Teresa Gorman

Digital News Specialist

Teresa works with stations and NPR staff on NPR's coaching and development team to help strengthen journalists' reporting, editing and storytelling to bring a more engaging experience to a growing audience across platforms. 

Prior to joining NPR, Teresa was social media editor at PBS NewsHour, where she played a leading role in shaping NewsHour's social media, outreach and engagement strategy. 

When not at work, you'll probably find Teresa at the local library, watching regrettable television or exploring the many neighborhoods of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge.


News Training
4:54 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Six Tips for Creating Shareable, Local Content

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:05 pm

Creating digital stories that people living in your city will share and talk about doesn’t have to be complicated. 
The Local Stories Project shows that the tactics to create shareable stories cross state lines (all the way from Alaska to D.C.).
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4:08 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The #NPRKnight Spring Twitter Contest Winners Are...

Congratulations to the #NPRKnight Twitter scavenger hunt contest winners! 

(Read more about the tasks in the scavenger hunt and how the winners were selected in "How the #NPRKnight Scavenger Hunt Contest Works.")


Drum roll, please...

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News Training
3:13 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

3 Ways Tweeting is Like Radio Reporting

Tweeting is not a skill that should come out of left-field for journalists that work in radio.

That's a key point that WBUR reporter Curt Nickisch made several times during a recent Twitter chat where he shared thoughts about his use of social media during the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt, and also in his day-to-day work.

While it does take practice, here are three key ways radio reporters are already ahead of the game on Twitter:

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3:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Visualizing Public Radio With KPCC Visual Journalist Grant Slater [VIDEO]

KPCC's Instagram feed showcases photos from the field, highlights from their coverage, and more.
Credit http://instagram.com/kpcc

Post updated May 16 with resources from the webinar:

"Social photography is nothing less than a creative revolution."

That's taken from a blog post by KPCC visual journalist Grant Slater on the new blog AudioVision. Slater is part of a team of journalists exploring what public radio looks like in Southern California.

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5:13 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Cover Relevant, Local Topics With Aggregation Techniques [VIDEO]

Credit courtesy FOAM museum, exhibit by Erik Kessels

Aggregation is just another word for using your resources wisely. The technique can be used on all types of stories ranging from weather to politics to breaking news.

In this webinar, we cover the basic requirements for aggregation on the web, how to find visuals to accompany aggregated posts, and how to make YouTube's search functions work for you when looking for videos for your site.


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Exploring Arts and Culture
2:44 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Series: Exploring Arts and Culture Through Digital Storytelling

Credit CaraExplainsItAll/Flickr/Creative Commons

In this occasional series, we'll explore how reporters and stations can reach new audiences and cover arts and culture in different ways with online tools and out-of-the-box thinking. Stay tuned to this post for future webinars, posts and information.

Email Teresa Gorman tgorman@npr.org or tweet to @gteresa with questions and pitches for the series.

Watch: Reaching New Audiences By Covering Pop Culture Public Media Style

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11:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

How the #NPRKnight Twitter Scavenger Hunt Contest Works

Credit Twitter



Twitter can be a great tool for journalists and we believe Twitter is best learned by doing. The purpose of this scavenger hunt contest is simple -- so you can learn the value and best practices of Twitter by actively using it. The contest (and the prizes) is a way to make it fun and  just a tad competitive.

(The guide to all three weeks of social media training can be found here)

Here's how it works:

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Social Media
10:10 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Your Guide to #NPRKnight Social Media Training

Time to Tweet
Credit via MDGovpics (CC-BY)

Welcome to the social media part of our training! This page has everything you need to guide you through the next three weeks, so bookmark it, and email Teresa if you have any questions at tgorman@npr.org. 

The next three weeks will focus on the practical ways you can use social media for reporting, audience growth, story mining and content creation. 

May 6-10

The first week of social media training focuses on making the most of your station's Facebook page. We also begin our Twitter contest, which you can learn more about here.

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8:20 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

WBUR Reporter Curt Nickisch Shares Twitter Tips

Curt Nickisch's first tweet after the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Updated May 14: 

WBUR's business and technology reporter Curt Nickisch regularly uses Twitter to share links, photos, updates and to keep track of news in Boston and his beat. So, when the Boston Marathon Bombings happened, he was ready to use it as a tool for coverage of the bombings and the manhunts that ensued (along with radionational coverage, and more).

Nickisch joined us to share tips and tricks on how he uses Twitter as a reporter for an #NPRKnight Twitter chat on May 10.

Find a recap of the chat below:

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Exploring Arts and Culture Through Digital Storyt
4:06 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

How KQED is Reaching New Audiences With Pop Culture Coverage [VIDEO]

KQED Pop critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and more.
Credit courtesy KQED Pop

Is there a place for pop culture in public media arts and culture coverage? Can public media reach new and younger audiences?

Mash those two questions together, and you'll get KQED Pop. KQED Pop is exploring topics that we don't normally see on the traditional arts and culture beat - from race and the Kardashians to the psychology of unfriending someone on Facebook

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