Elaine Rivera, former WNYC reporter, dies at 54

Elaine Rivera, a reporter for New York’s WNYC from 2006–09, died Oct. 26. She was 54. The cause of death has not been released, but Rivera had previously battled liver disease. Raised in Cleveland, Rivera came to radio from print journalism, having previously worked for the Washington Post, Time and Newsday.

Hinojosa interviewed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for Latino USA earlier this year. (Photo: Christopher Soto-Chimelis)

Gambit to go independent opens new doors for Hinojosa

Veteran public radio and television journalist Maria Hinojosa found herself at a crossroads in March 2010 with the impending cancellation of Now on PBS, the weekly newsmagazine she reported for as senior correspondent.

WNYC, Takeaway encourage stations to take it apart

Public radio’s The Takeaway has more than doubled its carriage since cancellation of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the show’s producers are working to add even more outlets by building news collaborations with station-based reporters and programmers.

Battle of Picacho Pass

Pubcasters capture 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards

WLRN in Miami won large-market radio Murrows for feature reporting and use of sound. Chicago’s WBEZ also won for news documentary and hard-news reporting. The award for investigative reporting went to KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting, both based in San Francisco, for “Broken Shield: Exposing Abuses at California Developmental Centers.”

Preparing public media newsrooms to cover local crises

Crisis coverage will stress several layers of your operating systems — from the layout of your newsroom to the editorial decision-making process; from the flexibility of your web-hosting service to interpersonal relationships among key staff members, each of whom will be asked to step up and work under conditions they have never faced.

PRI stations to experiment with locally customized news

The competition for midday timeslots on public radio stations is heating up, as Public Radio International and producers of its news programs unveiled plans to experiment with new approaches for combining national and local content to give stations more control over what their local listeners hear during the middle of each weekday.