Content & Distribution

Making an impact with your local coverage takes more than creating great content. Stations also need to be able to share that content with readers and listeners across devices and platforms. NPR Digital Services builds tools and products to help stations reach both of these goals. We provide enterprise-level tools to help stations create, deliver and distribute their local content everywhere.

Our products are designed to help NPR stations reach and engage their audiences wherever they may be accessing their content.

We’re happy to announce that new versions of the NPR Story API Plugin for WordPress and for Drupal have been released and are available for your use!

Why should I use the NPR Story API Plugin?

NPR Story API Plugin can be added to your WordPress or Drupal site with minimal technical expertise. This will allow you to easily:

Newscast expiration control, .WAV now accepted, and improved branding in NPR One

Jul 15, 2016

NPR One Newscast Expiration Options

Podcast management improvements now available in Core Publisher

Jul 12, 2016

Podcasting is an important tool in the digital landscape for sharing your station content.  We’ve received great feedback from stations regarding podcasting capabilities in Core Publisher.  We’ve heard you and we have taken steps to improve the way Core Publisher manages podcasts!
 

We want to give a special thank you to our diligent podcast pilot group for helping us test these updates on their live Core Publisher sites: Vermont Public Radio, KUOW, KMUW, Michigan Radio, and Southern Carolina Public Radio.

Newscasts overall perform really well in NPR One. But, here are a few things we’ve learned recently about how you can make the most of your local newscast in NPR One.

1.       They are shorter than 5 minutes long. There is a sharp drop in performance once newscasts get over 5 minutes in length.

Why do we need an API strategy?

Introducing Community Calendar for Core Publisher

Apr 28, 2016

Community Calendar, Core Publisher’s latest set of features for creating, listing, and promoting events, is ready for stations. Check out the video below to get an overview.

Review the webinar archives below from May 4th, where Justin Brown and Rakiesha Chase Jackson discussed:

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NPR One listeners are significantly younger than our traditional broadcast audience: 40% are under 35 years old.

31% of NPR One users claim they are not broadcast radio listeners. 27% of NPR One users say that they listenmore often to your station as a result of listening to NPR One.

Make sure your branding is how you want it in NPR One, so listeners in your area know who you are.

We're happy to announce the release of PMP Push capabilities inside of Core Publisher. Starting today, stations using Core Publisher have the ability to enable Push settings for PMP. Enabling this allows station users to choose, on a post by post basis, which stories they want to push up to the PMP.

This represents an exciting step in the integration of Core Publisher with the PMP. Stations have been able to pull content down for some time, but until now have not had an easy way to get Core Publisher content ingested into the PMP.

Community Calendar: The Beta Release

Feb 18, 2016

Last November, we promised to release a new set of features for creating, listing, and promoting community events within Core Publisher starting this winter. Our team has been working hard, and we’re pleased to announce that the beta version is now live.

What do you mean, "beta" version?

Coming Soon: Community Calendar, Replacing Public Interactive Events

Nov 11, 2015

Starting this winter, we’ll be releasing a new set of features for creating, listing, and promoting community events within Core Publisher.

Studying NPR One’s data

Jul 30, 2015

NPR One Managing Director Sara Sarasohn talked with Current's podcast host Adam Ragusea about the app’s purpose, how it works, and what the network is learning about users’ listening habits and preferences.

Introducing Core Publisher’s Persistent Player

Jul 30, 2015
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We’re excited to announce the availability of the Persistent Player for Core Publisher (Responsive design sites only). The new Persistent Player provides a new audio experience that allows users to enjoy your streams, uninterrupted, as they navigate your site. It supports multiple streams, with associated stream and song information, in a simple treatment that is easy to use for any site visitor.

Here are the key features that set this player apart from past Core Publisher stream tools:

In January, we shared some initial data on improvements for Core Publisher stations that had moved to the responsive theme.  Those improvements included better tracking, improved search performance, and increased reading. Recently, we looked at data for the set of stations that moved to responsive in February 2015.  These stations saw similar improvements, including increases in story reading.   

What NPR One can teach us about radio intros

May 20, 2015

On May 14, Sara Sarasohn (NPR One’s Managing Director) and I held a webinar to share findings from a recent exercise. The NPR One team identified intros that performed well on the app (meaning, people skipped them less often). Then, Sara and I took a close look/listen, in search of patterns. We have both edited NPR newsmagazines (and Sara was also an Arts desk editor), so we leaned on that prior editorial experience to come up with our findings.

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that we have made to Core PublisherComposer 2, the NPR One AppStationConnectDS Marketing Forms & QuickPledgeStation Analytics System, and our Streaming Service over the last 4 weeks.

How To Manage Metadata in Composer 2 Widgets

Apr 21, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the newly redesigned Composer 2 widgets are now available and live! The redesign project focused mainly on the Playlist widget, but the Daily and Now Playing widgets got a facelift with this release, too.

We’re pleased to announce that the newly redesigned Composer 2 widgets are now available and live! The redesign project focused mainly on the Playlist widget, but the Daily and Now Playing widgets got a facelift with this release, too. We think you’ll like the changes you see. Read below to learn more about each feature in greater detail.

Additional Resources:

How To Customize Your Widgets

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