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.

Composer 2 Playlist Widget Redesign Webinar

Apr 21, 2015

We are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a complete redesign of the Composer 2 Playlist Widget! This oft-requested enhancement has been in the works for some time, and we are anxious to share it with you.

Consider this webinar a mini-training session on:

  • the new ways you can configure metadata visibility on the widgets
  • a preview of the experience your website users will have when looking at your playlists online.

Watch the webinar:

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that the Digital Services Team has made over the last 4 weeks.

Core Publisher Updates:  

Core Publisher Responsive Design January 2015 Update

Feb 2, 2015

Thank you to all of the stations that were able to join us for the Responsive theme update for Core Publisher webinar. 

In this webinar we discussed:

The Core Publisher development team has been working hard to introduce a fully functioned responsive web theme. Over the past few months a handful of sites have moved to this new theme which provides a cleaner look and allows a consistent experience across devices. While we can't share sites confidential details, we can point to a few positive trends that we have seen post launch.

NPR One Webinar - Local Content Workflow

Dec 12, 2014

Jennifer Strachan presents this interactive webinar on how your fellow stations are working with their local content in NPR One and ideas about adjusting workflow. This webinar is for stations that are already working with NPR One and want to improve workflow, and for stations that have yet to start adding local content to NPR One.

Over the last two weeks, we have applied a couple of updates and bug fixes to Composer 2. Below is a list of updates and issues that have been addressed:


  • Changed the title of “Car Talk” to “The Best of Car Talk” in all Composer 2 lists.

Defects Fixed

  • Some stations were reporting missing Classical 24 playlists. This issue has been resolved.

Composer 2 Update

Over the last two weeks, we have applied a couple of updates and bug fixes to Composer 2. Below is a list of updates and issues that have been addressed:


  • Stations do not need to enter special characters into Arkiv search terms in order to get valid results.  For example, you can now type “Dvorak” instead of “Dvořák” and get the same relevant results.

October Twitter Chat Feed Now on Storify

Nov 10, 2014

Thank you to all the stations who joined us for the Twitter Chat last month! We had a great time answering your questions about the new Responsive Web Design in Core Publisher. 

If anyone missed the Twitter Chat or just want to look back on the questions and answers, the feed from the chat is now available on Click the link below to take a look at what we talked about during the chat:

Join Us! Twitter Chat Friday October 24th

Oct 17, 2014

Come join us for the second all-station Twitter chat on Friday, October 24 from 3-4 p.m. ET!

#NPRChats is an informal way for NPR Digital Services to talk with and answer questions from our Member Stations about a different topic or theme each month.

Core Publisher Responsive Theme FAQs

Aug 14, 2014

These are questions asked during the FY2015 Core Publisher  webinar. We expect to continue adding to this list as more questions come up. 

Is this Responsive Redesign phase only for certain stations?  Our station site is currently using a modular template for our homepage, not a river-style template.

Editorial Guidelines & Content Specifications

Jul 23, 2014

NPR One Editorial Guidelines & Content Specifications

We have partnered with advisory group stations and members from the station community to provide you with editorial guidance and specifications to help you create your content for NPR One.  There are 4 content areas/buckets that stations will have the option to create local content for in NPR One.  Please see a brief description for each content type , as well as a link to the full editorial guidelines and content specifications for each below. Read more about the content flow...

What is NPR One?

Jul 7, 2014

NPR One: Public radio made personal.

NPR One is a new digital listening app that will blend NPR and Member Station news reporting into a rich, localized, on-demand experience.

It is primarily a local/national newsmagazine experience, but enabled with digital capabilities that customize to the user and enables features such as skipping.

NPR and Member Stations on iTunes Radio

Apr 15, 2014

On March 24, 2014, NPR's acting President & CEO Paul Haaga announced a pledge to build a transformative local/national presence in the digital environment, and bring NPR and Member Station content to audiences however they choose to listen. Following an approval by the NPR Board of Directors, NPR became the first provider of news/talk content on iTunes Radio.

Core Publisher and Responsive Web Design: Roadmap

Mar 24, 2014

NPR Digital Services is in the process of launching a responsive redesign of Core Publisher.  In addition to the alpha and beta pilots, all Core Publisher stations will get new features over the next few months as part of our core goal to provide value to stations throughout the redesign process. Some features such as new slideshows are related to the redesign efforts, while others  such as improvements to the “auto retrieve and categorize tool” are not. 

Core Publisher and Responsive Web Design: Goals

Mar 24, 2014

2014 marks a major initiative for NPR Digital Services -- the responsive redesign of Core Publisher.

(This is article two of three. Read about Why We Are Doing a Redesign Now and the Redesign Roadmap for more info.)

Todd Mundt/NPR

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

The long awaited Version 1.5 of the NPR API Wordpress plugin is now available.  This one took a while to get it out the door, but it should be worth the wait.  We've added some new functionality and fixed a couple of issues we learned about since V1.4 came out.    

V1.5 of this plugin is available under the main/master branch at

The highlights of V1.5 include :

Core Publisher Office Hours Are Here

Sep 12, 2013

We are excited to announce a new way for us - Digital Services and Stations - to share ideas; ask questions; and collaborate around tips and tricks on using existing features within Core Publisher.  We’re providing office hours with your friendly product owner, Erin Teare Martin, and the Station Relations team!