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Union 'still hopeful' as contract with NPR is about to expire

This story has been updated. The SAG/AFTRA union that represents more than 400 on-air and off-air employees of National Public Radio continues taking steps toward a strike. The union posted an online countdown clock ticking down to midnight Friday when the current contract extension expires. NPR management issued this statement to Poynter late Friday: Conversations between NPR … Read More
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SAG/AFTRA has posted an NPR contract countdown clock

As promised, SAG/AFTRA, the union that represents more than 400 on-air and off-air workers at National Public Radio, published a website Thursday complete with a countdown clock timed to Friday midnight when the temporary extension of the current contract expires. The union says, "The Future of NPR is at stake." And Becky Sullivan, a union shop steward and … Read More
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NPR employees are renegotiating their contract

NPR is in ongoing contract negotiations with the labor union that represents many journalists at the public radio network, according to representatives from both sides. The negotiations, which are being conducted with the Los Angeles-based SAG-AFTRA union, seek to create "a contract that meets the needs of NPR’s employees and our operations," according to a statement … Read More
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New reporting raises questions about killing of NPR journalists

An investigation into the killing of NPR photographer David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna last year has revealed flaws in the original story put forth by Afghan officials. New reporting indicates that the attack on an Afghan army unit containing NPR journalists was a pre-planned ambush rather than the random strike that had been previously reported, according to a … Read More
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With budget cuts at bay (for now) public media are searching for new funding sources

Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is secure — for the next few years, at least. Though the trillion-dollar, stopgap spending bill that Congress passed (and Trump signed) includes a stipend for a major funder of public media, the specter of cutting funds to public media is bound to rise again. The budget initially put forth by … Read More
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With 'Up First,' NPR has created a bite-sized, podcast version of 'Morning Edition'

With a network of local stations that criss-cross the United States and a roster of hit podcasts to its name, NPR has big — and often separate — audiences on the radio and internet. NPR's newest podcast, "Up First," aims to reach the digital audience with a spin on a tried-and-true radio product. The 10-minute daily news podcast, which has … Read More
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President Trump's budget slashes support for funder of NPR, PBS and public radio stations

The Trump administration's budget blueprint, released this morning, proposes to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS, as well as many public radio and television stations across the United States. In a section on page 11 labeled "major agency budget highlights," the budget summary lists the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as among the … Read More
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After conflict-of-interest questions, NPR is tweaking its financial disclosure rules

Beginning today, rank-and-file journalists at NPR are responsible for making sure appropriate financial disclosures are made in their stories — and they have the information to make that happen. Until now, the responsibility to disclose who funds NPR's journalism was left to senior supervising producers. But in response to conflict-of-interest questions raised by NPR's coverage of the Iran deal (a … Read More
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NPR has created a team devoted to covering President Trump's conflicts of interest

How have news organizations covered Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest? Very creatively, so far. The New York Times created a series of circular graphics showing how Trump’s business efforts potentially intertwine with the federal government. Buzzfeed logged more than 1,500 people and organizations connected to the Trump family and their advisers, which independent designer Kim Albrecht turned … Read More
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What makes a good pitch? NPR editors weigh in

©2017 National Public Radio, Inc. NPR report titled “What makes a good pitch? NPR editors weigh in” by Alison MacAdam as originally published on training.npr.org on January 27, 2017, and is used with the permission of NPR. Any unauthorized duplication is strictly prohibited. Pitching is hard. Every one of us has gotten excited about an idea, prepped it, pitched … Read More
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50 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

This November, the Public Broadcasting Act will turn 50. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Here are 50 interesting pieces to read or listen to about public media to celebrate the anniversary. (If you have more ideas, please list them in the comments.) Understand the history … Read More
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A show named after the First Amendment will replace WAMU's 'The Diane Rehm Show'

WAMU announced the successor for the popular "The Diane Rehm Show" on Wednesday. Starting with the new year, "1A," hosted by Joshua Johnson, "will take a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world." Johnson, host of "Truth Be Told," previously worked at KQED in San Francisco and helped … Read More
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NPR's new podcast boss on the competition, scouting talent and keeping his unfair advantage

NPR is serious about podcasting. As advertiser and listener demand for podcasts explode, the public radio network on Friday named Neal Carruth its first-ever general manager for podcasts. Carruth, who was previously supervising senior editor for the broadcaster's business desk, is preparing to oversee all six of NPR's "news podcasts" — "Planet Money," "Embedded," "Hidden Brain," "Code Switch," "Pop … Read More
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NPR names its first general manager of podcasting

NPR on Friday appointed its first general manager of podcasting, yet another sign of the medium's growing importance. It's Neal Carruth, the supervising senior editor for NPR's business desk. Carruth, a 17-year veteran at NPR, will oversee "Planet Money," "Embedded," "Hidden Brain," "Code Switch," "Pop Culture Happy Hour" and NPR's Politics podcast. In the new job, Carruth will work to … Read More
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