"Living in Baltimore, I walk everywhere I go. I love having access to information and entertainment right in my pocket. With NPR playing through my headphones, I feel connected to the rest of the world, learn new things and meet new people. Lonely walks become a time to cherish and look forward to, even on the dreariest days."
Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:21 pm
We have more to tell you.
If you're wondering, that's why we redesigned and launched a new NPR home page today. We have stories that need more space to breathe, and you deserve a more vivid picture of the world.
We liked our old home pages, on desktop and mobile, and those pages worked well. But they had their limitations. On desktops and tablets, our old newspaper-like design told you our seriousness of purpose and conveyed the range of our news and cultural sections. On phones, our page was quick and headline-driven.
Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 10:34 am
With the launch of the new NPR home page, we are introducing a new sponsorship opportunity that aims to engage with you, our audience, provide value to NPR's supporting sponsors and reflect our high visual and content standards.
The world of digital sponsorship is changing rapidly, and many publishers are choosing to blur the lines between editorial and advertising. At NPR, we fundamentally think it is critical for our audience, our sponsors, and our editorial integrity that this distinction remains completely clear.
On what platforms can I explore the new home page?
The new home page is "responsive," optimizing for phones, tablets and desktops. You're welcome to visit NPR.org on all of those platforms. We have previously redesigned our story pages and blog pages in this fashion.
If you've ever experienced a summer music festival, you've likely spotted some colorful body art among the crowd of enthusiastic, if not somewhat sweaty, music lovers. This year at the Newport Folk Festival, red, black and blue were all the rage around the waterfront town thanks to NPR Music, which amped up festival-goers with some public radio-inspired ink.
Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:03 am
A big change is coming to NPR.org this week.
Over the last year, we have been building toward an entirely new NPR homepage. After redesigning our story pages and mobile gateway, we've taken the best of those projects and lots of feedback from viewers like you to create a better homepage experience. This week, we're ready to unveil it.
NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd is spending a few months in Mexico City, a city she calls "one of the Latin meccas of music." In addition to researching great stories there, she's been tracking down innovative places to record quality audio.
Garsd posted this photo from one of her makeshift recording studios in the city, and says:
"Desde las oficinas de grabacion de Alt.Latino en Mexico- tmbn conocido como un placard con buena acustica"
Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:17 pm
As many of our listeners can attest, NPR loves a good story. We're always striving to find new and better ways to capture people's real experiences - the sights and sounds of life - for you. So when Coburn Dukehart, from NPR's Multimedia department, brought togethertwo generations of Irish artists for a beautiful radio, video and written documentary of their story, we asked her to share the memories that were made in the process.
Luke Bott, a Kansas-based artist and KMUW Wichita listener, didn't have to look very far for inspiration when it came to illustrating a piece for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar. The design came from "memories of [his] dad riding his unicycle around town while listening to NPR."
More of Bott's art and insights can be found at @lukebott.
Richard Knox, Peter Breslow, Deb Amos and Didi Schanche (l-r) pose with CPR dummies.
Credit Carrie Kahn / NPR
Hostile environment training includes learning how bullets react to different kinds of materials such as car metal, bricks and cinder blocks. Sandbags or dirt formations offer the best protection.
Credit Becky Lettenberger / NPR
The three-day session was held at a retreat center outside of Washington, D.C. Staff said it wasn't fancy - they slept on metal bunk beds (check out these room number assignments) and shared bathrooms - but they did enjoy the meals.
Credit Carrie Kahn / NPR
NPR sent an unprecedented 22 employees through hostile environment training this spring. (l-r) Tom Bullock, Richard Knox, Joe Neel, Jason Beaubien, Didi Schanche, Jasmine Garsd, Deborah Amos, Peter Breslow, Doug Roberts, Becky Lettenberger and Carrie Kahn
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 9:14 am
Two passenger vans full of NPR staffers headed up a mountain in May, trying to get to a press conference behind rebel lines. It wasn't going to be easy.
"I was sitting in the passenger seat. We got to the first checkpoint, and we could see that they were drunk and very hostile," correspondent Carrie Kahn said. "I was trying not to make eye contact, but was immediately pulled out of the car." The people at the checkpoint had weapons and things escalated. Then producer Tom Bullock stepped in and diffused the situation, at least for the time being.