July 2nd, 2014

10 Tips from a PMDMC Superstar


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

Great news YPs! Summer is here and PMDMC is just around the corner. Get ready to visit beautiful Denver and meet some of the amazing young people in our public media community. Here are my #PMDMC tips to have the best conference experience yet.

  • Make conference buddies early. YPpubmedia and PBSDigital are hosting a meet & greet at 7:30pm on Wednesday night at the Yard House, just a few steps from the conference hotel. Be sure to come out and meet other YPs. You’ll be thanking yourself all week when you’ve got at least one familiar face everywhere you go!
  • Get to sessions, happy hours, and lunches early. What’s the trick to walking into a room and not looking lost? Drum roll please…be one of the first people in the room!
  • Don’t be the one who drops their plate of food. There is a technique of holding a drink and plate in between your fingers on the same hand, but I have yet to master this. Stick to one item in your left hand so the other is free to shake hands and share your business card.
  • Business cards. Ah, yes. Business cards. Bring a giant stack of them, but be genuine about giving them out. Write your Twitter handle on the back so your new friends can follow you during the conference.
  • Tweet at @YPpubmedia and @GreaterPublic and use the hashtag #PMDMC. Going online is a great place to get the latest scoop on what’s happening. You can often gain insight on what’s going on in other sessions or where all of your friends from the meet and greet are headed for dinner. But don’t just follow what everyone else is saying. The more you tweet with @GreaterPublic and @YPpubmedia, the more you’ll be visible in the conversation, and the more people are likely to remember you post-conference.
  • Be sincere when you meet someone. “Networking” is less about telling the other person about what you’ve accomplished and more about letting them talk about themselves so you can make some mental notes about what to reach out to them about after the conference. Take note of what their role is at their organization and ask them what problems they’re trying to overcome.
  • Take notes. Whenever you have a minute to spare (and sometimes you’ll want to just sneak away into a corner because you’re on introduction overload), take five to jot down some notes about who you’ve recently met, what they look like (wearing green glasses, was two feet taller than me, matching pant suit, etc.) and what you might be able to tap them about in the future.
  • Stay on your toes and away from rehearsed lines. The elevator pitch is kind of old and boring. Yes, you should be able to tell someone what you do and what you’re passionate about in a short amount of time, but if you’re spitting out a rehearsed 60 second speech to every person you meet it will start to get stale. Be genuine.
  • Be active. If a speaker is a person on your must-meet list, sit up front and ask at least one insightful question. After their session is done, be the first to jump up and introduce yourself and tell them why you’ve been looking forward to meeting them.
  • Bring a jacket. It gets said a lot and seems silly, but is crucial to a positive conference experience. It gets damn cold in hotel conference rooms.

On behalf of the entire YPpubmedia advisory board, we are really looking forward to meeting you in Denver. Learn more about our YP events and reach out to us in advance (@YPpubmedia) and tell us which sessions you’re looking forward to.

May 30th, 2014


Dear AQC,

I feel like I’m working constantly. I’m on work email first thing in the morning, and last thing before I got to bed. I do evening events and still report for early morning meetings. I know “getting ahead” takes a little extra hustle, but is there a way for me to care this much about my job without burning myself out?

You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail


First of all, you’re awesome. This is an important time for public media, and we need more folks who are passionate and hardworking and really invested in what’s next. But passion, contrary to popular belief, is not an infinite resource. And when you begin to feel like life has taken a backseat to work (read: you’re researching best practices on your iPad at 11:00pm on a Tuesday), it’s time to recalibrate.

The most underutilized trick in the book is learning to say “no.” The fact is, ramping up your workload because you said “no” to too many things is a lot easier than getting overloaded and having to do triage and pare down. Consider what your critical work priorities are right now— what’s really going to make a difference, and what’s just noise. Say no to the noise— you can always add it back afterwards.

But enough of my own advice— I took your question to one of the most balanced, happy, and healthy early/mid-career folks I know: Stacey Stuteville. Stacey works as an Account Executive at WFYI in Indianapolis. She’s also Mom to a four-year-old (happy birthday, M!) and has her second baby on the way. She had a couple best practices to share:

1) Find an exercise buddy at the office and plan to work out right after work or during lunch. She finds that when she puts an end time on her workday, she’s more focused during office hours.

2) Speaking of “to do” lists, keep them organized! Take five of the most important or time sensitive items from your giant list and make them your “get done today” list. When you leave work, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for checking things off.

3) Stacey has started anticipating staying late one night during the week and accepting it as necessary if she’s particularly stressed or behind on her workload. That way, she can catch up during that one evening and it helps her feel more relaxed during the rest of the week.

If you’re hungry for more tips make sure to read The Muse’s 13 Ways the Busiest People Ever Avoid Burnout.

Yours truly,


Do you have any helpful tips or tricks to managing your work/life harmony? We want to hear them! Share with us on Twitter or Facebook #AllQuestionsConsidered

Have a question of your own for AQC? Ask now.

May 30th, 2014

14 Mistakes YP “Contributors” Make


by Teresa Peltier, Manager, Digital Content & Strategy at WSKG Public Media / Binghamton, NY

On May 12, over 60 young professionals in public media attended Not Your Boss’s Annual Meeting, a pre-conference professional development workshop before the PBS Annual Meeting. The cross-disciplinary group grappled with topics familiar to most of YPpubmedia: communicating with your coworkers, industry trends, and, of course, memes.

