Conference

Here is the full schedule for the "Let's Go Live" summit coming up September 21 through September 24, 2020.  You can also download the full schedule as a pdf HERE.

As always, the schedule is still subject to change.  

The cost for members to attend the summit is $150 - with some great discounts for group registrations.  REGISTER NOW

10:45 ET, 9:45 CT, 8:45 MT, 7:45 PT – Welcome & Opening Remarks

More than 500 public media professionals joined PMJA and PRPD for Let's Go Live in September. The four day virtual conference provided perhaps one of the only professional development opporitunites for our industry this year.  For those of you who missed the event, but would still like to access all of the recorded sessions, PMJA and PRPD are offering a reduced post conference registration rate. 

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.

 

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

PRNDI’s annual awards banquet marked the end of an era as it was the last “PRNDI” banquet. After a name change to Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA), the organization held the banquet in an elegant ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Alicia Zuckerman, president of PRNDI, presided over the event.

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.

Chloe Weber / WBAA

The 2019 PRNDI conference was the last of its kind. Voting members have spoken and what is now known as the Public Media Journalists Association will oversee the organization and all future conferences.

The attendees of the 2019 PRNDI conference were welcomed by President Alicia Zuckerman and NPR's VP of News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes before being treated to keynote speaker Jill Geisler of Loyola University, who was joined by a panel of journalists to address inclusivity in the newsroom, how to effectively change work culture and why traditional HR techniques need serious updates.

Opening Remarks at PRNDI 2019

Jun 15, 2019
Raymon Troncoso

The PRNDI 2019 conference began with opening remarks from Alicia Zuckerman, PRNDI's Board President, who discussed a possible name change for the organization, and  Nancy Barnes, NPR's Senior Vice President of News, who covered the role of public media and newsroom collaboration.

Zuckerman, who is also the Editorial Director for WLRN in Miami, highlighted the history of PRNDI during her speech. Last year the organization hired its first full-time employees after being lead almost entirely by volunteers throughout its history.

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