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.
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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.
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 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 Boglesaid 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.
People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge. This month we spoke with KERA Digital News Editor Eric Aasen. Eric joined KERA after over a decade at The Dallas Morning News. According to his Twitter profile, he knows everything there is to know about Big Tex, the country’s quirkiest landmark. Eric shares his must-reads, must-follows, guilty pleasures, words of wisdom and more below:
Happy summer! We have a lot to share with you this month including great advice from KERA Digital News Editor Eric Aasen, highlights from recent visits to KNAU, KAZU and Michigan Radio, and stories out of KUT and WESA. Do you have a story we should spotlight next month? Let us know by emailing us at email@example.com. Or just email to say hi, we like that a lot, too.
Floods, fires and earthquake can make the world seem like it's coming to an end. Then, there are those man-made catastrophes that end people's lives with a gun or explosive. Between mishaps of celebrities and politicians, "breaking news" can seem like an overused term in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. But there are certain instances where an event is unfolding and people really need that news immediately. Having an understanding of who those people are and what they need can help guide your coverage, and help people who are affected.
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.
In 2012, the Knight Foundation awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations.
As we get ready to end the past two years of station digital news training funded by that grant, we thought we'd share some of the highlights that we've been able to accomplish thanks to collaboration between stations and NPR.
A quick snapshot of who has been reached in the past two years: