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Welcome to Inside!

On behalf of the NPR Digital Media team, we'd like to welcome you to Inside, a new blog that will serve as our official headquarters for new features and services we're developing for the NPR Web site. It's a chance for you to explore some of the many projects we're working on, and help us make them more useful as we roll them out.

The idea behind this blog has its roots in our two newest shows - Tell Me More and The Bryant Park Project. Both of them were rolled out as blogs many months before they were ready to go on air, in the hopes of getting as much public feedback as possible. Historically, it's common to develop a show behind the scenes, only giving listeners a chance to hear it when it was ready for prime time. By creating online communities for each show while they were still "rough cuts," we were able to build better programs because of it.

Now, we'd like to apply the same rough cuts idea to our online services in general. Whether it's rolling out social networking, building new mobile products or improving our online strategy in general, we're hoping we can develop better tools if you're a part of the conversation.

In the coming weeks and months, you'll hear from a variety of people from behind the scenes at - software developers, product managers, online producers and others who are working on new Web site features. We hope that talking about these activities more openly will help create a virtuous cycle of product development and feedback.

Thanks for joining us; we look forward to brainstorming with you!



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Congratulations!! This is a welcome addition to the blogosphere. I am impressed that on your first day you have already posted three times! Granted the discussion guidelines are important, you may want to keep that on a side bar. Good luck with your new endevor

Sent by | 12:28 PM | 7-7-2008

Well, I don't know if the FAQ and discussion count as real posts. :-) Both are listed in the sidebar as well; we just have a practice of including them in initial blog posts so RSS subscribers will pick them up as well.

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 1:40 PM | 7-7-2008

What a great idea!

Sent by Maria | 2:04 PM | 7-7-2008

:-) Thanks, Maria - I really appreciate it. Hope Etsy is treating you well....

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 2:07 PM | 7-7-2008

Hi, Andy. I'm adding this to my RSS feed reader.

Sent by Steve Petersen | 2:49 PM | 7-7-2008

Great idea. We're redeloping our station site and this will be extremely helpful in the planning and coordination as we look at how to create more seamless experiences for our auidences.

Sent by Kerry Swanson, Northwest Public Radio | 2:50 PM | 7-7-2008

Great idea, guys! I look forward to reading this.

We've got a similar blog going on about, which we launched in February:

Sent by Phil Johnson, WGBH | 5:54 PM | 7-7-2008

Looking forward to seeing the feedback!

Sent by jenel | 5:19 PM | 7-11-2008