NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices


Webinar: The journey from print to radio storytelling

We talked with Morning Edition co-host David Greene about making the transition from print to radio. Watch the recording.

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

Webinar: How to make great headlines

This webinar has already happened. Watch a recording here: Headlines are hard. And incredibly important. In this webinar, you’ll learn practical tips from two of NPR’s best headline writers — digital editors Stephanie Federico and Colin Dwyer. While you’re at it, check out our existing guides to headline writing: How to make great headlines This

What NPR One can teach us about local story ideas

The first question I get from station reporters and editors about NPR One is almost always, “What type of local stories perform well?” It isn’t an easy question to answer. There are lots of factors to consider when we analyze what works well on NPR One. But a good place to start is by looking

Best of: NPR Training webinars

We take webinar production seriously. In the studio for a session on reporter two-ways in March 2016. (Serri Graslie/NPR) Liza Yeager was the first-ever intern with the NPR Story Lab and is the co-founder of Now Here This. It’s the dog days of August. That means it’s hot outside and slow in the newsroom and you’re itching

Reporter two-ways: Improvisation within a structure

For many radio reporters — even some of the most experienced ones — the prospect of talking on-air with a host can be daunting. How can you clearly deliver your reporting when you don’t have total control over the questions and you can’t read from a script?

Webinar: Inside Vermont Public Radio’s longform Bernie Sanders project

In October 2015, Vermont Public Radio aired an hour-long program that took an extensive look into the life of presidential candidate (and Vermont senator) Bernie Sanders. From his school days in Brooklyn to college in Chicago to his first foray into politics and his presidential bid. But this wasn’t only a radio program. It was also

Webinar with WWNO: ‘How a small station made a big podcast’

In June of 2015, WWNO in New Orleans launched a podcast called Katrina: The Debris. They called it a “pop-up podcast.” It was time-bound; ultimately, a thirteen-episode experiment. The occasion was the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As national news outlets flooded into New Orleans months before the anniversary, WWNO wanted to own the big story

Audio truth killers: an approach to collecting better sound

What is an Audio Truth Killer?  Is the sound in your piece supporting (or subduing) the message your piece is conveying to your listeners? Kevin Wait, former Production Specialist on the NPR Training team, hosted NPR’s “Audio Truth Killers” webinar and explores how the technical production of sound influences the editorial message in a piece. View the webinar below and/or scroll

Writing through sound: A toolbox for getting into and out of your tape

Note: If you’d like to watch the webinar version of this material, scroll to the bottom of the page.   We make dozens of small decisions while writing an audio story. Many of them pertain to how the reporter/narrator gets into and out of tape. The most common way we write into tape goes something like

What NPR One can teach us about radio intros

This information was gathered and written up by Sara Sarasohn, Managing Director for NPR One, in the spring of 2015. At the bottom of this page, you can watch our webinar for member stations. We are just at the beginning of understanding how to use the metrics in NPR One to learn about effective radio techniques.