from training.npr.org: https://training.npr.org/2021/02/01/editors-keep-your-writers-happy/
Editing & Structure
It’s no secret that pre-taped interviews on public radio are edited, sometimes considerably. What’s OK to take out? And when is it better to leave something in?
All you need is a story idea, an open mind and some friends.
Use these prompts and quick tips to get your creative process started.
Print and audio journalism exist in the same world — but the terrain is different. Let this serve as your map.
The three-act structure is the most basic organization a story can have.
No one is available to read behind you and it’s nearly time to hit “publish.” What do you do? Call on the copy editor within.
Print this poster, which has the six questions you should ask before starting a story.
The lead is the introduction — the first sentences — that should pique your readers’ interest and curiosity.
How can we use music to tell audio stories well, without manipulating listeners or sensationalizing our journalism?
Editing is a specialized craft in itself. This post compiles NPR Training’s tips and tricks to help audio editors guide and elevate stories.
The best editing begins even before a story is assigned. What should the process look like? Check out this step-by-step guide.
You can learn a lot from a few simple line drawings! NPR’s Robert Smith explains the structure of audio news stories — from basic to complex.
Helping people listen critically to stories requires more than simply pushing “play.”
Joe Richman gives tape recorders to “ordinary” people and works with them to tell stories about their own lives.
A look at NPR’s reporting on the November 2015 terror attacks on Paris.
If you haven’t listened to a story and all of its sonic elements, you haven’t edited it.
Editors, try these questions and suggestions when working with your reporters.
We all make mistakes — this checklist will help you make fewer of them.
In laying out a piece, the reporter should look for a story structure that keeps the listener paying attention.
Plan a story before going out to report it. Sounds counterintuitive, right?
Longer pieces are not just stretched-out short pieces. If you’re going to keep people listening to you, you’ve got to work harder!
This checklist of questions will make your reporter’s story better — and editing it easier.