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PMJA 2020 Conference UPDATE

Mar 12, 2020

Dear PMJA Members: 

We are monitoring the situation in Seattle related to the spread of COVID-19 and how that may affect our 2020 conference scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Hotel.

The personal health and safety of our members and conference participants is our top priority.  We are exploring our options and you will hear soon if there are plans to postpone or cancel our 2020 conference.


The PMJA Board has been busy planning for this summer's annual conference which will take place at the Reniassance Hotel in downtown Seattle.  Our pre-conference training days will be Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25.  The full conference will begin with an opening reception Thursday evening, then two full days of great learning and networking opportunities on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.

Mark your calendars now to attend the 2020 PMJA Conference.  We'll be in Seattle in June and hope you'll be there with us.

The dates for the 2020 PMJA Conference are as follows:

Pre-conference training (one day and two day options will be available):  Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25.

Full Conference:  Opens with a reception on Thursday, June 25.  Sessions will be all day Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.  We'll finish off the conference with our annual awards banquet on Saturday, June 27th.

We like to go to different places, and we know our members do, too.  The PMJA conference has been held all over the country throughout it’s 35-year history.  In 2020, we’re on the west coast. In 2019, we were on the east coast. In 2021, we’re looking for someplace in the center of the country.

Do you want to host PMJA’s conference in your city?  We’re seeking proposals now so we can have a 2021 location nailed down before our conference next summer.    

Megan Manata

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Guests were treated to a menu that included port-poached pears, fig- stuffed chicken breast, and chocolate cake while awards were announced.

Raymon Troncoso

The first round of debates in the Democratic Primary are two short weeks away and public media must decide what role it can play in 2020 election coverage. That was the central idea behind the last main session of the PRNDI 2019 Conference on Saturday morning.

Jim Schachter, Vice President of News at WNYC; Kelsey Proud, Managing Digital Editor at WAMU; and Adrienne Hill, Senior Editor of the California Dream Project all took the stage to present their vision for how public radio stations should manage election coverage.

PRNDI kicked off its penultimate conference night with a discussion on race and what’s changed in reporting with the current political climate. The panel started with enthusiastic cheers for moderator Audie Cornish (NPR's All Things Considered host) and  ended with an standing ovation. Panelists included Darlene Superville, White House correspondent for AP; Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter for NPR; and April Ryan, Political Analyst for CNN and White House correspondent for  American Urban Radio Networks.

Nearly every seat in NPR’s Studio 1 was filled with a PRNDI member.

Chloe Weber / WBAA

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