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.

The following updates were made to Core Publisher this week:

Station Analytics System

Core Publisher stations are now ready to move over to SAS tracking. We will be moving stations to SAS tracking over the next few days. Along with this comes some additional data in Google Analytics, namely author, tag, and keyword popularity. And much more to come. Stay tuned.

We will not be holding our bi-weekly sprint review webinar this afternoon.

And an update on recent work, which will go live the evening of Wednesday, May 8.

Composer 2 Now Available

Apr 19, 2013

We are very excited to share that Composer 2 is now available to stations!

New and Improved Features in Composer 2

Digital Services Releases WordPress Plugin V1.3

Apr 9, 2013

We at Digital Services are happy to announce that V1.3 of our WordPress plugin is now available for your use.  This latest version of the plugin will support the WordPress feature that allows administrators for a multi-site installation to install plugins from one network admin screen and have the plugin available for all of the sites supported by their single WordPress installation.  

V1.3 of this plugin is available under the main/master branch at https://github.com/npr/WP-DS-NPR-API

The following updates were made to Core Publisher this week:

Audio Fix

We have expanded the group of stations testing a fix to improve the processing of audio in posts. The fix is now live on Michigan Radio, State of Opportunity, WWNO, WBFO, WRTI, KBIA, and KCUR (Thank You!)

Thanks to the real-world testing by these stations we uncovered and fixed a defect in the update causing audio to break on aggregation pages such as category, program and topic pages.

We will not be holding our bi-weekly sprint review webinar this afternoon. All fixes and features will be going live via code push this evening.

Audio in Posts Fix

Testing has gone very well. We will be rolling this new process out (how we push audio to servers) to an additional subset of stations this week before we deploy it across all stations.

Mobile Slideshows

Slideshows on post pages will now show up on mobile sites.

Defect Addressed:

We will not be holding our bi-weekly sprint review webinar this afternoon. All fixes and features will be going live via hotfixes over the next few days. In addition, some of the work covered in this sprint does not require a code change.

Defects Addressed:

This week and next the following updates are being made to the Core Publisher system through a series of hot fixes versus a large code push:

Twitter Cards

We have begun "white-listing" sites for inclusion in the Twitter Card program, fro the Twitter app and site. The Twitter Card program provides a preview of the full site on Twitter when a URL is shared in a tweet.

Core Publisher is an editorially-focused content management system that puts your news and audio at the forefront of your site, and designed to support diverse promotional, membership and underwriting needs. Designed specifically for public radio, it includes a flexible, responsive presentation template with native integration with the NPR Story API enabling content syndication across the public radio digital ecosystem. 

We will not be holding our bi-weekly sprint review webinar this afternoon. The past sprint focused on continuing our work to increase and improve the regression tests we execute. These tests run in the background all the time, and are meant to alert us to any unexpected changes to existing functionality when updates and enhancements are added to Core Publisher.

Live Blog: Battleground

Nov 7, 2012

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

If you are following the Battleground Blog or curious about what we do behind the scenes for big events; check out our updates on our Tumblr page.

Election night is less than a week away!  Here’s a quick rundown of resources from NPR Digital Services to help you prepare for the big night online.  

With Love From Tampa: A Shout-Out From WUSF

Oct 25, 2012

If you haven't seen our recent webinar with Scott Finn, News Director from WUSF in Tampa, you should. Scott goes into some fantastic detail about how he achieved a six-fold traffic increase on their site through creative online coverage of the RNC.

At Digital Services we don't often point out the nice things people sometimes say about us, but this time we got it on tape, so I'm going to set aside convention and share.

This evening we will be pushing our latest feature on Core Pub, the updated Post Form. I will be adding FAQs here over the next few days. In the meantime I wanted to make sure every newsroom had the salient information they need to work with the new form.

Please to refer to and distribute these slides as needed, which contain the following information: 

  • How do I make a slideshow? 
  • Which audio will go into my podcast? 
  • How do I edit audio I added the "old way"?

And as always, please contact us with any additional questions, comments, or feedback. We are all ears. 

Cover the Election With Core Publisher [VIDEO]

Oct 19, 2012

For stations using Core Publisher, there are several tools that can help you cover the election in a meaningful way.

We went over several of those ideas, and learned how WUSF put them into practice during the Republican National Convention from News Director Scott Finn in a recent webinar. Find the slides, video of Finn's lessons and a recap below.

Jennifer Strachan from KPLU shares her stations' experience with making the often painful and necessary changes to see success emerge with digital innovation. A couple of key things I took from this article: 1. Follow data and best practices; not your gut. 2. Your station's digital experience may not look exactly like your on air experience; that's okay. 3. Fancy tools won't help you succeed; your station's commitment to execute will. 4. Be open and quick to change course when you know something isn't working.

We are excited to share with you that we are rolling out mobile websites for all Core Publisher sites. Over the next few weeks we will be reaching out to you individually as your mobile site is ready.

The significant growth in traffic to all Core Publisher sites from mobile devices over the last year has influenced us to develop a mobile web theme within the Core Publisher platform. Previously, we shared our findings and the work we started as a response to this trend. (Read why mobile web matters)

Covering Isaac with the Power of the Network

Aug 28, 2012

We're seeing a number of stations covering hurricane Isaac, and using the API to do it. We highly recommend making use of stories pumping out of the Two-Way blog because it's focused on breaking news and developing stories. Secondarily, you can search the API, find and republish the more traditional stories from the NPR newsmagazines.

We've always known that public radio is a force to be reckoned with over the airwaves. Now it's becoming clear to everyone that we are a major player in online streaming as well.

Every month, Triton Digital releases its Top 20 Ranker, which is an MRC-accredited list of the top-performing Internet audio stations and networks in the US as measured by its webcast metrics service. We're happy to announce that NPR member stations appear as #19 for June, with over 7,000 average active sessions across 88 stations being tracked. (View the entire list.) This is a big deal, because the Triton Top 20 Ranker is like the New York Times Best Seller List of Internet audio.

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