Editorial Webinars

Data Journalism: Census Data [VIDEO]

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. Census data can be a goldmine for journalists who want to add rich context to their reporting. But the tools provided by the Census Bureau require a reporter to know what they’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a tool that made exploring Census data easy? 

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. 

Say hello on Twitter @nprtraining or email us at coaching@npr.org.

6 Ways Stations Can Use Social Callouts [VIDEO]

Apr 29, 2015

In public radio, it goes without saying that the public – our existing audience and otherwise – should be at the heart of everything we do. One way to bring more of those people into our reporting is through social callouts, where we ask the wider world to share their stories, photos and thoughts on any number of topics.  

November Editorial Newsletter

Nov 24, 2014

Greetings! As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, we would love to hear what’s new at your station. Email us at coaching@npr.org to tell us the latest. Perhaps you have a fun holiday series you’re working on?

In this month's newsletter, we highlight examples of great journalism told in a variety of ways from KPCC, KERA, and OPB. Do these examples give you an idea for your own station? Well, read on, because we have tips for how to pitch digital projects in our latest installment of our advice column “Well, it Depends.” Plus, don’t miss our popular feature “Digital Life.” This month we hear from NPR Washington Desk digital editor Amita Parashar.

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Events are a key way to connect with audiences. Join this webinar to hear practical tips that apply to throwing events of all kinds, from singles nights to book clubs to Instagram art shows. 

Presenters Brenda Williams-Butts, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Audience Development at New York Public Radio, Olivia Allen-Price, Interactive and Engagement Producer at KQED, and Ezra Romero, Reporter/Producer at Valley Public Radio shared their tips for throwing events both large and small in an hour-long webinar. 

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 coaching@npr.org

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The Online News Association is a membership organization for digital journalists. Their yearly conference is one of the biggest gatherings of digital minds from across the country. 

In this webinar, we shared 10 things we learned at ONA. Find the full video and a summary below. Want even more digital and social media tips? Click through our Editorial section, and don't miss daily tips from NPR's social media team in the Social Sandbox. 

There's no question that mobile is on top of journalists' and newsrooms' minds. Click through the notes on panels that talked about mobile at ONA here.  Then try this self-audit from Amy Webb's 10 Tech Trends for Journalists talk to learn more about what works on mobile and what doesn't. Pick 5 stories a day and interact with them in different scenarios and on different devices. 

Your City Made a Top 10 List. Now What? [VIDEO]

Sep 18, 2014
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Do you live in the coolest city in the country? The most expensive? The least expensive? Or somewhere in-between? Rankings, Top 10 lists, surveys, state-by-state data — there's a lot of information out there about where your town stacks up.

In a webinar on Thursday, September 18, we discussed how to cover lists and rankings in a meaningful way. Boise State Public Radio's Emilie Ritter Saunders and KERA's Eric Aasen joined us to explain their own methods for covering these types of stories and shared some of their favorite examples.

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The majority of Americans are now carrying cameras wherever they go - in their smartphones

The NPR Visuals team has engaged with this smartphone-toting, photo-taking, audience by asking them to share photos around various themes, stories and series on social media. Instagram in particular has been a useful platform for these storytelling projects, NPR Visuals assistant producer Emily Bogle said in a recent webinar with us.

Emily shared when to do an Instagram callout, how to plan, carry one out, and many more tips. Watch the recording of the webinar, click through the slides and read through a summary below.

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We often hear questions like this one: how can our station reach new audiences? One way to start is with community listening sessions.

In a recent webinar, we heard from two stations that have sessions to build relationships in communities that are underserved by the media.

Kasia Podbielski

In 2012, the Knight Foundation awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations. 

As we get ready to end the past two years of station digital news training funded by that grant, we thought we'd share some of the highlights that we've been able to accomplish thanks to collaboration between stations and NPR.

A quick snapshot of who has been reached in the past two years:

Happy summer, all. We have a lot to share with you this month, including recaps of recent webinars on breaking news coverage for lean newsrooms, how to use the new Quotable social media tool, and spotlights on work at VPR, WHYY and WSKG. 

Training on Demand: Audio Innovation

Apr 2, 2014
Andy Bowers

We are pleased to share with you the next series of webinars in our Training on Demand Series. This round is all about audio innovation. 

These webinars tackle the question: what’s next for audio? We have conversations with radio innovators 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars and the Executive Producer of Slate Podcasts Andy Bowers , as well as insight on the future of mobile audio from former Marketplace Digital Director Matt Berger and station wide innovation from WNYC’s Dean Cappello

As a way to make it easier to digest these webinars efficiently, each has been timestamped to highlight the key takeaways. While they complement each other, they are not intended to be consumed in a particular order. 

How to Expand Your Reach on YouTube

Mar 26, 2014

Guests from YouTube recently joined stations for a talk on how to expand your reach on YouTube. Jason Hwang, Global Programs Manager for YouTube News, and Marina Abayev, New Partner Development for YouTube News, covered how to get started with the platform, the lifecycle of a video on YouTube, and shared information about YouTube’s partner program. Although the talk wasn't recorded, we've compiled some notes from what we found useful below.   

Jody Avirgan

One of the issues we hear show producers struggling with again and again, is how to find the time to do digital content justices in the midst of a tight production schedule, especially if there is not a dedicated web producer. 

To find some possible solutions we turned to Jody Avirgan, a producer for WNYC's midday talk show, The Brian Lehrer Show. Jody is responsible for the majority of the show's digital presence, but also is a full time producer for the show, and has experimented with how to make the web succeed with the limited amount of time he can give to it. 

Jody recently joined us for a webinar to share how he tackles the challenge of creating great content and balancing his on air and online responsibilities. You can find the full recording as well the slide show from the presentation below. 

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Hello! We're pleased to share with you the last set of webinars in our three-part series on building digital news capacity. The series are based on our 11-week Knight training for stations.

The first series laid the foundation for building digital capacity in your newsroom and for crafting stories that will resonate with and engage your audience. The second installment built on that foundation by exploring workflow, photography and aggregation. And now, the last in our three-part series addresses how to engage and connect with your audience. 

Greetings. At the end of the year we brought you the first set of webinars in our three-part series on building digital news capacity. The series are based on our 11-week Knight training for stations.

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Season's greetings. As the year comes to an end, we bring you the first set of webinars in our three-part series on building digital news capacity; the series are based on our 11-week Knight training.

NPR's Code Switch, a team that reports on race, ethnicity and culture, launched in April, 2013. Months later, their Twitter account has over 16,000 followers and they've had a variety of fascinating conversations on different social media sites with their audience. 

NPR Digital Journalist Kat Chow recently shared how they did it in a webinar with Digital Services. Watch the recording and read through a summary below.

Making the Most of Your Audio in the Mobile Age [VIDEO]

Dec 10, 2013
Jolie Myers

American Public Media’s Marketplace has successfully increased its digital audience for audio by following a simple but effective strategy: it has tailored content to meet the needs of its digital audience, and it has pushed that content to as many relevant platforms as possible.

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