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How To Share With The Northwest News Network

Sharing a story with the region? These guidelines are for station and freelance reporters who contribute material to the Northwest News Network server, which is operated by PRX. Following these simple steps will ensure your stories get broadcast far and wide.

There are four easy things we ask you do to when sharing stories with the stations of N3:

1) Record your narration with a generic outcue, with no station ID:

Example: “I’m Joe Smith in Portland,” or “I’m Joe Smith reporting.”

Your lead should include your station and your location in [brackets]. Stations are asked to read at least one of these to give credit to the sharing station and tell listeners where the story was generated.

Example: The Washington state Supreme Court denied two requests to stay the execution of Cal Coburn Brown. The State Department of Corrections is preparing to execute Brown on Friday. [KUOW’s Patricia Murphy reports from Seattle].

2) Format your files using these standard naming conventions:

Filename: .wav and .jpg files should be named this way:

[month][day][year][reporter initials][underscore][topic]

Example: 020618AK_Hanford.wav

This means on February 6, reporter Anna King did a story about Hanford.

Cuts and Copy should be formatted the same, using the name of the person being quoted:

Example: 031017AJ_Inslee.wav

This means on March 10, Austin Jenkins did a cut and copy that quotes Gov. Jay Inslee. 

3) Format your scripts using standard elements in this way:

In PRX, you upload your script to a box called "FULL STORY." It's important for announcers that you include the following elements at the top:

Web headline (should be short and capture the essence of the story)

Filename.wav Runtime on tape cut/voicer/spot/feature Airdate Your name/editor’s initials

After the lead, tell us your outcue and run time, such as [SOQ 0:59]

Here’s an example:

Atlantic Salmon Grower Calls Effort to Ban Fish Farms In Puget Sound “Foolishness” 
020818TB_CookeCEO.wav 1:09 long spot 2/8/18 Tom Banse/DW Politics/Farming 

The head of Cooke Aquaculture says he's furious about "scare tactics" that he says are driving a push to end Atlantic salmon farming in Puget Sound. The Washington state Senate voted 35-12 today (Thurs.) to phase out aquatic leases for net pens holding non-native fish. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Olympia. [1:09... soq] 

The August collapse and massive escape from Cooke net pens near Anacortes, Washington, energized Atlantic salmon farming opponents at the state legislature. Cooke Aquaculture’s CEO watched from the Senate gallery as a bipartisan majority effectively voted to boot his company's operations out of Washington waters. The charge was led by Democratic Senator Kevin Ranker.

Kevin Ranker: “If we want to talk about protecting jobs, what we need to do is protect our Salish Sea and get these net pens out of the water.” 

Glenn Cooke: "It was foolishness. It was incredible, some of the charges and comments." 

CEO Glenn Cooke flew in from New Brunswick, Canada where his family's multinational seafood company is based. 

Glenn Cooke: "Think of this, this is the United States of America and you're banning an industry?" 

Cooke says the net pen failure off Cypress Island last August was an aberration. He disputes that escaped Atlantic salmon pose a risk of colonization or competition with native Pacific salmon. He also disputes the frequent charge that net pens spread disease or pollution. This debate over the future of Atlantic salmon farming now moves to the state House. [I'm Tom Banse in Olympia.] 

4) Upload your audio, script and pictures to the Northwest News Network web interface:

Files: Audio files should be uploaded in .wav file format (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, Mono) plus images in jpg or .bmp.

Copy and paste your full script into "FULL STORY" box and then just the host intro into "LEAD" box. 

Remember to…

• Browse and choose your file

• Click upload for the audio

• Don't forget to "Post This Item."

NOTE: There is no need to upload MP3s, .txt or word files.

Currently, Derek Wang at KUOW is the administrator of the N3 PRX site. Please contact him with any urgent questions at

Thank you for sharing!


Other pointers:

In a script, spell out the full name of the speaker and then use quotes when you transcribe a soundbite. Include a photo caption and weblinks when possible.

Try to match the slug in the filename to the slug on the N3 Daybook, to the extent that brevity allows.

Remove mixing directions and soundbite timings from the script that you post. Notations of sound effects that are relevant to the story flow are okay to keep in.

Close each script with your employer’s copyright.

See the N3 Style Guide here:


What we do

Northwest News Network reporters write and produce stories that can be inserted into public radio newscasts and programs such as Morning Edition. We are invisible to the listener as an organization. We don’t produce a show, we have no theme music and we don’t identify ourselves as reporting from the Northwest News Network. Instead, our stories are integrated seamlessly into station programming, as if we work for that station alone.

Here’s a run-down of the formats of stories we produce:


These stories run four minutes including a host intro. Our features take a regional approach in a conversational public radio style. We place a heavy emphasis on gathering on-the-scene sound with in-person interviews. Some stations will run features that are five minutes.


These are short news updates on a specific story. They run 1:15 to 2:00 minutes, tailored for newscasts or short feature segments. Some stations will use superspots.


Spots run one minute including the host lede. They are meant to run in the newscast and are usually timely. However, we work hard to create spot news that can “keep” for a few days so that stations have material to run during slow news times, such as Monday mornings.

We produce four types of spots:

• Wraps have reporter-narrated copy “wrapped” around a quote. 

• Cuts and copy are stories written by the reporter but read by a station host, with a quote from a newsmaker.

• Voicers are stories read entirely by the reporter, with no quote.

• Debriefs are like a cut and copy in which the cut is the voice of the reporter.

Revised 7/14/2018