We are pleased to announce the upcoming release (Monday, May 7, 2018) of an updated WordPress plugin (v1.7.1) for NPR’s Story API.  We’ve added new features and a number of upgrades as well, outlined below:  

On May 7th, we'll be making slight changes to the post page on Core Publisher that sets the API configurations.

In this change, we've updated the API section of the post page from radio buttons to check boxes. Recently, UX studies have shown that check boxes are preferable to radio buttons for binary choices. This also provides the benefit of the API settings being more streamlined and in view.

With APIs at the core of NPR’s digital strategy, delivering everything from station content in NPR One to NPR stories in the new NPR app, we want to improve station understanding of how APIs work and what story APIs NPR supports today.

Back in April of 2015, we shared some initial research on the impact of stations supplementing their local coverage with syndicated content from the NPR API. Last month, we revisited the initial question that prompted this research: What role does content syndication play in the performance of station sites?

The Official NPR Alexa Skill is Live!

Apr 18, 2018

As Tom Hjelm outlined in a recent note to stations, voice assistant platforms are “a huge part of our shared future, and when you ask Alexa, Siri or Google to play your local Member station, or NPR, or the headlines, or your favorite podcast or show, we want to ensure the experience is as direct, relevant and compelling as possible.”

The Next Station Story Editor

Apr 11, 2018

As the industry shifts from increased reliance on mobile technology, smart speakers, and the Internet of Things, creating robust, flexible content is more important than ever. Even in the realms of the web, the single biggest factor of your traffic is the amount of local, relevant content available on your site.

Introducing the new NPR App!

Apr 2, 2018

Today marks the long-anticipated launch of the new NPR app (formerly the NPR News app) for iOS.

This information was shared with Core Publisher station users in a webinar on Thursday, March 22. To review the webinar, click here.

Over the past two years, NPR has taken a long look at Core Publisher place in the upcoming Digital Network.

Switch Off Your Lightbox

Mar 16, 2018

Why Overlays Are Bad For Your Site And Can Hurt Your Revenue

During pledge week, public media organizations across the country take to the airwaves and the Internet, raising money in support of their journalism and programming. Inside stations, it’s a time of hustle and bustle, of camaraderie and anxiety. But underneath it all lies a tension -- a balance between fundraising efforts and a duty to deliver quality programming. To be good stewards of our public funding, we should ask ourselves what’s the right balance of campaign messaging versus clear delivery of our content.

NPR One is available on new platforms

Mar 7, 2018

Every day, people are finding new ways to listen to public radio. We are excited to share that NPR One will soon be right at home with millions of your listeners on Comcast Xfinity X1.

For many, the living room is the hub of entertainment for themselves and others in their household. Soon Comcast Xfinity X1 will join the growing list of platforms, scroll down to see more, offering NPR One's unique blend of local-national content and branding. We will also be presented alongside other major media companies like Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. 

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