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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. 

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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.

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

Greetings! Happy Fall. We’re ready for cider doughnuts and to hear from you. Do you have a story or person we should highlight? Let us know (or just say hi) by emailing us at coaching@npr.org.

 In this month’s newsletter you’ll find tips for making audio shareable, kudos to St. Louis Public Radio, and a few life hacking tips from NPR reporter Juana Summers.

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Hi all- happy August! We hope everyone’s staying cool and enjoying the end of summer.

We have a lot to share with you this month, including highlights from recent training visits to KNAU and KAZU, links to great work from KUNC, WNPR, WGBH and Nashville Public Radio and the launch of our advice column, "Well, it Depends."

Do you have a story we should highlight or questions to ask? Let us know (or just say hi) by emailing us at coaching@npr.org. Get this monthly newsletter in your inbox - subscribe here.

Happy summer! We have a lot to share with you this month including great advice from KERA Digital News Editor Eric Aasen, highlights from recent visits to KNAU, KAZU and Michigan Radio, and stories out of KUT and WESA. Do you have a story we should spotlight next month? Let us know by emailing us at coaching@npr.org. Or just email to say hi, we like that a lot, too.

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. 

In this month’s newsletter, check out KPBS and KPCC’s coverage of the San Diego County wildfires, see how Valley Public Radio engaged the public in its drought coverage, and learn about KERA’s new series The Broken Hip. Also, don’t miss the digital life of producer for On The Media. PJ Vogt. Sign up to learn about reddit and let us know what questions you have about all things digital in public radio. We have a new team email and, as always, enjoy hearing from you. Say hello to us at coaching@npr.org or send us a tweet at @nprds.    

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll hear about how Michigan Radio maintains an active and engaging Facebook page, highlights from station projects from our final Knight Foundation conference and take a peek into WNPR Executive Producer Catie Talarski's digital life. Whose digital life do you want to hear from next? Email kpodbielski@npr.org with suggestions 

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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 kpodbielski@npr.org or tweet us a hello @NPRDS.

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In this month’s newsletter you’ll hear about our final Knight-funded conference, how West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s digital transformation helped them cover a massive water crisis, learn about the daily workflows of NHPR’s Brady Carlson and KUNC’s Erin O’Toole, and take a peek into the digital life of KPLU’s Martha Kang. Have something to share for next month? Let us know – email kpodbielski@npr.org 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 kpodbielski@npr.org

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We sat down with NHPR Digital Director Rebecca Lavoie to talk about their recent efforts to drive engagement to their site.

Season's greetings.

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.

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.

KPBS and the Filner Files

Oct 16, 2013
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned in August, after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. KPBS broke the story and led the coverage as it unfolded over several weeks, reporting on the defiant mayor and the growing calls for his resignation. KPBS created a “Filner Files” web page to collect their coverage and built an interactive timeline to put the story in context. Their hard work paid off: five KPBS stories about Filner made the Digital Services top 20 list of stories for the month of July. Those 5 stories alone received more than 161,000 pageviews.

Doodling on the Radio

Oct 9, 2013

If you find yourself doodling endlessly during meetings, you're in good company. WNPR's talk show Where We Live brought together fellow doodlers via radio and Twitter. Producers then created a Storify of audience doodles, along with background articles and videos about the power doodling. President Eisenhower favors shadows in his doodles.

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.

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.

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