As we bid adieu to summer, we say hello to some exciting new projects at member stations this month. Read below to learn more about the launch of a five-year reporting project at KERA, and how you can take our web training on demand, whenever you like. What projects are you working on these days? We’d love to share them in an upcoming newsletter. Send us an email to let us know more about them.
Dallas Station Launches ‘Class of 17’ Project
Check out member station KERA’s approach to covering “big issues” in education through narratives of several students’ journeys through high school as part of the American Graduate initiative.
Two KERA reporters are following a diverse group of North Texas students from 8th grade all the way to high school graduation. They won’t be the only ones doing the reporting – the students will also post to the project’s blog, Facebook and Twitter themselves. (With a little supervision, of course.)
The reporting team has hit the ground running and is now preparing a multimedia blitz that will include video, audio, blogging, social media and a TV special, “Students Speak Out: An American Graduate Special” which airs this Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm CST, and will be watchable on the blog. Stay tuned to the blog as September rolls around to keep track of the students, and to see in-depth coverage of a big local issue in action.
Produced in collaboration with Internews, an international non-profit that empowers local media worldwide, the project will establish a two-way conversation with New Orleans residents, reaching them on the platforms they already use, from text messages to libraries.
That means a lot of online outreach, such as dedicated Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. It also means even more offline outreach, including the actual Listening Posts- three portable recording devices set up in three neighborhoods in New Orleans for people to record their answers to questions posed by WWNO. Check out the posts (pictured), which were created by local artist Jacques Duffourc from recycled cardboard, and the first few stories from the project.
We are gearing up for our next Knight leadership conference which will take place at NPR HQ in Washington D.C. September 19 & 20th. We are looking forward to hosting KERA, KPBS, KPCC, KPLU, KQED, Michigan Radio, NCPR, OPB, St. Louis Public Radio, WBUR, WFPL, WNYC, WOSU, and WXPN. Want to follow along or chime in? Say hi on Twitter using the hashtag #NPRKnight
Local Stories Project
More than a year ago we launched an experiment using NPR’s Facebook page. It was our first attempt at finding a wider audience for local stories, growing audience and making stations stronger in their communities. Interested in participating? In the fall, we’ll launch another application round. Stay tuned for the announcement, but in the meantime, here are some things we’re learning from stations in the project – lessons you can put to work right now on your station’s Facebook page.