Yesterday evening we were alerted to a failure within our network firmware impacting retrieval of NPR produced API stories. We have defined this error to affect only NPR stories updated between Friday and Monday. This issue did not affect any locally produced stories.

When NPR updates or deletes stories a command is sent to the API to retrieve the updated version or to delete the story from the Core Publisher database. This error caused by the firmware failure sent a delete command for all updates, which removed the stories from your site.

7 Steps to Relevance in Digital Journalism

Jan 26, 2012

Nathan Bernier is a radio reporter and lead blogger for KUTNews.org, the station’s news blog, which is operated by the news staff. This interview was conducted and condensed by Ki-Min Sung. 

1. Use analytics.

Analytics will not ruin your news. You will not write about Justin Beiber or iPad 2 stories because you’re not stupid. I was concerned that introducing analytics would create a race to the bottom, but I think it better informs your editorial decisions. Ultimately, you ignore analytics at your peril.

That said, I don’t think more page views necessarily means a better site. The quality of the interaction matters a lot. Page views are just one measure of success.But you do have a responsibility to your audience to know if they like your stuff.

I’m happy to report that we’ve been able to negotiate a renewal to NPR's agreement with Associated Press that will allow AP photos to display with NPR-authored stories to all sites with station-level access to the NPR API, including all Core Publisher sites.

Please note -- these photos can only be used to illustrate the story they are assigned to and may not be used in other stories.

Background on Arbitron's Total Audience Measurement

Jan 23, 2012
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Arbitron's Total Audience Measurement service aims to measure listening to all forms of audio, across all platforms.

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.

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