Ends on July 15, 2019


Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce that NPR’s Story Lab Workshop has opened for another round of applications. We know many of your newsrooms are working on exciting, long-term projects, and Story Lab would like to support you along the way. 

For the last couple years, we’ve held the Story Lab Workshop for a few days here in DC to develop Member stations’ most ambitious projects. It was a great event, but it didn’t allow for continued collaboration as the projects took shape. So this year we are trying something different; we are aiming to provide that mentorship and support remotely over six months. 

We are seeking submissions for ambitious podcasts, special series, and other long-form audio projects that exhibit high-impact journalism and creative storytelling. Your project can be at any stage of development, as long as it hasn’t already launched.

A panel of NPR news managers, editors and producers will evaluate the submissions and choose up to five projects. 

If your project is selected, here’s what NPR’s Story Lab can provide:

  • Mentorship: Your team will be paired with mentors at NPR who will be available to offer editorial guidance and connect you with resources at NPR.
  • Online Workshop Sessions: NPR’s Training Team will provide sessions via video conferencing on a range of topics from managing workflow to legal issues  (Fair Use, FOIA requests) to marketing and distribution. 
  • Collaboration: The selected teams will meet each other and NPR staff virtually to share advice and best practices. 
  • Partnership opportunities: Past partnership opportunities have included featuring a station podcast on an NPR podcast, airing pieces from a podcast on NPR news magazines, and NPR partnership in producing and distributing a station podcast (like Michigan Radio’s Believed).

To apply, complete this application by 12 pm ET on Monday, July 15, 2019. The point of contact for this application must be employed by an NPR Member station. 

We will announce the participants the week of September 9.  We’ll review projects in any stage of development, but earlier in the process is better. The Workshop will take place over six months, helping you through challenges as they arise.

Don’t have a project ready just yet? Story Lab intends to open this call-out again, so stay tuned for more opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email storylab@npr.org. We look forward to learning more about your projects.


NPR Story Lab and Training Team