A resource for news innovators to learn, plan & do.
Complexity: Intermediate
Article Complexity Bar Graph

NPR’s use of the annotated speech

Documents, speeches and transcripts can be useful show-your-work types of content for the audience, but annotations from reporters add context and value.

NPR’s Tyler Fisher walks through how the radio network added a layer of fact-checking and context to speeches and other transcriptions during the busy 2016 election season, creating a one-two punch of value for the audience. Not only does it allow the reader to revisit, in detail, an event they may have watched separately, but it creates value-added content with annotation. Though NPR built a custom tool, a similar effort could be created through a tool like DocumentCloud or simple text styling.