NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices

Serri Graslie

was the Senior Digital Strategist on the NPR Training team.

Public radio people — let’s meet up at ONA

We are partnering with member station KUT to host an exclusive session for digital public radio staffers during this year’s Online News Association conference.

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. Fill it out at the beginning of the

10 teams selected for 2018 Story Lab Workshop

Teams will work on their projects with NPR mentors while attending sessions designed to foster innovation and excellence in journalism and storytelling.

We’re hiring a paid illustration intern

We are looking for a current student or recent graduate to join us as illustration intern on the NPR Training team this summer.

Apply for the 2018 NPR Story Lab Workshop

We want to give you the time, space and training to get your audio storytelling idea off the ground.

Story Lab Workshop: FAQ

Everything you need to know about the workshop and application process.

What do you want to know about fact-checking and ethics in journalism?

We’ll put your questions to NPR Standards and Practices editor Mark Memmott.

We’re hiring a (paid) photography intern

We are looking for a current student or recent graduate to join us as photography intern on the NPR Training team in the spring of 2018. We make sure our interns have fun and get to work on meaningful projects that will serve their portfolios long after they’ve left us.

Webinar: Understanding common audio production problems

We will all encounter audio problems in our work. But if you can learn to hear them, you can learn to prevent them! This webinar, hosted by NPR Training’s Senior Production Strategist Rob Byers, covered some of the most common audio problems. You can watch a previously recorded version below. While you’re at it, check out some

10 teams chosen for second NPR Story Lab workshop

  NPR has selected 10 teams to attend the second NPR Story Lab workshop March 1-3, 2017. Public media producers will travel to D.C. for three days of training, planning, and brainstorming. In partnership with AIR, NPR invited Member station staff and independent producers to pitch ideas for audio storytelling projects that will break traditional

We’re looking for a leader. Could it be you?

Editor’s note: This job is no longer open. Read more about NPR Training’s new leader.  Do you love talking about storytelling? Do you spend your free time scheming about the future of journalism? Are you a natural leader who’s passionate about public media? Do you live for project planning and burn through sticky notes like

An introduction to Snapchat

This guide will walk you through creating your first Snap and your Snapchat story. Your story is made of multiple Snaps, accessible to your followers for up to 24 hours. Getting started Download the Snapchat app if you haven’t already. Create an account and log in. Snapchat will automatically open the record screen once you’ve logged

You made good radio — now make good internet

You’re probably here because you’re about to embark on a new, exciting audio storytelling project. Whether it’s a radio series or podcast, you likely have hours of recording, writing and editing ahead of you. But before you get started — and to make the most of your time — you need to do a little

Want to start a newsletter? Read this first

In case you haven’t heard, newsletters are back (and bigger than ever). A regular email is a great way to connect with your audience in a really intimate way — and it might be the first step to turning a casual listener into a super fan. But you shouldn’t start a newsletter without thinking deeply about what you’re trying to

Get a Twitter habit: 5 things to do every day until it sticks

The hardest part to becoming a Twitter regular is developing the habit of using it. Every journalist today should be on Twitter — the excuses are few and the benefits are many. It’s not just a place to share and find stories. You can also use it as an alternative to the news wires and/or to find sources.

Use targeted search terms to unearth sources on social

The next time you’re looking for a source on social media, consider the wise advice I picked up from Daniel Victor of the New York Times in this Medium post, The one word journalists should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered. Victor writes about how he was tasked with finding people who were on airplanes where Hasidic Jewish

How to find sources on Twitter: An exercise

Note: This guide was developed in September 2015. It uses the California wildfires as a subject, but you can substitute any news story. I recommend a breaking news story that has some central event in a place (i.e. a tornado instead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership). In this exercise we’re going to use one of the

Find stories and sources on reddit, Instagram

When news breaks, you may instinctively reach for Twitter. And that’s a fine reaction! It’s a good place to start to find sources. (This guide/exercise will show you how to do that very thing). But if you’re looking for more sources and tips, and if you’re generally trying to stay on top of the news, you should

6 ways to use social callouts

In public radio, it goes without saying that the public – our existing audience and otherwise – should be at the heart of everything we do. One way to bring more of those people into our reporting is through social callouts, where we ask the wider world to share their stories, photos and thoughts on

Acting on analytics: Using data to make editorial decisions

If you publish to a website, you probably have access to some sort of analytics dashboard where you can see which posts are performing well — and which ones aren’t. But what actions can you take with that information? This document will help you use metrics data to make informed editorial decisions. (Print it out!)