Registration is now open for The Content Conference 2017!

The 2017 General Sessions are essential destinations for everyone who cares about public media service. Here's a sneak peak at some of those sessions.

The Millennial Research Project – PRPD’s latest, system-wide knowledge project will have its first full-scale roll-out. We’ll learn what our next audience thinks about our brand our value in the mediascape, diversity and inclusion – and you’ll discover the role local shows play in bonding this critical audience to your station. 

Reveal Your Community: The Campaign for Local Growth – The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX share their experiences launching Reveal to rally and organize local stations to mount long-form collaborative investigations, revolutionize their talent pipeline, get in front of hungry audiences and inspire courageous philanthropists who can fuel the work. 

PRX's Project Catapult – The public radio audience has demonstrated its strong attachment to on-demand audio. Local stations are figuring out how to leverage this opportunity. The seven stations in the CPB funded Project Catapult will walk you through their process and what they’ve learned about how to expand their remit and meaningfully engage in this space.

Pitch Us!
There’s still time to get your idea on the agenda, but the window is closing soon. Hop to it and make your pitch.

These are just a few of the sessions - there is so much more for stations (of all sizes and format), producers, news directors, general managers and hosts.  

The Content Conference is the ONLY national convening devoted solely to public radio content and programming.

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2017 Content Conference Call for Proposals

The Content Conference is now accepting proposals for sessions at the 2017 Conference, August 14-17, in Washington DC. Interested parties may submit their ideas by email to between now and the Call for Proposals closing date of May 22, 2017.

Proposals will only be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • Subject line of email reads “2017 Content Conference Session Submission”
  • Proposed session should be one hour in length
  • Include a session title in ten words or less
  • Include a description of the session in less than 100 words
  • Include the name, title and company for any speakers you envision as part of the session; please designate a moderator and panelists for panel submissions
  • You include your full contact information (name, title, company, address, city, state, zip, phone and email) at the conclusion of your submission

Those wishing to nominate themselves as a potential speaker not associated with any specific session can do so by email to between now and the Call for Proposals closing date of May 15, 2017.

Speakers will only be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • Subject line of email reads “2017 Content Conference Speaker Submission”
  • You include a list of no more than three areas of expertise you would feel comfortable speaking on.
  • You attach your bio as a Microsoft Word attachment and not as part of the body of the email
  • You include a brief explanation (50 words or less) as to why you would be a good speaker at the Content Conference
  • You include any external links (LinkedIn, company website) in the body of the email
  • You include your full contact information (name, title, company, address, city, state, zip, phone number and email) at the conclusion of your submission
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PRPD is excited to once again partner with Jacobs Media to produce the next chapter in their national audience research studies – Public Radio Techsurvey9.
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Program Director’s Workshop: Request for Proposals

The Public Radio Program Directors Association is seeking an individual or team to lead a two-day workshop on the qualities, characteristics and practices that make an individual an effective program director.  The workshop should be designed to introduce new PDs and anyone aspiring to a management position in public media to the core responsibilities and skills for station-based content leadership.

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Online Public File Requirements for NCE Radio Stations

PRPD has commissioned an original memo that covers current requirements and explains the transition from hard copy to online public files. Along the way, it reminds stations that the public file requirements are being modified, not eliminated, and that once the file goes online next year, there will be no place to hide.

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Brand New Member Benefits

PRPD has been hard at work behind the scenes to beef up our member services and there has never been a better time. Between your daily operations and looking forward to our collective future, we know you have a lot to manage. So to help you do you better, we’ve developed some online features which will help facilitate idea sharing and convene your important conversations.

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Jacobs Media & PRPD’s 8th Annual Public Radio Tech Survey Released

Over 29,000 public radio listeners from 69 stations participate in a survey that illustrates how media and technology are changing the listening environment

With eight years of tracking, Jacobs Media and PRPD’s research partnership has produced a powerful new study that builds on eight years of tracking to document the progress of the digital revolution and its impact on public radio.  PRTS8 vividly depicts a changing culture of media consumption that is impacting public radio listeners of all ages and reaches across every platform and device.

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Ira Glass at PRPD's 2016 Content Conference

Ira Glass has not spoken at a public radio conference in nearly a decade. 

Wondering what will be different about attending this year’s PRPD and if you should go? 

Question answered.  

We don’t know what he’s going to say. It’s 100% in his control, but you can bet cash money we’ll be inspired and challenged to see our work from a new perspective. It’s a great opportunity to bring new team members at your station so they can be fully immersed in the culture that makes public radio unique.

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Sounds great, what else??? 

#PRPD16 will feature these General Sessions...

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Pre-conference Workshops

Make the most of your time in Phoenix - Register for a pre-conference workshop today!

Creating and Sustaining Investigative Reporting

PRX and The Center for Investigative Reporting
Monday, September 19, 2016

Investigative reporting takes time, money, staff and guts. It isn’t easy and not every station can do it. What does it take to cultivate, hire, sustain and generate great investigative reporting that can lead to changes in local communities? The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX will share what they have learned working with stations.  This pre-conference workshop with CIR staff and other practitioners will guide stations through sustainability, capacity building, editing, impact measurement, engagement and production of investigative news.

Pledge Drive Producer Workshop

Monday, September 19, 2016

This pre-conference session focuses on developing skills that help pledge producers create, coach and deliver effective fundraising breaks that sound good too. This one-day workshop focuses on the building of strong presentation skills among all participants in on-air drives.

Join John Sutton, Sonia Lee and Roger Gomoll as they take you through a combination of lectures, listening, discussion and one-on-one practice. Course participants will emerge from the course ready to bring a higher level of quality and efficiency to their stations.

Space is limited in both workshops to ensure each attendee gets the attention they need to bring new skills back to their organizations.

Learn more about both workshops and register today

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