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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Registration for The Content Conference 2016 is now open!

We believe the future is about Consumption, Relevance and Sustainability. PRPD believes that it is vital that every team member of every public radio content unit recognizes that it is our job to transcend making and delivering meaningful public service content, and that we must also be active, creative players in building new audiences and our financial future.

You make great work.

You want people to see it matters to their lives, embrace it, share it and champion it.

You know you need their support to keep it going.

In a time of turbulent change, the PRPD’s annual Content Conference is your opportunity to learn new ways to swim through the choppy waters.

The world is not sitting still. Neither can you.

Save the date and register for the Content Conference today. You know you are going to do it – so get it done and get on with your summer.

Register Now

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2016 Content Conference Call for Proposals

The Content Conference is now accepting proposals for sessions at the 2016 conference, September 19 – 22, in Phoenix. Interested parties may submit their ideas by email to  between now and the Call for Proposals closing date of Thursday, June 30, 2016.

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

  • Subject line of email reads “2016 Content Conference Session Submission”
  • Proposed session should be one hour in length
  • Designate the content pillar (Consumption, Relevance, Sustainability) in which you feel the session would best fit
  • 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 Thursday, June 30, 2016. 

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

  • Subject line of email reads “2016 Content Conference Speaker Submission”
  • You designate which content pillar (Consumption, Relevance, Sustainability) you feel you would best fit within
  • 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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Public Radio Tech Survey 8 - Registration Open

The 8th Public Radio Tech Survey (PRTS8) goes into the field May 9 and you need to be a part of this project.

PRTS is the only national research project that allows you to get station-specific data on the ways your audience members perceive, appreciate and use digital media. It is the longest running national project on digital media and public radio listeners. This longitudinal view provides you with the contextual intelligence you need to remain a relevant, vital entity in your community. And if we are not relevant and vital, there is no way we can maintain a sustainable revenue model.

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2016 Board Candidates

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in joining the PRPD board! Below is the slate of candidates endorsed by the Nominating and Governance Committee for election by membership vote.

Balloting information will be sent to each PRPD Member's designated representative on Monday, March 21, 2016 and voting closes on Friday, March 25, 2015 at 5:00pm local time. Instructions for voting will be contained in the official election email.

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Planning for the Future

PRPD is embarking on a strategic planning process and your input is essential as the board and staff get together later this month to chart the course of this organization.

As the only organization fully committed to supporting the entire public media content community, we want to hear from as many people as possible - not just our current members.  

Since we are all deadline driven we aren't giving you a month to do this... we are giving you just a little more than a week.  

So go grab your beverage of choice - coffee, water or diet coke (or in the case of Bill Davis at KPCC - an ice cold Dr. Pepper) and take 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.

Please help PRPD plan for our collective future.

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2016 PRPD Board Election

Three positions will be up for election this year. One seat is open due to term limits and two appointed board members are running to maintain their seats on the board.

All of the information about running for the board is available on the Running for the Board page. Typically, candidates apply directly to PRPD but you may also nominate someone else if you wish. Board members must be employees of member stations or organizations or may be an individual member. Only one person from any membership entity may be on the board at the same time.

The requested materials from all potential candidates must be received by PRPD no later than March 11, 2016 – by email to

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Download the App

The conference app is live and we will be using it a lot this year.  If you haven't already, please take a moment and download it before we get started.

We have Apple and Google Play versions.

Also, please use our hashtag #PRPD15 when posting on social media.

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Pre Conference Workshops

The Center for Investigative Reporting, one of the oldest nonprofit investigative newsrooms in the country, and PRX, the leader in audio innovation, will direct a conference workshop with CIR staff and others to guide stations through sustainability, capacity building, editing, impact measurement, engagement and production of investigative news.

MusicMaster is presenting Genius Day on September 28th 2015! The session will be held from noon to 5pm an the William Penn Omni Hotel, in the Three Rivers room. 

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PRPD15 - A Reimagined Conference

Continuous and accelerating waves of change call for critical mass conversations so more than 50% of this year’s conference will be General Sessions.

Here’s a run-down of our confirmed General Sessions and the Breakouts you can expect to find as you make you plans to join us in Pittsburgh for PRPD15 – The Content Conference!

Remember this is NOT a complete list but a preview and as you’ll see this is a MUST attend conference – no ifs, ands or buts about it!

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