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What has the recent tragedy on Mount Everest meant to you?

An avalanche buried 16 Sherpas on Mount Everest this month, and led to the cancelation of the climbing season. Have you climbed Mount Everest? Do you know people who traveled to Everest Base Camp this year?
asked on April 23, 2014

Where are Houston's most congested streets?

Houston Public Media News 88.7 is looking for Houstonians to interview about traffic on local arteries where they live or work, and how it's impacting their lives.
asked on April 23, 2014

Are you considering making a change for Mother Earth?

What's stopping you? As people around the world observe Earth Day 2014, we invite you to share what you want to do, but have been putting off, to help support the environment.
asked on April 22, 2014

MPR's "A Beautiful World" asks: What's the most unusual collaboration you've ever seen?

MPR's "A Beautiful World" asks you to share an example of an unusual collaboration -- a pairing of people or groups or communities that may seem strange but works well. What comes to mind?
asked on April 17, 2014

Are you affected by higher food prices?

Prices are climbing at the grocery store -- are you paying more? Or as a producer, are you making more?
asked on April 17, 2014

Did you experience desegregation?

This May is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that led to the desegregation of schools. Did you experience desegregation? Tell us your stories.
asked on April 16, 2014

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Fort Lauderdale Knows South Florida Trivia April 22, 2014

Miami Herald and WLRN - Miami Herald News staffers took over Fort Lauderdale's Riverside Market for a night of South Florida trivia. Each team had a WLRN or Miami Herald staffer help them answer questions about local history and pop culture. It was a full house.

Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred April 21, 2014

Our recent reports about assorted consumer scams brought an interesting response from a Saint Louis University law student who is developing an online website to help centralize efforts to fight fraud. PIN source Nathaniel Carroll and his associates came up with a catchy name — Burn Whistle — and eye-catching graphics for a blog they’ve launched. Their slogan is “Fight Fraud With Fire.”

Record Store Day Celebrates the Independent Music Store April 18, 2014

Houston Matters read several responses on air: why people love vinyl; how much they still have; getting their kids loving records, and sharing favorite events for vinyl lovers in Houston.

Gurwitch and Stahl: 'I See You Made An Effort' April 17, 2014

PIN sources shared their insights on growing older, and those insights helped decide the topics we would tackle during the live event.

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PIN Blog

  • You won’t believe how these nine newsrooms are using PIN in their politics coverageMarch 5, 2014

    One of the great — and often unheralded — aspects of PIN is the collaboration and sharing of ideas that occurs among PIN partner newsrooms. For instance, several partners have built on one another’s success using PIN to drive engagement around mayoral elections and involve the community more directly in their campaign reporting. These newsrooms include OPB, KQED,... Read more »
  • PIN launches a new University BureauMarch 3, 2014

    We are happy to formally announce the brand new PIN Bureau, based at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. By providing outsourced PIN services, the Bureau will make it possible for newsrooms to tap the power of PIN even if they don’t have the staff to do so. The Bureau is operating... Read more »
  • ONA finalists use PIN to drive reportingSeptember 25, 2013

    Congratulations to the thirteen PIN newsrooms nominated for the Online News Association’s 2013 awards! They are: WAMU, AxisPhilly, EarthFix (via OPB), St. Louis Beacon, NPR, MPR news, Harvest Public Media, SCPR, The Center for Public Integrity, The Center for Investigative Reporting, WLRN-Miami Herald News, The Washington Post, and Marketplace. Here are some examples of the myriad ways some of... Read more »
  • Measuring PIN in your newsroom: A how-to guideAugust 28, 2013

    Download the full Public Insight Network evaluation how-to guide here. If something is important to you and you want it to improve, you measure it.  Want to get in better shape?  Metrics can help.  If you’re trying to become a better baker, lowering the ratio of burned-to-not-burned cookies is a good thing.  When journalists hear... Read more »