Content & Distribution

Making an impact with your local coverage takes more than creating great content. Stations also need to be able to share that content with readers and listeners across devices and platforms. NPR Digital Services builds tools and products to help stations reach both of these goals. We provide enterprise-level tools to help stations create, deliver and distribute their local content everywhere.

Our products are designed to help NPR stations reach and engage their audiences wherever they may be accessing their content.

Last November, we promised to release a new set of features for creating, listing, and promoting community events within Core Publisher starting this winter. Our team has been working hard, and we’re pleased to announce that the beta version is now live.

What do you mean, "beta" version?

Starting this winter, we’ll be releasing a new set of features for creating, listing, and promoting community events within Core Publisher.

NPR One Managing Director Sara Sarasohn talked with Current's podcast host Adam Ragusea about the app’s purpose, how it works, and what the network is learning about users’ listening habits and preferences.

Core Publisher Persistent Player
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We’re excited to announce the availability of the Persistent Player for Core Publisher (Responsive design sites only). The new Persistent Player provides a new audio experience that allows users to enjoy your streams, uninterrupted, as they navigate your site. It supports multiple streams, with associated stream and song information, in a simple treatment that is easy to use for any site visitor.

Here are the key features that set this player apart from past Core Publisher stream tools:

In January, we shared some initial data on improvements for Core Publisher stations that had moved to the responsive theme.  Those improvements included better tracking, improved search performance, and increased reading. Recently, we looked at data for the set of stations that moved to responsive in February 2015.  These stations saw similar improvements, including increases in story reading.   

What NPR One can teach us about radio intros

May 20, 2015

On May 14, Sara Sarasohn (NPR One’s Managing Director) and I held a webinar to share findings from a recent exercise. The NPR One team identified intros that performed well on the app (meaning, people skipped them less often). Then, Sara and I took a close look/listen, in search of patterns. We have both edited NPR newsmagazines (and Sara was also an Arts desk editor), so we leaned on that prior editorial experience to come up with our findings.

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that we have made to Core PublisherComposer 2, the NPR One AppStationConnectDS Marketing Forms & QuickPledgeStation Analytics System, and our Streaming Service over the last 4 weeks.

How To Manage Metadata in Composer 2 Widgets

Apr 21, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the newly redesigned Composer 2 widgets are now available and live! The redesign project focused mainly on the Playlist widget, but the Daily and Now Playing widgets got a facelift with this release, too.

We’re pleased to announce that the newly redesigned Composer 2 widgets are now available and live! The redesign project focused mainly on the Playlist widget, but the Daily and Now Playing widgets got a facelift with this release, too. We think you’ll like the changes you see. Read below to learn more about each feature in greater detail.

Additional Resources:

How To Customize Your Widgets

Composer 2 Playlist Widget Redesign Webinar

Apr 21, 2015

We are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a complete redesign of the Composer 2 Playlist Widget! This oft-requested enhancement has been in the works for some time, and we are anxious to share it with you.

Consider this webinar a mini-training session on:

  • the new ways you can configure metadata visibility on the widgets
  • a preview of the experience your website users will have when looking at your playlists online.

Watch the webinar:

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that the Digital Services Team has made over the last 4 weeks.

Core Publisher Updates:  

Thank you to all of the stations that were able to join us for the Responsive theme update for Core Publisher webinar. 

In this webinar we discussed:

The Core Publisher development team has been working hard to introduce a fully functioned responsive web theme. Over the past few months a handful of sites have moved to this new theme which provides a cleaner look and allows a consistent experience across devices. While we can't share sites confidential details, we can point to a few positive trends that we have seen post launch.

NPR One Webinar - Local Content Workflow

Dec 12, 2014

Jennifer Strachan presents this interactive webinar on how your fellow stations are working with their local content in NPR One and ideas about adjusting workflow. This webinar is for stations that are already working with NPR One and want to improve workflow, and for stations that have yet to start adding local content to NPR One.

Over the last two weeks, we have applied a couple of updates and bug fixes to Composer 2. Below is a list of updates and issues that have been addressed:

Features

  • Changed the title of “Car Talk” to “The Best of Car Talk” in all Composer 2 lists.

Defects Fixed

  • Some stations were reporting missing Classical 24 playlists. This issue has been resolved.

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