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Yes, you can cram your story into a one-minute TikTok. Here’s how
Writing a script for a social video means paring down your piece to the barest minimum that still makes sense.
When interviewing sources, transparency is the key to trust
These best practices from NPR editors and producers will help you set clear expectations for what happens during and after an interview.
How a self-taught podcaster won NPR’s College Podcast Challenge
Anya Steinberg didn’t have any formal journalism training or experience, so when she set out to win the Challenge, she had a lot to learn.
Find your groove when mixing audio stories about music
NPR producers share their techniques for mixing songs into stories about artists, shows, albums and more. Sample tip: Dance at your desk.
The ‘Louder Than a Riot’ team’s tips for starting a podcast
You need more than a cute idea to get a podcast off the ground.
A beginner’s guide to hooking audiences with Instagram Reels
Instagram’s answer to TikTok, Reels are vertical videos that can last up to a minute. They can engage your existing Instagram audience and expand your reach to new users.
Don’t let colds or allergies make you sound as bad as you feel
NPR announcer Jessica Hansen shares her tips for sounding healthy despite colds, flu, allergies and other voice-affecting afflictions.
Feign ignorance, demystify the mic and other audio interview tips
Here’s how to prepare for an interview, set your sources at ease and get all your questions answered.
Catch audio problems in radio interviews — before they happen
Our checklist will help producers catch potential pitfalls before and during interviews, whether remote or in-person.
What journalists need to know when covering climate change
These facts, compiled by NPR’s climate editors, can provide big-picture context for weather events and other topics linked to climate change.
Write digital headlines both readers and Google will love
Here are some characteristics of good display and SEO headlines, plus some advice for chasing down an elusive muse.
Use this radio-to-web cheat sheet to write for digital with ease
Plenty of broadcast reporters and editors think of digital stories as an afterthought.
A simple script for your diverse source tracking needs
Ask these questions in an interview to get the data you crave!
Build your audience with SEO descriptions and custom URLs
Custom URLs and SEO descriptions make Google happy and give your posts a boost in search.
How to keep a technical failure from wrecking your broadcast
“Weekend Edition” stayed on the air despite losing access to audio. These steps will help you survive — and avoid — disasters as well.
The case against collocations, word pairs that stifle creativity
Tired of using “fearless leader,” “stony silence” or other hackneyed duos? You should be. Break the habit.
The ‘Short Wave’ staff knows how to keep a daily pod sustainable
Launching a daily podcast is one thing — keeping it alive, day after day, is another.
Nut graf and lead duos that point readers in the right direction
Certain pairings are better than others. We present some compatible couples.
How to write a cover letter for a journalism job or internship
Please, please, PLEASE read this before applying to a position at a member station or NPR (or ANY journalism job, really).
The show editor’s interview checklist
On a show, the interview is brief and it is the story. So much depends on preparation, and having an editor’s ear.
Trill, buzz, floss, breathe: Coach yourself to sound your best
Do your guests sound nervous, flat, sing-song or just plain blah? These guides will cure their vocal woes.
For digital, flatten the pyramid and embrace the trapezoid
If you’re wedded to the inverted pyramid (or just don’t know any better), don’t get to the point — end on a flat note. Metaphorically.
Sit right and don’t forget to move: an ergonomics guide
You’ve got a decent chair and desk. So why does your back still hurt? Hint: It’s not the furniture’s fault.
Must-have math skills for the number-crunching newsperson
Refresh your high school math-class memory with this review of basic, yet confusing, concepts.
Protecting, cleaning and sanitizing your gear the right way
Keeping your gear safe and sanitary is not a one-step process. More like four to six steps. Get ’em here.
HAY-soos or hay-SOOS? Getting the accent right in Spanish
Unlike English, Spanish has rules of pronunciation that are simple and easy to learn.
A field guide to reporting on COVID-19 (bring plastic wrap)
Put on your mask and stock up on alcohol wipes — you’re going into the coronavirus-infested wilds.
During the pandemic, cover those we’ve left out
In times of crisis, journalists have the responsibility — even more so than usual — to seek out people who are often passed over by the media, even as stay-at-home orders make it harder to reach them.