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You asked: How can I get better at standups?

On-scene narration, often called a “standup,” can lend your stories a feeling of urgency, momentum and — when appropriate — drama. When we say audio stories “take you there,” standups are one of the best ways to achieve that. You — the reporter or producer — turn the microphone on yourself and give listeners in-the-moment observations or insights. Continue Reading >

Projects shaped at the Story Lab Workshop

This week ten teams traveled from across the country to NPR headquarters to attend the Story Lab Workshop. They were chosen from among 180 applicants to spend three days incubating audio projects for broadcast, podcast … and beyond. With the support of NPR mentors, the teams took part in brainstorming, project design, training and networking. Continue Reading >

The ear training guide for audio producers

Ear training, the practice of learning how to recognize certain sounds, is a must for audio producers. We need to be able to spot problems and identify them to before they impact quality or snowball into larger technical problems. This post will help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common problems and recognize when it’s time Continue Reading >

QUIZ: Do you have the ears of an audio producer?

The producers, reporters and engineers who create the audio stories we love make a lot of magic happen behind the scenes. In seamlessly stitching together discrete pieces of audio, they can craft rich scenes that transport listeners. Asking the experts NPR Training’s Rob Byers and two NPR audio engineers took audio production questions during a reddit AMA. Continue Reading >

What makes a good pitch? NPR editors weigh in

  Pitching is hard. Every one of us has gotten excited about an idea, prepped it, pitched it … and been shot down. It’s disappointing and, sometimes, demoralizing. Of course, no journalist has a 100 percent pitch acceptance rate. But there are ways you can approach pitching that will increase the likelihood of getting a Continue Reading >