Before submitting your content, have prepared:
- A title or headline, about twelve words max. Include the program title as part of it, like “Labor Exchange: The Financial Plight Of Adjunct Faculty”
- At least two or three sentences about the episode. More text is OK, and encouraged.
- Text should be unformatted, and paste links plain text (like https://www.kgnu.org).
- An audio file in .mp3 format. Name the file Show-Name_DD-MM-YY.mp3, deleting extra info like ‘_mixdown’ that the audio editor might add, and use two digit format for day and month (like ’02’ instead of ‘2’).
- A minimum 800px wide by 400px high featured image. Read the section below on images.
- For the most part, you should be able to copy and paste your already written text right into the form.
- Your text may be edited by us for clarity and style.
- Bookmark to this page so it’s easy to find next time!
After The Post Is Published:
Share the link on your social media, especially with your guest! It helps get the word out.
To help make post formatting more consistent, here are a few image guidelines.
- Required: Something for the Featured Image: a landscape oriented (horizontal) image to use as the main image that appears above the piece. Another image or two for body of the post (max three images total). Not needed if your show has a general image that’s re-used.
- Image Size: Images must by no larger than 1200px high or wide. Preview (Mac) or Paint (Win) can easily resize images, and come installed with the operating system.
- Other image editors: Canva a browser based editor, Paint.net is a free lightweight app for Windows that works well for basic tasks. GIMP is a free open-source image editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux with functions similar to Photoshop.
- JPG format, unless you have specific reason for a .gif or .png.
- Rename your images files to something more descriptive than “IMG_34822.jpg”.
- We must have rights to use the image.
- Image file size: if the program gives you an option for jpeg quality, choose 50 or 60… In general, post images should be less than 100kb (which is easily possible for images 1000px or less.
- Consider working with staff or others in your collective to make a standard show image that can be reused if you feel it’s difficult to get new images for each new edition.
On Copyright :
Copyright can be confusing, but first and foremost, never assume you have rights to use any photo you find on the web.
So how do we best get images we have rights to use?
- Take your own of your guest with your phone if they’re with you in studio. Turn your phone sideways so it’s in landscape orientation. When emailing or exporting it, choose ‘medium’ size. (somewhere between 1000px and 2000px wide is ok)
- Ask your guest if they have photos they can share.
- Pixabay.com or Unsplash are good starting points for free, public domain images – but watch out for sponsored stock photos nestled in with the free ones.
- Never just use a photo found from a google image search. Some images licensed for reuse can be found if you choose tools->usage rights->”labeled for reuse” from the results page.
- Never use Getty, ShutterStock or other watermark branded stock photos. To use those photos requires a payed license.
- Never use/borrow photos from other news sites.
- Learn about attribution.
- Learn some basic image editing for web skills. Free tools like Preview for Mac, paint.net for Windows, Canva (web based), GIMP (more like photoshop – all platforms), or similar can work. Would you be interested in a workshop on this? Resizing and optimizing images for web can get a little tricky, but there are good reasons for doing it. Google ‘web image best practices’
- More: Awesome Stock Photo Resources
- Why are stock photo sites useless for human interest stories?
More On Creating Digital Content:
- Hampshire College Concise Web Writing (read this!)
- NPR Headline Checklist
- AP Style Guide – good reference for numbers, dates, times, and more. And other arguments about punctuation.
- http://training.npr.org/ – lots of great resources, including some listed below
- NPR Writing Good Headlines
- NPR Writing for Web
- More Style Guides
- More Writing For Web (NYU)
- BBC Writing for Web
- How to take awesome photos
Feedback? Questions? Let us know.