News Training

St. Louis Public Radio reporter Chris McDaniel started highlighting lobbyist gifts to lawmakers in a regular series last spring to make the data more approachable. When they wanted to take it to the next level, they turned to NPR's news apps team for advice. St.

Greetings! As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, we would love to hear what tasty treats you are baking up at your stations. Email us to let us know. 

This month we launched our next round of weekly webinars on a range of topics including Reddit, news apps, and social media. Bruce Warren shares his love of cover songs gone bad and WXPN highlights different cities in their quarterly series, Sense of Place.

How do you make a serious story shareable?Through the Local Stories Project, we’ve found that serious stories can be just as -- and sometimes more -- shareable than fun stories. See our definitions of serious and fun stories.


Reddit has become an essential tool for journalists. The social news and information site is helpful for discovering stories, finding sources and generating community discussions. WAMU's Chris Chester and KBIA's Scott Pham are active users of Reddit and shared some tips in this webinar.

Gabe Bullard, WFPL News

UPDATE Sept. 3, 2014: 

For the latest on The Local Stories Project, check the public homepage at and Twitter account @NPRLocal.

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A Peek Inside Jennifer Strachan's Digital Life

Oct 16, 2013
Justin Steyer/ KPLU

People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge. This month we spoke with KPLU's Executive Director of News Jennifer Strachan.  If Jennifer’s name sounds familiar, you might know her from this or this.

With fall in the air and news training on our minds, this month we launched the second round of the Local Stories Project, completed the sixth session of Knight Training and visited KMUW for a week of on-site instruction. We would love to hear what’s keeping you busy this fall, send us an email, or say hi on Twitter.

Station Spotlight

KPBS broke the story of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigning after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. KPBS covered the story as it unfolded over several weeks. See their “Filner Files” coverage, including an interactive timeline to put the story in context. The hard work paid off, five of the Filner stories made Digital Services’ top 20 list for July, receiving more than 161,000 pageviews. KPBS Senior News Editor Mark Sauer explains how they broke the story.

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. 

A Peek Inside Eyder Peralta's Digital Life

Aug 30, 2013
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge.
This month we spoke with Eyder Peralta, reporter for NPR’s The Two-Way

A Peek Inside Kat Chow's Digital Life

Aug 27, 2013
Lucas Anderson

People involved in public media share how they wade through the digital news deluge. This month we spoke with Kat Chow, digital journalist for NPR’s race, culture and ethnicity blog CodeSwitch.

Training-on-Demand: Photography

Aug 27, 2013
Sam Sanders/NPR

As part of our efforts to maximize the impact of the webinars and trainings we offer, we bring to you the first in a series of thematic “training on demand.”  

In addition to making our hour-long webinars easier to navigate, we will package each section to include practical follow-up activities and provide examples of what other stations are doing and a list of reference material.  This month is all about photography, one of the topics we receive the most questions about.

12 Must Watch Webinars

Aug 27, 2013

Don’t forget that you can brush up on topics as varied as data journalism and community crowdsourcing via our archived training resources.

As we bid adieu to summer, we say hello to some exciting new projects at member stations this month. Read below to learn more about the launch of a five-year reporting project at KERA, and how you can take our web training on demand, whenever you like. What projects are you working on these days? We’d love to share them in an upcoming newsletter. Send us an email to let us know more about them.

9 Types of Local Stories that Cause Engagement

Aug 8, 2013
Russ Gossett

When you come across a story about your town, city or state, what makes you want to share it?

Congratulations #NPRKnight Summer Contest Winners

Aug 1, 2013
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It was a tough contest, but someone had to reign supreme. Congratulations to the #NPRKnight Twitter contest winners, honorable mentions and to everyone for making it through 11 weeks of training!

(Read more about the contest:  "How the #NPRKnight Contest Works.")

Without further ado, our winners:

A Peek Inside Mark Stencel's Digital Life

Jul 31, 2013
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

This series is all about how people in public media manage to wade through the daily digital deluge of stories, emails, pics and tweets. Normally we include this section in our monthly newsletter but Mark Stencel is coming to the end of his chapter as managing editor for digital news at NPR (his last day is Friday, August 2). So this is a special summer edition of my so-called digital life. 


Updated July 15:

Mark Luckie, Twitter's Manager of Journalism and News, joined #NPRKnight to share his top tips  about using Twitter as a journalist during a Twitter chat  on July 12.

Luckie's many accomplishments to date include work at The Washington Post, the Center for Investigate Reporting, and founding the popular digital journalism blog 10,000 words.

In addition to checking out the useful recap below, don't miss Twitter's best practices for journalists and newsrooms [PDF].

Jim Hill/KUNC

Whether it's breaking news or a slideshow of audience-submitted photos, aggregation is a great tool for getting information published quickly. But there are few best practices you need to follow so that your audience understands where the information came from and why you're including it. So, let's start with the anatomy of an aggregated story and then we'll jump to reasons to aggregate.

How the #NPRKnight Twitter Contest Works

Jul 2, 2013

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 resulting prize is a way to make it fun and  just a tad competitive.

(Don't miss the whole guide to social media training)

Here's how it works:

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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, and email Teresa if you have any questions at 

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

The first week of social media training focuses on making the most of your station's Facebook page. We also begin our Twitter contest, which you can learn more about here.