April 23rd, 2014

Get to PMDMC this year—even during budget cuts


by Chelan Lippincott, YPpubmedia Advisory Board Member and Membership and Administrative Director at 91.3 KBCS Bellevue/Seattle

With conference fees, flights and accommodations running upwards of a few thousand dollars, convincing your boss to send you to the PMDMC in Denver this summer could be a tough sell. YPpubmedia has you covered with these tried and true tips to get you to PMDMC this year (a little bit selfishly because we want to see you at our conference session and happy hour).

  • When was the last time you were given a raise? (Okay, cue the audience laughter.) For most YPs raises, even cost-of-living adjustments, are completely off the table, but professional development opportunities should always be worked into your annual review. Along with benefits like additional vacation time, flexible scheduling and working from home, asking for professional development opportunities can be extremely valuable and are often easier for your supervisor to work into their set budget.

  • ALWAYS go into the conversation on how this will benefit your organization. Yes, your supervisor cares about you, but they care more about the bottom line. You may want to go to PMDMC to meet other YPs and get some much-needed time away from the office routine; your supervisor wants to hear PMDMC will give you valuable contacts, reinforce industry best practices and spark some serious game-changing ideas for your organization. Lead with how this will improve your department’s work and follow with how you plan to maximize the opportunity.

  • Have three goals for your time at your conference. Now is the time to demonstrate you mean business and your time spent in sunny, beautiful Denver will be valuable to your work. Here’s an example of my three goals for the first PMDMC I attended: develop at least two mentor relationships, connect with industry consultants, focus on attending sustainer and major giving sessions

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April 16th, 2014

Go ahead and substitute the words “arts organizations” with “public media” and you get the picture. Full article definitely worth a read. 

March 31st, 2014


So I hear you’re a super-fan of Terry Gross (possibly wanting to become her?) , tell us more about your general love affair with public radio.

I’ve lived in Chicago, Denver, and Philadelphia— all homes to great public radio stations. I have memories of listening to NPR in the back seat of my mom’s car. I find that funny now because I would always joke that I was a backseat hostage to NPR. In grad school one of my housemates was even more obsessed with NPR than I was. He had a little radio that he would clip to his pants with a carabiner and he would walk around the house in the morning brushing his teeth and making breakfast while listening to NPR.

You’ve expressed a lot of love and enthusiasm for your station, WUWF. What makes it such a wonderful place to work? 

I have the best colleagues in the entire world, I feel lucky to work with such a supportive team. We are also one of the top 30 public radio stations in the country in terms of market share, how can you not be proud of that? Especially when we’re the “little engine that could” station. We’ve been in the community for 30 years and I’m proud of the diverse following that we have. I really feel like we are achieving our mission. Also I can bring my dog to work, I mean…

What do you and your dog do at WUWF?

We webify our all of our radio content. Our reporters write drafts of stories and then I edit them and put them on the web. We also create original digital content and a little bit of audio content and handle all of our social media.

What advice do you have for young professionals coming into the system?

I know it sounds cliche, but get involved with things you are passionate about AND it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Meet people. People want to help you. Our independent paper does an annual list of the 100 most powerful people in Pensacola and when I graduated with my MA in 2010 and was working at a coffee shop I decided to meet with as many of the people on the list as I could. I ended up meeting with 50 of them. They were all welcoming and willing to help. The more people you meet and the more industries you’re exposed to the more likely you are to find a career doing something you really love.

What’s your favorite hobby or pastime?
I’m an incorrigible activist. I’m the chair of our local slow food chapter (Slow Food Gulf Coast), my wife runs the local humane society so I am involved with that organization. I’m helping get a local LGBT philanthropy group off the ground and I work with our young professionals organization and run a professional development book club. I also dabble in local politics but less now that I’m in journalism. I also enjoy backpacking/camping, garden and keep chickens. [Fun fact: although I work for the state of Florida via our university held license I’m also currently a plaintiff suing the state to recognize my same-sex marriage.]

Get in touch with Lindsay: lindsay@wuwf.org  @lindsayraemyers  Facebook  @wuwfmedia  WUWF Public Media on Facebook

March 25th, 2014

Today is the last day to apply for the Nate Shaw Scholarship!

You have until 11:59pm ET tonight to apply for a full ride to the 2014 PMDMC in Denver. The clock’s ticking! Don’t miss this YP-only opportunity.   


March 25th, 2014

A Wise Investment: Young Professionals

by Wynde Priddy, YPpubmedia Advisory Board Member and Membership Systems Production Specialist at Colorado Public Radio

‘Tis the season for budgets…  Each line item scrutinized and each cut carefully considered, but all too often investments in professional development for employees in public media become an early casualty to the process.  This is especially true for the development and training of entry-level positions, and many YPs in the industry are affected by lack of opportunities to learn and grow at work.

I recently read that the average employee tenure is only three years, and though we don’t know how that translates to YPs or public media industry-wide, it is certainly of concern when we know how much it costs to replace a valued employee.  


A summary of results from an employee investment study by Sage North America.

There are many reasons good people decide to leave an organization but turnover is incredibly expensive, and we know that it pays in more ways than one to retain talented, committed employees.  So how do we start investing?