The group also reflected on how to deal with success and failure. During a group exercise led by Elaine Wherry, Co-founder of Meebo, heads nodded in agreement when the YPs listed mistakes they made while moving up the career ladder. Wherry challenged the YPs to reflect honestly on all the levels in an organization, from contributor to manager to director to VP to CEO. But the contributor level especially rang true - many YPs are contributors now or were contributors in the recent past. 

Some of the mistakes discussed, like “poor diet + bad work/life balance”, seem simple. We all know we should eat more fruits and veggies and get more sleep, but why, oh why, don’t we? Others, like “not knowing you can give feedback to your boss”, are more complex. This skill can take many levels to perfect and will be relevant if/until you reach the CEO level (and then you might report to a board of trustees, so think about that…).

Read what challenges other YPs in public media face at the contributor level, and tell us how you can turn these challenges into successes:

  1. Thinking you can do it all yourself.
  2. Talking too much, especially in meetings.
  3. Thinking you know it all.
  4. Poor ergonomics.
  5. Poor diet + bad work/life balance.
  6. Overcommitting.
  7. Not finding a mentor.
  8. Not accepting feedback in a positive way.
  9. Not valuing network and business cards.
  10. Balancing speed and quality.
  11. Thinking you’re done learning.
  12. Powerpoints. Emails. With too many words. With all the words.
  13. Not speaking up and not knowing what channel to go to (especially if you feel unheard).
  14. Not knowing you can give feedback to your boss, that it’s a two-sided conversation.

For a complete rundown of this session and the entire day, look here.

May 30th, 2014


You are the first Music Director to be a YPspotlight, tell us what comes along with that title.
I have a daily on-air shift, schedule music, help choose new songs for the station, book studio sessions and conduct interviews, and host a weekly new music hour. Plus lots of other things that need to get done at a public radio station with a small staff – it’s cliché but every day IS different!

After serving a full year on YPpubmedia’s Advisory Board we are sad to see you go. What was the best part about working on our board?
For me, it was getting to interact with the other board members. Everyone on the board is super smart and funny, but never in an intimidating way. I’m the only person in my age group at my station, so it was great to have that outlet with other YPs. Plus it was fun to connect with those who are working in public television or at radio stations that are different than ours that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

What’s the best thing happening at your station right now?
Studio C, our new performance studio. Sometimes people on the outside looking in tell me I have the coolest job in the world, but the truth is it’s a lot of work, it can really absorb your life, and as with every job, not every aspect of it is fun. But when you get to bring bands in and get to see them play live, and see the looks on station members’ faces during the performance, you remember why you’re doing this. It’s like, wow, I get paid to do this?

Who has been a mentor or supporter during your career so far?
Our Creative Content Director, Garrett Hart, has had a big influence on me here in terms of mentorship. My husband has probably been my biggest career supporter :)

What advice do you have for YPs coming into the system?
For those who are just starting out, my biggest piece of advice is to be patient. I definitely would not have wanted to hear that when I started, but it’s important. You don’t know everything you need to know, and success isn’t going to happen overnight. If it does, you may be ill-prepared for it. Experience is valuable.

What keeps you busy when you’re not at the station?
I’m a fairly dedicated yogi. My sister-in-law recently convinced me to run a 5K, so that’s part of my free time at the moment. Now that we finally have warm weather here, I’m out in the garden a lot too. And of course concert season is in full swing.

May 15th, 2014

Fantastic Storify from Not Your Boss’s Annual Meeting, huge shout-out to @tpea for putting this together! 

April 30th, 2014


Tell us about what you do:
I manage our ticketed events—which includes everything from initial talks with promoters about putting a show on air to day-of event coordination. I also help coordinate our direct mail campaigns, create our member emails, and provide support for our membership program.

What’s the best part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is my team (go membership!). We’re a team of 5 so we’re pretty tight-knit, and I can always count on them to brighten the work day.

Who has been the biggest mentor or supporter of your career so far?
My first boss at PBS SoCaL. We followed similar paths—we both majored in journalism, went to college in the same area, and both ended up in public media. She was able to give me a lot of guidance about how to best apply my strengths to my job role and expand my job description, and I still find myself referring back to things she taught me and advice she gave me.

You’re the winner of the 2014 Nate Shaw Scholarship! Congrats! What made you apply for the scholarship and what are you looking forward to most at the PMDMC?
I’ve been hearing about the PMDMC ever since I started working in public media. I’ve always hoped to attend, but knew that my station wouldn’t be able to afford to send me, so I jumped on the chance to apply to the Nate Shaw scholarship when I saw it featured in a YPpubmedia email. I can’t wait to meet other public media professionals and talk about our experiences, share stories, and just make new friends in general!

In your scholarship essay you said your station has a lot of untapped potential. Tell me more about what that means and what you envision for PBS SoCaL’s future.
Becoming the primary station for Los Angeles in 2011 meant that the station underwent big changes, and our staff is slowly growing to meet those demands. As the organization continues to adapt, I see us being able to spread more awareness about the valuable content we offer the community and having a real positive impact on all of the Southern California neighborhoods we serve.

What’s your favorite hobby?
I spend most of my free time at live performances. I love going to concerts, plays, musicals, music festivals and everything in between. Lucky for me, going to performances is also part of what I get to do at PBS SoCaL. I love being on-site at the ticketed events and getting to talk to people who discovered new artists or rediscovered old favorites because of PBS SoCaL. My favorite performance that I’ve worked at was Andrea Bocelli’s concert at the Honda Center last summer—I grew up listening to opera and “Time to Say Goodbye” always reminds me of my childhood.

Get in touch with Susan:  Linkedin  smuramotoATpbssocal.org  Facebook PBS SoCaL on Facebook  PBS SoCaL on Twitter

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

Read More

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

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