will be customized to meet participant needs.
Why PRNDI provides this important training
It was one thing to excel at reporting or anchoring, but now you’re responsible for leading others. This takes new skills as you manage people and budgets, set assignments, conduct edits and establish policies.
This dynamic, interactive two-day workshop will give you the practical skills you need: articulating your newsroom vision, establishing a news agenda, growing a top-notch staff, finding efficiency in producing high impact journalism and dealing with the exigencies of rapid change in audience demands and technology.
From the big picture to the small details, you’ll come away with an action plan to transform yours into a high performance team.
Meet the trainers: Mike and Judith
Mike authored PRNDI’s Public Radio News Directors Guide, is the former news director of KPBS and KPLU, president of MVM Consulting and a journalism professor at the University of New Mexico.
Judith was managing editor at Colorado Public Radio, news director at WMFE and now works as an independent public media news consultant and editor.
Together, Mike and Judith bring over 50 years of experience in journalism — almost 30 years in news management — leading newsrooms ranging from small to medium to large.
Their consulting clients have included NPR, CPB, APM, SRG, KQED, WKSU, Iowa Public Radio, WMFE, Capital Public Radio, KCBX, Indie-Edit, KUHF and CPBN.
(This is a partial agenda. The final agenda will be set after registrants provide a brief assessment via the pre-workshop survey.)
Wednesday, June 18
- Upstream Solutions: Setting a vision and agenda unique to your station
- Tools, tips and tricks for managing workflow
- Give an Edit!
Thursday, June 19
- Participate in an NPR editorial meeting
- Therapist, friend or disciplinarian: The tricky business of managing others
- Zen & the art of multimedia management
- Leading with ethics AND courage
Those who successfully implement the training will receive a PRNDI certificate of completion.
Price includes local transportation, meals and two follow-up sessions
Cost is $275, which includes all materials, transportation from the conference hotel to NPR, and breakfast and lunch both days.
Also included in the registration are two post-workshop webinars to help you succeed in implementing your action plan.
Precedes the 30th annual PRNDI Conference, June 18-21, 2014
Attend the news manager workshop, then stay for the annual PRNDI Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Crystal City, Virginia.
This year’s conference highlights include a reunion of the “Political Junkies,” Ken Rudin and Ron Elving, discussing the mid-term elections. Also, you won’t want to miss a special performance by political satirists, The Capitol Steps, at NPR headquarters. The conference culminates in the PRNDI awards banquet Saturday, June 21, celebrating the best journalism from around the nation.
Get all the details at the PRNDI conference page.
Workshop registration is limited to the first 15 registrants.
To register for the PRNDI News Manager Training & Certification, use the conference registration page and choose this pre-conference training option.
Note: This workshop is a PRNDI membership benefit. Be sure your (technically your station’s) membership is in good standing. (Become a member here.)
For all things PRNDI, contact Christine Paige-Diers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For detail about the news manager workshop, contact the trainers: Michael Marcotte (email@example.com) or Judith Smelser ( firstname.lastname@example.org)