Eric Athas

Senior Digital News Specialist

Eric Athas is on NPR's Editorial Coaching and Development team. He works with Member Stations and NPR journalists on social media, headlines, content strategy, coverage planning and other projects.

Prior to joining NPR in 2011, Eric was a digital editor and producer at The Washington Post.

Eric graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in journalism. While he was a student at UMass, Eric was the editor of the daily newspaper, co-founder of the campus's first digital magazine, and a blogger for MassLive.com.

Ways to Connect

So you've just woken up and you grab your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Where do you go? E-mail, of course. Then maybe you check out your station's home page and competing organizations' home pages. As you make your way through the day, are you keeping  a close eye on what's trending in your market? 

Here are 10 ways to make sure you are seeing your region's most intriguing, relevant, quirky, newsy stories as they boil up on the web.

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We use GoToMeeting for our training webinars. GoTo is great -- it allows you to watch the webinar, ask questions through a chat box, talk to the presenter. But it does have some quirky tendencies.  Our goal with this post is to make the technical steps as painless as possible so that you can focus on the presentation and avoid doing something like this.

Lots of Buzz Around NPR's Local Partnerships

Mar 23, 2012

A piece by Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab highlights how NPR Digital Services and NPR.org are experimenting through partnerships with member stations. The story references two recent projects -- our experiment with KPLU to geotarget content on NPR's Facebook page and a new test that displays local headlines of 13 member stations on the NPR.org home page.

Following the success of an experiment in which we geotargeted local KPLU content on the NPR Facebook page, we have submitted a Knight Foundation News Challenge proposal for a tool that will enable us to expand the test.

WUSF reporter Bobbie O'Brien live-tweeted for the first time (although you would think she has done this hundreds of times before) earlier this month. During the Florida event — a presentation by Tuskegee airmen -- O'Brien sent 27 tweets and snapped five photos, while simultaneously prepping for her radio story.

Think back to recent presidential caucuses, primaries, conventions, general elections and inaugurations. What sticks out as the most poignant memories? I bet there's an over-the-top hurrah. A concession speech. A convention speech.

NPR’s Facebook page and its 2.3 million-like audience is made up of users from thousands of cities across the world. We wondered: what if we focused on just one city?

The question arose after identifying a somewhat obscure Facebook feature that allows anyone with a Facebook page to customize posts by location. This means, for example, that you can post a story about Boston and modify it so that only users in Boston will see it in their Facebook feed.

Last October NPR Digital Services and Digital Media used this tool to launch an experiment with member station KPLU, in which we shared selected KPLU.org content on NPR's Facebook page, but only for the eyes of the Seattle region (KPLU's market). Four months into this experiment, we’ve made some unexpected discoveries around Facebook communities and the power of localization on a national platform.

Think back to recent presidential caucuses, primaries, conventions, general elections and inaugurations. What sticks out as the most poignant memories? I bet there's an over-the-top hurrah. A concession speech. A convention speech. A rousing debut.

Strong election coverage will bring in traffic to your site. This is a good thing. You want more people coming to your site, listening to your audio, reading your stories and looking to you for the latest election updates. 

http://argoproject.org/about.php

The underbody of Project Argo is now open to everyone.

As the project moves to a new phase after over a year of blogging at 12 member stations, the tools and best practices used by Argo were made available Wednesday on a new open source site.

If you happened to catch "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday night, a Michigan Radio article in its raw form made a guest appearance.

A segment during the show focused on Michigan's Emergency Manager Law — state-appointed officials who have complete control over the cities or school districts they take over. Emergency managers are currently in control of four cities and one school district in Michigan.

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