Melody Kramer

My work has been featured by The New York Times, iTunes, Nieman’s Journalism Lab, Mashable, Poynter, the Shorty Awards, Knight-Mozilla Open News, USA Today, GigaOm, and the Village Voice Web Awards. Ideas from my newsletter have circulated through newspapers in Alabama to advertising firms to the Stanford School of Medicine.

Selected Press

Traditional Homepages are Obsolete Fast Company. December 2015.

Microtask Site Helps Feds Get Stuff Done Federal Times. December 2015.

Future Focus Editor & Publisher. December 2015.

18F launches tool to build static government websites FedScoop. September 2015.

It’s All Journalism: Melody Kramer Reimagines Public Media It’s All Journalism. August 2015.

Must member dues always be monetary? Associations Now. August 2015.

Members Only: Media Forced to Be—Gasp!—Useful to the Communities They Serve Observer. August 2015.

How to Make Membership in Public Broadcasting More Meaningful Center for Media and Social Impact. July 2015.

Is It Possible To Truly Go On Vacation Anymore Unless You’re Off The Grid? SFist. July 2015.

News Outlets Ramp Up Breaking News Alerts American Journalism Review. May 2015.

Inviting Participation Makes Membership Happen Sonya Ellen Mann. April 2015.

What should digital news designed for the elderly look like? One starting point: Nieman Lab. March 2015.

There’s Now A Bechdel Test For The Tech World Think Progress. March 2015.

The Pub, Ep. 8: Public media’s true biases; reconsidering the membership model Current. March 2015.

Pacifica Stands in For All Public Radio Truth Out. March 2015.

10 women paving the way in digital media and technology March 2015.

Melody Kramer’s open source life. Nerdette Podcast. February 2015.

How can archives add value for newspapers and TV? Steve Buttry. February 2015.

The Homepage is Alive — or at a Minimum, here are 64 Ideas For What It Could Become. Nieman Journalism Lab. February 2015.

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About the Homepage. GigaOm. February 2015.

Newsrooms Grapple with How To Avoid Twitter Bloopers. American Journalism Review. January 2015.

Jay Talks to Melody Kramer, NPR’s Social Media Strategist. Jay Rosen. Studio15. December 2014.

More Listening, More Collaborating Nieman Lab. December 2014.

Ten with Melody Joy Kramer. Society of Professional Journalists. December 2014.

Yes, Your Media Outlet Can Learn Something From The Kardashians. Matthew Ingram. GigaOm. November 2014.

Redefining The Way We Do Membership. Ellen Guettler and Melanie Coulson. Greater Public. October 2014.

NYTimes Asks Readers To Help Identify Print Ads, Using A Platform For Crowdsourcing Called Hive. Matthew Ingram. GigaOm. October 2014.

Check Out These Top Takeaways From #Mozfest Abigail Edge. October 2014.

On Finding The Real Meaning of Membership . Jasper Jackson. The Media Briefing. October 2014.

How Early Adopter Brands Are Using Snapchat Tanya Dua. Digiday. August 2014.

It’s Alive! What NPR Learned From Turning its @nprnews Twitter Account from a Bot to a Human Joseph Lichterman. Nieman Journalism Lab. May 2014.

Building An Analytics Culture in a Newsroom: How NPR is Trying to Expand its Digital Thinking Joseph Lichterman. Nieman Journalism Lab. April 2014.

Q&A: NPR Digital Strategist Melody Kramer ReportHers. April 2014.

Snapchat Opening Door for New Way of Journalism USA Today. March 2014.

NPRchives Project Revisits Sounds of 1984 Current. January 2014.

Geek of the Week: Melody Kramer Corey Hulse. Geekadelphia. November 2012.

Meet the Guru Behind Fresh Air’s Web Success April 2012.

Meet the Most Popular Woman at NPR’s Fresh Air (And It’s Not Terry Gross) Andrew Phelps. Nieman Journalism Lab. April 2012.

73 and Loaded with Friends on Facebook. John Schwartz. The New York Times. October 2007.


Village Voice Web Awards Best Professional Tumblr, 2013.

Shorty Awards Best Microblog of the Year (finalist), 2013.

Philadelphia Geek Awards Social Media Campaign of the Year (finalist).

iTunes Podcast of the Year (Fresh Air with Terry Gross), 2011.

Peabody Award, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, 2008.

Nora Magid Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, 2005.

Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize, 2005.

Daily Pennsylvanian Columnist of the Year, 2005.

National Association of Newspaper Columnists, Columnist of the Year (finalist) (2005).

Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, Gold Circle Awards, General Column Writing (1rst prize), 2005.