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Argo launches open source site

Jan 18, 2012
http://argoproject.org/about.php

The underbody of Project Argo is now open to everyone.

As the project moves to a new phase after over a year of blogging at 12 member stations, the tools and best practices used by Argo were made available Wednesday on a new open source site.

There continues to be strong interest in NPR's Infinite Player experiment. We wrote in November that the purpose of the experiment is to create a one-button digital listening experience that reflects the simplicity of radio but takes advantage of digital innovations.

Knight Foundation awards $1.5M grant in support of news training

Dec 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Knight Foundation has awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations.

The grant will allow NPR Digital Services to work more intensively with stations and accelerate the training programs it has been developing with them over the past year and a half.

If you happened to catch "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday night, a Michigan Radio article in its raw form made a guest appearance.

A segment during the show focused on Michigan's Emergency Manager Law — state-appointed officials who have complete control over the cities or school districts they take over. Emergency managers are currently in control of four cities and one school district in Michigan.

NPR member stations will soon have the ability to accurately measure audiences for program streams and have the ability to monetize those streams with digital underwriting credits thanks to a just-signed deal with Ando Media. This master services agreement is designed to bring expertise and best-in-class products and services from third parties to member stations at lower cost.

Better data on stream listeners

Lots of buzz around the 'Infinite Player'

Nov 17, 2011

Our announcement earlier this week of the launch of an experimental audio player – we’re calling it Infinite Player – has attracted quite a bit of notice in media and tech circles.

What we've been up to and where we're headed

Nov 14, 2011

It seems like only yesterday the Digital Services roadshow was in full swing. That effort, spread over the summer, was my first opportunity to get to know stations and to give you an idea of what Digital Services was going to be about.

Recent Advances in Core Publisher

Nov 10, 2011

Core Publisher, Digital Services' CMS platform, is evolving rapidly as we incorporate a wider range of audience-driving features and functionality. We began our construction back in June of 2010 with six pilot stations: KPLU, KUNC, Michigan Radio, KUT, St.

Photo by Leo Reynolds

Web analytics is one of those things that everyone agrees is important, but no one has enough time for.

We all agree that measuring the performance of our station site is valuable, so we can see what's working and where we should be investing in improvements. But let's face it: Looking at raw Google Analytics data is overwhelming, time-consuming, and sometimes not very actionable.

We're here to help with this challenge. We're putting the finishing touches on a new Analytics Service and growing a team that will be dedicated to helping you answer these important questions:

Connecting to Your Community With Google+

Nov 8, 2011

Thanks for Nathan from KUT News in Austin, TX for the enthusiastic heads-up on this!

Google recently introduced the ability for businesses and brands to create Google+ (Google Plus) pages, and we suggest that all stations take advantage of this opportunity to connect with users and promote content. This is a great new tool that can prove to be very powerful in gathering and interacting with your listeners and community.

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