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A Peek Inside Margaret Low Smith's Digital Life

Nov 14, 2012
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As part of our new monthly newsletter,we'll talk with people involved in public media about how they wade through the digital news deluge.

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Hello.  By now you know that 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.

Want to nominate someone for “My So-Called-Digital Life”?   Email us to let us know whose digital life you want to peek inside.

Facebook 101 [VIDEO]

Nov 9, 2012
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UPDATE: April, 2014

This webinar is out-of date. Refer to Facebook's media guides for the most updated best practices for getting started on Facebook.   

In a recent webinar, we talked about Facebook basics and how to start taking advantage of some key features for reporters now. 

Watch the video and click through the slides of the webinar below. Here are some highlights:

Signing Up:

Election night served as the debut event for our experiment to aggregate coverage from a small group of stations across the country into a single live feed. We already know and believe that stations produce exceptionally good reporting, even inside the breaking news pressure cooker. We wanted to see if we, DS and Stations, could create a shared coherent experience that drove traffic and added measurable value.

Tuesday was the big day for the Battleground blog, our experiment to aggregate coverage from a small group of stations across the country into a single live feed. We already know and believe that stations produce exceptionally good reporting, even inside the breaking news pressure cooker. We also know and believe that some of this content is relevant to a national audience.

So before we went all in on a system-wide effort, we wanted to test a few things on a smaller scale: 

11 Stations to Contribute to Battleground

Nov 5, 2012

As we mentioned last week, Digital Services will launch an election night blog aggregating NPR​ member station reporting on important races and initiatives from from across the country. These are the states, stations and issues we’ll be following:

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Have you heard about Battleground? We'll be aggregating reporting on important races and initiatives from NPR Member Stations, and making it available in an experimental live-blog on election night. Click here for more details.

Now... here's the latest on Battleground from the Newsroom at NPR in Boston:

First of all, please note that 1) Teresa is not faking that phone call, and 2) Eric is happy to be here.

Twitter 101 [VIDEO]

Nov 2, 2012
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UPDATE: April, 2014

This webinar is out-of date.

Refer to Twitter's news guides for the most updated best practices for getting started on Twitter.  

 

In a recent webinar, we talked about Twitter basics and how to start taking advantage of it now.

Watch the video and click through the slides of the webinar below. Here are some highlights:

Courtesy Brian Bull

In this webinar, we reviewed different strategies for finding and acquiring images for your site and social media.

Included in the webinar are questions to ask yourself before choosing a photo, six strategies to build your photo library, and three common myths about photo online use. Have a question about the resources here? Email Teresa at TGorman@NPR.org.

Questions to ask before choosing and publishing a photo:

Election night is a national story that plays out in states around the country. We’re trying to capture that narrative through an experiment called Battleground -- a live blog of the election that’s made up of local station content. The editorial team at Digital Services will be aggregating stories from select stations across the country into a single live feed of local content that’s nationally relevant.

If you're one of the many member stations covering Hurricane Sandy, or "Frankenstorm," here are some types of stories that will keep your digital storm coverage relevant and your local community informed.

Elements of Photography and Visual Storytelling [VIDEO]

Oct 26, 2012
Kainaz Amaria

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. Kainaz discusses the five types of photographs to use for engaging storytelling, six ways to make a good gallery great and the three most important aspects of an image.

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.

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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.

Live online election coverage helps create a more informed public by reaching them, and joining them, where they are.

That is why New Hampshire Public Radio does a mix of live blogging, live tweeting and live Facebook updates on big election nights, Brady Carlson shared in a webinar Oct. 11.

A Peek Inside Andy Carvin's Digital Life

Oct 11, 2012
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As part of our new monthly newsletter,we'll talk with people involved in public media about how they wade through the digital news deluge.

This month we spoke with Andy Carvin. Andy is a senior strategist at NPR.  He is the former director of the Digital Divide Network, which is an online community of more than 9000 internet activists working to bridge the digital divide. If his name sounds familiar, we’re not surprised. Carvin’s social media and journalism skills have been featured in The Washinton Post, Columbia Journalism Review, and Gigaom. He kindly took some time to answer our questions. 

We're back with our third newsletter, and it's a charmer. Each month we will 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.  (Last month's newsletter.) 

What else would you like to see in a monthly newsletter from us? Send feedback to dseditorial@npr.org

Knight Digital News Training

News Directors, Managers, Program Directors: Signing up for high quality digital news training is a no-brainer! But just in case, four reasons why you should do it now:

I've been reading the Nieman Lab's "Back to School" series over the past few weeks, with a growing sense that I need to share it here.

Yes, it's written primarily for students coming back to classes and entering the journalism program. So, stop for just a second, and think back a few years, or perhaps a few decades, to the beautiful campus vistas and the ivy-covered walls.

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