Freelance & Station Contributor Resources @ NPR

Enter the NPR Freelancer and Station Contributors site here.

May 17, 2013

Dear AIRsters and friends of AIR,

I’m very pleased to invite you to an important new resource for freelance and station-based producers explicitly designed to deliver what’s most important to those interested in contributing stories to NPR.  This first of its kind site includes Ethics Guidelines, examples of good freelance/station producer stories, “how stories go from idea to air,” key editorial contacts, FTP filing guidelines, the most current AQH audience data for producers airing features on NPR programs, and more. I’m pasting today’s announcement from Senior Vice President of NPR News Margaret Low Smith below.

AIR’s network continues to grow and diversify. Many of our newest producers are under 34 years old and have never worked with NPR. We share with NPR the desire for transparency, and for cultivating and supporting the rich resource of talent available to us. I’m confident this collection of materials will be useful for both new contributors as well as those most experienced. The site is dedicated to Bill Siemering, a long-time AIR member and, as the first program director at NPR, the source and continuing inspiration of so much of what we create and experience in public radio each day.

To access the site, you’ll need to register via the NPR station site. First, go here. You’ll see a drop down menu on the right (“Station where you work”). Select “AIR” (right up top), and proceed with your registration. Once you’ve registered, you’ll want to bookmark the site to easily find your way back.

My thanks to Margaret, to Stacey Foxwell, NPR western editor Jason DeRose, Paul Ingles, Jeff Cabiness, Deborah Begel, and our own Erin Mishkin for working steadily over many months to make this happen.

Let us know what you think.

– Sue Schardt, Executive Director, AIR


Dear Freelance & Station Contributors,

NPR is delighted to announce a new resource for freelancers. We’ve added a section to just for you. It’s called the Freelance and Station Contributor Resource Site. We’ve been working with Sue Schardt and AIR to put this together for more than a year. Register for the site by selecting AIR from the “station where your work” drop down box. If you’re interested in more information about AIR, contact or visit We hope you’ll find the site useful. Please let Stacey Foxwell know if you’d like us to add anything or if you see anything that needs to be updated.

Thanks for all you do for us,

Margaret Low Smith
Senior Vice President of NPR News