Hi PRX Producer,
We returned from the Public Radio Programming Directors (PRPD) Conference in Cleveland a little over a week ago, and we’re brimming with energy from the friendly faces, wonderful events, and inspiring ideas.
Thanks to a partnership between PRPD and the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), lots of producers and the Third Coast Festival were in attendance, too.
We kept our ears open and gathered some of the most useful tidbits. For the full PRX rundown on PRPD, check out our blog post.
The most reassuring bit of info for us — and for you — is that stations are more excited than ever to use PRX content.
Member Support &
Fresh from PRPD
Here’s some info from sessions and feedback from PRPD-attending stations.
Pitching your program ideas
Several brave souls pitched their ideas to programming staff during Third Coast’s “Other Pitch” session at the conference. APM provided a helpful handout (PDF) on how to make a great pitch, including answering the “most important question”: “What makes this something the audience can’t do without?”
While the conference sessions are only available to PRPD members, you can listen to keynote speeches and the benediction, which was a one-of-a-kind presentation by PRX Talent Quest winner and “State of the Re:UNION” host Al Letson.
Is that intro yours?
Pieces on PRX should be ready for air and for use by our outside purchasers. For example, stations and programs won’t air intros and outros read by the hosts of other programs. If your piece aired previously, remove these from the audio file before adding it to PRX. Instead, type them into the Intro and Outro fields on the piece creation page.
Spelling counts on PRX
Correct spelling in your piece descriptions is a sign of credibility, and it matters for search results, too. If you enter the tag “forclosure,” your piece won’t be found if a station searches for “foreclosure.” Think job application — how you present your work affects how many stations will buy it.
PRX News & Resources
Meet me at FluPortal
Launched by PRX and CPB, FluPortal links to reputable public information, public media coverage, and customized Web widgets. Weave these resources into your on-air reports and your Web sites.
Are you covering the flu? Let us know — we want to highlight pieces on FluPortal.
Do you have a piece you think should be considered for the EconomyBeat Podcast? Add it to PRX and give it the tag “ebpodcast.” More about PRX and the Economy Collaboration.
PRX goes bilingual
The International Center for Journalists is using PRX “to provide community radio journalists in the United States and Latin America with a new Web-based service to share and rebroadcast stories across borders.” Press release.
New PRX Pointer
Here’s how to make a playlist that will allow you to gather PRX pieces, play them in a row, and launch a popup player so that you can browse PRX (or any site) while they play.
Events & Opportunities
Third Coast Awards Ceremony
Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Arts Club of Chicago
You’re invited to the party honoring the winners of the TCF/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Hear excerpts from the year’s best radio stories, salute the producers behind this remarkable work, and meet this year’s Audio Luminary Award recipient.
Reminder: Listening Institute
Nov. 12-15, Duke University
Radiomakers will gather for a weekend of workshops, intense listening, and critical discussions about a wide range of audio documentaries. Presented by Third Coast and the Center for Documentary Studies.