337 Resources for Benediction

How to Stand Out in Today's Competitive Landscape

Mike Reszler, Michelle Srbinovich, Jeff Bundy
2018 - Austin

What makes you unique? What makes you stand out among your competitors? Most importantly, what do your current and potential audience believe makes you unique? This session will explore why it’s important to understand how audiences are consuming content beyond public radio. 

Introduction to noncomMUSIC Alliance & Music Policy Issues

Mike Riksen, Joni Lupovitz, Anne Standley
2018 - Austin

The NoncomMUSIC Alliance celebrates public radio’s role in connecting musicians, performers, and artists with the audiences who enjoy and support their music.  The Alliance highlights public radio’s unique role in noncommerical music by curating programs and playlists, discovering new music, preserving a myriad of sounds and styles, while creating a sense of place in their local communities.  This session will introduce the unique offerings available to Alliance partners, an update on recent legal and regulatory challenges that affect public radio, preliminary results from our member survey, and an interaction discussion on other issues the Alliance can address on your behalf.

Public Radio Tech Survey 10 - Deep Dive

Fred Jacobs
2018 - Austin

PRTS 2018 helps inform your content creation, as well as your budgeting process, and it’s the most comprehensive, trackable survey available to all public radio stations in the U.S.

Creating a Culture of Civility Goes Beyond Just Preventing Sexual Harassment

Helen Barrington, Sara Goo, Nancy Cassutt, Terry Gildea, Kathy Merritt, Jessica L. Sentz
2018 - Austin

This session will review federal laws surrounding sexual harassment, provide an essential checklist for your organization’s policies and procedures, discuss how staff who observe sexual harassment, but can’t do anything about it, are impacted, and present several case studies, so we can begin to imagine a new way of working together and holding each other accountable.

News/Talk Format Meeting

Ben Adler, Jeff Ramirez, Tom Hjelm, Edith Chapin
2018 - Austin

The current vision for the compact, as laid out by NPR leadership, encompasses three networks that intertwine and connect NPR and stations: Journalism, Digital and Revenue. While the Revenue track is better discussed at other venues, PRPD believes content directors are vital voices in shaping the Journalism and Digital networks.

Training a New Generation of Storytellers

Kerry Donahue, Alison MacAdam, Chioke I’anson
2018 - Austin

How are we training the next generation of public radio personnel?  Who will our new staff be?  What will or won’t they know?  How can we best prepare this new crop of audio story tellers? We’ll look at the issues and challenges facing content leaders as they hire and train the next generation in the 21st Century.

Solutions-Focused Journalism

Steve Titherington
2018 - Austin

BBC Senior Editor, Steve Titherington, admits that much of his career has been spent covering “death, mayhem, disaster and disease.” So when audience research demonstrated a resounding need for positive solutions to reach younger and female audiences, he knew he had a challenge. The answer was apparently found in Sweden, where Solutions-Focused Journalism combats the usual diet of negative headlines, with fresh ideas for possible ways to make things better. Just what the BBC’s most sought-after audiences crave.

Best Practices from Top Stations

Jeff Rowe, Jody Evans
2018 - Austin

Over the past 18 months, NPR’s Jeff Rowe had talked with dozen’s of PD’s around the country about the best practices for radio basics.  Hear what he’s learned from top stations, and leave the session with ideas about how you can fine tune your station’s sound as soon as you get home.  Jeff will be joined by Jody Evans, PRPD President.  The group will also share best practices for the new Morning Edition clock and the latest on PRPD’s forthcoming PD Handbook overhaul.