Kudos to St. Louis Public Radio, check out the Local Stories Project launch and more

Sep 25, 2014

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Station Spotlight
Seven Stations Finalists For Online Journalism Awards

Congratulations to the seven stations named finalists for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards. The nominated stations are: St. Louis Public Radio, WBUR, New Hampshire Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio News, WBEZ, KUT and Oregon Public Broadcasting. MPR News and OPB are finalists in two categories. Find the full list of finalists and links to their exceptional work here. Winners will be announced on Sept. 27 at the conclusion of the Online News Association Conference.

KQED Video of Female Dancers Goes Wild on Facebook

We really enjoyed this video about how women are breaking into the turf dancing scene in Oakland. A lot of other people did, too. It was posted to the KQED News Facebook page and had more than 344,000 views, 5,500 shares and 1,200 likes. The reach on Facebook was even bigger -  1.1 million. Olivia Allen-Price, KQED's interactive and engagement producer, said the piece is part of a greater effort to produce more videos, with a video producer often working alongside a reporter.

Hats Off To St. Louis Public Radio

Shortly after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis Public Radio journalists sprung into action. According to Engagement Editor Kelsey Proud, the newsroom created more than 130 items on Michael Brown or Ferguson since the news broke. Coverage was wide-ranging: on-the-ground reporting from the protests, the latest insight into the investigation, visuals, explainers and stories about the community. Also, an audio map of the events and a story about an 11-year-old who provided some words of wisdom on the situation. Find all of St. Louis Public Radio's Ferguson coverage here.  

The Local Stories Project Now On Twitter and Tumblr

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Want to get a daily feed of interesting stories from some public media stations? The Local Stories Project this month launched a Tumblr and a Twitter account. Follow the project on Tumblr at local.npr.org and on Twitter at @nprlocal. In addition to the new platforms, three new stations joined the project: WBEZ, Colorado Public Radio and WUNC. These new participants bring the project to 36 stations. When you have a chance, download, fold and share your very own Local Stories Project airplane here

Hands-on Audio Training at CPR

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Sometimes the best learning is done in collaboration with your fellow reporters. Nine reporters at Colorado Public Radio learned this at a recent audio production workshop with NPR coach Cindy Carpien. They helped each other out in many ways, including holding a ladder so one reporter could make a wide photo (not to be confused with getting your WIDE SHOT for sound gathering.) Check out the story that came from the workshop that provides an interesting local take on an international Ebola virus story.

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