News Training

We take you through the social media process of WBUR’s On Point.

Please note: some of this information and directions may be outdated. Much of it has been updated in our new series on digital strategy for public radio shows. If you have any questions, please email You can find the latest, here

Creating Collaborative Partnerships [VIDEO]

May 17, 2012

In a webinar with stations, Alicia Cypress, web editor for NPR's investigative team, discusses successful collaboration with inside and outside news organizations.  She talks about different kinds of partnerships, things to think about when deciding whether to partner and provides examples from NPR's investigative unit on how they partner with outside media organizations, member stations and across departments to expand and strengthen their stories.

Our weekly webinar series continues over the next three weeks with social media. We will cover tactics for building your online community, making your content more shareable and using Facebook Subscribe for reporting. We will also have Fresh Air's Melody Kramer guest presenting during our third week.

(Editor's note: These webinars have concluded, please find links to the recordings below.  Updated June 2012)

How to Dig Through and Uncover Public Records [VIDEO]

May 10, 2012

In a webinar with stations, Barbara Van Woerkom, NPR Research Librarian, showed the steps she takes when digging for information online.

By the time a sad story about the killing of a rare white buffalo went viral, Scott Harvey had already written three stories. Scott is the news director at KETR and the station's sole full-time news staffer. 

The  buffalo, born about one year ago and named Lightning Medicine Cloud, was found dead last week at the Lakota Ranch near Greenville, Texas. 

In a webinar with stations, Margot Williams, NPR News Investigations database correspondent, showed the steps she takes when digging for information online. 

We use GoToMeeting for our training webinars. GoTo is great -- it allows you to watch the webinar, ask questions through a chat box, talk to the presenter. But it does have some quirky tendencies.  Our goal with this post is to make the technical steps as painless as possible so that you can focus on the presentation and avoid doing something like this.

Recognizing Our Opportunity in Digital Media

Apr 4, 2012

The first week at a new job is always a mix of excitement and confusion. It’s a quiz, really. How many new logins can you remember? How many new names and faces? Is this the way to the bathroom or the supply closet? Add to that a new city, new apartment, (same cats), and altered habits.

It’s fun but it’s wrenching. So after all that, why do any of us pack up our things and start over again? Well, we do it because of opportunity. We have the chance to use the skills we gained in our previous jobs and apply them to a new challenge.

Writing for the Web [VIDEO]

Apr 3, 2012

You can find the recorded webinars from the following web writing sessions below: 

Strong election coverage will bring in traffic to your site. This is a good thing. You want more people coming to your site, listening to your audio, reading your stories and looking to you for the latest election updates. 

Stations' Election Coverage For The Win

Feb 3, 2012

Super Tuesday is around the corner for the GOP Primary. If you're looking for ideas for planning your station's online political coverage, take a look at these recent examples of great reporting. To cover the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses, several member stations planned in advance and made smart moves to report the news best for their local audience. Check out the stations below that demonstrated excellent online work using social media, partner content and third-party tools. 

Argo Project Milestone: Launch of Open Source Site

Jan 18, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we’re making a new resource available to public radio stations to support your efforts to drive digital audience: the Project Argo open source site at

On the site, you’ll find:

--The Argo blog platform being used by the pilot stations available as a free download.

--Tools and best practices for building local news beats online.

Knight Foundation awards $1.5M grant in support of news training

Dec 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Knight Foundation has awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations.

The grant will allow NPR Digital Services to work more intensively with stations and accelerate the training programs it has been developing with them over the past year and a half.