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Storytelling tips and best practices

Unleash the trainer within! (We couldn't resist ... )

Journalism coaches, professors and trainers — this one’s for you!

As the new year begins, we thought we would share a few of our favorite guides aimed at helping you teach and inspire others:

Plan your editorial project (with many sticky notes): Have you resolved to be more deliberate in your project or coverage planning in 2017? This post will guide you through the process of brainstorming with your team, prioritizing themes and defining them. It also gives you methods for identifying your audience and reaching them strategically.

How to do a “daily workout” on Twitter: Does your newsroom need to raise its Twitter game? Serri Graslie, the NPR Training team’s guru for digital journalism and strategy, lays out specific exercises to try on Twitter. You can learn to create a list, find a source, post a meaningful question to your followers or even attempt an A/B test. If you think you already know how to do all the Twitter things, this guide is still worth checking out. I’m reminded every day that no matter what I can try on Twitter, Serri can do it better!

Listening sessions are not all created equal: It may seem unlikely, but in public radio sometimes we don’t make enough time to listen. We complete stories and move quickly on to the next thing. One of the best ways to improve audio storytelling is to listen critically with our peers — with a clear goal in mind. Do you want to do hardcore story dissection? Do you want to review a series of related stories? Explore a particular format? This guide offers six different ways to organize and moderate listening and critique sessions.

Alison MacAdam was a Senior Editorial Specialist with the NPR Training team, where she focused on audio storytelling. Prior to that, she edited All Things Considered.