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Year in review: NPR Training's top 5 posts of 2018

It’s been a busy, yet fulfilling, year for the NPR Training team. Hosting webinars, attending conferences, running training sessions, creating guides, sharing best practices  — the list goes on. We worked together and collaborated with our NPR colleagues throughout the year to produce meaningful work for our public media and journalism friends. And we’re thrilled that you find our content helpful in your daily work. As the year comes to an end, we want to share the 5 most popular posts that were published in 2018.

1. A blueprint for planning storytelling projects

It’s important to begin any storytelling project with intention. Before you start making things, you should have a clear sense of who you’re trying to reach, what you’re trying to say and the scope of your project on all platforms. This project blueprint is designed to help.

2. Take our playbook: NPR’s guide to building immersive storytelling projects

Hypothesis-Driven Design (and our step-by-step guide) can help you navigate uncharted territory in a complicated storytelling project.

3. Want to start a podcast? Read this first

Use these prompts and quick tips to get your creative process started.

4. The producer’s handbook to mixing audio stories

Whether you’re making a podcast or audio documentary, this in-depth guide will help you improve the quality of your mixes. Rob Byers also created “How to mix: 8 steps to master the art of mixing” that complements this post and features a step-by-step approach.

5. How to develop a strong, sustainable newsletter

Creating — and sustaining — an editorial email newsletter can be tough. We’ve identified three models that are delivering results in public media.

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Thank you for such a great year!

Keith Woods is NPR's Chief Diversity Officer.