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.

We've always known that public radio is a force to be reckoned with over the airwaves. Now it's becoming clear to everyone that we are a major player in online streaming as well.

Every month, Triton Digital releases its Top 20 Ranker, which is an MRC-accredited list of the top-performing Internet audio stations and networks in the US as measured by its webcast metrics service. We're happy to announce that NPR member stations appear as #19 for June, with over 7,000 average active sessions across 88 stations being tracked. (View the entire list.) This is a big deal, because the Triton Top 20 Ranker is like the New York Times Best Seller List of Internet audio.

New SoundExchange Contact at DS

Jun 25, 2012

After three fun-filled years as the host of this great SoundExchange reporting party, I'm sad to say that I will be leaving NPR Digital Services at the end of this week. My last day here will be this Friday, June 29th.

(Un)fortunately, just because I'm leaving doesn't mean the SoundExchange party will end! Your reporting will continue to work just like it has been, at least through the end of 2015. The only difference will be you'll now have a different SoundExchange contact person here at Digital Services.

Digital Services to Provide SoundExchange Reporting through 2015

Jun 11, 2012

Since 2009, NPR Digital Services (formerly Public Interactive) has served as the reporting agency for public broadcasters covered by the CPB-SoundExchange Webcasting Agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, CPB pays the fees for the royalties, and public radio stations covered under the agreement report their streaming music usage. CPB will pay these royalties to SoundExchange until the current agreement expires on December 31, 2015.

Frictionless curation meets Core Publisher and makes: Web Clip. 

WHAT: As implied by its name, a web clip allows you to give your audience context around external content. With web clips you embed content from other sites onto your site and explain why you think the story is important for your audience.

As you can see, Michigan Radio took home armfuls of Michigan Associated Press awards last weekend. And among them, first place for best non-commercial radio website. For the second year in a row, by the way.

Here’s what the judges had to say: “Nice to land directly on a site that shouts news. One-stop shopping for headlines and in depth coverage. Very robust.”

Are you looking to change your current CMS or are you on the PI Platform? Check out Core Publisher.

Note: If you are a Public Platform, Newsroom, or Arts user, we will need to migrate you to Core Publisher by the end of September 2012, as NPR Digital Services will no longer support these modules.

NPR Digital Services announced Thursday the release of a new home page layout available to Core Publisher stations.

The new modular home page offers stations: 

  • 3 column page layout
  • More flexibility over home page layout
  • Custom blocks for curated featured content
  • Multiple ways to promote content and station initiatives
  • The ability to preview changes before publishing

Here are the slides presented during Thursday's webinar:

50th Core Publisher site goes live!

Feb 9, 2012

We reached a monumental milestone yesterday with the 50th live Core Publisher site -- WESM.

The station is also the second CP site on the Delmarva Peninsula. Check them out at wesm913.org.

Connecting to Your Community With Google+

Nov 8, 2011

Thanks for Nathan from KUT News in Austin, TX for the enthusiastic heads-up on this!

Google recently introduced the ability for businesses and brands to create Google+ (Google Plus) pages, and we suggest that all stations take advantage of this opportunity to connect with users and promote content. This is a great new tool that can prove to be very powerful in gathering and interacting with your listeners and community.

Track Your Social Impact and Share Content Using AddThis

Oct 7, 2011

As we all know, one of the goals of Core Publisher is to help you create an active community on your site through your content. One of the easiest ways to use your content to drive traffic is to allow visitors to share it on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Core Publisher harnesses the power of AddThis, one of the most effective online sharing and analytic tools, to allow your users to share your content in ways that you can track.

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