Local Stories Project

Kasia Podbielski

The Local Stories Project recently launched a public page and Twitter account to share unique, local, stories from 36 stations across the U.S.

To celebrate the launch, we sent a paper airplane to the stations in the project to have a little fun with, and share some behind-the-scenes images from their cities. Now, you can do the same.

Download the PDF of the paper airplane for your own use here.

Greetings! As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, we would love to hear what tasty treats you are baking up at your stations. Email us to let us know. 

This month we launched our next round of weekly webinars on a range of topics including Reddit, news apps, and social media. Bruce Warren shares his love of cover songs gone bad and WXPN highlights different cities in their quarterly series, Sense of Place.

How do you make a serious story shareable?Through the Local Stories Project, we’ve found that serious stories can be just as -- and sometimes more -- shareable than fun stories. See our definitions of serious and fun stories.

Gabe Bullard, WFPL News

UPDATE Sept. 3, 2014: 

For the latest on The Local Stories Project, check the public homepage at local.npr.org and Twitter account @NPRLocal.

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Steve Mulder shares how DS approaches the work we do for and with stations through the lens of his UX expertise.

With fall in the air and news training on our minds, this month we launched the second round of the Local Stories Project, completed the sixth session of Knight Training and visited KMUW for a week of on-site instruction. We would love to hear what’s keeping you busy this fall, send us an email, or say hi on Twitter.

Station Spotlight

KPBS broke the story of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigning after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. KPBS covered the story as it unfolded over several weeks. See their “Filner Files” coverage, including an interactive timeline to put the story in context. The hard work paid off, five of the Filner stories made Digital Services’ top 20 list for July, receiving more than 161,000 pageviews. KPBS Senior News Editor Mark Sauer explains how they broke the story.

Apply Now to Join the Local Stories Project

Sep 10, 2013

Last spring, we launched the first round of applications for the Local Stories Project. We added four more stations in May and we promised another application round in the fall.

Guess what? It’s fall. Well, close enough, and we’re launching the new application round today.

As we bid adieu to summer, we say hello to some exciting new projects at member stations this month. Read below to learn more about the launch of a five-year reporting project at KERA, and how you can take our web training on demand, whenever you like. What projects are you working on these days? We’d love to share them in an upcoming newsletter. Send us an email to let us know more about them.

9 Types of Local Stories that Cause Engagement

Aug 8, 2013
Russ Gossett

When you come across a story about your town, city or state, what makes you want to share it?

The days may be slowing down with the onset of summer, but news training is in full swing. Last month, we ended our fourth round of Knight training at the same time as we started our fifth; We conducted on-site training with KUT in Austin, and expanded our Local Stories Project.

Have a news training success story you want to share? We would love to brag for you. Send us an email to let us know.

Four More Stations Join the Local Stories Project

Jun 19, 2013
Todd Mundt

Here’s an update on the Local Stories Project, which began a little over a year ago when we launched an experiment known as the NPR Facebook project. It’s the first execution of our vision to find a wider audience for local stories, grow audience and make stations stronger in their communities. The project currently distributes local stories through the NPR Facebook page, geotargeted to a station’s home market. And it continues to be successful. In April alone, the project accounted for more than 114,000 visits to station sites.

Six Tips for Creating Shareable, Local Content

Apr 24, 2013

Creating digital stories that people living in your city will share and talk about doesn’t have to be complicated. 

Via Flickr user Dave77459/Creative Commons

Ahhh April. This month we shared lessons on analytics, data journalism and launched the Local Stories Project. Our DC contingent also started life in the brand new NPR HQ.  

We love hearing about (and highlighting) your digital efforts, providing an inside look at the digital lives of our public media colleagues and offering training to help you stay on top of digital storytelling.  Have a story to share for our next newsletter? Let us know by emailing dseditorial@npr.org

More than a year ago, we launched an experiment known as the NPR Facebook project. It was the first execution of a vision that seeks to find new ways to distribute quality local stories, grow audience and make stations stronger in their communities.

We're now calling it the Local Stories Project. I'd like to give you an update on our progress and announce an application process for stations to join the project later this spring.

Apply here.

Via Flickr user Dave77459/Creative Commons

UPDATE Sept. 3, 2014:

For the latest on The Local Stories Project, check the public homepage at local.npr.org and Twitter account @NPRLocal.

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What is the Local Stories Project? In a nutshell, it’s a collaborative project between NPR Digital Services and stations. We take local public media stories, make them shareable and deliver them to the people who care most about them. The result: huge spikes in traffic to member station sites, hundreds of shares and localized community-focused comment threads.

We started this project in 2011 as a Facebook experiment with one station. We're now partnered with 33 stations in 28 cities, with more to come. We invite all interested public media stations to apply for the next round here.

So, how does the Local Stories Project work?