Knight Training is an NPR Digital Services program that helps public media news outlets achieve identity, impact and reach on digital platforms. Kim Perry, manager for Digital News Training at NPR and Eric Athas, a digital news specialist at NPR Digital Services, have spent this week working with journalists at the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT on developing and refining the Center’s content plans for local health, education, entrepreneurship and issues reporting.
The Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT was founded last November as a community- driven news service for Kansas City, working to develop reporting partnerships with regional news outlets, including KCUR, KHI and Harvest Public Media, and ramping up its newsroom.
The week’s activities took place at KCPT and included headline writing workshops, story critiques, workflow and group content planning exercises. Reporters explored topics, brainstormed story ideas and dialogued about the mission, vision and values of the center as a whole and how to apply those to the center’s areas of focus. Reporters from Kansas City’s KCUR and KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, also participated in portions of the training throughout the week.
A reception held in the recently completed newsroom Wednesday evening provided community members, partners and supporters with an opportunity to get to know one another and learn more about KCPT’s radio and digital news expansion efforts. Kim Perry described how the Knight Training program has helped over 700 public media journalists around the country develop digital storytelling skills. KCPT CEO Kliff Kuehl and COO Shane Guiter each spoke about the importance of getting the Hale Center’s vision, values and content focus areas right for Kansas City and its potential to share Kansas City stories with the nation and world.