NPR has chosen 10 teams of producers, including eight from member stations, who will visit the network’s Washington, D.C., headquarters for assistance with developing new audio projects.
The teams will spend three days at NPR in March as part of the network’s second Story Lab Workshop, which gives participants the opportunity to receive training and create plans for the projects with the help of an NPR mentor.
NPR announced the participants and their ideas Tuesday. Stations participating are KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif.; WDET in Detroit; Arizona Public Media in Tucson; WXXI in Rochester, N.Y.; Colorado Public Radio in Denver; Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta; Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul; and Alaska’s Energy Desk, a collaboration among Alaska Public Media, KTOO in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Two other teams of independent producers will also develop shows.
After the workshop, NPR will consider providing some of the teams with $10,000 to pilot the projects with NPR. After this year’s Story Lab Workshop, NPR funded three projects.
Earlier this year, NPR gave Story Lab more organizational support, with an emphasis on developing ideas with people outside of the network. It launched the lab in June 2015 to incubate ideas for podcasts, programs and segments.
Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that not all the projects are podcasts, as was originally reported.