Share your politics Twitter handles for election night, KERA covers Ebola and more

Oct 22, 2014

Happy October, all. In this month’s newsletter, we have a delightful Digital Life from NPR reporter and producer Sam Sanders, highlights of work from KERA, WBEZ and NHPR, and a call for your reporters’ Twitter handles for @NPRPolitics. Are you doing anything interesting for election night? Let us know on Twitter @NPRDS or via email at


How KERA is Using Live Blogging to Cover Ebola

The Dallas station has been covering ebola on-air and online. They’ve live blogged almost every day since Sept. 30, including weekends; “the daily blog turns into a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Ebola in Dallas that day,” KERA digital news editor Eric Aasen wrote in an email. It has been a newsroom-wide effort, with everyone contributing updates and ideas. Learn more about KERA’s live blogging techniques here and read the summary, from NPR's Scoop newsletter, of the many ways NPR and stations are covering the Ebola virus.

NHPR Uses Partnership to Cover the Data Behind Senate Races 

With Election Day around the corner, take a look at one way New Hampshire Public Radio has been covering the big races in their state the past few months. They partnered with the Center for Public Integrity for a series of two-ways and posts on campaign advertising and spending; it's part of CPI’s “Who’s Buying the Senate” project. Digital Director Rebecca Lavoie says, "[the posts] are a good example of how to make a two-way look good online – after, of course, getting [CPI’s] permission to use their graphics and add our own titles.”

Curious City Turns Into a Curious Nation

What happens when journalists invite the public to ask questions alongside them? That’s the question behind the Curious City project at WBEZ, which started through AIR’s Localore initiative. Now, the curious movement has grown beyond Chicago. You can see other stations have launched their own curious project on this map, including “MICurious” at Michigan Public Radio and “WYSO Curious” at WYSO in Dayton, Ohio. Find out more about Curious City’s editorial process in this video. And ask yourself - what are people in your city curious about?

NPR Politics Wants Your Twitter Handle 

Station reporters covering election night: NPR politics wants your Twitter handle. NPR Digital Strategist Melody Kramer is collecting the Twitter handles so that on election night NPR’s social media can connect audiences to member station reporters in their state. The main @nprpolitics account will be retweeting your tweets to reach more people. Fill out this form to be added to the list. 

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Social Audio

The Coaching and Development team is experimenting with how to make audio shareable on social media. This section highlights one of those experiments. Read more about it here

KPLU's Accent Audio Goes Viral

Audio is the perfect medium to explain accents. And accent stories often draw a lot of traffic, sharing and discussion. So it's not surprising that KPLU's web-only audio package about the Pacific Northwest accent has been listened to more than 85,000 times. The piece, created by KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp and Martha Kang, has three people say the same sentence: "Please put the fish you caught at dawn in the bag, not in the bowl." The audience has to guess which person is from the Northwest. Give it a listen here

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