Teresa Gorman

Digital News Specialist

Teresa works with stations and NPR staff on NPR's coaching and development team to help strengthen journalists' reporting, editing and storytelling to bring a more engaging experience to a growing audience across platforms. 

Prior to joining NPR, Teresa was social media editor at PBS NewsHour, where she played a leading role in shaping NewsHour's social media, outreach and engagement strategy. 

When not at work, you'll probably find Teresa at the local library, watching regrettable television or exploring the many neighborhoods of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge.

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News Training
12:31 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Advice Column: Should Reporters Produce Stories for Radio and Web?

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The NPR coaching and development team works with NPR and member stations to help newsrooms and journalists reach a growing, multi-platform audience. As part of that work, we’ve found that stations share many of the same questions and concerns with us.

This advice column is one way to help make those questions and answers more public. By making public radio’s collective knowledge accessible, we can continue to learn from each other.

All thoughts, questions and feedback are welcome. Share your feedback via email to tgorman@npr.org.

Submit your own questions for future installments of the advice column in this form.

Kim Perry

NPR Director of Editorial Coaching and Development

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News Training
2:37 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Tumblr's Best Practices for Building Community and Spreading Stories

Log-in to Tumblr and who knows what you'll find.
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Tumblr has been used by NPR and many stations to do special projects, connect with audiences in new ways, and more. Danielle Strle, Tumblr's director of product for community and content, shared best practices for using Tumblr to build community and share stories. Watch the recording of the discussion below. 

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News Training
4:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

How To Engage Your Community Visually With Instagram Callouts

This Instagram callout from NPR and KPCC asked people to tell the story of a place where something happened with the hashtag #PSThisisWhere. It could be personal or monumental. The team received an array of photos and stories by asking the audience to share their photos and stories.
Credit clockwise from top left by Instagrammers @plainviewcrowe,@pmarlin, @kaleykim, @mitzianab

The majority of Americans are now carrying cameras wherever they go - in their smartphones

The NPR Visuals team has engaged with this smartphone-toting, photo-taking, audience by asking them to share photos around various themes, stories and series on social media. Instagram in particular has been a useful platform for these storytelling projects, NPR Visuals assistant producer Emily Bogle said in a recent webinar with us.

Emily shared when to do an Instagram callout, how to plan, carry one out, and many more tips. Watch the recording of the webinar, click through the slides and read through a summary below.

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News Training
2:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

How Community Listening Sessions Can Help Stations Reach New Audiences

KCUR's Up To Date Host Steve Kraske, left, leads a discussion with community members during a listening session in March.
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We often hear questions like this one: how can our station reach new audiences? One way to start is with community listening sessions.

In a recent webinar, we heard from two stations that have sessions to build relationships in communities that are underserved by the media.

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News Training
10:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Stations Share Their #NPRKnight Thanks With the Knight Foundation on Twitter

NPR's Kasia Podbielski, Eric Athas, Ki-Min Sung, Teresa Gorman, Kainaz Amaria and Kim Perry join in on the day of thanks for the Knight Foundation.

Updated July 15, 2014 after #NPRKnight day of thanks.

After two years, our Knight Foundation funded digital news training with member stations is coming to an end. We've been able to work directly with 827 people from 68 stations from 35 states and the District of Columbia. That's not to mention the thousands of participants in our free online webinars.

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Shows
12:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Twitter Tips from MPR Talk Show Host: Share How You Think, Not Just What You Think

A 360 view of The Daily Circuit Studios at MPR.
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Should a show host run their own Twitter account? During our Twitter chat about digital strategies for shows, that question came up several times. There's not a yes or no answer, but one show that has benefited from active social media accounts is The Daily Circuit, a daily three-hour long show on Minnesota Public Radio.

The Daily Circuit has a digitally savvy staff, including a social media host and two hosts that are active on Twitter. I turned to host Kerri Miller for her tips and thoughts on using social media as a talk show host.

Miller, in addition to one to three hours a day on air,  tweets several times a day asking questions related to the show, about the latest books she’s reading, and more to over 11,600 followers. 

During our chat, she said that although it took her time to fit social media into her schedule and to figure out what to tweet, it is now an integral part of her job at The Daily Circuit.

Here are five tips she shared from her experience:

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News Training
11:11 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Get Your Digital, Social and Audio Questions Answered

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Do you have a question about digital, social, audio or even how to pitch a project? We're looking for your frequently thought or asked questions. They can be on anything from digital workflow to launching a podcast.

Have a question that you'd like some insight on? Fill out this form:

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Social Media
11:04 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Tips from Reddit: Explore Before You Post, Find Your Local Communities

Victoria Taylor is 'chooter' on reddit.
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The website reddit can be a place for unique story ideas and a way to reach new audiences in your communities.

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Social Media
11:07 am
Fri May 9, 2014

This Small News Team Used a Key Question to Create #DroughtVoices

A photo from voicesofthedrought.tumblr.com. The Friant-Kern Canal is supposed to be a centerpiece of the original Central Valley Project plan. The canal "was reduced to a trickle" when reporter Ezra David Romero took this picture.
Credit Ezra David Romero, Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio’s series Voices of the Drought explores the impacts of California’s historic drought by showcasing the many people that the drought touches, from snow surveyors to farmers.

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News Training
4:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Q&A: Why Michigan Radio Lets 26 Staffers Post to Their Facebook Page

Succeeding on Facebook isn't an easy task. Your station posts are competing with every other post from every other page that your fan has liked, from baby pictures to other local news outlets.

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