Knight Training

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In this month’s newsletter, you’ll hear about how KALW, KCUR and WFAE are using radio, social media and their local community to tell stories, highlights from our final Knight Foundation conference and take a peek into Jesse Thorn's digital life. Have something to share for next month? Let us know – email or tweet us a hello @NPRDS.

MPR News

Hello and Happy New Year! We are looking forward to the busy year ahead of us. This month, we are preparing for another round of webinars and our last Knight funded conference. As always, we also are looking forward to highlighting your station success stories and providing an inside look at the digital lives of our public media colleagues. Do you have a New Year’s resolution for your station? Tweet @NPRDS with your plan, or email more than 140-characters to

Final Knight Training Opportunity: Apply Here

Dec 18, 2013
Todd Mundt/NPR

Join us for our final Knight funded training opportunity; our two-year grant will conclude this coming February with a re-imagined 11-week training — it's now a five-week project-based program that focuses on harnessing your audience to tell better stories and connect with your community. Stations should come with a project or story idea that we'll work with you to complete over five weeks. We're looking for stations that want to explore the confluence of storytelling and community building. 

Todd Mundt

We welcomed 14 stations (KERA, KPBS, KPCC, KPLU, KQED, Michigan Radio, NCPR, OPB, St. Louis Public Radio, WBUR, WFPL, WNYC, WOSU AND WXPN) to the sixth round of Knight Training at NPR HQ on September 19 and 20. 

Taking News Training to the Next Level

Sep 13, 2013
Todd Mundt, NPR

  The NPR Digital Services/Knight Foundation Digital News Training is quite likely the largest training initiative ever undertaken in public media.

Over nearly two years, forty-seven stations have participated in our 11-week intensive training, and our news trainers have conducted on-site trainings at eight stations. In addition, NPR DS weekly webinars have reached about 1,800 participants at 245 member stations. (All of our webinars are archived, available for you and your team at any time.)

Mining Social Media for Story Ideas [VIDEO]

Jul 1, 2013
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Want to put social media and your community to work for you to find story ideas? Eric Athas and Teresa Gorman walk you through how to to utilize your social media community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Reddit to find sources and story ideas for on-air and online.   


The days may be slowing down with the onset of summer, but news training is in full swing. Last month, we ended our fourth round of Knight training at the same time as we started our fifth; We conducted on-site training with KUT in Austin, and expanded our Local Stories Project.

Have a news training success story you want to share? We would love to brag for you. Send us an email to let us know.

What makes a good headline?

This webinar covers how you should think about headlines, how you should approach them and some ways you can go about writing them.  

Some good headline writers to watch include: Gawker, Quartz, The Atlantic WireForbes and The Two-Way

Station Spotlight on WABE and Training Updates

May 23, 2013

Ahh May, the month of mothers, flowers, World Press Freedom, the Kentucky Derby and… of course news training. We love hearing about your adventures in digital storytelling. Since sharing is caring, send us an email about your endeavors, and we may feature you in a future newsletter.

courtesy FOAM museum, exhibit by Erik Kessels

Aggregation is just another word for using your resources wisely. The technique can be used on all types of stories ranging from weather to politics to breaking news.

In this webinar, we cover the basic requirements for aggregation on the web, how to find visuals to accompany aggregated posts, and how to make YouTube's search functions work for you when looking for videos for your site.


Sam Sanders/NPR

In this webinar, multimedia trainer Kainaz Amaria, takes you on a photographic journey from understanding the fundamentals visual storytelling to what makes a good image and how you can make (not take) better portraits.

Use Your Resources Wisely by Aggregating Local, Relevant Stories [VIDEO]

Feb 22, 2013

Aggregation can mean a lot of things. For us, it means just another way to use your resources wisely as you go through a day reporting on your community online and on-air.

WDET's "Back to Basics" Series and Training Updates

Feb 20, 2013

Happy February all!

This monthly newsletter highlights your digital efforts, provides an inside look at the digital lives of our public media colleagues and lets you know about digital news training opportunities.  We’re putting together resources on digital marketing. Have you used Facebook or Google ads at your station? Email Kasia at to share your experiences (and stay tuned for information about this training).  

Heather Bryant

Each month we provide a 'best hits' of station spotlights from our blog, a quick look at trainings you can join this month and a behind-the-scenes look at the team. 

Have a success story you want to share? Email us so we can brag for you.

Yes, social media is great for sending out tweets and posting stories on Facebook. It can also be a valuable tool for staying on top of what’s going on in your local area or within your beat. There’s an ocean of story ideas, sources, news tips, photos, videos, firsthand breaking news accounts and local voices out there. A lot of it is untapped and below the “mainstream” radar. 

Here are 5 tools you can use to go scoop them up.

How the NPR-Knight Twitter Contest Works

Nov 8, 2012

This post was updated March 27 with Winter 2013 #NPRKnight winners.

Welcome to the NPR-Knight training Twitter contest!

Twitter can be a great tool for journalists and we believe Twitter is best learned by doing. The purpose of this contest is simple -- so you can learn the value and best practices of Twitter by actively using it. The contest (and the sweet prizes) is a way to make it fun and a just a tad competitive. 

Never Used Twitter?

Welcome to the social media part of our training! This page has everything you need to guide you through the next three weeks, so bookmark it -- or better yet, always have it open in your browser.

The next three weeks will focus on the practical ways you can use social media for reporting, audience growth, story mining and content creation. 

November 12-16

Julie is the health policy correspondent for NPR and her workday has evolved to include blogging and digital reporting in addition to her radio duties. So how does she handle it, the pressure to produce a blog post or webify a story right after appearing on Morning Edition? In this webinar she goes through her tips and tricks to be a successful reporter on air and online. Check it out.


Joe Brown

Want to know how a digital editor handles 60 stories a day, is active on social media and "owns" his topics? Lucky you, then. This webinar on workflow covers it all. I talked with Joe Brown, editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.

It's perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed about how to add a digital focus to your workday (at first). But once you figure out the best workflow for your staff, you can be successful no matter how many people are in your newsroom. KUNC is a great example of a small station that has efficiently deployed it's limited newsroom resources in the digital world. The result? They've built a very successful digital footprint.