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


Detroit By the Numbers
WDET and Data Driven Detroit are putting Detroit’s urban – and suburban – data myths to the test in a new multimedia series, Detroit by the Numbers. The project offers timely, data-supported analysis and smart perspectives to foster informed conversation about social issues facing the region. 

Data Maps at St. Louis Public Radio
How can you illustrate a data-heavy story about property taxes? For St. Louis Public Radio, it meant building interactive maps. In this video, data visualization specialist, Brent Jones explains how they sorted through the data and made the maps.

KCRW’s 24-hour Radio Race
KCRW is hosting its third annual "24-hour Radio Race," in which participants have one day to write, record and edit a nonfiction radio story. Winners get airtime on KCRW's show UnFictional, cash and other good stuff. Here's the registration link with more info.

Credit screen grab from WNYC's "Being 12" series

We started a Tumblr to share great examples of audio and digital storytelling. Here are a few of the latest posts:

WNYC recently launched a multi-platform series about what it means to be a 12-year-old. The series highlights the time-honored art of just letting people talk.

Does tape make an intro better? Here’s an answer, with help from NPR’s Gisele Grayson, KQED’s April Dembosky and Morning Edition.

NET News Director, Dennis Kellogg shared how he used a couple of our Tumblr posts in a training session in his newsroom; “I used the two-part blog posts on character descriptions from the Storytelling blog in a training session with my news team at our meeting this morning. That worked great and really helped me to illustrate the point. My staff was also excited to learn NPR has a storytelling Tumblr blog! We’ll be using it more in the future.”


Credit Serri Graslie/NPR

Training at WAMU 
Last month we spent a couple days at WAMU working with reporters, producers and editors on story structure, writing though sound, headlines and finding sources of social media. NPR Editor/Reporter Cory Turner helped lead the editorial sessions, the NPR Visuals Team's Kainaz Amaria taught a visual storytelling workshop (left) and Northeast Bureau Chief Andrea de Leon ran sessions on listening and editing.  

Credit Cary Rosenbaum (NAJA member/Colville Tribe)

NAJA Production Workshops
NPR hosted production workshops for members of the Native American Journalists Association at their annual conference two weeks ago. Twelve participants joined instructors Rolando Arrieta, John Poole, and Kevin Wait to learn more about NPR's audio and visual storytelling tools and strategies. Audio workshop guests were treated to anecdotes and advice from guest speakers Laura Sullivan and Neda Ulaby. 

We Were at PRNDI
Alison MacAdam and Eric Athas attended the PRNDI conference last month to talk about training. Eric co-led a workshop on multi-platform newsrooms with St. Louis Public Radio's Kelsey Proud. He also held a conference session on public media's place in the media landscape.