May Editorial Training Newsletter

May 27, 2015

In this month’s newsletter, check out OPB’s series on emergency preparedness, an in-depth look at the heroin epidemic spreading across West Virginia from WVPB, and a collaboration from WAMU. And don’t miss the #pubmedia profile of Angela Evancie, Vermont Public Radio’s Digital Editor for News. 

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OPB explores Living Off Your Quake Kit 
OPB followed four Oregon families as they lived off their emergency supplies during a series of earthquake drills, as part of their yearlong look at how prepared Oregon is for the imminent Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. OPB built a tool called Aftershock that allows residents to determine their seismic risk. They are using the hashtag #UnpreparedNW to crowd source additional ideas.    

WVPB explores West Virginia’s Heroin Epidemic 
This week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is running a series of stories on the shift from prescription pills to heroin. The series is called The Needle and the Damage Done and explores the voices and stories of West Virginia’s heroin epidemic. 

WAMU investigates the 'assaulting a police officer' charge
A WAMU multi-platform project investigated the charge of assaulting a police officer, which they found "can be used as a tactic against citizens." The project used a combination of multimedia, data and audio to tell the four-part series. It was a collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

NPR Storytelling Tumblr
We started the NPR Storytelling Tumblr to share specific techniques (on-air and online) that that make your stories compelling. Here are a few of the latest posts:

  • How Frank Langfitt threw out his radio script to tell a visual story from China
  • How Lourdes Garcia-Navarro made a dull character’s dullness central to her story
  • How WFAE’s Michael Tomsic found a perfect balance between silly and serious

NEW listserv from NPR Visuals
Want to use NPR Visuals charts and graphs? Join the new Public Radio Visuals email list and get notified about embeddable graphics when they're published. The new email list will provide notifications and support to stations who want to implement Viz team graphics on their websites.

 Photo Use: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Digital Age Thursday, June 4   |   1:30-2:30pm ET   |   Sign up here

Ashley Messenger, Senior Associate General Counsel at NPR and Kainaz Amaria, Supervising Editor on the NBPR Visuals Team, will host a session on what to think about before publishing images on any platform, whether it's a website, mobile app, or on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and beyond. They will address the line between editorial and promotional use and the importance of understanding what kinds of uses can create legal liability. They will also talk about getting images through NPR's API. Data Journalism: Census DataWednesday, June 17   |   3:00-3:30pm ET   |   Sign up here

Are you a reporter, producer or editor who could benefit from census data? Maybe you cover housing, immigration, crime, or population trends. Come learn about tools and strategies that make it easy to find the stories inside the data. David Eads and Alyson Hurt from the NPR Visuals team will lead this session.  In case you missed it, here are the recordings and takeaways from our sessions on NPR One & Radio Intros and Social Callouts.