How a station can invest in its YPs:

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March 19th, 2014

In Praise of… Mentoring


by Claire Radomski, Director of Membership at WFYI and YPpubmedia Advisory Board member

Last August, I wrote a blog post called, "In Praise of Praise", about how it’s advantageous to give shout-outs to members of your team or at your station who are getting quality work done - instead of tooting your own horn.

I’m back today to touch on something similar - mentoring.

But not mentoring in the sense of “how do I find one” or “the importance of.” I’m talking about the mentoring you do within your team, within your station, and within our public media community.

We’re a group for younger professionals so we’re not often what you’d expect if you imagine career mentors. But let’s consider the facts. The definition of “mentor,” broadly, is simply to advise or train. If you’re really passionate about public media, it’s easy to get really into it; we have favorite shows, favorite radio personalities (Michele Norris!), favorite #pubmedia people on twitter (Melody Kramer is brilliant). (Heck, I even have a full twitter list of folks in the field. The ideas coming out of that feed are endless.)

That passion means that you have a lot of knowledge. The long hours you’ve put in around a membership campaign, a station event, or a live broadcast have taught you more about the system and how it functions than you probably realize.

What I’m getting at is that even two years into your public media career, you have more experience and knowledge about the industry than most people - regardless of age - have when they walk into their first job at a local station.

So reach out! If someone looks awkward in their first week at your station, be that mentor that teaches them what a “pledge” is, what that broadcast clock means, and who to email to finish their HR paperwork.

Mentoring, guiding, and helping each other is how we, as YPs in public media, will succeed. It’s been awesome to see everyone engaging in the YPpubmedia facebook group, and we all hope you continue to share your highs, lows, and questions with the group. We’re excited about our new YPpubmedia advice column, too - if you have questions, fill out the form here. As a community, we’re here to work as internal mentors to carry our system into the future.

Don’t forget that the advisory board is here to help, too! Our emails/social media info is available on our YPpubmedia site. Share the #pubmedia love, and get more people involved. If they’re new to your station, send them to YPpubmedia to sign up for our newsletters and meet up with us at events.

March 6th, 2014

The Nate Shaw Scholarship is Open!

Need help getting to this year’s PMDMC?

YPpubmedia and Greater Public are excited to announce the Nate Shaw Memorial Scholarship to cover one lucky YP’s registration and travel expenses for the 2014 PMDMC, July 9-12 in Denver, CO.

Could that YP be you? Check out the details nowthe deadline for applications is March 25th!


February 28th, 2014


Tell us about what you do:
I was born an event planner, it’s in my blood. St. Louis Public Radio just moved into a new building 2 years ago and the space is really amazing so it gives us the opportunity to host a lot of events at the station. In addition to events I do all of our marketing. I love what I do because I do a little bit of everything and I never have a dull day, there’s always something new going on.

A big part of your job is co-leading Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio. (High five!) Give us the scoop.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Young Friends group was started 2 years before I came to the station, but it didn’t have a lot of staff support at that point and interest from members quickly fizzled out. When I joined the station the group only had about 200 members. After I was brought on staff I did a lot of research on other organizations in St. Louis that already had successful young friends groups in place. After I did my research, we sent an e-blast to our whole membership base. We told them what we wanted to do, how excited we were, and asked them to come meet with us. We hosted events and got to know some really passionate people. Today we have about 1500 young friends in our group! We do a lot of events— everything from community focused meet-ups to social events and fundraisers. We work with really amazing people and we attribute our success to them.

What was your first interaction with public media?
My first interaction with public media was at my first job at an architecture firm right out of college. My boss was a public media fanatic and she would call me into her office and say, “You have to hear this story that I heard on NPR” so we’d sit together and talk about the stories. I learned all about public radio from her, I started listening more, and I became a fan. I wish I had been more familiar with public radio earlier in life, especially throughout college. That’s one reason why I feel passionate about getting more young people involved in public radio and spreading the word about how great it is.

What advice do you have for young professionals who are just starting out in their public media careers?
Slow down. When I first started I had so much going on and I was going too fast. I was in a rush to find something I was passionate about. Find the one thing you’re passionate about and run with it. Find the one thing that really makes you happy.

Who’s your favorite NPR correspondent?
Obviously my favorites are everyone here at St. Louis Public Radio…but, I love Terri Gross. I think her interviews are amazing. She asks the questions I want to ask and she asks the questions that I would never think of asking. I would love to meet her some day.

Get in touch with Jennifer: jporterATstlpublicradio.org  Facebook  Twitter Linkedin  St. Louis Public Radio Young Friends

February 27th, 2014

The YP Prospective


by Wynde Priddy, YPpubmedia Advisory Board Member and Membership Systems Production Specialist at Colorado Public Radio

Here at YPpubmedia we think a lot about providing a broader perspective on YPs in the public media landscape. We all know perspective is important at the beginning of a career.

Last fall we learned some interesting things from our members survey and you might even say we gained some perspective on YPs in the industry as a whole but, personally, I learned a lot about the YP prospective. It might be an adjective but I still think it works.


We all come with a perspective built in… usually we need to keep challenging it, like taking a step back to see the forest instead of the trees. The best and most valuable perspectives almost always come from other people so reaching out to colleagues, mentors and peers can be an important part of personal and professional growth. But YPs also show a lot of prospectiveness in this industry and that can tell us something about who we are too.

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