My So-Called Digital Life
3:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

A Peek Inside Juana Summers' Digital Life

Credit Mary Gardella

People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge. Find past Digital Life features here.

This month we spoke to Juana Summers. Juana recently joined NPR’s Washington Desk, moving from NPR’s education desk. This isn’t her first taste of public media -- back in 2008 you could hear her on KBIA in Central Missouri. Read on to hear what her words of wisdom for stations are, her favorite notes transcribing app, and tips for great desk jams. And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @JMSummers.

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Editorial Monthly Newsletter
12:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Kudos to St. Louis Public Radio, check out the Local Stories Project launch and more

Greetings! Happy Fall. We’re ready for cider doughnuts and to hear from you. Do you have a story or person we should highlight? Let us know (or just say hi) by emailing us at

 In this month’s newsletter you’ll find tips for making audio shareable, kudos to St. Louis Public Radio, and a few life hacking tips from NPR reporter Juana Summers.

 Why not spread the love – go ahead and share our newsletter subscription link with a coworker or two.

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News Training
12:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Your City Made a Top 10 List. Now What? [VIDEO]

When Dallas' skyline was voted best in the world in a contest, KERA's Eric Aasen wrote an interesting post compiling striking skyline photos and facts about how the skyline came to be.
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Do you live in the coolest city in the country? The most expensive? The least expensive? Or somewhere in-between? Rankings, Top 10 lists, surveys, state-by-state data — there's a lot of information out there about where your town stacks up.

In a webinar on Thursday, September 18, we discussed how to cover lists and rankings in a meaningful way. Boise State Public Radio's Emilie Ritter Saunders and KERA's Eric Aasen joined us to explain their own methods for covering these types of stories and shared some of their favorite examples.

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News Training
2:57 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

How To Create Audio For Social Media [VIDEO]

How can we get more ears on audio?
Credit Russ Gossett

Audio stories are full of interesting moments, but we rarely see those moments shared widely on social media. In a webinar on September 11, 2014, we talked about how NPR Digital Services and stations are experimenting to create shareable sound. We also heard from Nashville Public Radio's Mack Linebaugh and Emily Siner about how their newsroom creates social audio.

Watch the webinar below:

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Local Stories Project
4:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Download The Local Stories Project Paper Plane and Share a Photo

The Local Stories Project paper plane flies on to a couch at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Credit Kasia Podbielski

The Local Stories Project recently launched a public page and Twitter account to share unique, local, stories from 36 stations across the U.S.

To celebrate the launch, we sent a paper airplane to the stations in the project to have a little fun with, and share some behind-the-scenes images from their cities. Now, you can do the same.

Download the PDF of the paper airplane for your own use here.

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11:43 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Local Stories Project Launches a Homepage and Twitter Account

Credit Russ Gossett / NPR Digital Services

In October 2011, we experimented with one Member Station and a Facebook feature that allows pages to geotarget stories to cities and states. In 2013, that small experiment grew into the Local Stories Project, a collaboration between NPR Digital Services and 33 member stations to create interesting, shareable stories about towns, cities, states and regions.

Today we're excited to announce the next chapter of the Local Stories Project: A public-facing homepage, new social platforms and three new stations. 

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My So-Called Digital Life
3:33 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

A Peek Inside Lizzy Duffy's Digital Life

Credit John Rossman/OPB

People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge. Find past Digital Life features here.

This month we spoke with Lizzy Duffy, OPB’s news blogger. The OPB News Blog covers current events, trends and quirky stories unique to Oregon and the Northwest.

Go ahead and say hi to Duffy on Twitter @LizzyDuffy


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Editorial Monthly Newsletter
1:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Introducing our advice column, highlights from KUNC, WNPR, WGBH and more

Hi all- happy August! We hope everyone’s staying cool and enjoying the end of summer.

We have a lot to share with you this month, including highlights from recent training visits to KNAU and KAZU, links to great work from KUNC, WNPR, WGBH and Nashville Public Radio and the launch of our advice column, "Well, it Depends."

Do you have a story we should highlight or questions to ask? Let us know (or just say hi) by emailing us at Get this monthly newsletter in your inbox - subscribe here.

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1:55 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

SAS How to: Set up Google Analytics custom variables using meta tags

Custom variables being tracked for member stations using SAS.

On August Station Analytics insights webinar we talked about data that was collected using custom variables in Google Analytics.  If you missed that webinar you can view the video. For Core Publisher stations the digital services developers handled the set up, but if you are not using Core Publisher here is how you can start tracking additional data about your site.

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