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In the days after the attacks in Paris, NPR deployed on multiple fronts, with special coverage by shows, Newscast reports, continuous updates online, and on-the-ground stories by reporters, producers and hosts in Paris.

July Editorial Training Newsletter

Jul 22, 2015

Here’s what we have in store for this month’s newsletter: Learn about innovative station projects from WDET, St. Louis Public Radio and KCRW, get the latest posts from the NPR Storytelling Tumblr, read the public media profile for WNPR’s Heather Brandon and more. As always, say hello on Twitter @nprtraining or email us at

6 Ways Stations Can Use Social Callouts [VIDEO]

Apr 29, 2015

In public radio, it goes without saying that the public – our existing audience and otherwise – should be at the heart of everything we do. One way to bring more of those people into our reporting is through social callouts, where we ask the wider world to share their stories, photos and thoughts on any number of topics.  

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Events are a key way to connect with audiences. Join this webinar to hear practical tips that apply to throwing events of all kinds, from singles nights to book clubs to Instagram art shows. 

Presenters Brenda Williams-Butts, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Audience Development at New York Public Radio, Olivia Allen-Price, Interactive and Engagement Producer at KQED, and Ezra Romero, Reporter/Producer at Valley Public Radio shared their tips for throwing events both large and small in an hour-long webinar. 

How Should I Pitch My Digital Idea at My Station?

Nov 6, 2014
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As part of our work on the NPR editorial coaching and development team, 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. 

Share your feedback via email to Submit your own questions for future installments of the advice column in this form.


The NPR Scoop newsletter recently summarized the many ways NPR is covering Ebola, including work with station journalists and newsrooms. KERA in particular has been all over the story on-air and online since the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. showed up in Dallas.

Original photo via Robert Scoble, Flickr, CC

The Online News Association is a membership organization for digital journalists. Their yearly conference is one of the biggest gatherings of digital minds from across the country. 

In this webinar, we shared 10 things we learned at ONA. Find the full video and a summary below. Want even more digital and social media tips? Click through our Editorial section, and don't miss daily tips from NPR's social media team in the Social Sandbox. 

There's no question that mobile is on top of journalists' and newsrooms' minds. Click through the notes on panels that talked about mobile at ONA here.  Then try this self-audit from Amy Webb's 10 Tech Trends for Journalists talk to learn more about what works on mobile and what doesn't. Pick 5 stories a day and interact with them in different scenarios and on different devices. 

A Peek Inside Juana Summers' Digital Life

Sep 30, 2014
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.

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.

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

Sep 18, 2014

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.

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:

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.

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.

Should Reporters Produce Stories for Radio and Web?

Aug 18, 2014
Original image via Flickr/donovanbeeson

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

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

Kim Perry

NPR Director of Editorial Coaching and Development

Background image provided by Jolie Ngo,

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. 

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.

Alyson Raletz KCUR

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.

A Peek Inside Eric Aasen's Digital Life

Jul 17, 2014
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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 Or just email to say hi, we like that a lot, too.