Music format stations from classical to americana are beloved and respected cultural institutions in their own communities and on the national stage. Public radio's celebration of music in all its forms is vitally important to American cultural life and now its time to showcase the impact we have on audiences, artists, the music industry and our own local ecosystems.
A recent survey of Minnesota media professionals unearthed a disturbing disconnect. While a majority of journalists say it is necessary to understand racial bias in order to be effective in their jobs, most have never received unconscious bias or similar training. Yet despite this lack of training, the majority of Minnesota journalists feel confident in their ability to report on racial and cultural groups other than their own.
PRPD is not just for station managers and program directors; independent content producers also attend the conference in growing numbers. This session allows for conversations and information sharing around issues pertaining to program marketing, distribution and online content, and how new programs are created, launched and distributed.
Participants will leave this session with specific recommendations to improve the performance of their station’s content on digital and broadcast platforms based on data from their own NPR One Station Analytics dashboard. With the help of the NPR One Editorial team, you will learn to interpret engagement data to find your station’s strengths and weaknesses. Then, using NPR One’s data-based best practices as a guide, you can develop a list of action steps to bring back to your station.
For most listeners, your station is only as good as the music they are hearing right now. As a programmer, your priority is to make sure every time someone tunes in they have a great listening experience. Scheduling software can help you improve the consistency of your sound, grow your audience and free up your host's time so they can focus on excellent presentation.
Imagine we woke up one day to find that ALL of public radio was one giant organization instead of a collection of independently run stations, networks, producers, distributors and businesses. If YOU were the President of the entire network, how would you approach the task? In this engaging, provocative session, we ask a group of courageous and inspired thinkers in our industry to tell us what they would do if they were "The President of Public Radio." In this TED style session, each speaker has been given 15 minutes to share their thoughts.
Diversity and inclusion—everyone is talking about it, but what are we doing, both on-air and behind-the-scenes? These efforts are arguably the most important work of our time as we strive to reach new audiences and better reflect our changing communities. American Public Media and MPR News and their partners at the BBC World Service, Marketplace and KPCC will help us continue the conversation. They will share pain-points, success stories, practical implications and complications.