April Editorial & Coaching Newsletter

Apr 29, 2015

Hello, we’re back from our three-month newsletter break and we’ve missed you.

A lot has happened thus far in 2015. We have a new team, we are starting a new round of webinars and later this spring, we will launch an editorial training website. As always, we will highlight the good work happening at your stations and we will hear from someone in public media about how they navigate the news.

Say hello to the new team and/or let us know what you are up to on Twitter @nprtraining or email us at coaching@npr.org.


KERA tells the story of one neighborhood
In a four-week series titled "One Crisis Away: Inside A Neighborhood," KERA explores life in just one area of Dallas/Fort Worth -- Jubilee Park. The project is multi-platform as KERA tells stories about the neighborhood through narratives, radio, videos, photos, maps and more.  

Miami residents submit odes to their ZIP codes
WLRN launched a new project called “ode to your ZIP code.” Miami residents were encouraged to submit short odes to their ZIP before April 21 — after which 20 finalists will be given the chance to read their poems at a live event. You can find featured ZIP Odes here. (via the NPR Social Sandbox)

VPR explores a downward trend in education 
Declining Enrollment, an education series from VPR News, examines why the number of students in Vermont is trending downward. While some small school have closed in recent years, many are still operating with fewer students. Check out their glossary terms that help explain specific aspects of the Vermont education system. (via the Scoop Newsletter)

Meet The (New) Team! 
Eric Athas and Kasia Podbielski are still here. But we are joined by Alison MacAdam, Serri Garslie and Kevin Wait. We are the Editorial Coaching and Development team. You can find us on Twitter and Tumblr (or at NPR HQ in D.C.)

Alison MacAdam is the team's editorial specialist for audio storytelling. Before joining us, she spent a decade at NPR’s All Things Considered. Alison got her start at WBUR in Boston, after brief public radio stints in Connecticut and Wisconsin.

Serri Graslie is the team’s digital specialist. She got her start at NPR as a Kroc Fellow and later joined All Things Considered as a digital producer. 

Kevin Wait is the team’s Production Specialist. An audio engineer since 1999, Kevin has been the technical director of Talk of the Nation and for the past 5 years, he’s worked with NPR Music. 

Webinar & Twitter Chat
Want to learn how to write and share effective social callouts to find sources, story ideas and more? We held a webinar on April 22 on "Ideas for Using Social Callouts." Here are the takeaways, slides and a recording