NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices

featured

Audio production FAQ: Headphones, levels, mics and more

  Our readers have many questions about audio production and we want to help you find the answers. Consider this a living document — we’ll continue to update it with answers from NPR Training and other experts in the public media community. Have a question we haven’t answered? You can drop us a line via Continue Reading >

6 tips for catching your writing mistakes (and protecting your credibility)

You, reporter/blogger, have been working on a story all day, and it’s deadline time. You hope your story’s free of typos and grammatical mistakes. But at this point, you’ve read it so many times, you fear you’ve missed something. No one is available to read behind you and it’s nearly time to hit “publish.” What Continue Reading >

How to hook your podcast audience

As more and more people create podcasts, there’s a lot of competition for listeners’ ears. But there’s a reason so many public radio producers are finding success in the podcasting space — we know how to tell a good story! Platforms like NPR One also help provide clues and recommendations for how you can hook your Continue Reading >

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 >

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 >