Editorial Training

The NPR Editorial Training team is a five-person unit in the NPR newsroom. We work with both NPR and member station journalists to make our collective storytelling better on air and online. In this constantly changing media world, it can feel impossible to find the time and space to hone your storytelling techniques, learn something new or experiment with new tools. The Editorial Training team—and our site—exist to make that happen. Visit training.npr.org » 

Back in April of 2015, we shared some initial research on the impact of stations supplementing their local coverage with syndicated content from the NPR API. Last month, we revisited the initial question that prompted this research: What role does content syndication play in the performance of station sites?

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 coaching@npr.org

Data Journalism: Census Data [VIDEO]

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. Census data can be a goldmine for journalists who want to add rich context to their reporting. But the tools provided by the Census Bureau require a reporter to know what they’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a tool that made exploring Census data easy? 

May Editorial Training Newsletter

May 27, 2015

In this month’s newsletter, check out OPB’s series on emergency preparedness, an in-depth look at the heroin epidemic spreading across West Virginia from WVPB, and a collaboration from WAMU. And don’t miss the #pubmedia profile of Angela Evancie, Vermont Public Radio’s Digital Editor for News. 

Say hello on Twitter @nprtraining or email us at coaching@npr.org.

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.  

Recently, the station analytics team was asked to help solve a debate in a local newsroom. This station was trying to decide if it would be  beneficial to supplement its strong local coverage with some national news from the NPR API. Since we have data about web performance for over 200 stations, we were glad to offer some insight. We started by looking at a group of 25 stations with strong digital newsrooms and monthly users between 50k and 300k. We found that, in these stations, local news drove higher engagement and encouraged users to come back.

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So you have a newly designed Core Publisher web site that's responsive and looks beautiful. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when you're creating stories in Core Publisher (or any content management system) to make sure you get the most out of it.

November Editorial Newsletter

Nov 24, 2014

Greetings! As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, we would love to hear what’s new at your station. Email us at coaching@npr.org to tell us the latest. Perhaps you have a fun holiday series you’re working on?

In this month's newsletter, we highlight examples of great journalism told in a variety of ways from KPCC, KERA, and OPB. Do these examples give you an idea for your own station? Well, read on, because we have tips for how to pitch digital projects in our latest installment of our advice column “Well, it Depends.” Plus, don’t miss our popular feature “Digital Life.” This month we hear from NPR Washington Desk digital editor Amita Parashar.

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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 tgorman@npr.org. Submit your own questions for future installments of the advice column in this form.

Happy October, all. In this month’s newsletter, we have a delightful Digital Life from NPR reporter and producer Sam Sanders, highlights of work from KERA, WBEZ and NHPR, and a call for your reporters’ Twitter handles for @NPRPolitics. Are you doing anything interesting for election night? Let us know on Twitter @NPRDS or via email at coaching@npr.org

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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.

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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. 

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