We’re implementing a new WordPress plugin to “ingest” StateImpact posts into the NPR API and, thus, your stations’ sites.
Most of our states have been pushing posts to the API since launch. But the plugin that we’d been using had limited functionality. Kevin Moylan and others at NPR Digital Services have been working on developing a new plugin that works much better. And, now, it is ready to launch.
Here’s what you can expect to transfer nicely from WordPress to Core Publisher using v1.5 of the plugin:
Regular posts (including bylines and excerpts)
Inline Images (including captions and credits). All images in the post will be sent to the API regardless of the “can distribute” flag in the WordPress Media Library.
Audio (see instructions below)
Video embeds (and other iFrames that can be inserted into posts)
Tired of getting lousy tape from phone interviews? With a little help from your source (and a little coaching from you), he or she can use an iPhone to get you better quality audio. Here’s a great tutorial from PBS’ MediaShift — consider sending it to your source if you’re going to try it out.
StateImpact Oklahoma’s Joe Wertz, mapping wizard, shows us how to create an interactive map using Google Fusion Maps and some raw data in this quick and simple tutorial.
Here is the data that you can use, if you’d like to try this at home.
(Don’t be alarmed! The audio doesn’t kick in until about ten seconds in.)
Creating a Legend
Of special note, around minute 31 (31:00), Joe walks us through creating a legend for your map. To do that (in the new and improved version):
In the map view, click on the little arrow on top of the “Map of…” tab and navigate down to “change map styles.
Whether you are dealing with points or polygons, make sure that your bucket ranges are exactly as you’d like them to appear in your legend.
Click on “automatic legend” (your last option on the list to the left).
Create a title for your legend.
Decide where you’d like your legend to appear (typically in the bottom right-hand corner, unless your map makes a different corner preferable).
Embedding an Iframe Into Your Site
At minute 32 (32:35), Joe shows us how to embed an iframe with your map and legend right into your site.
Click on Share (in the upper right-hand corner) and publish it to the web. You’ll see your current sharing settings listed towards the top. If it doesn’t say “Public” hit the blue “Change” and select “Public on the web.” Continue reading →
Check out our FOI star Ida Lieszkovsky’s quick primer on strategies for getting the documents you want from government agencies.
The webinar includes:
A review of the importance of knowing your FOIA laws and legal precedents. “I’ve found it important not just to review the Ohio guidelines, but to also review the successes and failures of public records requests in the state, since they can often help me anticipate how people will react and I can taylor my request with that in mind,” says Ida. Continue reading →
We recently persuaded John O’Connor, StateImpact Florida education reporter and social media extraordinaire, to share some of his tips and tricks with us. He put together a list of key take-aways, below, for those of you who weren’t able to join us.
Not all social media is equal. Take advantage of the strengths of different sites. Twitter is what’s happening now. It’s great for publishing and promotion, but also a good way to find
There is an awful lot that data can do for you and your stories if you get over the idea that it is something for other, more computer-savvy people and get into the habit of working it into your daily routine. Think of it as simply another–but infinitely more authoritative–source, one that allows you to speak with more authority, see beyond the clutter and the “he said-she said” and find trends and facts that aren’t otherwise available.
The digitization of government records offers great opportunity for reporters to hold public agencies accountable, increase government transparency and inform the public–but only if we know how to ask for, obtain and use it. So don’t be afraid. Be psyched.
In the webinar below, I walk through the basics to get you started. (See below THAT for a mini-recap and a whole bunch of links to the tools and sites mentioned in the video.)