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Coming Soon: Weekly Training Webinars

Feb 7, 2012

All of our training session are developed around modules that last anywhere from 2-5 weeks -- typically one hour a week. You can attend modules that fit your schedule and skill set. However, we highly encourage you to take an entire module, since each week’s lesson builds on the previous week. Think of each module as a planned curriculum that develops over time. Each module is comprehensive and can be paired with any other module. These sessions are open to anyone. Modules are limited to 30 attendees per session.

Stations' Election Coverage For The Win

Feb 3, 2012
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Super Tuesday is around the corner for the GOP Primary. If you're looking for ideas for planning your station's online political coverage, take a look at these recent examples of great reporting. To cover the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses, several member stations planned in advance and made smart moves to report the news best for their local audience. Check out the stations below that demonstrated excellent online work using social media, partner content and third-party tools. 

Yesterday evening we were alerted to a failure within our network firmware impacting retrieval of NPR produced API stories. We have defined this error to affect only NPR stories updated between Friday and Monday. This issue did not affect any locally produced stories.

When NPR updates or deletes stories a command is sent to the API to retrieve the updated version or to delete the story from the Core Publisher database. This error caused by the firmware failure sent a delete command for all updates, which removed the stories from your site.

7 Steps to Relevance in Digital Journalism

Jan 26, 2012

Nathan Bernier is a radio reporter and lead blogger for KUTNews.org, the station’s news blog, which is operated by the news staff. This interview was conducted and condensed by Ki-Min Sung. 

1. Use analytics.

Analytics will not ruin your news. You will not write about Justin Beiber or iPad 2 stories because you’re not stupid. I was concerned that introducing analytics would create a race to the bottom, but I think it better informs your editorial decisions. Ultimately, you ignore analytics at your peril.

That said, I don’t think more page views necessarily means a better site. The quality of the interaction matters a lot. Page views are just one measure of success.But you do have a responsibility to your audience to know if they like your stuff.

I’m happy to report that we’ve been able to negotiate a renewal to NPR's agreement with Associated Press that will allow AP photos to display with NPR-authored stories to all sites with station-level access to the NPR API, including all Core Publisher sites.

Please note -- these photos can only be used to illustrate the story they are assigned to and may not be used in other stories.

Background on Arbitron's Total Audience Measurement

Jan 23, 2012
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Arbitron's Total Audience Measurement service aims to measure listening to all forms of audio, across all platforms.

Argo launches open source site

Jan 18, 2012
http://argoproject.org/about.php

The underbody of Project Argo is now open to everyone.

As the project moves to a new phase after over a year of blogging at 12 member stations, the tools and best practices used by Argo were made available Wednesday on a new open source site.

There continues to be strong interest in NPR's Infinite Player experiment. We wrote in November that the purpose of the experiment is to create a one-button digital listening experience that reflects the simplicity of radio but takes advantage of digital innovations.

Knight Foundation awards $1.5M grant in support of news training

Dec 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Knight Foundation has awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations.

The grant will allow NPR Digital Services to work more intensively with stations and accelerate the training programs it has been developing with them over the past year and a half.

If you happened to catch "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday night, a Michigan Radio article in its raw form made a guest appearance.

A segment during the show focused on Michigan's Emergency Manager Law — state-appointed officials who have complete control over the cities or school districts they take over. Emergency managers are currently in control of four cities and one school district in Michigan.

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