A beginner’s guide to spatial audio in 360-degree video

A team at NPR is experimenting with immersive video and audio and has tips on recording, editing, building a rig and more.

6 things I learned planning a video shoot

Most people are visual learners and the digital landscape is becoming more visual every day. So it’s important to create content that includes great imagery. If you’re reading this, then you may want to add video to the mix of elements you use in your work. My biggest project while interning with the NPR Training

What improv lessons taught us about live video

We’ve been doing a lot of live video on Facebook lately (upwards of 80 a month). Folks in the newsroom have embraced it and we’ve had fun playing with different formats and approaches. Still, with this new form comes a completely new set of challenges for even our most seasoned radio reporters. They’re suddenly facing strange

How to hire an editorial illustrator

An example of editorial illustration by NPR’s LA Johnson. Originally published with this story.  Chris Kindred interned with the NPR Training Team and is an illustrator for hire. The internet is a very visual place. It goes without saying that if you want your story to stand out, it needs a strong photo or illustration of some kind. But

These are NPR’s photo caption guidelines

Captions are journalism, too. They should be fact-checked and typo-checked. They should be complete sentences that present the who, what, where, when and (sometimes) why without necessarily stating the obvious (i.e., he sits, she waves, they clap). Captions give photos context, telling viewers what’s going on in a photo so they don’t have to guess

A handy guide to making awesome photos

When you understand the three fundamentals of photography — content, composition and light — you can create better images and learn what separates a good photo from a great one.

A guide to making better images with your iPhone

It would be nice if we all had professional photographers in our pockets … but we just have phones.

How to ‘interview’ a big pile of data

When confronted with a big pile of data, these tips will help you find sense in the numbers, find story ideas, and ask further questions. Like interviewing people, these techniques won’t necessarily uncover a smoking gun. In fact, such analysis rarely leads to great insights. That’s precisely why learning how to quickly ask some basic

How to make photos and radio at the same time

To do a good photo essay – while you’re also doing a radio piece – requires lateral thinking on the fly. In addition to thinking through questions and sound posts, you also need to figure out the visual building blocks you’ll need for your essay. Make sure to carve out time to shoot and maybe

Open copyright: How to find images, music and audio

Have you heard of openly copyrighted materials and wondered if they are something you can use? This post provides a basic introduction to what open copyright is, and what photography, music and other audio resources are available to you. The organization Creative Commons (CC) offers copyright licenses with simple, easy-to-understand rights. Media with Creative Commons copyrights

So you wanna tell a visual story … where do you begin?

The first step is not deciding what you want to make. It’s figuring out what you want to say — and finding the best medium.

5 tips for making better images

 1. Drop the mic! Often times your best tape is also happening at the best visual moment. Luckily, your story will benefit if you’ve captured that moment in audio or images, but if you’re juggling your mic and your camera you might miss the moment completely. So, first things first, put down your microphone and focus

Tips for making storytelling portraits (it’s not just a headshot)

Here’s the situation. You’re out in the field reporting a killer story and you’re meeting interesting people that aren’t necessarily in the public eye. You’re thinking about how your radio story could be presented online, and realize that it’ll help to give readers a view of who these folks are. So what do you do? Pull

How to find great pictures for your stories

When it comes to stories on the web, strong photos can really help your story resonate with your audience. So make your story sing (sans sound).